American Literature: Cultural Influences of Early to Contemporary Voices, Student Book  -     By: James Stobaugh
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Master Books / 2012 / Paperback

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Encourage students to think critically and biblically about literature.

Arranged chronologically, multiple genres of literature are integrated throughout the year, including spirituals, poetry, diary entries, letters, and literature. Developed as a "rhetoric-level" course, this curriculum will stretch students' critical thinking skills as they apply their own thoughts to original content.

Chapter-units begin with "first thoughts" from the author as well as chapter objectives. Individual daily lessons include an introduction to the work and author, as well as a list of assignments that include a warm-up, essay instructions, "concept builder" exercises that emphasize vital concepts, assigned readings, and tests. Student essays are also included for students to see how others responded. An evangelical perspective on authors' worldviews, the culture war, and a Christian response to literature, is woven throughout the curriculum. Works by Anne Bradstreet, Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, and others are included in-text, while other books must be obtained separately.

American Literature is a 34 week program. Weekly chapters include 5 daily lessons (45-60 minutes each). High School level. 542 pages, softcover.

"History Connections" provide links between this curriculum and James Stobaugh's history curriculum. The history curriculum is not required to use this curriculum.

Please note that this edition does contain "typos."

For a list of required literature needed to use this course, please see the More Information PDF.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Master Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 11.00 X 8.50 X 0.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0890516715
ISBN-13: 9780890516713
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Series: James Stobaugh Literature

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A well-crafted presentation of whole-book or whole-work selections from the major genres of classic literature (prose, poetry, and drama), each course has 34 chapters representing 34 weeks of study, with an overview of narrative background material on the writers, their historical settings, and worldview.

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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Frustrated
    August 12, 2014
    homeschooling mom
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This is extremely difficult to use. There are many, many books to buy, and the guide doesn't make it clear when what books should be read. The tests cover material that can't be found in the chapter. The stated objectives of the chapters aren't found in the chapters. The essays are sometimes what is taught in the next chapter. I wish I hadn't spent the money of this and the books that you need to go with it. I have emailed the curriculum company (not CBD) for help, but haven't received any contact back. Lots of $ spent, and I feel I am on square 1.
  2. KS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Thorough curriculum which is easy to follow
    May 31, 2013
    April E
    KS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    When Stobaugh's American Literature high school curriculum arrived in the mail, it was a little intimidating at first. It looked big, and official, and I was very pregnant. So I did what a good homeschool mom would never do in that situation -- I ignored it. I waited until I felt a little bit more capable and it looked a little bit smaller to me with its layer of dust on it. When I was feeling braver, I picked it up and looked it over. Once the cover was cracked, it was actually NOT intimidating to me after all. However, when I handed the student textbook to my daughter, she was also intimidated by its bigness, its officialness, and the number of reading assignments it contained. The daily layout wasn't hard to follow, but the workload was higher than anything she'd previously experienced with literature.

    The teacher's guide is very helpful (you will want to buy it), and I can tell it was written by a homeschool parent who understands the benefits of a curriculum with daily lessons laid out in an easy-to-follow format. The teacher's guide contains instructions on how to use the books, grading record options, chapter tests, lesson assignments, essay options, and answer keys. It does not duplicate the text of the student book, so some families may prefer to have a student text for the student as well as the parent.

    There are 34 chapters in American Literature -- enough for a full school year, and a full high school credit for 10th - 12th grade students. Each chapter is broken down into 5 lessons, one for each day of the week. There are daily concept building activities (to be written on separate paper), daily writing warm-ups, literature excerpts in the textbook, and assigned external reading of American novels. The weekly essay is assigned at the start of the week, with the rough draft due on Wednesday and the final essay to be completed by Friday. The daily assignments are meant to take an hour to complete, and are listed for the student at the end of each lesson. Chapter tests are taken on Friday.

    This literature curriculum includes writing assignments, but it does not cover writing techniques or grammar at all. Since American Literature is designed for 10th - 12th graders, it would be best for students to review writing techniques, essay types, and grammar in 9th grade.

    Although the textbook includes literature excerpts in each lesson, the author also intends for the student to read 20 additional books and plays. Stobaugh suggests that many of them should be read the summer before starting the American Literature course and then reviewed as needed throughout the course. That would be ideal, because it is sometimes difficult for students to cover 20 books in addition to the text. If the reading is saved for the school year, it will take more than an hour per day. The Table of Contents tells you which books align with which chapters, and the first page of each chapter tells you what book to start reading for next week.

