a Study of American Writers
High School level, Literature-based Language Arts Curriculum for Homeschool Students
What would you think of a curriculum that
connects literature to significant historical
events, integrates writing skills, has a multitude of higher level thinking
activities, encourages students to examine and use new vocabulary and offers reading
materials on a variety of reading levels?
Our high school American Literature
curriculum, American Literature:
a Study of American
Writers, offers all of that and more. Utilizing whole, living books, your student
will examine the written works of great authors and poets such as Booker T.
Washington, Ernest Hemingway, Harper Lee and Anne Bradstreet.
This full year curriculum includes studying a
play, several novels, a novella and poetry. It incorporates the essay writing skills taught in our
Styles for High School and we strongly recommend that course as a prerequisite
to the rest of our literature and history courses. It is also possible for students to take the courses
concurrently with another of our courses, as they follow the same pattern of essay writing
A wide variety of activities and writing styles provides diverse
options for both parents and students. This curriculum also includes detailed
teaching and evaluation notes empowering parents to teach even if they don’t feel confident teaching
writing. It’s also designed for those self-motivated students who just need the books and
instructions. Evaluation and study tools round out this useful and literature infused course.
"Thank you for a wonderful literature program. We, as a family, were so glad to find
a literature program that will take us all the way through high school.We are currently
using American Literature.
When we discussed [my daughter's] honors assignment of a Crucible Newspaper her
response was "fun!" Again, when we discussed the assignments for "To My Husband and
Other Poems" her response was "fun!" I know that doesn't sound exciting...but she
was truly excited about her assignments and eager to get started.
Again, I want to thank you for putting this program together."
--Ann from SC
Other notable highlights
An introduction describing how to fully use the curriculum for credit and
how to choose the best assignments for your student
Literary units including goals and objectives,
literature summaries, warm up exercises and step by step instructions for reading and
Specific directions for optional honors
Evaluation directions, rubric usage and recommendations
for the teacher
Appendices containing helpful tools such as:
--graphic organizers for literary components
including plot mapping and characterization
--vocabulary lists and activity
--rubric directions and templates for each
See Table of Contents and a sample reading
selection for American Literature: a Study of American
This curriculum will allow your high school student to learn about literature,
history and practice strong writing skills while at the same time developing higher level thinking
skills. All of these elements combine to create excellent learning and life
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