Read With the Best - American Literature I: 1500-1860 Student Workbook

Read With the Best - American Literature I: 1500-1860 Student Workbook

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ISBN: 9780980030259
Grades: 8-12

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FINALLY CREATE a love of literature in your high schooler with this hands-on and challenging curriculum devised by a high school literature teacher, homeschool mom and educational consultant of 37 years. TOTALLY prepare your student for the ACT, SAT, CLEP, AND AP exams with the teaching and understanding of literary analysis and literary terms, informative and descriptive writing, SAT/ACT vocabulary, and higher level thinking and reading skills. Volume 2 of Read with the Best American Literature continues in the same tradition of Volume 1 using The Norton Anthology of American Literature, but covers the time period 1860-1950. Students will experience authors such as Twain, Booker T. Washington, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Arthur Miller. They will read famous novels, short stories, essays, poetry, and plays and master the writing of free verse poetry, speeches, dramatic monologues, literary critiques, essays, and the MLA style research paper. Each lesson includes hands-on activities for all learning styles to solidify studied topics and encourage a love of literature. Students who complete the course can receive 2 and ¼ high school credits or more in literature, composition/writing, and American history. The literature in this course was chosen not only for its literary and analytical quality, but for its moral and inspirational quality as well. Adaptations are included for students with special learning needs.

Read with the Best American Literature Vol. 2 Teacher's Edition

This edition includes all answers to items in the Student Book, 5 Literary Terms tests and answer keys, and 7 Vocabulary tests and answer keys.

These books have been used with great success in home schools and home school classes for years and also work great in home school co-ops.

Category Description for American Literature I:

This is the first year of a two year program in American Literature. The author, Jil Dixon, chose to divide American Lit into two years instead of the typical one in order to provide more thorough author/works coverage, noting that many of these works provide excellent vehicles for the introductory literature and composition skills usually found in first year high school courses. Interestingly, there is enough background research required that each course can also be counted as a 1/4 credit in American history.

The course is organized into 34 weekly study units which include one or more literature selections. The two remaining weeks are reserved for review and tests. Each selections study includes author/setting background information (student researches); a "Words to Know" section that requires the student to determine the part of speech, provide synonyms, and use in sentences; and questions for both literary analysis and critical reading. Each week the student is challenged to "make it real." For instance: "Think of two examples of foils in literature or movies" or "Name at least one stereotype or stock character that Irving portrays in Rip Van Winkle." Writing assignments are also part of each weeks study. As previously mentioned, these are typically coordinated with Write with the Best. There is also a weekly "culminating activity". These activities vary greatly but tend to be more hands-on and often something that will be more meaningful and fun if done in a group. Vocabulary and Literary Terms Tests are given every six weeks.

The Student Worktext is consumable and designed to provide both an excellent study tool and comprehensive test-prep review material. Introductory material and a weekly schedule (in the form of a checklist) communicate to the student the courses independent study nature. Writing space for all assignments is provided although some students may prefer to complete the composition assignments on the computer.

The Teachers Edition is essentially a full-text answer key but also includes vocabulary and literary terms test masters (reproducible for family) along with their answer keys. There is also a research paper checklist that can be reproduced for the student.

Required resources: Many of the literature selections can be found for free online. If you prefer a print resource, most of them are available in the first volume of The Norton Anthology of American Literature Shorter 9th Ed. Although the Shorter 7th Edition is recommended in the introduction to the course, this is now out of print. All literature selections used can be found in the first volume of the Shorter 9th Edition, with these exceptions: The Letters of John and Abigail Adams, the poem "A Slave's Dream" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty" speech. The full-length work studied in this volume is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Although the Kaplan SAT Score Raising Classic version is recommended, this edition is currently out of print. We offer several other versions of this classic.

Other required resources used in this program include: Write with the Best Volume 2 (#019034), The American Heritage Dictionary and Thesaurus (#035790), Writing a Research Paper: A Step by Step Approach (#054413), and Writing a Research Paper Teachers Edition (#054414).




Category Description for Read with the Best:

You expect an excellent college-prep high school literature course to provide exposure to a comprehensive cross-section of literature, serious vocabulary study, extensive literary analysis, thorough reading comprehension coverage, and insightful writing instruction and assignments. This course delivers! With its emphasis on vocabulary and composition, it provides prep for the SAT/ACT as well as the AP Literature Exams or the Literature CLEPs. The author has chosen to divide American Lit into two years instead of the typical one in order to provide more thorough author/works coverage, noting that many of these works provide excellent vehicles for the introductory literature and composition skills usually found in first year high school courses. Interestingly, there is enough background research required that each course can also be counted as a 1/4 credit in American history.

Read with the Best (RWTB) coordinates with Write with the Best (WWTB) (by the same author, Jill Dixon). Volume 1 is occasionally referenced but Volume 2 is heavily drawn from to provide instruction and illustration for writing assignments in RWTB. What that means in practical terms is that for some of the writing assignments in RWTB, the student is told to read specific pages in WWTB and complete a series of daily assignments from WWTB leading to a particular type of written work.

