Windows to the World: Introduction to Literary Analysis Student

Windows to the World: Introduction to Literary Analysis Student

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Item #: 042561
ISBN: 9780980100518
Grades: 9-12

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Why do certain literary works have the power to move us?

With step-by-step instructions, Windows to the World teaches high school level students how to analyze elements of literature: setting, plot, characterization, imagery, allusions, parallelism, and much more. This course also gives numerous examples and suggestions for helping students develop Christian discernment skills.

I'm itching to teach this course! Maybe it's the appeal of the topic - recognizing the power of literature to influence readers for good or for ill. Maybe it's the fact that this well-structured curriculum makes such a study very manageable. Maybe it's because the author adopts a warm, first person approach to the study. Whatever! I'm already devising ways to come up with students for a class now that my own homeschool students have graduated and moved on.

Windows to the World is a high school level course offered by the Institute for Excellence in Writing. The course presumes that its students will be able to write an understandable paragraph with a topic and clincher sentences and that they are interested in an academically challenging study. There are fifteen units often focusing on a particular aspect of literary analysis - annotations, allusions, plot & suspense, characterization, symbolism & emphasis, theme, setting, imagery, point of view, tone, and irony. The well-chosen short stories and poetry are "unlocked" and made to reveal their secrets through exercises, quizzes, essays, and projects. For instance, unit 7 is on characterization and has as one of its objectives to understand and recognize different kinds of characters, such as protagonist, antagonist, stock, and foil. This unit can be spread over one to two weeks with the unit plan presenting a set of 12 discussion points, projects, and assignments. These sometimes refer back to a previously studied piece for examples and sometimes present new tools like the "character arc" to aid in understanding. Some of the activities/questions listed are considered "core" and some are listed as supplemental or reinforcement. These designations are helpful in determining class priorities if time is limited or if you choose to complete the study over the longer time span. The Teacher's book provides background information for the stories, vocabulary exercises, detailed instructions (just short of scripted) for the main teaching points, sample essays, and suggestions for additional work. All questions and discussion topics have answers or talking points. Although the teacher would need to be comfortable with the topics and the studies, the support material is so strong that preparation would be minimal and success almost assured. Throughout the teacher's material the author is writing in first person making it seem as though you have a master teacher "holding your hand" and mentoring you through the entire course.

That same warm, first-person tone permeates the student book. Each unit includes well-illustrated (by examples) instructional information written directly to the student (not included in teacher's book). All literary material (short stories and poems) except some Bible passages is included in the student book (also not in teacher's book). Many of the activities involve worksheets which are provided in the student book and are reproducible for home and classroom use although families participating in a co-op class should be encouraged to purchase their own student materials. Both teacher's and student's books are required for the course with little overlap between the material in each.

Windows to the World is designed to be a semester course but could be taught in a condensed version in five or six weeks or extended to a year's study by adding the additional stories and projects suggested in the teacher's book. This course would definitely be considered a college-prep level course. Those completing it would be well prepared to continue on with Advanced Placement level preparation. Although the reading assignments are frequent, they are not massive. The author is wanting the student to spend quality thinking time with the material and activities, projects, and assignments work toward that goal. The student will be expected to write - often and well. Assignments are frequent and range from "quick write" paragraphs to researched essays. An unstated but very discernible goal of the course is the development and strengthening of the student's biblical and Christian worldview. Student - 194 pgs; Teacher - 129 pgs; both pb, spiral. ~ Janice

