American Literature Set

American Literature Set

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Item #: 057851
ISBN: 9780890517758
Grades: 10-12

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The History of Plimoth Plantation, The Navajo Origin Legend, The Iroquois Constitution, Religious Affections, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry's Speech in the Virginia Convention, The Declaration of Independence, Abigail Adams's Letter to her Daughter from the New White House, Thanatopsis, The Devil and Tom Walker, works by Edgar Allen Poe, The Scarlett Letter, Walden, Billy Budd, Negro Spirituals, The Gettysburg Address, I Will Fight No More Forever by Chief Joseph, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Red Badge of Courage, Ethan Frome, A Farewell to Arms, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Unvanquished, The Pearl, The Emperor Jones, the Little Foxes, The Glass Menagerie, The Crucible, A Separate Peace, Cold Sassy Tree, The Chosen, and select poetry.

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Some things get better and better. Now in its fourth edition with a new copyright, these literature and critical thinking courses by Dr. James Stobaugh remain academically challenging with an underlying biblical/Christian worldview. With the revision, the courses have become geared more toward student independent work. When paired with the author's complementary history courses, they provide integrated and cohesive history/literature/writing credits.

American, British, and World Literature are survey courses characterized by rigorous, college-prep academics with an emphasis on effective composition that are worthy of an Honors designation. The author clearly believes that accomplished rhetorical skills are at the heart of apologetics - a systematic argumentative discourse in defense of Christianity and that high school literature courses are a necessary training ground.

The scope and breadth of the literature selections is . . . . well, not for the faint-hearted. Masterful, comprehensive; and challenging; selections include short stories, historical narratives, epic poetry, essays, poetry, novels, and plays. Many of the smaller works (poetry, essays, historical works and some excerpts) are included in the student texts with the larger works (listed below) usually available at the public library, in audiobook versions, or online. Chapters (one per week; 34 per year/course) typically cover several smaller works (or one larger work) and include five lessons. Only occasionally will a literary work span more than one week. Students should be prepared to read 200 or so pages per week and it's recommended they also get a jump ahead by reading through the whole book's list the preceding summer. Since reading classic and well-written literature is the best means of increasing vocabulary, students are encouraged to create vocabulary cards, with the word on the front and its meaning, part of speech designation, and use in a sentence on the back.

Each course is designed as a two credit course in writing and literature. The courses do not call themselves "honors"; however, these rigorous courses are worthy of the designation. Likewise, while not calling themselves AP lit courses, a student who has competently completed all three of these courses could feel confidant that they have acquired many, if not most, of the skills required for those exams. However, if a less intense course is desired, it would be possible to "tweak" the assignments and still have solid college prep courses, as long as you were careful to preserve the breadth and depth of the reading and writing requirements.

A significant focus of each course is interacting with a biblical and Christian worldview. Students are encouraged to keep a daily prayer journal and are routinely challenged to consider literary components in light of that worldview. Essay questions often ask the student to compare/contrast/relate various aspects of the reading assignment to the Bible, Christianity, or a biblical worldview. The first chapter in American Literature is a short worldview survey and analysis course.

Students are encouraged to work independently. This is a change from earlier editions which were somewhat dependent on teacher-student interaction. Discussion is always a significant aspect of vibrant literary education (in my opinion), but format changes in this edition prompt the student to complete much of the preliminary analysis on his/her own. Each lesson includes a Concept Builder. These utilize a graphic organizer format and include a wide range of literary analysis techniques. For instance, in World Literature, CB 20-B compares the different views of hell held by Dante, Goethe, and Sartre. British Literature's CB 14-E uses an arrow graphic to trace the development of Crusoe's Christian maturity. In American Literature's CB 6-D the student cites passages from a short story to illustrate humorous and serious aspects of the story's tone. Although a student could complete these courses with relatively little interaction with either a teacher or fellow students, I think a discussion group or a weekly "mentor" meeting with a parent/educator would be a wonderful addition.

Chapters and Lessons follow a pattern. As an example, let's look at Chapter 8 from American Literature. (Chapter 8 covers Romanticism through the New England Renaissance:1840-1855.) An introduction to the chapter includes "First Thoughts" - an overview - and "Chapter Learning Objectives" stated in a general form and then in detailed specifics. The student looks over the Weekly Essay Options (found in the Teacher Guide) and is told what reading they should be doing to stay ahead of the Lessons. Daily Lessons focus on either a specific literary selection (i.e., short story, part of a novel, poetry, essay, etc.) or on background or supplemental information. Daily assignments include a Warm-Up (interacting with a reading selection), completing a Concept Builder, reviewing required reading, and working on an assigned essay. It is expected that the teacher will assign (or the student will select) one essay to be completed each week, but the student will likely be asked to outline other essays (from the suggested list) as well. Lessons are varied and may include: background/author or period information; analysis aspects of specific works; or related essays or poetry. Essays are due at the end of each five-lesson chapter, and chapter tests are assigned weekly. Tests include objective questions, discussion questions, and short answer questions. While Dr. Stobaugh suggests the lessons can be completed in 45-60 minutes, I think it will take somewhat longer unless the student has completed most of the reading assignments ahead of time and is a skilled essayist.

These courses do assume both experience in and a certain degree of ease with essay writing - particularly response to literature essays. There is virtually no writing instruction other than some help in and prompting for completing various steps in the process. Essay topics are derived from the lessons and include Critical Thinking (taking the reader from simple recall to digging more deeply into the meaning and interpretation of the novel), Biblical Application (considers the novel, or part of it, in light of Scripture), and Enrichment (usually literary criticism where the student examines particular literary constructs, such as tone, plot, style, characterization, setting, or theme, and sometimes applications to other disciplines or subjects.

