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Live Class: English Literature 101


Journey to far-off places in Apologia’s Live Class: English Literature 101: Exploring Biblical Principles Through Literature. Your instructor, three-time published author, and conference speaker Cecelia Schmidt, will guide you and your classmates through reading and analyzing the themes of eight character-building books.

But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. -Matthew 13:16-17

GRADE LEVEL: 5th – 7th (recommended)
CLASS DATES: Aug 20, 2024-Apr 29, 2025
TIME: 10:00 am - 11:00 am ET

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Cecelia Schmidt

B.A. English, M.A. Biblical Counseling

Cecelia Schmidt is a former homeschool and Apologia student. She holds a B.A. in English from Thomas Edison State University and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Saved at four years old, Cecelia has been walking with the Lord ever since. Her life verse is Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

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In Apologia’s Live English Literature 101 class, students will read eight character-building books by Lamplighter Ministries. These books aim to strengthen students’ relationship with Christ as they study the Christian themes woven throughout each book and apply those truths to their lives. Students will also learn to think critically about story elements, such as characters, plots, and themes.

Prerequisites: None
Course Credit: One Middle School English Credit


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Required Class Materials

  • The Basket of Flowers by Christoph von Schmid 
  • Amy and Her Brothers by Sarah S. Baker
  • The White Knights by W.E. Cule
  • The Giant Killer by A.L.O.E.
  • Christie, the King’s Servant by Mrs. O.F. Walton
  • My Golden Ship by Mary E. Ropes
  • Jack the Conqueror by Mrs. C.E. Bowen
  • Joseph’s Shield by Pansy
  • Computer with microphone

Course Topics

Biblical themes:

  • The Basket of Flowers: Honesty & Modesty
  • Amy and Her Brothers: Forgiveness
  • The White Knights: Serving others
  • The Giant Killer: Killing Sin & Putting on Righteousness
  • Christie, the King’s Servant: Surrendering to Christ
  • My Golden Ship: Forsaking envy & practicing contentment
  • Jack the Conqueror: Working hard & overcoming difficulties
  • Joseph’s Shield: Obeying the Word of God

Course Specifics

At the end of each book study, students will be required to write a 350–500-word essay. At the conclusion of each semester, students will take an exam to quiz their knowledge of the books studied. 

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