This is by no means an exhaustive list of resources, but it will get you started in putting together your own homeschool program for high school language arts. Just add in novels from the library for an almost free course of study. Most of these can be downloaded as a pdf.
Free High School Writing Resources
501 Writing Prompts includes not only extensive writing prompt lists for persuasive, expository, narrative, and literary response essays, but also grading rubrics and numerous essay models that demonstrate excellent, good, mediocre, and even awful prompt responses. There’s enough material here to last you all four years of high school. This 100+ page pdf is free to download.
Mix it up a bit by adding in some of these Visual Writing Prompts. In addition to high school level prompts, there are also middle school and upper level elementary writing exercises on the same site. When you click on a prompt, it opens up the image---perfect for use on a tablet or other mobile device.
Here’s a big list of Journal Writing Prompts, complete with a grading rubric. These would also be appropriate for middle school. I don’t grade journals or require them, but if you have a student who is allergic to writing, this might help get him started.
Have a budding novelist on your hands? You can download a free workbook from NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program that will take your high schooler through the process of developing their characters, setting, plot, etc. There are also elementary and middle school versions available. If your student wants to pursue creative writing, consider having her participate in the National Novel Writing Month this November.
Free High School Literature Guides
Penguin offers an extensive list of free, downloadable teaching guides for high school level literature. Included are many of Shakespeare’s works, well-known classics, and also some nonfiction selections.
The Classic Stage Company produces a new, free to download illustrated guide to one of Shakespeare’s plays each year. They have 7 available so far, including Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet. These are very well done.
Glencoe has an alphabetical list of their free to download lit guides here. Some of these are more suitable for middle school, but some definitely appropriate for high school.
Free High School Grammar Workbooks (and More)
McGraw-Hill has a number of teacher resources for language arts on their website. You’ll find grammar, composition, spelling, vocabulary (including Greek and Latin roots), and more. For each category, there is a separate workbook for each grade level, grades 6-12. Just click on the little + sign on each subheading to expand the list and see what is available. These are downloadable pdfs.
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