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Lesha Myers
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It was requested curriculum for school
Jacqueline G on Aug 5, 2021
required book for class
Karen M on Aug 9, 2020
It was requested curriculum for school
Jacqueline G on Aug 5, 2021
Needed for a class
Laura P on Jun 4, 2021
required book for class
Karen M on Aug 9, 2020
IEW resources provide sound, systematic instruction for classical education.
ALISSA on Aug 3, 2020
This is an excellent book for high school students who are preparing for college and need to improve reading comprehension and be able to write about literature.
Tina W on Jul 29, 2020
After 5 years of IEW lessons my oldest two are ready for some advanced literary analysis. This looks awesome!
Rachel G on Jul 10, 2020
It sounded good.
Jennifer P M on May 27, 2020
IEW recommends Windows to the World before using their Literature series
Jesse H on May 4, 2020
Our co-op literature decided to try it this year.
User on Aug 28, 2019
Required for a writing class
Carolina R on Aug 21, 2019
co-op requirement
Marie R on Jun 5, 2019
Required for tutorial class. We like IEW resources.
Leslie I on May 30, 2019
I would like a copy for myself so I can practice the skills with my child. I am very impressed by this book, and I hope to understand the intricacies of literature more than I have in the past.
Jason D on Sep 8, 2018
Need it for a co-op class
Kari V on Aug 23, 2018
It is a required book for my daughter's class.
Dennitza V on Aug 22, 2018
This is a required curriculum item for our co-op.
User on Aug 6, 2018
Recommended by our English language teacher
Jill A on Aug 4, 2018
homeschool co-op class
Jennifer O on Aug 3, 2018
required for class. Love IEW!
Tricia S on Jul 25, 2018
This is a really good literary analysis program that is for high school and can be finished in one semester.
Rebecca S on Jul 22, 2018
For a class
Larianne K on Jul 18, 2018
I used this resource with my older daughter and it prepared her beautifully for literary analysis. She is currently preparing for the AP Literature Exam and this was her starting point for understanding the literary analysis form.
Tracy B on Apr 23, 2018
I teach this class at a co-op and love this book!
Amy K on Feb 9, 2018
Book being used in a co-op.
Kay B on Aug 29, 2017
Windows to the World is truly an amazing curriculum. I ordered student books from Rainbow Resource because they are competitively priced and the shipping is waived. Thanks!
Darlene H on Aug 12, 2017
homeschool class requirements
Michelle P on Aug 9, 2017
Homeschool book recommended by other parents
Kimberly W on Jul 6, 2017
I chose this because this is the curriculum our co-op has decided to use.
Kimberly B on Jun 30, 2017
Needed for curriculum
Dayna H on Jan 13, 2017
teacher chosen title
Jessica E on Jan 9, 2017
My daughter is taking a literary analysis class and her teacher uses this book. I love how everything is together in one book.
Cynthia H on Sep 7, 2016
A mom at our co-op has taught this class and everyone who takes it-loves it
nicole f on Sep 1, 2016
For school
Anne D on Aug 26, 2016
Required for class curriculum.
Colleen V on Aug 21, 2016
For a class required book
Jennifer B on Aug 15, 2016
co-op class
Tina N on Aug 6, 2016
Required for the class
Anhthu P on Aug 5, 2016
homeschool co-op is strictly IEW from 3rd grade through HS. Great curriculum
Emily V on Aug 4, 2016
needed for a class
Michelle N on Aug 2, 2016
a teacher picked it.
Laura D on Jul 28, 2016
Wow!! Just the resource I needed to teach Literary Analysis to my students. Using this with a co-op and it provides me with the information and teaching help I need.
Lois S on Jul 27, 2016
required by tutor
Diane H on Jul 23, 2016
It is for a home school co-op class.
Katherine B on Jul 20, 2016
Required by teacher
Cindy T on Jul 1, 2016
I used this program for my older son; now for my younger. This is an excellent introduction to literary analysis at the high school level, plus it teaches Literary Analysis essays, which will be helpful for the new SAT.
Lisa C on Jun 16, 2016
I used Lesha Myers's other course, The Elegant Essay, and loved it!
Stephanie S on Feb 16, 2016
Required for a class
Beth H on Jan 7, 2016
for co-op
Corrine S on Dec 15, 2015
I needed another copy of this book. I already have the teacher's book.
Charlene M on Oct 15, 2015
I love the way IEW uses short stories in teaching students to annotate and analyze literature.
Justin S on Oct 2, 2015
Needed for a class
Laura P on Jun 4, 2021
IEW resources provide sound, systematic instruction for classical education.
ALISSA on Aug 3, 2020
can the whole book be downloaded online as a pdf ?
A shopper on Aug 31, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I don't think so. The students have to annotate multiple stories directly in the book, so you'd have to print a lot in order to complete the assignments. I don't think you'd save any money even if a PDF was available.
What does the teacher book contain that the student edition does not?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The teacher's book gives additional information to help the teacher to lead a discussion, extra assignments, teaching tips, and sometimes answers to the student pages.
Does each student need to have a student book if two students in the same family are using for independent study?
A shopper on Mar 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Because you are in the same family, the publisher allows for home use. "You may copy this Student Book for use by multiple children within your immediate family." If you use it outside of your family, each student must have a copy.
