Read with the Best - American Literature Volume II: 1860-1950 Student Workbook

Read with the Best - American Literature Volume II: 1860-1950 Student Workbook

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ISBN: 9780980030273
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Read with the Best American Literature Vol. 2 is a 34 week curriculum that includes literature, extensive vocabulary, critical reading, critical analysis, critical thinking, writing (including an MLA style research paper), and SAT, ACT, CLEP, and AP preparation (see more about this below). Students who complete the curriculum can receive 2 1/4 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. Over 250 pages.

What else is unique about our program?1) Volume 2 starts with Civil War authors and ends in the late 1930's-1950's with writers of The Great Depression, World War II, and The Communist Red Scare.2) We use The Norton Anthology of American Literature, a book used in many freshman college classes.3) Students learn interesting facts about the lives of the authors before they read the material that they wrote. This helps them appreciate and understand their writing so much more.4) This course is also the equivalent of an SAT/ACT Verbal Preparation Course. SAT/ACT Guides and AP and CLEP Guides were used to write this curriculum.5) Hands-on activities are included in each lesson to ensure mastery and understanding of the content.6) Accommodations are made for students with special learning needs, so that students of all levels can complete this curriculum.
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




Category Description for American Literature II:

This is the second 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 second 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. Most of the literature selections used in the program are available in the Shorter 9th edition with these exceptions:

  • Walt Whitman: "Oh Captain! My Captain!" and "I Hear America Singing"
  • Edith Wharton: "April Showers"
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson: Mr. Flood's Party
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay: Recuerdo, Apostrophe to Man, I Forgot for a Moment
  • Ernest Hemingway: "The Big Two-Hearted River"
  • John Steinbeck: "The Leader of the People"
  • Eudora Welty: "A Worn Path"

The full-length works studied in this volume are: The Red Badge of Courage, Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, The Crucible and Our Town. You will also need these books to complete the assignments.

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).




Primary Subject
Reading/Literature
Grade Start
8
Grade End
12
ISBN
9780980030273
Author
Jill J. Dixon
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Diagnostic Prescriptive
Weight
1.65 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.75" x 8.5" x 0.62"
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We used Read with the Best American Lit Volume 1 this past year for 9th grade and it was very well laid out, comprehensive and easy to use. I also love that it specifically prepares the student for the ACT and SAT. So it was an easy choice to continue on with American Lit Volume 2. I highly recommend this curriculum!
Alyssa D on Jul 25, 2018
same as above
Marie H on May 25, 2017
We used Read with the Best American Lit Volume 1 this past year for 9th grade and it was very well laid out, comprehensive and easy to use. I also love that it specifically prepares the student for the ACT and SAT. So it was an easy choice to continue on with American Lit Volume 2. I highly recommend this curriculum!
Alyssa D on Jul 25, 2018
I liked the idea of it being a consumable workbook. It seems to have good study questions & vocabulary. I am still torn between this & the Master Books lit. But in the past, there were some things I didn't like about Master Books. So I'm going to look over this literature.
Mary L on Jun 2, 2018
same as above
Marie H on May 25, 2017
Online reviews-Cathy Duffy and others
Carole O on Oct 10, 2015
I liked the idea of it being a consumable workbook. It seems to have good study questions & vocabulary. I am still torn between this & the Master Books lit. But in the past, there were some things I didn't like about Master Books. So I'm going to look over this literature.
Mary L on Jun 2, 2018
Online reviews-Cathy Duffy and others
Carole O on Oct 10, 2015
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Easy to use. A nice guide for student and teacher through American literature. Includes daily work breakdown, vocabulary, literary terms, reading comprehension and writing guidelines.
September 6, 2016
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