Learning Language Arts Through Literature: High School American Literature

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Curriculum Gold Book

Learn language arts through studying classic literature! Featuring works that represent the best of American writing, units are organized around the major forms of writing: the short story, the novel, the essay, and poetry. Readings must be obtained separately and are not included in the book (list below, or the in the "companion products" box above).

This book is divided into two sections; the student half is at the beginning and the teacher notes in the back. The teacher section features notes for each unit as well as a list of reading assignments, objectives for the unit, and terms to identify; line-listed answers for each unit follow, along with two essay checklists.

The student portion of the book is written directly to the student; it is suggested that they keep a notebook for writing assignments, vocabulary words, definitions for literary terms, and short story/essay assignments. Lessons are comprised of a series of questions in an outline format. Questions cover elements of literature, the story and themes in the writing, and personal reflection exercises.

With literature at its center, the Gold Book: American Literature will enhance your high school student's ability to read and understand literature in all its varying forms.

Required Works:

  • The Red Badge of Courage
  • The Old Man and the Sea
  • The Pearl
  • The Mentor Book of Major American Poets edited by Oscar Williams and Edwin Honig
  • Great American Short Stories edited by Wallace and Mary Stegner

    166 pages with glossary of literary terms. This is a college preparatory course which may be used at any high school level. Answers included. Non-reproducible, non-consumable workbook.

This book of course notes, tests, and test answer keys is designed to be used with the Learning Language Arts Through Literature The Gold Book: American Literature, 3rd Edition book (sold-separately).

Notes are a summary of what was taught in the chapter and can be used as a study guide or summary review. Three unit tests are included and include a mix of matching, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, and short essay questions. The test answer keys are full-size tests with the answers overlaid. 57 pages, softcover. Consumable and non-reproducible.

Required Books

A collection of short stories by 26 of America's most celebrated writers provdies a comprehensive survey of the origin and growth of this literary form. The selections in this volume represent each author working at the very height of his or her powers, producing memorable, brilliant fiction. Each story, too, is illustrative of the growth of the short story form, done to perfection by the writers who left their indelible mark on our national literary heritage.

Immerse your kids in three centuries of American verse---they'll feel the heartbeat and hear the voice of their great nation! This choice anthology features sizable selections from 20 major poets, including Edward Taylor, Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, W.H. Auden, and others. Features brief biographical notes and an index of titles/first lines. 535 pages, softcover from Penguin Putnam.

One of the classic works in the canon of American literature, Hemingway's Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning The Old Man and the Sea focuses upon an aging fisherman and his great battle to bring a large marlin back to shore. With integrated themes of national identity, honor, and the struggle between man and nature, this work provides new interpretations and insights through multiple readings. 126 pages, softcover.

This classic novel looks at a young civil war soldier's struggle with the horrors of war. Crane's precise prose portrays the physical atrocities of war, as well as its psychological affects, in this American standard. First published in 1895, The Red Badge of Courage features clear realism and masterful depictions of the emotions felt by the soldiers in the thick of it.

When the news of Kino's great find--the "Pearl of the World"--spreads through the small town, no one suspects its power to deceive, to corrupt, to destroy.

Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the Gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juanna, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon." With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security.
A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man's nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.