How to Plan Highschool Language Arts

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Plan Highschool Language Arts. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

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How to Plan Highschool Language Arts

How can you know what to plan for when organizing your materials for your teens’ homeschool high school Language Arts credits?

As you know, there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school, or to handle English/Language Arts. Here is the way we 7Sisters cover ELA. Each year we cover these five areas:

  • Reading (Literature)
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Public Speaking


There’s not one right way to choose books for homeschool high school. With that in mind, you can feel free to adapt course requirements for each teen’s needs, abilities, interests and goals. For instance:

  • For students with learning disabilities or career-bound teens they may need more practical reading and/or audiobooks.
  • Think at least one book per month with a literature study guide (follow guidelines for ability level usage in each’s Literature Study Guides).
  • Then fill out the list with Bible reading, magazines, poetry, etc that interests them. Discuss this with you supervisory advisor for exactly what can be counted.


Writing is as important as reading. Therefore, everyone needs to be able to write efficiently.

Check out some ideas for handling the most dreaded parts of language arts – research paper, essays, and public speaking!


Grammar is necessary for homeschool high school. However, teens who have a practical mastery of grammar rules may find that editing their papers is enough grammar (proof that they understand grammar usage). On the other hand, if they enjoy doing grammar workbooks, it’s useful for them to work through them.


Vocabulary is part of being well prepared for life. Therefore, all homeschool high schoolers need some vocabulary study each year.

However, teens who are headed to college need to lean heavily into vocabulary. 7Sisters literature study guides include vocabulary but more can be added with specific courses or online games like

Public Speaking

Public Speaking needs to be part of your homeschool high schooler’s yearly experience. It can be as simply as prayer at a large family gathering.

However, for teens who are willing to stretch, they can do a full-year course or a speech team or any variant of that. has a curriculum that is popular with speech teams, co-ops and group classes. For more on teaching public speaking skills to your teens, check out this post in our Authoritative Guide series.

Would you like more in-depth ideas for planning homeschool high school? Check out 7Sisters Authoritative Guide post on planning high school.

Join Sabrina and Kym for fun and encouragement about planning high school Language Arts!

Do something out of the box! Here are creative Language Arts ideas from our friend, Julie Polanco.

Also, enjoy these encouraging posts:

Why is Language Arts Such a HUGE Credit?

An Authoritative Guide to Literature for Homeschool High School



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Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 115: How to Plan Highschool Language Arts

Vicki Tillman

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