Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Student Text

Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Student Text

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ISBN: 9781484035986
Grades: 9-12

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The Student Text is fairly self-directed, written as a conversation to the student. Students are guided, step by step through learning about and responding to their reading. Each chapter covers one book in 6-9 lessons. The lessons combine instruction and workbook into one format so that students respond to questions as students read through the text. As they complete their study of the literature, students must evaluate the conflict "colliding worlds" (man vs. man; man vs. ideas, etc.) involved, complete the quizzes and survey, take a vocabulary "quizzola," and complete the final, culminating activity. An "If You Liked This Book" section includes a list of additional readings. 8.5" x 11" 285 pp, sc.

Publisher Description:

Your teens will appreciate the unstuffy way Sharon Watson teaches literature. They'll read some great novels, encounter the hero's journey, learn literary terms and elements, and gain an appreciation for fine literature.

More important, eager and reluctant readers will become more discerning as they learn the secret craft of the writer.

Prepare your teens for college literature courses and for the rest of their reading life.

  • Written for Christian high schools, homeschools, and co-ops.
  • Two-semester course earning one credit for language arts or English. 70 lessons.
  • Student-directed, with clear lessons and reading schedules.

Category Description for Illuminating Literature:

From Sharon Watson, the author of the composition programs, Jump In and Power in Your Hands, comes a high school literature program designed to help your students become more knowledgeable and discerning analytical readers and, thereby, more powerful fiction writers.

Watson asserts that a key element in literature (and in our fallen world) is conflict. Therefore, this course highlights literature with multiple levels of conflicthence the "worlds collide." Not only can literature reflect our fallen, sinful state, but it can also uplift and encourage us. It is from these premises that this program approaches literature study. The Program Goals are to identify literary elements, terms and writing devices; interpret novels from a balanced, Biblical perspective; provide group and multiple learning-style activities; engender a love of fine literature; and strengthen vocabulary.

Two particular course components of note are the Novel Notebook and group discussion. Students are required to create their own Novel Notebook to record specific observations and answers to questions as they read. Free downloadable notebook pages are available from the publisher. The group discussion might seem a little contrived if you are working with just one studentbut once you and your student get to discussing literature, I think you'll have a grand time. To facilitate the group discussion component, homeschoolers could also use the curriculum as a spine with other students for a book-of-the month club (suggestions included).

The course design studies a literary classic each month (8 total). The literature was selected based on the particular "colliding worlds" (the various types of conflict exposed), literary value, and the potential to help students make moral, ethical, spiritual and life choices from a Godly perspective. The author strongly advises using approved editions (ISBN's provided) since questions and discussions reference exact literature pages. The order of the unabridged literature is Pudd'nhead Wilson; The War of the Worlds; The Friendly Persuasion; Peter Pan; Warriors Don't Cry; A Tale of Two Cities; Farenheit 451; and The Screwtape Letters. We will have a literature pack for your convenience. You may think Peter Pan an unusual choice for high school curriculumI did. However, Watson states that this novel's inter-generational conflict themes are missed by young readers and she assigns this book at the teen level to revisit and explore issues in more depth. Keeping the curriculum teen-friendly is a central theme. The literature choices and the tone/style of the student books were written with a teen audience in mind (students take a vocabulary "quizzola," for example). The author intends this as a 2-semester literature class (1 high school credit). Since the author writes assuming an audience with no literature background and the grading is strongly completion based, this course would serve well as an introduction to literature. The Teacher Guide and Student Book are required for this course. The Quiz and Answer Manual is required only if you do not wish to use the available online quizzing.

The easy to follow Teacher's Guide is written directly to the teacher. If you feel a bit intimidated teaching literature, this guide, although not scripted, will provide what you'll need to aid your student. Four pages of the TG provide an overview of the key topics covered each month. Answers for all student work and detailed responses to discussion questions, along with where to locate these answers in the literature, are provided. Grading and evaluation are straightforward and fairly simple. The overall course grade is comprised of 3 components: the Grading Grid score, a vocabulary grade and activity grade for each book. The teacher will use the reproducible Grading Grid to evaluate the student's work. With this measuring tool, students are graded on 7 tasks. For five of the tasks, teachers evaluate only the student's level of completion/involvement in certain tasks. The final two evaluations are comprised of the Yes, I Read It (reading comprehension) and Literary Terms quiz grades.

At the end of each chapter, students choose from various multiple-learning-style activities that expand on and respond to literary themes: mapping, writing music, reenacting, history, imitating, responding to author or characters, etc. The TG provides brief suggestions and guidance for these activities. However, the teacher will decide how activities are evaluated. 8.5" x 11" 182 pp, sc.

