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  • Item #: 069875
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  • Item #: 066468
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    120 class periods; 91 video lessons; 204 workbook pages. 6 Fiction lessons; 5 Nonfiction lessons; Novel Study (22-29 days): Night; and 5 Poetry lessons.

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    150 class periods; 108 video lessons; 211 workbook pages. 8 Fiction lessons; 6 Nonfiction lessons; Novel Study (20-25 days): Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; and 6 Poetry lessons.

  • Item #: 066470
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    150 class periods; 101 video lessons; 219 workbook pages. 7 Fiction lessons; 5 Nonfiction lessons; Novel Study (31-38 days): The Hobbit; and 8 Poetry lessons.

  • Item #: 066471
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    150 class periods; 101 video lessons; 219 workbook pages. 7 Fiction lessons; 5 Nonfiction lessons; Novel Study (31-38 days): The Hobbit; and 8 Poetry lessons.

  • Item #: 066467
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    150 class periods; 108 video lessons; 211 workbook pages. 8 Fiction lessons; 6 Nonfiction lessons; Novel Study (20-25 days): Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; and 6 Poetry lessons.

  • Item #: 066469
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    120 class periods; 91 video lessons; 204 workbook pages. 6 Fiction lessons; 5 Nonfiction lessons; Novel Study (22-29 days): Night; and 5 Poetry lessons.

  • Item #: 010792
    ISBN: 9781882514304
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    After being out of print for a while, it's a pleasure to have this study once again available. With an emphasis on interactive discussion and worldview, the guide provides a lesson-by-lesson framework for studying some of the major works of ancient literature – The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. Using an inductive approach, the student is encouraged to use three steps – observation, interpretation, and application – in coming to an understanding of the literary piece. Only after spending some time reading, absorbing, and comprehending the selection does the student seek to discover what others have said about it. The goal is for the student to be able and prepared to evaluate the opinions of others because they have formed their own thoughts first as opposed to just internalizing what others have thought and written.

    The course is divided into 24 lessons, each one taking about a week to complete. This is just about right for the literature component of a high school English course. You could easily lengthen the course to encompass the entire school year (30 or 36 weeks) by inserting writing assignments between the sections. As an example, let's look at the study of Oedipus Rex, which starts with some background information on the Greek Theater. This is to bring the student "up to speed" so to speak and includes all the basic information that a Greek theater-goer would know – such things as the story of Oedipus, how the play is organized, and who appears in the play. There are five lessons covering this reading selection, each organized similarly. First is a list of People and Places along with vocabulary that the student is expected to be able to identify and define. Then follows some reading sections, each accompanied by a set of comprehension questions (i.e. who, what, describe, how, etc.) An early lesson in the series gives some instruction on a literary analysis device – Dramatic Irony – and subsequent lessons ask the student to look for examples. In the second lesson in the series, an Overview Chart is introduced. The student uses this graphic organizer to identify and organize the main events and characters from the play. The series of lessons concludes with an in-depth Essay Question. The course includes four lessons on biblical literature and the Epic of Gilgamesh, four on The Odyssey, five lessons on Oedipus, five on Antigone (please note that both Sophocles' Antigone and the twentieth century play by Jean Anouilh are studied), and a final summary lesson.

    The text is designed as a consumable student workbook providing space to write the short essay answers to the comprehension/discussion questions. It could easily be used as a non-consumable by having the student keep answers in a separate binder/notebook. There are no answers given or an answer key. The parent/teacher is encouraged to be a participant along with the student in completing the readings and discussions. Although I understand this rationale and even agree that this approach is optimum, nevertheless, speaking as a mom, I would have appreciated some talking points.

    Compared to some, this is a relaxed study. This should not be interpreted as "lightweight." There's plenty here – both in organization and in the literature selections and discussion – to provide a challenging examination of ancient literature. One of the best features of the entire course is the fact that it starts with a four-lesson study of Daniel (the literature and culture of the Babylonians) and Genesis (creation, flood, and Tower of Babel) in order to assure that the student is well-grounded in biblical events and principles. Another excellent feature is the final worldview lesson. Although most ancient literature is the literature of pagans, this study provides the biblical grounding to make certain the study is profitable.

