Illuminating Lit: Characters in Crisis Student Text

Illuminating Lit: Characters in Crisis Student Text

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Item #: 069975
ISBN: 9781547069576
Grades: 9-12

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The Student Text (nonreproducible, 292 pgs, pb) focuses on characters: their motivations, conflicts, and point of view. Students will read author biographies, pertinent background information, and character elements in the literary context. They'll complete exercises either in the book or in the free downloadable "Novel Notebook" and complete additional activities of their choosing.

Teens feel at home with the welcoming tone of this course as they read fun facts, compelling background information, and author bios that draw them into the novels and stories.

By the end of this course, your teen will have learned almost100 literary terms and devicesas they occur naturally in the selections. They'll also gain an appreciation for fine literature and be aware of the powerful tools authors use to get in your teen's head.

Weekly reading schedules and clearly numbered lessons help students complete their assignments on time.

Using this literature course's relaxed, yet in-depth approach (appealing to reluctant readers while providing solid college-prep), spend a year reading and analyzing good and insightful literature. The characters you'll come to know in this course are each facing a crisis. Dive deeply into five novels and a selection of short stories and other works. Examining ideas in a Novel Notebook (free online) and through potential small group discussions, students will develop tools to become more discerning readers-and thereby become more powerful writers themselves. Using the Teacher's Guide, Student Text, and Quiz/Answer Key (optional), study the "nuts and bolts" of literary analysis along with key themes. For example, in Frankenstein, consider what being 'human' means and in Silas Marner, explore what betrayal feels like. Though a Christian perspective course (with the Bible as the ultimate truth), the literature selections themselves don't necessarily represent that position. However, in your home, co-op or classroom, they can be evaluated through the lens of the Christian worldview.

The Student Text (nonreproducible, 292 pgs, pb) focuses on characters: their motivations, conflicts, and point of view. Students will read author biographies, pertinent background information, and character elements in the literary context. They'll complete exercises either in the book or in the free downloadable "Novel Notebook" and complete additional activities of their choosing.

Some works are included in the student text, either in full or as Web links. Since the text references specific page numbers of novels, the recommended book editions are listed below. Available online on are password-protected quizzes with grading (or purchase the Quiz/Answer Key), supplementary material and the free downloadable "Novel Notebook" to record student work. In addition to the five novels, students will also read a biography/autobiography of your own choosing, and the short stories "A Jury of Her Peers", "A White Heron", "The Garden of Forking Paths", "Haircut", "The Lady, or the Tiger?", "The Souls of Black Folk: Of the Passing of the First-Born" and "A Child's Christmas in Wales."

The Quiz/Answer Key provides a duplicate paper form of the online quizzes and is reproducible for family use only (53 pgs, pb). The indispensable Teacher's Guide (nonreproducible, 173 pgs, pb) contains an explanation of all aspects of the literary analysis; key themes; a schedule of what to do before, during and after reading the selection; answers to student questions (when not open-ended), suggestions for further reading and study; and grading grids. ~ Ruth

Category Description for Illuminating Literature:

From Sharon Watson, the author of the composition programs, Jump In and Power in Your Hands, comes a high school literature program designed to help your students become more knowledgeable and discerning analytical readers and, thereby, more powerful fiction writers.

Watson asserts that a key element in literature (and in our fallen world) is conflict. Therefore, this course highlights literature with multiple levels of conflicthence the "worlds collide." Not only can literature reflect our fallen, sinful state, but it can also uplift and encourage us. It is from these premises that this program approaches literature study. The Program Goals are to identify literary elements, terms and writing devices; interpret novels from a balanced, Biblical perspective; provide group and multiple learning-style activities; engender a love of fine literature; and strengthen vocabulary.

Two particular course components of note are the Novel Notebook and group discussion. Students are required to create their own Novel Notebook to record specific observations and answers to questions as they read. Free downloadable notebook pages are available from the publisher. The group discussion might seem a little contrived if you are working with just one studentbut once you and your student get to discussing literature, I think you'll have a grand time. To facilitate the group discussion component, homeschoolers could also use the curriculum as a spine with other students for a book-of-the month club (suggestions included).

The course design studies a literary classic each month (8 total). The literature was selected based on the particular "colliding worlds" (the various types of conflict exposed), literary value, and the potential to help students make moral, ethical, spiritual and life choices from a Godly perspective. The author strongly advises using approved editions (ISBN's provided) since questions and discussions reference exact literature pages. The order of the unabridged literature is Pudd'nhead Wilson; The War of the Worlds; The Friendly Persuasion; Peter Pan; Warriors Don't Cry; A Tale of Two Cities; Farenheit 451; and The Screwtape Letters. We will have a literature pack for your convenience. You may think Peter Pan an unusual choice for high school curriculumI did. However, Watson states that this novel's inter-generational conflict themes are missed by young readers and she assigns this book at the teen level to revisit and explore issues in more depth. Keeping the curriculum teen-friendly is a central theme. The literature choices and the tone/style of the student books were written with a teen audience in mind (students take a vocabulary "quizzola," for example). The author intends this as a 2-semester literature class (1 high school credit). Since the author writes assuming an audience with no literature background and the grading is strongly completion based, this course would serve well as an introduction to literature. The Teacher Guide and Student Book are required for this course. The Quiz and Answer Manual is required only if you do not wish to use the available online quizzing.