The course is organized into 34 weekly study units which include one or more literature selections. The two remaining weeks are reserved for review and tests. Each selection's study includes author/setting background information (student researches); a "Words to Know" section that requires the student to determine the part of speech, provide synonyms, and use in sentences; and questions for both literary analysis and critical reading. Each week the student is challenged to "make it real." For instance: "Think of two examples of foils in literature or movies" or "Name at least one stereotype or stock character that Irving portrays in Rip Van Winkle." Writing assignments are also part of each week's study. As previously mentioned, these are typically coordinated with Write with the Best. There is also a weekly "culminating activity". These activities vary greatly but tend to be more hands-on and often something that will be more meaningful and fun if done in a group. Vocabulary and Literary Terms Tests are given every six weeks.

Many of the literature selections are taken from Norton Anthologies although they can also be found online. Additionally, one or more whole book studies are covered in each course. For the British Literature course, the author highly suggests that parents or students access audio versions of all literary works online or purchase them in audio format, noting that many can be downloaded free from the Internet.

The Student Worktext is consumable and designed to provide both an excellent study tool and comprehensive test-prep review material. Introductory material and a weekly schedule (in the form of a checklist) communicate to the student the course's independent study nature. Writing space for all assignments is provided although some students may prefer to complete the composition assignments on the computer.

The Teacher's Edition is essentially a full-text answer key but also includes vocabulary and literary terms test masters (reproducible for family) along with their answer keys. There is also a research paper checklist that can be reproduced for the student.

Born out of the author's experience teaching a home school literature class, these books are ideal for classes and co-ops, providing a good vehicle for meaningful discussion and skill mastery: essay-writing, oratory, etc. ~ Janice




Category Description for Read with the Best: American Literature:

You expect an excellent college-prep high school literature course to provide exposure to a comprehensive cross-section of literature, serious vocabulary study, extensive literary analysis, thorough reading comprehension coverage, and insightful writing instruction and assignments. This course delivers! With its emphasis on vocabulary and composition, it provides prep for the SAT/ACT as well as the AP Lit Exam or the Literature CLEPs. Volume 1 covers American Literature from Columbus through the troubled time preceding the Civil War. Completion of this course is the equivalent of one literature credit, one composition credit, and a ¼ credit in American history. (Isn't it refreshing to have someone recognize that literature provides historical insight?) The author has chosen to divide American Lit into two years instead of the typical one in order to provide more thorough author/works coverage, noting that many of these works provide excellent vehicles for the introductory literature and composition skills usually found in first year high school courses.

Read with the Best is coordinated with Write with the Best (by the same author, Jill Dixon). Volume 1 is occasionally referenced but Volume 2 is heavily drawn from to provide instruction and illustration for writing assignments in RWTB.

The course is organized into weekly study units which include one or more literature selections. Literature selections are taken from the Norton Anthology of American Literature although they can also be found online. These are typically whole works rather than excerpts. The study of each selection includes background information on the author/setting (student looks up); a "words to know" section that has the student determine the part of speech, provide synonyms, and use in sentences; and questions for both literary analysis and critical reading. Each week the student is challenged to "make it real." For instance: "Think of two examples of foils in literature or movies" or "Name at least one stereotype or stock character that Irving portrays in Rip Van Winkle." Writing assignments are also part of each week's study. As previously mentioned these are typically coordinated with Write with the Best. There is also a "culminating activity" weekly. These vary greatly but tend to be more hands-on and often something that will be more meaningful and fun if done in a group.

The Student Worktext is consumable and designed to provide both an excellent study tool as well as comprehensive test-prep review material. Introductory material and a weekly schedule (in the form of a checklist) communicate to the student the independent study nature of this course. Writing space for all assignments is provided although some students may prefer to complete the composition assignments on a computer program.

The Teacher's Edition is essentially a full-text answer key but also includes vocabulary and literary terms test masters (can reproduce for family) along with their answer keys. There is also a research paper checklist that can be reproduced for the student. ~ Janice




Primary Subject
Reading/Literature
Grade Start
8
Grade End
12
ISBN
9780980030259
Author
Jill Dixon
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Diagnostic Prescriptive
Weight
1.6 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.75" x 8.5" x 0.62"
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This will combine Language Arts, Literature and History.
Marie K on Apr 13, 2018
This will combine Language Arts, Literature and History.
Marie K on Apr 13, 2018
Do you have to buy the books you are meant to read or are they part of the curriculum ?
User on Jan 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The books are a separate purchase (or borrow from the library). They are not included with the curriculum.
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a good college prep curriculum
This was a very thorough curriculum! My daughter said it was on of the tougher courses she had done but she admitted it really helped her when she took the ACT. I love that students are required to use Norton's Anthologies, it's a great preparation for college literature courses. My one complaint was that a few of the assignments were confusing. Otherwise, I would highly recommend this program for anyone interested in a college prep curriculum. We look forward to using the British Literature program this year.
March 21, 2017

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