Everyday Education: Excellence in Literature Review


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TOS Crew members were recently given the opportunity to review Excellence in Literature :: English 1: Introduction to Literature (with Honors option).

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Introduction to Literature is a college preparatory course that utilizes quality literary selections to help students gain an understanding of the development of literature. The author, Janice Campbell put much thought into deciding which literary works to include in this curriculum, and you can read more about that in this blog post.

This course consists of nine units, with the first being short stories and the rest being based on novels. 

Unit 1: Short Stories by- 
• Sarah Orne Jewett: A White Heron,  Edgar Allen Poe: The Purloined Letter,  Guy de Maupassant: The Diamond Necklace,  O. Henry: The Ransom of Red Chief,  Eudora Welty: A Worn Path,  James Thurber: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Unit 2: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne 
Honors: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Unit 3: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
Honors: The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
Unit 4: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 
Honors: Shirley or Villette by Charlotte Brontë
Unit 5: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw 
Honors: Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot
Unit 6: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Honors: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Unit 7: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Honors: 1984 by George Orwell
Unit 8: The Tempest by William Shakespeare 
Honors: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Unit 9: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Honors: The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Taken from the website:

By the end of the course, students will:

  • Understand the process of writing, including the use of tools such as a writer’s handbook, dictionary, and thesaurus.
  • Have specific understanding of selected representative texts by major authors of the periods studied.
  • Have a general understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the works.
  • Be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing.
  • Demonstrate competence in essay organization, style, and mechanics.

What's Special About Excellence in Literature?

  • Carefully-chosen great books increase cultural literacy.
  • Self-directed courses encourage independent learning.
  • College-style syllabus helps to prepare students for university academic experiences.
  • Week-by-week lesson plans make it easy to know what to do when.
  • Honors Option provides motivated students the opportunity to earn advanced placement or college credit.
  • Evaluation rubric makes grading simple.
  • Carefully designed end-of-semester evaluation reports provide a detailed snapshot of progress.
  • Context readings provide in-depth understanding of literature in its historical and artistic context.
  • Students will be introduced to books they'll never forget.

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As unstructured "unschoolers", it has taken us a little time to find our groove with this curriculum and we are still working our way through the book, but I believe it will be most beneficial to them in many ways. One of the things I love about Excellence in Literature, is how it is adaptable for children with learning challenges. Even if the assignments are shortened, it will still teach the student college-style study skills that will benefit them for a lifetime and expose them to quality literature.

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*Disclosure: I received free product for review purposes. No other compensation was received.