Tuesday, March 12, 2013

American Literature - Curriculum Review

I'm really excited to tell you about an awesome American Literature Homeschool curriculum for your high school age children.  It is written by James P. Stobaugh and is a 34 week course and has selections from classic prose, poetry and drama.  The complete set comes with a 542 page student book and a 359 page teacher's manual.  The teacher's manual is designed in such a way that leaves minimal work for the parent/teacher.  The lesson plans are laid out for you and an answer key is also included.  It also includes a grading guide or you can incorporate your own grading system.

The course promotes independent learning from the student.  Literary content covered in the course includes works by: William Bradford, Edgar Allan Poe, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson and many more!  It is a VERY thorough course that will equip students to think critically about philosophy and trends in culture. They will also learn to articulate their worldview through writing.

Each weekly chapter has 5 daily lessons with clear objectives, concept-building exercises, warm-up questions, and guided readings.  It will take approximately one hour per lesson.  There are weekly test to help assess student learning.

I know when it comes to high school a lot of homeschool parents begin to worry whether or not they will be able to homeschool through the highschool years.  This curriculum will help put you at ease.  It is such a complete and thorough American Literature curriculum and the fact that it is well laid out for the educator is an added bonus.  You can check out more about it at masterbooks.net

***This curriculum was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my review.


  1. Sheila, what grade would you suggest? I bought BJUs 9th grade literature for Tony for this year, and it was beyond what we were wanting, so I think it will be 10th grade. I am planning on US history for 11th grade, do you think this would work well as a tie-in?
    And....any chance you will come to the meeting Monday? It is curriculum night and I'd sure like to look at this book!
    Miss you bunches.

    1. I think this would be great to tie in with US History. Eleventh grade would be good for it as well. I'll send you a message of fb about Monday!