Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hewitt Homeschooling Review

Homeschooling at the high school level can be overwhelming. The future of my children is in my hands, and I definitely want to make sure they receive a quality high school education. One of the most important decisions I have to make is what to use for their core classes - English, Math, Science, and History. I loved English when I was in high school because of the wonderful literature I was exposed to, and I want my children to also have an incredible literature experience during high school as well. With American Mid-Late 19th Century from Hewitt Homeschooling, high school students read great literature, explore literary themes, and develop strong writing skills.


 Lightning Literature and Composition Pack
American: Mid to Late 19th Century
For this review, we received:
  • Lightning Lit & Comp: Acquiring College Level Composition Skills by Responding to Great Literature - American Literature: Mid-Late 19th Century Student's Guide - This is a 170-page, soft cover book. 
  • Lightning Literature & Composition: Teacher's Guide to the Third Edition of American Literature: Mid-Late 19th Century - This is a 55-page set of pages that is stapled.
The American Literature: Mid-Late 19th Century is divided into 4 units. During our review period, Ballerina worked on the beginning of the first unit, which is a study of Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The novels are not included, so we checked ours out from the library. 

The first day of using this, I had Ballerina read through the introduction of the Lightning Lit book. This includes sections on why we should read literature, how to read literature, how to read poetry, and why we should learn to write. It also includes suggestions for activities to enhance literature study, such as keeping a vocabulary notebook and a reading journal.

Then it was time to jump into the first literature study, focusing on Uncle Tom's Cabin. The Lightning Lit book provides background information on Harriet Beecher Stowe and the influence of this novel during the time it was originally published. It also suggested some questions to keep in mind while reading the novel. I like this because it gave her some ideas to focus on while reading. 

The Lightning Lit Teacher's Guide contains a suggested schedule broken down by weeks for either completing the course in a semester or in a full year. We chose to use the full-year schedule, which had her reading 5 chapters each week and completing the comprehension questions found within the Lightning Lit student's guide. 

Some of the topics and reading we will encounter as we continue through American Literature: Mid-Late 19th Century include
  • Literary lessons on Theme, Sound and Imagery in Poetry, Humor, Description, Figurative Language, and Point of View
  • Poetry selections by Walt Whitman, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Emily Dickenson
  • Short Story selection by Bret Harte
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
In addition to the suggested schedule and the answers to the comprehension questions, the Teacher's Guide contains grading tips, checklists for nonfiction and fiction papers, checklists for poems, grading templates, discussion questions, and project suggestions. There is definitely enough included to provide a quality literature experience for high school students. 

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