West Harpeth Christian Tutorial Welcome to WHCT

Course Time:
  • This course is offered on Thursdays.

  • English I


  • Writers Inc Skillsbook Editing and Proofreading Practice
    ISBN-  978-0669471908
  • Peace Like a River  -by Leif Enger
  • other novels TBD
  • various short stories, poetry, and essays supplied by tutor

Course Description:

This course will focus on exploring world literature.
Students will respond to the literature in a variety of ways,
including through writing, presentations, discussions, and other creative forms.

Special attention will be given to writing well-structured analytical and researched essays.

Emphasis will also be given to grade-level grammar and mechanics, conventions of MLA, and vocabulary.

Course Objectives:

  • To learn to respond critically and creatively to literature.
  • To write well structured essays.
  • To successfully incorporate research and evidence into an essay.
  • To substantiate views on literature.
  • To review 10th grade grammar concepts.
  • To expand student vocabulary.

Class Time:

  • Class time will largely be divided between discussing the literature and learning how to write about it.
  • Discussion will guide students into developing complex and informed opinions on the texts,
    opinions that will be used to drive their writing.
  • As part of the writing process, we will regularly workshop essays and engage peer and teacher review.
  • Some class time will be devoted to reviewing grammar, mechanics, and usage.
  • Vocabulary and grammar assessments will be taken at home on Schoology.

Homework Requirements:

  • Most week’s work will require a good amount of reading (50- 80 pages) and the
    preparation of discussion questions or paragraph-level responses to the literature.
  • Reading will be assessed with a reading quiz each week.
  • On the weeks where these is little or no new reading, students will be preparing an essay or project.
  • Quarters will culminate in essays and/or projects.
  • Vocabulary will be assessed quarterly on Schoology.
  • Grammar and style work will be assigned form the Writers Inc Skillsbook each week.
    Expect 3-5 workbook pages.
    Students tend to be able to do this work in less than 30 minutes.
  • A course calendar will be posted at the beginning of each quarter.
  • Additional instructions for some assignments will be shared in class.
  • The amount of time spent on English homework each day will vary, depending on the current assignment(s),
    as well as from student to student, but students can expect to spend 2-4 hours a week on their English homework.

Parent Expectations:

  • Parents are encouraged to read the assignments and review student writing,
    but this is not required.
  • Parents will proctor all tests posted to Schoology.


Grades will be calculated by dividing points earned on an
assignment by points possible.

  • Discussion Questions/Written Responses: 40 pts. each submission
    --Progress in journals will be checked each week a journal writing is due.
  • Reading Quizzes: 25 pts. each
    --Comprehension-style quizzes over the week’s reading.
  • Grammar In-Class Checks: 20 pts. each check
    --Work in Skillsbook will be discussed and checked each class.
  • Grammar Tests: 100 pts. each test
    --Grammar tests will be posted to Schoology and taken at home.
    They will be directly based on the student’s work in the Skillsbook.
  • Vocabulary Tests: 100 pts. each test
    --Vocabulary tests will be posted to Schoology and taken at home.
    All vocabulary words will be drawn from class readings, class discussions and grade-level appropriate lists.
  • Essays: 100 pts
    --These are essays requiring multiple drafts.
  • Assessments: 100 pts.
    --Assessments will include traditional tests, presentations, and projects (individual or small group).


  • required literary works
  • three-ring binder or folder
  • loose-leaf notebook paper
  • pens, pencils, highlighters
  • colored pencils