    American Literature is a challenging and very detailed literature curriculum. I would only recommend an advanced 10th grade student tackle it -- if they read quickly, and already have a firm grasp on the writing process. Otherwise, I would save it for 11th and 12th grade students. In my opinion, the greatest strength of Stobaugh's American Literature is its layout with daily assignments easily located and followed by both teacher and student. Its second greatest strength is its focus on worldviews. The very first chapter addresses different worldviews and how to identify the worldview in literature. Worldviews are addressed throughout the text as students read the writings of different authors. This is an essential skill for every Christian, to be able to compare what they read with God's Word and what it teaches.

    Although I love its thoroughness and the fact that it is easy to follow (just turn the page and do the next labeled lesson), I have to admit that my 10th grade daughter struggles to keep up with the workload, primarily the additional reading assignments. Another problem is that the teacher's guide doesn't give guidance for grading the essays themselves. If grading writing assignments is a weakness of yours, you will continue to struggle with that in this curriculum.

    American Literature (published by Master Books) consists of a reusable textbook and teacher's guide. There is not an accompanying consumable workbook. The Teacher's Guide comes with permission to photocopy the tests and the list of essay questions for each chapter. The concept building activities in the student text look like they should be photocopied so they can be written directly on, but permission is not granted for that and the copies in the teacher's guide include answers which make them unusable for photocopying. Students need to re-create the different charts used in these activities on notebook paper. If you plan to only use this with one student, you could use the student's text as a consumable workbook. The curriculum is very affordable, especially since it is reusable. Though additional reading is required, many of the books are available free online, or can be found at local libraries.

    For those who would like to align their literature studies with their history studies, Stobaugh has also written an American History high school curriculum which lines up chapter-by-chapter with this American literature course. I wish I could tell you how well that works, but I haven't yet used the history curriculum. This also appears to be an extremely affordable and challenging Christian curriculum.

    If you're looking for a high school literature curriculum that is textbook-based, from a Christian worldview, I highly recommend James P. Stobaugh's curriculum. It is affordable, excellent, easily followed, and it can be dove-tailed with his history curriculum. However, it is definitely a Classical curriculum, and may be a heavier load than some families feel is necessary or than some students can manage. Parents should carefully consider their student's abilities and learning styles before purchasing this curriculum.

    **I received a copy of this free for review purposes, but these opinions are my own.**
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Solid and Comprehensive High School Course
    January 17, 2013
    learningtable
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    American Literature from Dr. James Stobaugh and Master Books is a full-year high school language arts curriculum, presented with a biblical worldview. The books consist of a 3-hole punched teacher's guide and a paperback student's guide, which contains most of the literature and poetry selections needed for the course. I would have preferred for the Teacher Guide to be spiral bound for durability. Other books needed include The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Farewell to Arms, The Red Badge of Courage, The Pearl, The Chosen, plus several more. This comprehensive course will provide high school students with two full credits: one for writing, and one for literature. The author also recommends an ongoing vocabulary activity throughout the course.

    The American Literature course is scheduled over 34 weeks, with five daily lessons per week. Each chapter contains clear learning objectives, so parents and students will both understand the goals for each lesson, such as:

    "As a result of this chapter study you will be able to...

    -Describe the moral qualities each character in The Scarlet Letter represent.

    -Contrast the way Hester's community handles her adultery and the way Jesus dealt with the adulterous woman who was brought to Him.

    -Parallel Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter and Phoebe Pyncheon in House of the Seven Gables."

    (Chapter 8)

    The corresponding essay assignments in the Teacher Guide and the upcoming reading assignments are noted in the chapter openers, and a brief introduction to the theme of each chapter prepares students for the content in the lessons. The lessons themselves are paced so that students will spend up to an hour on most, less on others, with plenty of reading and writing in-between. This is a hefty course, and it spans from Puritan times all the way to the present. Motivated students will be able to complete this course fairly independently, but for students who need more one-on-one instruction, enough material is included for parents to teach it confidently. Students are asked to really think about the themes and content of the novels, stories, poems, and plays. The essay topics require both comprehension and critical analysis, such as:

    "-As Huck Finn progresses, we learn to love Jim. Loyal to a fault, trusting, and hardworking, the reader is drawn to this pillar of fecundity. Describe in detail the way that Twain develops this character.

    -Huck is not a static character. As the novel progresses, he matures. What additional knowledge about the problems of life has Huck acquired by the time he gets to the Phelp's farm? In an essay, explain how Huck changes to this point.

    -Compare Huckleberry Finn to the young Samuel of the Old Testament (I Sam. 1-3)"

    (Chapter 5)

    The Teacher Guide contains chapter tests and answers, with a combination of multiple choice, discussion, and essay questions, as well as poetry analysis.

