1. American Literature: Cultural Influences of Early to Contemporary Voices, Teacher Guide
    American Literature: Cultural Influences of Early to Contemporary Voices, Teacher Guide
    Master Books / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Solid and Comprehensive High School Course
    January 17, 2013
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    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.}
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