Teacher’s Guide $16.49
Quiz and Answer Manual $8.49
Novel Notebook FREE!
My teen already reads a lot of books. Why is this course necessary?
- Is my teen learning about literature when reading popular fiction?
- Does my teen understand literary devices and elements such as figurative language and point of view?
- Is my teen learning what the author does to capture his or her heart and mind, seeing not only the tapestry but also the weaver behind the tapestry?
- Is my teen becoming a more discerning reader?
- Does my teen pick up on the themes in the books and apply them to life?
- Are the characters, events, and themes of the books my teen is reading feeding my teen’s soul?
How many semesters does this course run? How many credits does it earn?
What grade level is Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide written for?
How many lessons are in this course?
Is Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide written in the same relaxed tone as Sharon Watson’s writing courses?
CanI use Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide in my homeschool?
For literature, we choose a novel and then use a guide like CliffsNotes. What is the advantage of using Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide?
- The seven novels and one memoir in this course are arranged around the literary element of conflict. Your student will get an in-depth view of stories based on their conflict, the protagonist’s problems, and how he solves them. Students will also compare and contrast certain books they’ll read in this course to examine some recurring events in the novels and how authors choose to resolve their protagonists’s dilemmas.
- This year-long course gives continuity to your student’s study of and understanding of literature.
- When your student learns, say, the hero’s journey from one novel in Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide, he or she will be able to apply that knowledge to other novels in the course.
How is this course different from other literature courses?
Second, it’s unstuffy, relaxed, and easy to learn from.
Third, students will not only be learning literary terms but they’ll also be learning about writers’ devices and the methods by which the author captures their minds and hearts.
This third reason, viewing the novel through the author’s eyes, will make your teens more discerning readers for the rest of their lives.
I see that my teens will be reading seven novels and one memoir with this course. Do I buy those from you?
Why is it important for my students to have the “official version” of each novel?
It’s defeating and frustrating when students cannot find the correct page in the novel that the course is referring to. And it’s confusing when teachers are trying to teach a class but the students all have different versions of the novel. No one can find the correct page to see examples of what they need to learn. Students are lost and spend the whole time trying to keep up.
The students who do not have the official version of each novel become frustrated and learn less in the course.
Having the official version of each novel makes the course go smoothly and facilitates your students’ learning.
I see there are quizzes for this course. Where do I get them and how do I grade them?
The quizzes are graded automatically for you on the quiz website. Students will receive a full report sent to the email address they sign in with. The report includes the original questions, the student’s answers, the correct answers, and the score. The opinion surveys do not receive a grade but will generate a full report to the student’s email address.
If you do not have easy Internet access or would like your students to take the quizzes and opinion surveys on paper, you’ll want to order the Quiz and Answer Manual. You’ll find the link to that under the image of the cover of the Quiz and Answer Manual above.
Grading is a pain. How do I grade this literature course?
- Quizzes—graded online for you
- Participation in the online opinion surveys—graded by you based on the level of student participation
- Vocabulary quizzes—graded by you, with answers and “points for each correct answer” included in the Teacher’s Guide
- Participation in discussions after the novel—graded by you based on the level and quality of student participation
- Completing the lessons for each novel—graded by you based on the level of completion and apparent understanding
- Completing an activity—graded by you based on the level of creativity, quality, or competency
- Reading the novel—graded by you based on the level of completion
How much teacher planning is needed for Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide?
If you are teaching this course in a classroom or a co-op, plan your lessons as you would any course. Co-op plans for a once-a-month class are included in the Teacher’s Guide.
I want to teach two teens at the same time. Do they both need a textbook?
I'd like to use this program as a book-of-the-month class. Is this possible?
Is Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Common Core aligned?
So, to answer your question, no. It is not Common Core aligned. It exceeds it.
Most of the novels from our approved bundle are also available from our friends at CBD!
|The War of the Worlds By H.G. Wells / Dover Publications|
|The Friendly Persuasion By Jessamyn West / Mariner Books|
|Peter Pan, Unabridged By J.M. Barrie / Dover Publications|
|A Tale of Two Cities By Charles Dickens / Dover Publications|
|Fahrenheit 451, A Novel By Ray Bradbury / Simon & Schuster|
|The Screwtape Letters By C.S. Lewis / HarperOne|
“You have done a masterful job of trusting kids with big ideas while explaining literary concepts simply.” -Cindy A.