    Other courses in this series are available: British Literature and World Literature.

    {The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.}
  4. New Paris, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is an outstanding college–prep course.
    January 16, 2013
    A McFarren
    New Paris, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    The American Literature course contains 34 chapters, which encompass a full year of literature and a composition credit. Having two credits built into one course is an excellent bonus. This makes it easier to obtain the required credits for high school graduation and does not require the purchase of extra course material.

    This is an outstanding college-prep course. Students will utilize critical thinking skills and become literary critics as they immerse themselves in over twenty literary works. Each week the student will answer a warm-up question, complete a concept builder, compose an essay, and take an exam.

    Students may become overwhelmed due to the sheer volume of reading they will need to do to complete this course. The American Literature covers periods of writing from The New Land to 1750 to Contemporary Writers, 1960 - present. Students may make the course load more manageable by reading the required books during the summer. However, that creates challenge. I do not know of any teenager who wants to spend their summer reading literature in preparation for school.

    Sprinkled throughout the American Literature text are student essays. The student who has had little exposure to essay writing will discover the student essays contained in the text excellent examples to follow.

    There are many noteworthy student essays. One example is on page 466 written by Alouette. She writes about characterization on the "The Glass Menagerie" written by Tennessee Williams. An excerpt reads as follows:

    "All the characters in The Glass Menagerie live in a dream world. Tom dreams of adventure, Amanda of a return to her former life, Laura of a home and a family. Their dreams are as fragile as the glass menagerie that Laura possesses — they are broken by a touch of fate's finger."

    The American Literature by James Stobaugh possesses a Biblical component. In fact, in the preface, Dr. Stobaugh includes a prayer for the student. This is the first time I have read an author's prayer in a textbook. I find this quite refreshing.

    An example for how the author provides a Biblical component is one of the learning objectives on page 247. "The student will be able to compare Huckleberry Finn to the young Samuel of the Old Testament (1 Sam. 1-3)."

    You will find it beneficial to purchase the teacher's manual for it is user-friendly for the homeschool parent. It contains grading options and a grading record; the assignments as shown in the student text; answers to the questions; essay options and with the summary answers; and exams with an answer key for each one. In addition, it includes a link which provides the assignments allowing the student text reusable for other students.

    It is important to me to provide my children with college-prep courses. American Literature by James Stobaugh is one of those courses. Because of how well prepared students will be, they might consider taking the American Literature CLEP exam.

    Disclaimer: The publisher of James Stobaugh's American Literature provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own.
  5. Arlington, Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great American Lit Text
    January 12, 2013
    Schelastic Edu Ctr
    Arlington, Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
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    With an extensive summer reading list, this American Literature curriculum is full of wonderful content. James P. Stobaugh created a delightfully organized system for imparting the content in a very valuable way. The lessons are short enough to capture the student's interest while "meaty" enough to impart the information in a way that even the most reluctant student can enjoy. Chapters start with an introduction and learning objectives as well as clearly outlining what the students will learn. The student text book and the teacher guide go together so wonderfully each complementing and completing each other like a good marriage. Each chapter also comes with weekly essay options which are vital for today's youth. Too many students are getting by with not being able to express themselves clearly which has increased the practice of plagiarism. To combat this, each lesson starts with a warm-up mini lesson that includes a short writing assignment or discussion question. Students continue to do the assignment contained in the student text. These lessons include the student taking the responsibility of reading beforehand to be prepared for the daily lessons. The most eager students will pleasantly find that there is a "Reading ahead" section at the bottom of each chapter introduction which will keep them on track.

    Along with learning typical literary objectives such as setting, cause and effect, alliteration and such, Stobaugh set out for student to learn through keeping a prayer journal, learning to take notes and write essays. He touches on great time periods and popular pieces of literature like: The Revolutionary Period includes The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Walden from the Romanticism New England Renaissance, The Crucible from The Modern Age, and Everything That Rises Must Converge to include Contemporary Writers. Aside from this he encourages increasing functional vocabulary by using 3 x 5 cards to create a pool of new words to learn and use in essay writing.

    Teachers are clearly guided step-by- step so that the even the substitute teacher can follow along just as easily as the teacher her/himself. I found this curriculum to be wonderfully pleasant as I favor math and science. I looked at this curriculum and for the first time I didn't go into a cold sweat trying to understand where to start or how to impart the information. Stobaugh also set out 3 grading options in order to make the criteria and clear to educators, parents and students. As an educator for almost 20 years I would completely recommend this curriculum to any teacher, parent, or student.

    I received a free copy of this curriculum from New Leaf Publishing Company. I was not required to submit a positive review. I expressed my personal opinion.
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