The Student Text is fairly self-directed, written as a conversation to the student. Students are guided, step by step through learning about and responding to their reading. Each chapter covers one book in 6-9 lessons. The lessons combine instruction and workbook into one format so that students respond to questions as students read through the text. As they complete their study of the literature, students must evaluate the conflict "colliding worlds" (man vs. man; man vs. ideas, etc.) involved, complete the quizzes and survey, take a vocabulary "quizzola," and complete the final, culminating activity. An "If You Liked This Book" section includes a list of additional readings. 8.5" x 11" 285 pp, sc.

The Quiz and Answer Manual is designed for those who prefer their students take quizzes and surveys on paper rather than online. For group classes, the author recommends completing quizzes, etc., by following online links through the publisher's website (link included in texts). It contains all quizzes and answers for each literature book studied: Yes, I Read It quiz, Literary TermsOpinion Surveys. Each quiz utilizes a form of multiple choice. Don't let the term "survey" make you think these are optional. These encourage students to apply what they've read to their own situation with multiple choice and also some written "response to literature" questions. Permission to copy for personal use. 8.5" x 11", 101 pp, sc.

Items may be purchased individually or as a set that includes: Quiz/Answer Key, Student Text,and Teacher Guide.

If you select the free Online Quiz option (for the Yes I read It and Literary Term quizzes and Opinion Surveys) answers are graded automatically. For each quiz, students will receive an emailed report including the questions with their original answers, the correct answers and their final quiz score. The online quizzing and online grading option is interesting. Many colleges incorporate some online course component, so this would be a way to introduce your homeschooler to this method without a costly investment. ~ Ruth




Primary Subject
Reading/Literature
Grade Start
9
Grade End
12
ISBN
9781484035986
Author
Sharon Watson
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Writing with Sharon Watson
Weight
1.75 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.06" x 8.56" x 0.69"
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The student text is written directly to the student in a very engaging, humorous way. I like how frank Mrs. Watson is in telling students they might not like a book, but then she goes on to tell why it's worthwhile to read the book anyway.
Krista H on May 20, 2019
We decided to use this curriculum this year for my daughter that loves to read but doesn't enjoy "english" and thought this would be a great mix of both while hiding it within her just reading lol.
Kayla A on Aug 11, 2017
The student text is written directly to the student in a very engaging, humorous way. I like how frank Mrs. Watson is in telling students they might not like a book, but then she goes on to tell why it's worthwhile to read the book anyway.
Krista H on May 20, 2019
requirement
Leslie S on Nov 28, 2018
We decided to use this curriculum this year for my daughter that loves to read but doesn't enjoy "english" and thought this would be a great mix of both while hiding it within her just reading lol.
Kayla A on Aug 11, 2017
Christian homeschool coop uses this book and recommended your site. Thanks!
Catherine S on Aug 11, 2017
Looks like it will admirably meet all our Language Arts goals and has a Christian perspective! Actually interesting to me, and I believe it will be interesting for my children--I want them to enjoy this important subject. Rated well by Cathy Duffy reviews.Ordered this for second semester before high school starts next year for my oldest to cover literary devices thoroughly before literature.
User on Nov 11, 2016
We needed it for a homeschool literature class
Elisa G on Sep 6, 2016
See response to Illuminating Literature: Teachers Guide.
Claudia E on Aug 12, 2016
Jump In was a success with my reluctant writer. She's a voracious reader but has not enjoyed having to analyze literature. Based on our experience with this author's writing curriculum I ordered his for 9th grade English.
User on Aug 8, 2016
We completed the author's middle school and high school writing books and liked her teaching style and simple lesson plans. The material was clearly explained with helpful writing examples. I thought I'd give this book a try since the sample seems to demonstrate a similar teaching style with good literature selection, too.
Alicia M on Apr 18, 2016
I tried out the sample of this Text with my 10th grader & found it very thorough and yet easy to use. She enjoyed it and I felt she learned a lot with it, and it was straighforward and easy for me to facilitate. We are also going to try out her fiction writing course for next year. The author also has free online "I Read It" quizzes that are quick and easy checks for the student and I didn't have to grade them! A plus for a busy HS'ing mom!
Heather C on Apr 8, 2016
better fit for my non-fiction writer
Heather R on Jan 26, 2016
requirement
Leslie S on Nov 28, 2018
Christian homeschool coop uses this book and recommended your site. Thanks!
Catherine S on Aug 11, 2017
Which course should be completed first, this one or Characters in Crisis?
User on Feb 27, 2018
Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Student Text
Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Student Text
Illuminating Lit: Characters in Crisis Teacher Guide
Illuminating Lit: Characters in Crisis Teacher Guide
BEST ANSWER: According to my research, Characters in Crisis is the second part of the series. However, the author states that you can either one first. When I used" When World's Collide", this other curriculum was not available. You may want to look at the books to be read in each one and see if either set is more of what you are looking for (or perhaps a better fit for the student).
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