The Student Text includes the Lessons/Chapters which are self-contained, often including the Literature selections as well as the Concept Builders and assignments. A Glossary of Literary Terms and a Book List for Supplemental Reading are included in the back of the book. Around 500 pgs pb.

The Teacher Guide includes chapter-by-chapter "helps": chapter introductions, daily lessons, Concept Builder answer keys, essay answer summaries, and chapter test answer keys. Essay options for each chapter and chapter tests (reproducible for families and small classes) are available in the back of the Teacher Guide (and online as downloads). Around 350 pgs, three-hole punched, looseleaf.

Supplies needed by the student include: notepad/computer for writing assignments, pen/pencil for taking notes and for essays, a prayer journal, daily concept builders, weekly essay options, and weekly tests (available either in the Teacher Guide or as free downloads). Literature needed is either included in the Student Book (shorter pieces) or listed below. ~ Janice

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My daughter needs HS Lit, and this looks good.
Tina H on Aug 8, 2018
I love the critical analysis questions included in this set, the book selections and the essay prompts. A friend gave me the older version student book, but it really helps to have a teacher's guide, I think. I'm hoping the new format will be filled with the great content. It looks like new thinking tools have been added. It seems the newer version is a little easier to read.
Anne H on Jan 7, 2016
My daughter needs HS Lit, and this looks good.
Tina H on Aug 8, 2018
Love that it is a week by week curriculum and it heavy in actual literature
Alexis G on Aug 22, 2017
I love the critical analysis questions included in this set, the book selections and the essay prompts. A friend gave me the older version student book, but it really helps to have a teacher's guide, I think. I'm hoping the new format will be filled with the great content. It looks like new thinking tools have been added. It seems the newer version is a little easier to read.
Anne H on Jan 7, 2016
Love that it is a week by week curriculum and it heavy in actual literature
Alexis G on Aug 22, 2017
How is this version different from the original? Can the new be used with the old or would it be better to update altogether?
A shopper on Jun 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The order of the topics and chapters is chamged. I believe the flow is better. It also aligns more closely with the order of other high school chemistry books in the way the material is organized. Great content and improved, in my opinion.
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Rated 5 out of 5
A Great American Literature Course
A literature course not for the faint of heart, students earn two full credits: one for writing and one for literature. It covers American Literature beginning at the start of the New Land and journeying to present day over 34 weeks of study, five days a week. This is a great course to teach student responsibility because it is set up for independent learning. Expectations include reading sometimes 200 plus pages in a week, practice writing or giving oral responses, weekly essays, and more. Weekly objectives and the read ahead schedule is very clear at the beginning of each chapter. I would definitely take the recommendation to heart to have your student start reading the literature the summer before starting this course in order to lessen their load throughout the year.

Challenging, yes. Even as a parent, learning how the course is designed and scheduled wasn't a walk in the park, but this course is so rich and beautiful with the classics that are studied, it was worth the little bit of extra time in understanding how it is set up. I love the way that it maintains a biblical worldview even as you read from authors with different views and beliefs. This course will prepare any student preparing to further their education beyond high school.

The Teacher Guide for American Literature includes answer keys, student objectives, daily concept builders, and weekly essays and tests. In reading how to use this guide, it makes it clear that this course can be adjusted in difficulty and alternate books, movies, or plays can be used if you find one you would prefer your student to not be exposed to.

This guide follows the five lessons a week, over 34 weeks of study structure. Even though this course is set up for independent study by the student, as a parent, you will still need to be involved to complete grading and feedback. Honestly, I love this course and have enjoyed going through it also!

For each lesson, the assignments for the day for the student are listed, as are the answers for the daily concept builders. Essays options are listed for each chapter, along with answer summaries, as well as the chapter test answers, and discussion question answers. I appreciate that the teacher guide also includes the first thoughts and author worldview watch, as well as learning objectives and the recommended reading ahead schedule. This makes it easy to follow along with your student without needing access to their student book.
January 31, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5
AP Level Course
This set includes both the Teacher Guide and the Student Text book. Both are necessary for the course. Parents should know there is reading for the course that your student should read before starting the course or at a minimum before the lesson begins. The list is included in the front of the book and also includes a few websites where you may be able to get the books for free to read if they aren't available in your local library and you don't want to purchase.

This course is for both writing AND literature - if you are tracking credits, students get a credit for each portion (2 credit course). Warm-ups, Concept builders, Daily reading and weekly essays and tests are part of each lesson. Each chapter is broken up into 5 lessons.

I appreciate the supplemental reading list at the end of the book - we are always looking for more to read. I also appreciate the schedule options supplement pdf that can be found on the American Literature page of the MB Website - "American Literature Schedule Options" - It gives options for when to start and end reading each required book. This is a course you will want to preview and plan ahead with, it is not as open and go as many other Master Books courses.

I love that American Literature and American History - both by Stobaugh - line up. Students can do both together and complete Writing, Literature and History in under 2 hours. I personally believe that having the connections between the texts will help solidify the information learned in each course.

The course begins with a discussion on Worldviews and how we form the worldviews we have. The text helps the student define their own worldview - and that of their family. From the discussion on worldviews, the text moves on to Literature starting in the late 16th century and moving through the different periods, all the way through literature of today. I find that, while advanced and could be used as an AP course, students should be able to keep up with the concepts discussed within each lesson. The author does a great job laying it out and tying in the readings so they don't seem "pointless" to your student. There is a lot of vocabulary throughout the text (and readings) that your student may need to keep flash cards as he or she learns the new words.
January 30, 2023

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