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My ds will be using IEW TWSS and Fix It! for part of his English credit. We still need a literature program, preferably one that uses whole books or classics with little teacher involvement. I was hoping to find some study guides that we could pick and choose from according to his interest in the books. I have looked at Progeny Press but I don't think our school will accept those for high school credit. Any suggestions?
I highly recommend Hewitt's Lightning Literature. It's a Christian company, but I know many secular HS'ers who use it. My son has taken 6 of the LL classes and loves them.
I'll second Lightning Literature. I taught 9th-12th grade literature at co-ops for the past several years, and I really liked using Lightning Lit. Students read the books chronologically, so they can see the ideas of each era shift as they move through the curriculum. They read the WHOLE book, not excerpts, which is something I was looking for. (Short stories and poems are included in the curriculum.) American Literature is designed for 9th graders, British Lit for 10th graders, and then there are options for the older grades. (We went with Shakespeare.)
You can use them all at any high school grade, but I did notice that the American Lit book seemed to be a little bit easier than the British Lit book. And, of course, you can easily adapt the curriculum by skipping a book. (There will still be enough there. I think if I teach the American Lit book again, I may skip Moby Dick. Forgive me, Moby fans!)
I have always followed my own Literature program using Christian literature and classics. I always found printable lesson plans or webquest for each title of choice. Near the end of the book, we would order the movie of the book, if available, from the library.
Here are some titles we read:
Spirit of St. Louis- Charles Lindbergh
Carry on Mr. Bowditch
Tale of Two Cities - Dickens
Light in the Forest
Kidnapped - Robert Louis Stevenson*
Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne*
Pilgrims Progress - John Bunyan
Ivanhoe- Sir Walter Scott*
Swiss Family Robinson*
Robin Hood- Howard Pyle*
*Astericked books we found movies to watch.
Hope this helps! It made our literature fun and interesting.