Everyday Education has many homeschool resources for homeschooling through High School. I received excellence in literature for my middle schooler. This is a full literature writing program where you have your children read some great classics and then do writing assignments based on them. As a homeschooler mom I have found this to be daunting in the past trying to come up with my own assignments after my son was done reading-NO MORE. This is just wonderful and he really did enjoy it too.
There are several books in each unit. Some examples are:
Around the World in 80 days by Jules Verne
(son LOVES this one), Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, and many more. There is even a unit on short stories.
Janice Campbell did not pick these books by random or accident, she had purpose in picking them, you can read about it here in this blog post.
Objectives of the curriculum:
- Understand the process of writing, including the use of tools such as a writer’s handbook, dictionary, and thesaurus.
- Have specific understanding of selected representative texts by major authors of the periods studied.
- Have a general understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the works.
- Be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing.
- Demonstrate competence in essay organization, style, and mechanics.
One of my homeschool goals this year was to get my 7th grader writing, because he is still a little young for all of this (recommended for 8th grade and up and is a college prep) we are taking it very slow probably over the next few years. If you child was older you would not have to do this, it is great for high schoolers. If you feel intimidated teaching your children to write real papers on literature this will help you so much. Andrew Pudewa of Institute for Excellence in Writing recommends this series and we are starting his curriculum this year so they go hand and hand. This curriculum is rich and well well worth the money!