Teaching high school literature, especially when your kid’s a critic, can be a bit trying at times. Now, don’t get me wrong, it can be a lot of fun having a teenager who has an opinion about ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. It’s pretty amusing at times, but when it comes to trying to homeschool them on something important, like literature, they often find fault with the program.
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Teaching High School Literature (when your kid’s a critic)
We jokingly call my oldest son a critic. He has strong opinions and a knack for finding fault (any mistakes, errors, or weakness in any book, video, movie, or game). Well, he can find fault in just about anything he sets his mind to.
Even though it’s required for graduation, he wasn’t too thrilled with the idea that I had signed him up for this year-long literature course. Imagine my delight to find out – he actually likes it! Really!
It’s written in an easy going, conversational “tone” that is simple to follow. Right from the start, he found that he wasn’t going to be told WHAT to think about books, but HOW to take a deeper look at the characters, plot, and overall literary concept.
Best of all, my little critic is encouraged to form his own opinions and critique the literature. Discovering that he wasn’t required to “like” a book, just because it’s a classic or required reading, gave him the freedom to look at each book with his own critic eyes. Critiquing books and movies is fun.
Who knew that a literature curriculum could actually be fun? For a kid who loves sharing his opinions – it’s the perfect fit for sure! He even likes some of the books, and likes finding fault with the others. 🙂 Win – Win!
Students will read these books:
- Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
- The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
- The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West
- Peter Pan by Sir James Barrie
- Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
Guess what? Since the power to be a critic has been placed in his hands, I haven’t heard a single complaint about any of the course or required literature. It’s amazing how “partnering” with your teen in such a way can make all the difference.
As a parent, I like knowing that not only is he being encouraged to think for himself, but that he is guided through the process by a knowledgeable professional – who loves the Lord. My son can work on his own, share his opinions and ideas with me for family discussion time. His confidence grows with regards to studying literature as he works his way through this illuminating curriculum. I also love knowing that we are not only providing him what he needs to graduate high school, but preparing him for higher level thinking in college.
Illuminating Literature – When World’s Collide
The curriculum comes with the following:
- Textbook – $39.95
- Teacher’s Guide – $16.49
- Quiz and Answer Manual – $8.49
- Novel Notebook – Free
Teaching High School Literature and teaching teens to form their own opinions while learning literature IS possible without blood, sweat, and tears. Prepare them for college, and make sure they love language arts with the Illuminating Literature: When World’s Collide curriculum. Get the CREDS to graduate with THIS awesome curriculum here!!!
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