The Shakespeare courses are structured differently from the other courses in this series. Rather than each lesson focusing on one literary topic (such as character or conflict), each lesson examines various aspects of the play or sonnets (two sonnets are examined in each sonnet lesson). Lessons cover the following works of Shakespeare and topics, some in a general way, and others particular to the plays and/or sonnets:
- Four of Shakespeare's comedies read in this order:(Twelfth Night, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream,andThe Merchant of Venice)
- Sonnets 27, 28, 130, 136, 93, 138, 116, and 129 (included in this Guide)
- Shakespeare's life
- Schools of Shakespearean criticism
- Shakespeare's language (blank verse, irony, soliloquys, stage direction, alliteration, assonance, simile, metaphor, imagery, personification, repetition, puns, antithesis, oxymoron, allusion)
The Student Guide includes comprehension questions, writing exercises, ideas for additional projects, reviews of movies and video-taped theater productions of the plays, reading lists, schedules for using as a semester course or for a full-year course, and bibliography. Historical context and modern schools of Shakespeare interpretation are also discussed. The answers to comprehension questions are in the Teacher's Guide.
Recommendations: This course is especially recommended for students who have already taken at least two previous high-school level Lightning Literature courses, who are studying Renaissance history, and who are interested in Shakespeare. 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. Generally speaking, this course is more difficult than the two American Literature courses, Speech, British Christian Literature, and the two British Literature courses and about the same as British Medieval Literature. Much depends on student interest in the material, however.
Covering the Comedy Plays and some Sonnets by Shakespeare. Plays covered include: Twelfth Night, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Merchant of Venice. Sonnets covered include: Sonnets 27, 28, 130, 136, 93, 138, 116, and 129.
Lessons include Shakespeare's life, Schools of Shakespearean criticism, Shakespeare's language (blank verse, irony, soliloquys, stage direction, alliteration, assonance, simile, metaphor, imagery, personification, repetition, puns, antithesis, oxymoron, and allusion). The Student Guide includes information about the author, comprehension questions, writing exercises, discussion questions, ideas for additional projects, reviews of movies and video-taped theater productions of the plays, reading lists, semester and full-year schedules, and a bibliography. Historical context and modern schools of Shakespeare interpretation are also discussed. 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 Renaissance history and Shakespeare. The two Shakespeare courses are more difficult than most of the Lightning Literature courses.
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.