The easy to follow Teacher's Guide is written directly to the teacher. If you feel a bit intimidated teaching literature, this guide, although not scripted, will provide what you'll need to aid your student. Four pages of the TG provide an overview of the key topics covered each month. Answers for all student work and detailed responses to discussion questions, along with where to locate these answers in the literature, are provided. Grading and evaluation are straightforward and fairly simple. The overall course grade is comprised of 3 components: the Grading Grid score, a vocabulary grade and activity grade for each book. The teacher will use the reproducible Grading Grid to evaluate the student's work. With this measuring tool, students are graded on 7 tasks. For five of the tasks, teachers evaluate only the student's level of completion/involvement in certain tasks. The final two evaluations are comprised of the Yes, I Read It (reading comprehension) and Literary Terms quiz grades.

At the end of each chapter, students choose from various multiple-learning-style activities that expand on and respond to literary themes: mapping, writing music, reenacting, history, imitating, responding to author or characters, etc. The TG provides brief suggestions and guidance for these activities. However, the teacher will decide how activities are evaluated. 8.5" x 11" 182 pp, sc.

The Student Text is fairly self-directed, written as a conversation to the student. Students are guided, step by step through learning about and responding to their reading. Each chapter covers one book in 6-9 lessons. The lessons combine instruction and workbook into one format so that students respond to questions as students read through the text. As they complete their study of the literature, students must evaluate the conflict "colliding worlds" (man vs. man; man vs. ideas, etc.) involved, complete the quizzes and survey, take a vocabulary "quizzola," and complete the final, culminating activity. An "If You Liked This Book" section includes a list of additional readings. 8.5" x 11" 285 pp, sc.

The Quiz and Answer Manual is designed for those who prefer their students take quizzes and surveys on paper rather than online. For group classes, the author recommends completing quizzes, etc., by following online links through the publisher's website (link included in texts). It contains all quizzes and answers for each literature book studied: Yes, I Read It quiz, Literary TermsOpinion Surveys. Each quiz utilizes a form of multiple choice. Don't let the term "survey" make you think these are optional. These encourage students to apply what they've read to their own situation with multiple choice and also some written "response to literature" questions. Permission to copy for personal use. 8.5" x 11", 101 pp, sc.

Items may be purchased individually or as a set that includes: Quiz/Answer Key, Student Text,and Teacher Guide.

If you select the free Online Quiz option (for the Yes I read It and Literary Term quizzes and Opinion Surveys) answers are graded automatically. For each quiz, students will receive an emailed report including the questions with their original answers, the correct answers and their final quiz score. The online quizzing and online grading option is interesting. Many colleges incorporate some online course component, so this would be a way to introduce your homeschooler to this method without a costly investment. ~ Ruth

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co-oop class
Allison S on Jul 30, 2021
book needed for independent study class
susan s on Aug 11, 2020
co-oop class
Allison S on Jul 30, 2021
James S on Apr 25, 2021
book needed for independent study class
susan s on Aug 11, 2020
More variety of resource material (not only books) and included in text or linked. Also chose for writer's pleasant tone - hope my student will enjoy more.
Jessica on Apr 10, 2018
We chose this book because my teen liked Sharon Watson's writing style and because it teaches a variety of resources (not just books).
Jessica on Apr 7, 2018
We did the worlds collide in this series. My boys requested doing the next in this series for literature.
Veronica W on Feb 19, 2018
James S on Apr 25, 2021
More variety of resource material (not only books) and included in text or linked. Also chose for writer's pleasant tone - hope my student will enjoy more.
Jessica on Apr 10, 2018
Does this include any composition?
Jessica on Apr 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Some of the activities include writing opportunities but there is minimal instruction in this book. However, there are free writing lessons to accompnay the course from the publisher's website.
Do I need to buy specific versions of the books covered in this program?
A shopper on Feb 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the course does require specific versions of the books. The good news is that except for one they are all Dover Thrift Editions.

Silas Marner
Much Ado About Nothing
Sense and Sensibility
The Hobbit
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Enjoyable and well-written language arts program
Both our daughters and I really enjoyed this resource, which includes many and numerous questions about theme, character motivations, and literary techniques, as well as built-in quizzes (online although print is available), worksheets and creative activities relating to the reading (could be a weekly or final presentation) of the student's choice. Some of the short works are already printed in the text. The actual books are purchased separately. The teacher's guide includes an answer key to the questions, which are excellent discussion points. My daughters really liked the literature selected because of their in-depth understanding of the it. We will use it again.
July 22, 2019
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