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I’m not sure I could even teach high school if it weren’t for Apologia. We have always used their science curriculums and this year expanded to using their literature resources. This year, we are using American Literature for our homeschool high school. I previously shared how my youngest enjoys his reading and writing curriculum from Apologia, so I had high hopes that my oldest would enjoy American Literature. While he is not an avid reader, he does enjoy the darkness of Edgar Allen Poe ever since he heard his older sister read the Tell-Tale Heart. And of
course, I have a copy of Fart Proudly on our high school bookshelf so the younger kids have always been interested in Benjamin Franklin! Both of these authors are explored in American Literature.
About the Curriculum
I received the set which includes the textbook and the student notebook. These can also be ordered separately on the website which is especially helpful if you have more students to teach and only need additional notebooks.
The textbook is divided between five main sections which focus on time periods:
- The Colonial Age
- The Age of Reason and Revolution
- The Romantic Age
- The Age of Realism
- The Modern Age
The eighteen chapters will cover two semesters and you can download lesson plans (along with an extensive Answer Key) for free on the Apologia Book Extras site. (The login information for this special site is inside your American Literature textbook.) However, the author advises that it is better to understand fewer works well so don’t feel like all of the selections
must be covered if your student struggles. To obtain a deeper understanding of the literary techniques, there are probing questions and a test after each chapter. For each semester, there is an exam that will cover the previous nine chapters and the student writes a literary interpretation paper. (Don’t worry, the student notebook explains how to accomplish this!) The exam ends with an essay question.
The student notebook’s introduction is for the parent/teacher as it covers how to evaluate the writing assignments and grade the tests. There’s a few literary works that are not printed inside the textbook (could you only imagine how big the textbook would be if all of the works were included??!!) and there’s a list of works that you can easily acquire at the library. The student notebook is awesome to have one place where your student can write all out the answers to the questions in liberal space.
About the Author
Dr. Whit Jones is the 2017 Recipient of the Educator of the Year Award from Bryan College, where he is a professor. Dr. Jones is a homeschooling father and has taught his American Literature courses to homeschool students.
I am using this with my son that has always struggled with language processing. Considering this area is one of his biggest challenges, this curriculum was challenging for him but he really did step up and learn a lot. I did help him more than I would have needed to help my previous kids. If you have a struggling student, you can easily adapt this program for them. And if you have a student that is advanced, this course will challenge them without any assistance from you. You can even require them to write their essays using MLA paper format (which is included in the extras on the website and is what I had to use a few years ago in my college English course) for proper citations.
I love that there are such a variety of authors that are covered, different styles of literature, and that the curriculum is Christian-based. At the beginning of each chapter the time period is discussed (which is great for us because my son does love history and this helped him make a connection) and then there’s a short introduction to the author.
As a veteran homeschool mom, I can attest this is an excellent curriculum to use to satisify high school credits for literature and writing (yes, two credits!).