Poetry & Short Stories: American Literature Set

Poetry & Short Stories: American Literature Set


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Grades: 7-12

Study includes pre-reading, vocabulary, comprehension questions, determining central idea, and essay topics. Brief timelines, descriptions of each era, and short bios of the poets are included. Book includes selections to be studied from Irving, Poe, Longfellow, Whittier, Holmes, Dickinson, Sandburg, Frost, and others.

Category Description for Memoria Press Poetry:

These courses examine poetry studies the way you would expect them to be covered by Memoria Press - excellent selections, classical organization, thorough and user-friendly. Studies at each level include vocabulary studies, analysis, and discussion questions. Student Guides are consumable worktexts; Teacher Guides contain the student exercises with completed answers. Some of the upper-level courses are transitioning student books to smaller-format (6"x 9") books with activities and questions designed to be completed in a separate notebook. Poetry for the Primary Stage is for Grades K-2, Poetry for the Grammar Stage is for Grades 3-7, Poetry & Short Stories: American Literature is for Grades 7 or higher and Poetry Books I-III are for Grades 8 and up.

Category Description for Memoria Press Literature Guides:

Well-organized, user-friendly, and academically challenging, these guides equip students to be active readers through thoughtful and purposeful study. Formatted similarly, each guide includes vocabulary, comprehension and discussion questions, quotations, composition, and literary analysis in increasing depth. Grade Level Packages are available for your convenience and align to the Memoria Press Literature and Poetry books grade level packages. Components are also available separately. For additional literature options from Memoria Press, please see the Alternate Literature or the Classical Literature options.

StoryTime Treasures and More StoryTime Treasures incorporate real books, rather than controlled readers, to advance phonics and reading skills, once a student has learned phonics. Student Guides at this level are different compared to the 2nd grade and up Literature Guides. Featuring a horizontal orientation for ease of writing, worksheets focus on vocabulary and comprehension. There's writing involved (7/16" lines with dotted midline) but the top binding makes it easy for either right or left-handed students. The teacher needs to take a quick peek at two pages at the beginning that give the plan for the Word Study, Read, Comprehension, and Language (introductory grammar) segments of each lesson. StoryTime covers four classic children's books in 14 lessons and 2 optional Christmas lessons. More StoryTime provides another 15 lessons and seven children's books. Teacher Guides for StoryTime and More StoryTime include a model lesson plan, overview, daily assignments for each lesson (which highlight phonics and vocabulary activities) and answers to the student pages. Packages are available for StoryTime Treasures and More StoryTime Treasures which include both student and teacher guides as well as the literature resources. Packages of literature resources only are also available. Optional Lesson Plans are available.

Beginning in 2nd grade, Literature Guides are organized around the Trivium with activities grouped into Pre-Grammar, Grammar (preparation and presentation); Logic (reasoning with facts, elements, and features) and Rhetoric (expression). Although there is consistency from lesson to lesson, the extra activity provided with each lesson is quite varied. Background information on the author and book is also included.

Student Guides for Grades 2-8 are consumable. Each book/story/poem is approached in much the same way, although with increasing depth. Vocabulary, comprehension/discussion questions, quotations, composition, and literary analysis activities are covered. Beginning in Grade 9, the guides transition to a smaller formatted (6” x 9”) non-consumable format. Students are encouraged to create a personal Literature Notebook. Currently, The Divine Comedy Student Guide is the last remaining full-size consumable literature guide available.

Teacher Guides provide valuable teaching information and full-text answer keys at all grade levels. Discussion talking points, reproducible quizzes and final tests (with answers) are included in numerous guides especially at the upper levels. The early grades differ a little bit in content in order to be more suitable for young learners.

Category Description for STUDY GUIDES & BOOKS:

Please note that a brief synopsis of many of the books included here are provided in our Library Builders section. Study guides for the same book are often available from several publishers, so we found it more efficient to give a description of the book only once.

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Memoria Press Literature Package
Heather G on Sep 5, 2023
Suggested by my wife, a middle-school English teacher.
Christopher H on Dec 19, 2020
Memoria Press Literature Package
Heather G on Sep 5, 2023
Stories are included in the text
dana s on Mar 1, 2023
Suggested by my wife, a middle-school English teacher.
Christopher H on Dec 19, 2020
For a co-op class
Holly S on Dec 18, 2020
use for a program class
Vickie B on Apr 25, 2018
To use as part of my American History course for my high schoolers
Lynn C on Feb 27, 2018
Memoria Press is the best classical education.
Jennifer N on Jun 1, 2017
Stories are included in the text
dana s on Mar 1, 2023
For a co-op class
Holly S on Dec 18, 2020
How many weeks does this curriculum cover?
User on Jun 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Memoria Press includes this with 4 novels for a complete 8th grade literature program. If you want just lesson plans for this book you can find them on the Memoria Press website.
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In depth questions for American Literature
I love the way this set is laid out, it's very easy to use. The teacher's guide, student workbook and the book of short stories/poems is included. This would be great for a full semester of American Literature. I purchased it with the plan to use just a few works within our planned 8th grade literature units, but now I plan to go back through and do everything we didn't use this year, next year!
December 15, 2020

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