AP English Literature and Composition
Master Teacher: Steven Hake, PhD
Steven Hake, PhD
PhD, Binghamton University
Steven Hake is the only Patrick Henry College faculty member (with the exception of Michael Farris) to have taught at the college since its very beginning in 2000. He was the director of Rivendell Study Center in northern Pennsylvania for four years just prior to coming to PHC. He was a tent-making missionary to Taiwan for almost 20 years prior to that (1977–1996), teaching English literature in a large Chinese university for most of that time.
Dr. Hake has nine children, four of whom are married. They span 26 years. He has seven grandchildren.
Dr. Hake designed and launched the literature major at Patrick Henry. He directs that major and serves as chairman of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts. He is an avid reader and enjoys learning languages as a hobby. He regularly reads (with widely varying degrees of fluency!) the Bible in 10 languages.
He is very interested in the culture-shaping mission of Patrick Henry College, and believes that we need to read the great books in order that some of us may one day write them.
BA, Patrick Henry College
Over the past five years, Jennifer has worked as an online instructor and an independent tutor, offering assistance to middle school and high school students across her local area, the country, and the world. She has taught and graded writing in various forms—creative writing for middle school, essay writing for middle school, and essay writing for high school—along with other subjects such as Spanish, SAT Prep, and Christian worldview/apologetics. As she enters her fourth year with PHC Prep Academy, she counts the AP English Literature course as her favorite teaching venture so far. She has also enjoyed some consulting work as a proofreader/editor for a small textbook company.
Jennifer makes her home in deep East Texas, where she seeks to serve her family and show Christ to her community through whatever opportunities the Lord brings her way. She loves encouraging others in the body of Christ and practicing daily gratitude for God’s many blessings.
BA, Patrick Henry College
Emily Rose Cockerham graduated from Patrick Henry College in 2008 with a B.A. in Literature. During her four years of on-campus education she had the privilege of learning from some truly brilliant teachers including Dr. Steven Hake and Dr. Gene Edward Veith. These teachers gave her the opportunity to learn to write in a number of different venues and styles including analysis, novellas, poetry, and radio drama. During her junior year, she was given the opportunity to mentor young high school writers—a vocation she continued until her graduation.
Since graduation, Emily-Rose has continued to both self-educate and help train high school students in her hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. She has taught several courses in Worldviews in Literature, as well as serving as an editor for writings varying from young adult novels to doctoral theses.
As she prepares lessons for her PHC Prep Academy students, Emily-Rose enjoys the chance to grapple with great authors and share her enthusiasm for literature with others. She looks forward to learning something new from her students.
Emily-Rose lives in South Carolina, where she is seeking to serve and grow in God as she walks the daily adventure of life in faith.
MA, Greenville Theological Seminary
Caleb, the eldest of eleven children, was brought up by hand on a sheep ranch in Northern Colorado. By age six he was devouring Reader’s Digest and Smithsonian each month and was already manifesting an active dislike for any book which sported the hateful word “abridged” on its cover. His mother knew literature would feature prominently in his future when, at age twelve, he read and then reread The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
During a rigorous three-and-one-half years at Patrick Henry College, Caleb’s literary horizons expanded by leaps and bounds, particularly when he snagged a book-reviewing job at WORLD magazine. He is currently pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America and studying the greatest literature ever penned, God’s Word, at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Greenville, S.C.
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks)
Please Note: Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a PHC Prep Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience. All sessions will also be recorded for later viewing. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.
Books and Materials
English Literature and Composition will introduce students to the basic elements of literary study and good writing. Together we will read representative masterworks from classical times to the present. These works will be vigorously discussed both orally and in writing. In addition, students will write several papers about these works, receiving detailed feedback from each other and from the instructors.
Christianity is a profoundly literary religion, and some of the greatest literary works of all time are found in the Bible. As such, it works very well to approach both our reading and our writing from a biblical worldview. By analyzing the artistic qualities of great works, we will come to understand and appreciate them more deeply. It is hoped that students will grow as lifelong readers of great literature, and some may even go on to write it.
Course objectives include:
By the end of the course, outstanding students will be prepared for upper-division college courses in literature including British Literature, American Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Poetry, Drama, and the Novel.
Am I Ready for this AP Course?
This is a rigorous, college-level course. To succeed, students should already have strong reading and writing skills. PHC Prep recommends that students complete at least one high school English course at an advanced or honors level before enrolling. Please visit the College Board’s AP English Literature and Composition page for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP exam in this subject.
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