English Literature and Composition


Through critical thinking and critical reading of literary texts (novels, plays, poems, and short stories from the sixteenth century to the present) students will come to understand how writers use language and form to create or enhance meaning in his/her works. Our literary analysis will look through the lenses of style and structure, rhetorical strategies, diction, figurative language, imagery, selection of detail, language and syntax. Students will master these literary terms as well as others. Expression, whether verbal or written (and often both), about literature is a key component of the class. In addition to writing a variety of essays, response papers, and/or short answer reading quizzes, students will keep a writing log/journal over the course of the term to document their progress and to engage themselves in thinking about their writing. Vocabulary is also exceptionally important. Students will be immersed in a variety of exercises that will improve their vocabulary and prepare them for various standardized tests. Finally, students will learn a variety of test taking strategies including but not limited to: process of elimination, time management, mastering inferences.

Dual Enrollment English Literature and Composition will give students a learning experience equivalent to a typical undergrad introduction to literature class. The course will be a learning experience equivalent to a typical undergrad introduction to literature class.



Semesters Offered & Schedule Format

Fall Semester
Block Schedule
English Literature and Composition

Spring Semester
Not Offered

Class/Instruction Format

Academic Year Schedule: Synchronous (i.e., real time instructor led)
Block Schedule: Asynchronous (i.e., on demand)

VCCS Designation and College Credit

Course Codes


Credit through VHCC and SWCC:
Ms. Dominique Traverse Locke
e-mail: dlocke@hgs.k12.va.us

Credit through MECC and WCC:
Mrs. Virgie Barnette
e-mail: vbarnette@hgs.k12.va.us

Course Web Sites

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