Literature in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere
Your teens will appreciate the unstuffy way Sharon Watson teaches literature. They’ll read some great novels, encounter the hero’s journey, learn literary terms and elements, and gain an appreciation for fine literature.
More important, eager and reluctant readers will become more discerning as they learn the secret craft of the fiction writer.
Prepare your teens for college literature courses and for the rest of their reading life.
- Written for Christian high schools, homeschools, and co-ops.
- Two-semester course earning one credit for language arts or English.
- 70 lessons.
- Student-directed, with clear lessons and reading schedules.
- Seven novels and one memoir, sold separately. See below for the link to purchase these.
- FREE sample downloads available here.
Students will answer certain questions in the spaces provided in the textbook. Therefore, additional students will need their own textbooks.
Students will read these books, sold separately:
- Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
- The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
- The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West
- Peter Pan by Sir James Barrie
- Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
See the CBD links or our aStore from Amazon below for a discount on the bundle of approved versions of each book. All page references in the textbook and teacher’s guide are keyed to these versions. Students using other versions will have a difficult time tracking with the material. Exception: These books on tablets and eReaders work well as long as students know how to use the Search function.
Run your peepers over the elements, terms, and devices your students will learn this year:
Text and Context • Pseudonym (nom de plume) • Foreshadowing • Conflict types • Protagonist and Antagonist • Satire • Irony • Theme • Allusion • Genre • Mood and Tone • Symbol and Motif • Memento mori • Tense • Narrative shift • Deus ex machina • Memoir • Hero’s journey • Voice • Style • Backstory • Christ figure • Plot • Ironic ending • Plot stages • Connotation and Denotation • Alliteration • Assonance • Simile • Metaphor • Analogy • Apostrophe • Authorial intrusion • Hyperbole • Euphemism • Empathetic character • Reaction • Prolepsis • Mirror scenes • Setup and payoff • Telling detail • Loose (cumulative) sentences • Periodic sentences •
If you are teaching a group of eight or more students, please contact me for a discount.
COMING THE SUMMER OF 2017: THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES!!! Details to follow when we get closer to the publishing date.
Lighten your work load with this Teacher’s Guide. Grading grids and answers are included for all the lessons, discussions, and quizzes in the textbook. Online quizzes are graded online for you. You can find the links to all the online quizzes here. (You’ll need the textbook or Teacher’s Guide for all the passwords.) For a FREE sample of a quiz, click here. To try a FREE quiz online, click here.
Want to conduct a book-of-the-month club with your teens? The Teacher’s Guide includes a schedule for that, along with Facebook posts to keep your students interested in the novel they’re reading and to enrich their experience.
A monthly lesson plan is included in the Teacher’s Guide. Follow this link to download a suggested weekly teaching schedule. >>
Classroom and co-op teachers, we’ve compiled all the grading grids from each novel into one eBook for you to make grading multiple students a little easier. Download it here. >>
Quiz and Answer Manual
This manual is optional. It is for those who prefer that their students take the quizzes and opinion surveys on paper instead of online. In here, you’ll find the “Yes, I read it” quizzes, literary terms quizzes, and opinion surveys for each book your students read in this course.
All ONLINE quizzes and opinion surveys for this course are FREE, and you can access them here. (You’ll need the passwords from the textbook or Teacher’s Guide.)
This FREE Novel Notebook is a required element of the course and coordinates with the textbook. Students will answer questions in it, collect favorite passages, and draw conclusions about what they’ve just read.
For your FREE download of the complete Novel Notebook, click here. Students can print it off and then put it in a 3-ring binder for easy access.
Photo credit: boy reading © by Monkey Business / dollarphotoclub.com
Or use our a-Store on Amazon to purchase your novels.
If you have any trouble using this a-Store, please use this link to complete your novel purchases.
What Parents are Saying
“This course has taught my daughter how to analyze books and movies and the motives behind the authors’ and directors’ intents. Critical for anyone not wishing to be easily swayed.”
“This curriculum encouraged my students to read literature they might not have tried otherwise. They found some new authors to love, and they learned how to find things in literature that applied to their lives now.”
What Students are Saying
“When Worlds Collide has literally revolutionized the way I analyze books and movies and their content. This course has helped shape my worldview concerning literature and has equipped me to understand what I read and watch in a deeper and more appreciative sense.”
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