    Although a specific book list is not provided, it's obvious that specific versions of these works are being referenced because of the page numbers given throughout the lessons. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 047351
    ISBN: 9781613220238
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    ISBN: 9781613220245
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  • Item #: 044214
    ISBN: 9781420680577
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    This book provides practice for older readers to enhance their reading skills, using a variety of different texts similar to what they would come across in their daily lives. It is divided into two parts: Key Reading Skills and Reading Texts. The first part focuses on specific skills, including scanning, predicting, working out word meanings, understanding a writer's purpose, understanding complex sentences, interpreting graphs and tables, inferring, and reading critically. Each unit focuses on one of those skills, with a brief explanation on what the skill is, how to use it, and why you might need to use it. A follow-up activity provides practice in using the skill, with an example text to read, and a series of related short-answer questions to complete. In the second part, students are given a variety of texts, including excerpts from textbooks, articles, novels, web pages, film reviews and cartoons. Three groups of activities accompany every text, one to complete before reading the text, one designed to test recall, and one intended for a student's personal response to the text. All in all, the book has a very no-nonsense visual appearance, with black-and-white pages and few illustrations. If your previous reading comprehension program does not cover this age level, or you feel that your junior high student could use some additional reading skills practice, you might consider this one. 30 units (lessons) total, with answers included in the back. Reproducible for classroom or family use only. – Jess

  • Item #: 017555
    ISBN: 9781891975097
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    This complete, one-year literature course was designed for high school but would be great for a middle school study as well. The course uses classic novels that have been made into movies to introduce and study the elements of literary analysis. Student discussion and composition questions are provided for each of the seventeen movies featured. An extensive teacher's guide and answer key are included for the questions asked. A glossary of important literary terms is also given, as well as a final exam which tests literary elements learned from each movie. The course not only provides students the skills needed to dissect different literary aspects of books, it also teaches them to discern underlying messages in movies rather than simply absorbing them. Whether you want your students to read the novels first and then watch the movies and analyze them, or merely watch the movies alone, this book provides great guidelines and offers students the tools they need for prompting literary analysis. ~ Rachel S.
  • Item #: 046123
    ISBN: 9781882514458
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    Continuing their literature series and including many of the characteristics of the Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Literature, this course is designed to provide the first year of a three-year survey of British and American Literature. Again utilizing whole works rather than excerpts, this course includes studies of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and selections from the Canterbury Tales and Hamlet (including the modern, worldview-shifting perspective from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead). There are 23 lessons, each expected to take about a week to complete, written directly (and often with a subtle, tongue-in-cheek humor) to the student, leading them to dig deeper into the shades of understanding of the literary piece as well as the culture and worldview of the author. The study guide – really a consumable worktext providing both the questions and plenty of space to write responses – starts with "typical" questions such as vocabulary development and sequence of events, but there is a spiraling intensity as the questions continue that quickly draws out more thoughtful responses. Most of the literature selections are written from a Christian worldview perspective.

    There are occasional writing suggestions (but no writing instruction) and many of the questions could be deepened into essays. Parents are strongly encouraged to read along with the student, and while I always think this is an excellent idea, I tend to be a little irritated when forced to do so: like other Greenleaf guides, there are no answer keys or even talking points provided. Students and parents are on their own in terms of evaluation. With the exception of Hamlet, specific versions (translations) of each work are referenced. We've listed these below. The Medieval Lit Study Package includes each of these books along with the Greenleaf Guide. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 008571
    ISBN: 9781557086556
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    Roughly one-third of this reproducible activity book is devoted to describing various types of literature, both fiction and nonfiction. Novels, short stories, myths and fables, biographies/autobiographies, diaries/histories, essays, poetry, and dramatic literature are all covered. This section is followed by a brief review via crossword puzzle. The remainder of the book explores the following literary elements: plot, theme, characterization, setting, mood, conflict, point of view, symbolism, foreshadowing and flashback, personification and hyperbole, irony, simile, metaphor, satire, dialogue, suspense, and poetic devices. A literary review page, this time in matching format, closes the 28-page booklet. Exercises throughout the book present explanations of the constructs and require written student response, ranging from short answers to lists to full paragraph exposition.

