Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

From the time we began homeschooling, literature has always been a major part of our education. I think that, for the most part, my children all do enjoy literature, especially Botanist Boy. So he was eager to check out Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide, by Writing with Sharon Watson.

We received:
Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide (Student Book)
Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide: Teacher's Guide
Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide: Quiz and Answer Manual
Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide:Novel Notebook (Free PDF Download)

We also received the first two novels in the list of necessary books for this curriculum. (The books are sold separately.)
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

The books are sold separately from the curriculum. It is also stressed that it's best to purchase (or borrow from the library) the suggested editions, since all page references in the student book and teacher's guide are keyed to these versions, making it easier for the student to keep up.
This 302 page, 70 lesson worktext will guide your student through the books in a conversational way. To help your student stay on track and complete his assignments on time, there are weekly schedules and clear lessons. Your student will learn important literary terms and writer's devices, some of which are: pseudonym, protagonist and antagonist, satire, genre, tenses, plot stages, alliteration, simile, metaphor, euphemism, mirror scenes, and more.
The 102-page Novel Notebook is a free pdf downloadable file which coordinates with the worktext. Your student will answer questions in it, collect favorite passages, and record the conclusions drawn from what has been read from the book. Just print it off and place it in a 3-ring binder.
This quiz and answer manual is optional, and is available for those who prefer to take the quizzes on paper rather than online. In this manual you'll find the literary terms and "Yes, I read it" quizzes, and opinion surveys for each of the books your student reads.

You will find passwords for the online quizzes in the student worktext book or teacher's guide.
The teacher's guide contains grading grids and answers for all the lessons and discussions in the student worktext. You'll also find a suggested schedule for a book-of-the-month club for your teen and his friends. Some of us on the Crew who have been reviewing this set up a Facebook club.

I like that this course will help my high schooler be prepared for college literature courses. It's a two-semester course, providing him one credit in English.

We ran into a bit of a "speed bump" with this, since during the review period, Botanist Boy was at my brother's in Texas for nearly three weeks to help with Vacation Bible School. We've gotten a bit behind the rest of the Crew book club. Now that he's back home, we hope to quickly get back up to speed.

If you want a Christian literature curriculum for your high schooler, you'll want to check this out for yourself.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi, Wendy! What a gift you are giving your children that literature has always been an important part of their education!

    Thank you for your review!


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