Lightning Literature & Composition British Medieval Literature Student Guide
Students read in the following order:
- Beowulf(epic poem; anonymous author)
- Anglo-Saxon riddles (text is in this Guide)
- Piers the Ploughman(epic poem; possibly by William Landland)
- York Mystery Play Cycle 42, The Ascension (play; anonymous author; text is in this Guide)
- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight(epic poem; anonymous author)
- Selection fromThe Gest of Robyn Hode(epic poem; anonymous author; (text is in this Guide)
- "St. Thomas Becket" fromThe Golden Legend(biography; anonymous author; (text is in this Guide)
- Selections fromThe Canterbury Tales(tales by Geoffrey Chaucer)
Lessons include story telling, imagery, symbolism, characterization, persuasive writing, drama, and description. For example,Beowulf is used to teach foreshadowing,Piers the Ploughmanteaches allegory, andSir Gawain and the Green Knightteaches tone. This course makes an excellent companion for studying Medieval History.
The Student's Guide includes comprehension questions, writing exercises, discussion questions, an additional reading list, semester and full-year schedules, and a bibliography. Answers to the comprehension questions are in the Teacher's Guide.
Recommendations: Generally speaking, this course is more difficult than all the other Lightning Literature courses except the Shakespeare courses. Much depends on student interest in the material, however. This course is especially recommended for students who have completed at least two previous high-school level Lightning Literature courses, who are studying medieval history, and who are interested in medieval literature. These should not be viewed as restrictions; this course can profitably be used by high-school students of any grade regardless of which previous Lightning Literature courses they have completed.
Covering literature by British authors from the medieval time period. Literature selections include: Beowulf - epic poem (anonymous author), Anglo-Saxon riddles, Piers the Ploughman - epic poem (possibly by William Landland), "York Mystery Play Cycle 42, The Ascension" - play (anonymous author), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - epic poem (anonymous author), Selection from The Gest of Robyn Hode - epic poem (anonymous author), "St. Thomas Becket" from The Golden Legend - biography (anonymous author), and Selections from The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer).
Lessons include story telling, imagery, symbolism, characterization, persuasive writing, drama, and description. For example, Beowulf is used to teach foreshadowing, Piers the Ploughman teaches allegory, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight teaches tone. This course makes an excellent companion for studying Medieval History. The Student Guide includes information about the authors, comprehension questions, writing exercises, discussion questions and project suggestions, reading lists appropriate to the period or subject, semester and full-year schedules, and a bibliography. The Teacher's Guide is needed if you want the answers to the comprehension questions. It also provides a teaching schedule, teaching and grading aids, and a copy of the writing exercises and discussion questions for the teacher's convenience.
This book is most useful for upper level students who have completed at least two previous high school level Lightning Literature courses and who are interested in medieval history and literature. It is more difficult than all the Lightning Literature courses except the Shakespeare courses. and who are studying modern history.
Written directly to the student, well-organized, user-friendly (no teacher prep), and both traditional and diverse in the reading selections, these courses offer quality literary analysis coupled with step-by-step writing instruction. Assignments are thought-provoking and challenging.
Lessons follow a pattern: Introduction, (information about the reading) Selection, While You Read, Comprehension Questions, Literary Lessons, and Writing Exercises. Suggested activities enhance the studies: Vocabulary Notebook, Reading Journal, Biographies, Family Reading or Writing Nights, Oral Summaries, Writing Group, and (perhaps) Movies.
The Student Book includes instructional text, shorter works (i.e. poetry, excerpts), author background, discussion questions (comprehension, thought, literary), and writing exercises. The Teacher Guide provides answers, schedules, teaching/grading tips, rubrics, project suggestions/checklists, and grade-tracking records.
The twelve semester-long courses are listed in order of difficulty. Most students should start with one of the American Lit courses. There are required literature resources to use with each guide. While you may be able to locate some or all of the books at a library, we also offer Literature Packages for each course that include the Student Book, the Teacher Guide, and the necessary literature books.
"Reading should be fun, and writing should be satisfying." The author of this series believes this, and she has produced courses that try to keep that goal ever present. She WANTS students to enjoy themselves! Accordingly, reading assignments are comfortable - two novels, two non-fiction books, two short stories and several poems for the 7th grade course, for instance. Lessons are well-constructed and the excellent and thorough coverage includes vocabulary, comprehension, literary elements, composition, grammar, and mechanics.
The three components of this program are designed to be complementary and to be used together. The Student Workbook is the student's textual companion as they study the literature selections. This consumable book is the place for the student to "do" their work. It provides worktext space for all the essential exercises as well as some optional fun/reinforcement exercises.
The Teacher Guide is the "glue" that holds the whole program together providing a philosophical and methodical overview of the program and a weekly planning schedule (lesson plans) as well as chapter-by-chapter answers and teaching helps.
The last component is the excellent Literature Selections that are the heart of the program. Classics, familiar, non-familiar, poetry, and, occasionally, surprising choices all find their way onto the book lists for each grade level. While you may be able to locate some or all of the books at a library, we also offer Literature Packages for each guide that include the necessary books. You and your student are encouraged to read, enjoy, and profit from the year's literature studies. ~ Janice
Language arts programs listed in this section cover most areas of language arts (reading/literature, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting) in one curriculum, although some skill areas may be covered with less intensity than a focused, stand-alone course.
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