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project life | week 20

sons of thunder academy | exploring american literature

Sons of thunder
We will be using the Exploring American Literature curriculum from Notgrass Publishing that accompanies the Exploring American History (EAH) curriculum from the same. Originally we were going to complete a British Literature package, the Lord of the Rings literary lessons and even purchased the curriculum, but once we signed the boys up for EAH (for high school students) at Kingdom Builders Co-op it seemed wiser to use the available curriculum for a year of American Literature while also studying American History.

The literature package includes 13 works of American Literature covered at various times during their study of EAH. There are suggested alternative readings should one want to replace a particular piece but rather than replace pieces I've decided to add those pieces in to our literature plans. When we are in Unit 2-3 of EAH we will read and explore the first piece of literature, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. All the literature will become read-a-louds because it is our most favorite time of homeschool: when I read to my 16-year old twin boys. They read many books on their own so I have no issues making this our time.

The following is the order we will complete our literature pieces and what if any will accompany the reading:

The Scarlet Letter (Nathanial Hawthorne) - During EAH Unit 2-3

     The Glencoe Library has quite a few study guides available for free download. We will take advantage of these for The Scarlet Letter

Calico Bush - During EAH Unit 4-5

     I found a Unit Study on line that I will incorporate into our studies when we read Calico Bush

Narrative of the Life of David Crocket (David Crocket) - During EAH Unit 6-7

     During this reading I'll use pieces of the National Endowment for Humanities website to provide a more substantial study.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass) - During EAH Unit 8

     The Signet Classics has a Teacher's Guide that I will use to create a Study Guide for John and Jarrod during this reading. While we will just read some of the selections I disagree with the Notgrasses recommendation to just read the selections without interrogating or discussing what they've read.

A James Fenimore Cooper selection - During EAH Unit 9

     We have already read The Last of the Mohicans, which might be an obvious selection but more than likely we'll pick The Deerslayer. We will read to enjoy.

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe) - During EAH Unit 10-11

     I will purchase a Study Guide from Progeny Press for this selection.   

Co. Aytch (Sam Watkins) - During EAH Unit 12-13

     We will read to enjoy.

Carry on Mr. Bowditch - During EAH Unit 12-13

     I will purchase a study guide from Progeny Press for this selection.

Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) - During EAH Unit 14-15

     I will purchase a study guide for this selection.

Across Five Aprils - During EAH Unit 14-15

     We will use the study guide available for free through the Glencoe Library.

Humorous Stories and Sketches (Mark Twain) - During EAH Unit 16

     We will read to enjoy.

In His Steps (Charles Sheldon) - During EAH Unit 17

     We will read to enjoy but we will definitely discuss each chapter together.

Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington) - During EAH Unit 18

     I will put together a study guide for this selection.

Mama's Bank Account (Kathryn Forbes) - During EAH Unit 19

     I will put together a study guide for this literary work (unless I can find one online).

Christy (Catherine Marshall) - During EAH Unit 20-21

     We will read to enjoy.

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) - During EAH Unit 22-23

     We will complete the study guide available as a free download from the Glencoe Library.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - During EAH Unit 24

     We will complete a study guide for this selection.

The Giver (Lois Lowry) - During EAH Unit 27

     I found a Progeny Press study guide that I will most definitely incorporate into this last literary selection.

I am crazy excited for our next school year and all wewill learn about American Literatue and American History for that matter.