However, since they are using the book as an independent study, you may want a separate student book for each, as there are a significant number of exercise pages to be completed, as well as, a focus on annotations, (which means taking notes in the margin of the short stores). If you share a book, you will need to copy much of the workbook for the second student to have a clean worksheet, or short story to annotate.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Time consuming but WORTH IT!
Very time consuming for teacher and students but definitely worth it! We went slow and did a lot of the suggested extra assignments. By the end of the school year I was amazed and how well my kids could organize and write. Our son was very prepared for college English classes and I believe our daughter will be as well ( she was only in 8th grade when we used this curriculum)
February 9, 2021
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great Information, But Hard to Use
I tried to use this product in many ways. The teacher's guide comes with a downloadable syllabus and a separate curriculum, but I gave up on that after a few weeks because it became really confusing. As time went on, I also gave up trying to use the teacher's manual. The student book is where all of the meat is, and it is really great information! The stories are awesome. I felt like I learned a lot even as the teacher. However, the teacher's guide and student book are totally different. In hindsight, I don't think I would have even used the teacher book, but instead just read through the student book before class and taught directly from that. The only think helpful in the other guides (downloaded and teacher's guide) was the pacing. Some lessons are meant to take a couple of weeks... some are short and can be completed in one day. I felt like it was really a quality curriculum, and I loved the biblical worldview sprinkled in, but I wish it were easier to use!
October 25, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
It is a good curriculum to introduce literature analysis. Excited to get started. I love IEW curriculum.
June 4, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 1 out of 5
Not thrilled
Not thrilled
September 13, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great option. Does need instructor/parent involvement.
While written more for a classroom setting, this does work for an individual student and parent/instructor. Learning the skill to annotate is worth much for any student going forward. I wish I had this text with it descriptions, examples and exercises for learning literary skills when I was teaching in a classroom.
September 13, 2017
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Teaches well
I'm using this with a group, and I really like the content. Using it is a little clunky- I need a student book, and teacher, printed downloadable teacher notes and student assignments each week. We are using the Jill Pike syllabus, so I think is part of the reason. Everything is spelled out, though, and it is easy to use otherwise.
November 10, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I highly recommend Windows to the World Although it is a lot of work it will really help your child understand what is expected of them in an upper level literature class I am homeschooling a child who was very good at memorization but who did not want to really delve into thinking about things or writing about them After a lack of success with other books I decided to try this one which was technically below her grade level Other books concentrated on memorizing literary techniques but did not help her identify or appreciate them in the actual literature This one was different I have been a reader of classics for years but I have never annotated Oh I would underline something here or there or write an occasional comment in the margin but I never went through a work just to annotate nor did I ever mark things like literary devices In order to help my student I went through the same stories and annotated as she was supposed to do I discovered all kinds of things from short stories I was already familiar with and would have said I "knew"The literary criticism section was also exceptional It took us very slowly and systematically through the process As I stated previously my student is not one who naturally analyzes literature or reads between the lines The idea of having a conversation with the author or story was unfamiliar to her She was not accustomed to delving deeply What's more she has executive function deficits (simply stated her mind has difficulty organizing even what she knows) and writing papers has sometimes been difficult This curriculum led her slowly through the process in a way similar to IEW but at a higher level I was amazed at the papers we ended up with We can now apply these things to longer literary worksDo get both the Teacher's and Student books as both are really necessary Your child may balk at annotation at first and s/he may get really sick of "The Most Dangerous Game" before you go on to the next story but believe me it is worth itMy student btw has ADD and as I said has problems with executive function and working memory I had to work with her more closely than one might have to do with a student who did not have these problems but I feel it was very well-designed in a way that helped her
January 9, 2014

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