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  1. Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Textbook
    Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Textbook
    Sharon Watson
    Sharon Watson / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide is a full-year (two semester), student-directed course that's perfect for homeschoolers in high school!

In this course students will read seven novels and one memoir (all sold-separately; listed below) while this textbook helps them learn about the craft of writing and familiarizes them with the joys of reading great literature. Written from a Christian perspective, students will learn to analyze content through a Christian worldview and to view literature as books written by flawed humans. This course's title, "When Worlds Collide," refers to the featured books, each of which was chosen because of its collisions--whether physical, political, racial, spiritual, or philosophical.

Each book unit begins with a "Before you Read the Book" introduction with suggested reading and homework plan. This introduction is followed by lessons that cover the book text and relevant literary terms and elements (e.g. text, context, conflict, point of view, genre, setting) through discussion questions, activities, and quizzes.

This student textbook is one part of the full available curriculum options; a Teacher's Guide and Quiz & Answer Manual are both available separately. This student textbook also includes access to the free (and required) download "Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Novel Notebook," along with links to online quizzes that are graded automatically with emailed reports-the separate quiz and answer manual is only for parents who want their students to take paper-and-pencil tests.

284 non-reproducible pages, softcover consumable textbook/workbook. 70 lessons. Grades 9-12.

This course requires the following literature (also sold-separately). This course specifically uses the following editions; it's helpful to have the approved versions since lessons refer to specific page numbers in these books.

Required Reading

  1. The War of the Worlds
    The War of the Worlds
    H.G. Wells
    Dover Publications / 1997 / Trade Paperback
    $3.49 Retail: $4.00 Save 13% ($0.51)
    4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
  2. Peter Pan, Unabridged
    Peter Pan, Unabridged
    James Matthew Barrie
    Dover Publications / 1999 / Trade Paperback
    $4.99 Retail: $5.99 Save 17% ($1.00)
  3. A Tale of Two Cities
    A Tale of Two Cities
    Charles Dickens
    Dover Publications / 1999 / Trade Paperback
    $3.49 Retail: $6.00 Save 42% ($2.51)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
  4. Fahrenheit 451, A Novel
    Fahrenheit 451, A Novel
    Ray Bradbury
    Simon & Schuster / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $8.99 Retail: $15.99 Save 44% ($7.00)
    3 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
  1. Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Teacher's Guide
    Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Teacher's Guide
    Sharon Watson
    Sharon Watson / 2015 / Trade Paperback
    $14.89 Retail: $16.49 Save 10% ($1.60)
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    CBD Stock No: WW158649

This teacher's guide features a full-size reproduction of the student textbook with the correct answers inserted in italics for the lessons, discussions, and textbook quizzes. Notes and helpful lesson ideas are inserted throughout as appropriate. This teacher's guide also includes a schedule for a book-of-the-month club along with Facebook post ideas to keep students interested in the novel. The student textbook includes links to online quizzes; answers for these are not included since they're graded online automatically. A reproducible grading grid marked for a possible 100 points per book is provided. 181 pages, softcover.

This Teacher's Guide is one part of the full available curriculum options; a Student Textbook and Quiz & Answer Manual are both available separately. The student textbook also includes access to the free (and required) download "Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Novel Notebook," along with links to online quizzes that are graded automatically with emailed reports-the separate quiz and answer manual is only for parents who want their students to take paper-and-pencil tests.

This course requires the following literature (also sold-separately). This course specifically uses the following editions; it's helpful to have the approved versions since lessons refer to specific page numbers in these books.

  1. Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Quiz and Answer Manual
    Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Quiz and Answer Manual
    Sharon Watson
    Sharon Watson / 2015 / Trade Paperback
    $7.69 Retail: $8.49 Save 9% ($0.80)
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    CBD Stock No: WW171310

This Quiz & Answer Manual is part of the Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide course by Sharon Watson. This book is not required if you've already purchased the student textbook since the textbook includes links to online quizzes that are graded automatically with an emailed report of questions, answers, correct answers, and scores. This book is an option for parents who want a paper-and-pen version of those online quizzes. This quiz book is reproducible for in-family use only. Quiz answer key is line-listed and included in the back. 101 pages, softcover.

Writing Fiction & Non-Fiction in High School

  1. Writing Fiction (in High School): Bringing Your Stories to Life! Student Text
    Writing Fiction (in High School): Bringing Your Stories to Life! Student Text
    Sharon Watson
    CreateSpace Publishing / Trade Paperback
    $22.39 Retail: $25.05 Save 11% ($2.66)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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    CBD Stock No: WW582081

Bring your creative students' ideas to life with Sharon Watson's Writing Fiction in High School. They'll learn how to write both novels and short stories through two tracks. Over 100 practical lessons teach students how to write engaging dialogue, build scenes, ramp up conflict, create empathetic protagonists, and select a point of view, describe settings, hook readers, critique themselves, get published, and more. Chapters provide instruction in a conversational tone with plenty of literary examples integrated to show well-written prose. Writing assignments are provided, as well as bullet-pointed lists of what the chapter covered. Important terms are bolded.

The first track is for all writers of all levels, while the second (extracurricular) "manuscript track" is for those who have written a manuscript or are writing a manuscript. Designed to work best in a group with discussions and critiques, homeschoolers are encouraged to start their own groups if they're not already working in a co-op class environment, though it may be used in a self-taught environment. Students are assigned some short stories and the novel The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick, which will have to be purchased elsewhere or borrowed from the library.

