I can conjure up several wrong mental positions....
Perhaps worst of all, is reading a classic with a closed mind,
because what cannot enter the mind cannot enter the heart or soul."
Elizabeth Kamath ~ author of Lightning Lit
As a homeschooling mom, I want to ensure that my children not only enjoy reading, but know what it is they are reading, have a sense of the whole picture and not just some small bit of it., and be able to effectively write about it.
As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I have been introduced to a curriculum source I hadn't seen before from a company I am quite familiar with. An author of the curriculum wrote the quote I started this post with. You can read the enter quote here.
One collection that is offered by Hewitt is the Lightning Literature & Composition studies.
There are courses for Junior High and Senior High students. The Junior High courses are intended to be a full year course, while the Senior High courses are designed to be a semester long, but can be completed in a longer time if it suits the student.
Through the Lightning Lit courses, the student will read full-length novels, autobiographies, plays, essays, short stories, and poems to learn deep reading and composition skills. They will be given the proper guidance to fully understand what they are reading and learn how to write about.
This course covers the books
Beowulf, Piers the Ploughman
Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, & Canterbury Tales
The lessons that are taught are: story telling, imagery, symbolism, characterization, persuasive writing, drama, and description
The student guide is comprehensive and covers: comprehension questions, writing exercises, discussion questions, an additional reading list, semester and full-year schedules, and a bibliography. You can preview a sample chapter of the Beowulf book here and you will see that Hewitt has truly You will find the answers to all of the comprehension questions in the teacher's guide, too. So if you didn't learn about this while you were in school (and many have not), this guide will help you grade your student as well as offer support and encouragement. There is also a wonderful schedule in the teacher's guide that can help you prepare the lessons.
The Lightning Lit & Comp courses vary in price. For example, The British Medieval Pack that we received is $60.10 and the Grade 8 with Stories and Poem Pack is $125.95. The curriculum can be purchased separately from the books, if you already own them.
You can read reviews on all of these by clicking the link below.
Try Lightning Lit today and see if it is what you've been looking for in a literature curriculum : ^ )