  • Item #: 010931
    ISBN: 9780740336447
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    This CD-ROM provides a supplement to the SOS Language Arts curriculum. The one-semester course covers a variety of periods including early American literature, the Romantic Period, war and reconciliation, the Modern Age, and the Post-Modern Age. Please see our main Switched-On Schoolhouse description in Curriculum for more details on the lastest SOS version. System requirements: Windows Vista Service Pack 2/Windows 7/ Windows 8 & 8.1 / Windows 10. CD-ROM drive and printer (recommended).

  • Item #: 044413
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  • Item #: 044095
    ISBN: 9781566442213
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  • Item #: 044096
    ISBN: 9781566442220
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  • Item #: 011945
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    This 44" x 8.5" timeline reconciles famous American authors and literature with other events in American history. Each decade from 1750 through 1990 appears across the top of the timeline. A portion of the left-hand side of the map is taken up with a chart of 56 famous authors which details their life dates and places of residency. Across the rest of the timeline are horizontal bars depicting the life spans of 23 of these literary artists. Novelists or short story writers are marked with a purple bar, poets with orange, and green bars denote dramatists. Marked along these bars are the dates and names of their most notable writings. Scattered around the bars are points marking the dates and names of famous literary works written by the other 33 authors contained in the chart. Symbols signify Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winners. A small portion along the bottom of the timeline, separated by a bold line, contains dates of other significant events in American history during these times.

  • Item #: 062881
    ISBN: 9780545823265
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    Organized section-by-section, generally building in complexity or progression. Each 80-page handbook is rendered in full color, with detailed illustrations and in-game pictures for clarity. 

    Contains, well, all the essentials! Help on surviving the first night, enemies to watch out for, tips & tricks, and plenty of game mechanics are all given to help introduce the world of Minecraft and its opportunities (and concerns!) ~Stephen

  • Item #: 010949
    ISBN: 9780740336461
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    This CD-ROM provides a supplement to the SOS language arts curriculum. The one-semester course introduces students to prominent British authors and their writings. Covers the Middle Ages, Reformation and Renaissance, Neoclassical Period, Romantic Era, and the Modern Age and era. Please see our main Switched-On Schoolhouse description in Curriculum for more details on the lastest SOS version. System requirements: Windows Vista Service Pack 2/Windows 7/ Windows 8 & 8.1 / Windows 10. CD-ROM drive and printer (recommended).

  • Item #: 000960
    ISBN: 9781581341980
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    From a Christian perspective. A wonderful guide to well-written, interesting books that embody the values Christians hold dear. The author's goal is to expose children to books which will build character and instill a love for good literature. In the spirit of Charlotte Mason's philosophy, the author has provided us with a listing of hundreds of what she considers "living books" - books that "open windows onto the world God made for man to live in". Her extensive list is arranged by subject and includes a summary and evaluation of each. A welcome addition to your bookshelf - helping you to be wise in the selection of literature to be "consumed" by your children. 320 pgs.

  • Item #: 044422
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  • Item #: 027138
    ISBN: 9781615387915
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    This 20-page resource lists all vocabulary words that are in the Second Grade Literature Guides Prairie School, Animal Folk Tales of America, Courage of Sarah Noble, Little House in the Big Woods, Tales from Beatrix Potter. Words are listed alphabetically (not by book), with the definition and part of speech. A simple tool for introducing dictionary skills.

  • Item #: 047350
    ISBN: 9781623411831
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    ISBN: 9781566442367
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