Two-semester course; only the first track is necessary to receive full course completion credits-the second course is designed to be extracurricular. No prerequisites necessary. 286 pages, softcover.

  1. Writing Fiction (in High School): Bringing Your Stories to Life! Teacher's Guide
    Writing Fiction (in High School): Bringing Your Stories to Life! Teacher's Guide
    Sharon Watson
    CreateSpace Publishing / Trade Paperback
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This teacher's guide accompanies Sharon Watson's sold-separately Writing Fiction in High School. This teacher's guide includes a list of books, stories, and media by chapter, as well as a discussion guide and answer key arranged by chapter. Chapter overview boxes are also provided. 76 pages, softcover.

  1. The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School  Textbook (Second Edition)
    The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School Textbook (Second Edition)
    Sharon Watson
    CreateSpace Publishing / 2016 / Trade Paperback
    $41.89 Retail: $45.00 Save 7% ($3.11)
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    CBD Stock No: WW417763

Remove the frustration from high school writing!

With The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High Schoolstudents learn what they need to know for high school and college writing. They'll write five different persuasive essays, including an SAT essay; navigate a comparison-and-contrast essay, a biography, a literary analysis, a research paper with MLA documentation; learn to write description; create narration essays; and more.

Written by the same author who wrote Apologia Educational Ministries' popular middle school writing curriculum Jump In!, this course is the natural next step for those who enjoy material presented in incremental steps with a c onversational tone. Explicitly Christian, the writing examples provide a number of samples based on conservative, pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, and creationist values. When examining moral/ethical appeals in essays, biblical values and scriptural support are used.

With over 100 daily lessons and complete instructions for 22 essays and reports, this is an engaging course students will enjoy-or at least not dread. The self-guided style will help homeschooled teens take more responsibility for their work and engage them in crafting written reports that they want to write. Easy-to-follow chapters feature bolded terms and important concepts, in-lesson examples that often use diagrams or other graphic elements, writing checklists, in-book practice assignments, and essay and longer writing assignments.

Perfect for your reluctant or skilled writer!

  1. The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School  Teacher's Guide (Second Edition)
    The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School Teacher's Guide (Second Edition)
    Sharon Watson
    Sharon Watson / 2016 / Trade Paperback
    $18.49 Retail: $20.00 Save 8% ($1.51)
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    CBD Stock No: WW417884

This teacher's guide accompanies Sharon Watson's sold-separately The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School Textbook, 2nd Edition. This teacher's guide provides much more than just answers; it also includes an assignment checklist; objectives for the course; evaluation forms/rubrics; advice on grading, including extensive information on how to earn an "A, B, C," etc.; how to help students self-edit; guidelines; methods; monthly 14-minute "power surge" exercises; and other helpful teaching information. Answers are provided, and arranged by lesson and practice number. They're line-listed with the questions provided, and the answers in italics. Editing exercises are shown with in-text edits.

Jump In!

  1. Jump In Kit 2 Volumes
    Jump In Kit 2 Volumes
    Sharon Watson
    Apologia Educational Ministries / 2006 / Trade Paperback
    $27.99 Retail: $40.00 Save 30% ($12.01)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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    CBD Stock No: WW437014

Jump in to the world of writing--whether you're an aspiring writer, or hate the thought of pencil and paper! Full-color illustrations, writing helps, starters, and short, kid-friendly assignments make any of these lessons manageable and fun to do! Don't get bogged down in redundant reports over and over again; rather, Jump In fits itself to your student's writing style while ensuring that they gain ample experience writing reports, opinions, journaling, proofreading, editing and other writing skills. 248 pages, softcover student book.

The "Lifeguards Locker" Teacher's manual contains objectives, an assignment checklist, writing tips for the young and reluctant writers, "Mistake Medic" for finding and fixing errors before its passed in, grading tips and evaluation forms and ten minute writing plunges to help children get "warmed up". Referenced answers included. 76 pages, softcover.

Please note: there is a brief mention of abortion and "homosexual marriages" in the context of debate.

  1. Jump In, Student Workbook
    Jump In, Student Workbook
    Sharon Watson
    Apologia Educational Ministries / 2006 / Trade Paperback
    $21.49 Retail: $30.00 Save 28% ($8.51)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 17 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW201274

Jump in to the world of writing--whether you're an aspiring writer, or hate the thought of pencil and paper! Full-color illustrations, writing helps, starters, and short, kid-friendly assignments make any of these lessons manageable and fun to do! Don't get bogged down in redundant reports over and over again; rather, Jump In fits itself to your student's writing style while ensuring that they gain ample experience writing reports, opinions, journaling, proofreading, editing and other writing skills. 248 pages, softcover student book.

Please note: there are brief mentions of abortion and "homosexual marriages" in the context of debate.

  1. Jump In Teacher's Guide: Lifeguard Locker
    Jump In Teacher's Guide: Lifeguard Locker
    Sharon Watson
    Apologia Educational Ministries / 2006 / Trade Paperback
    $8.99 Retail: $10.00 Save 10% ($1.01)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW201275

The "Lifeguards Locker" Teacher's manual contains objectives, an assignment checklist, writing tips for the young and reluctant writers, "Mistake Medic" for finding and fixing errors before its passed in, grading tips and evaluation forms and ten minute writing plunges to help children get "warmed up". Referenced answers included. 76 pages, softcover.