Content: Reading Comprehension
Grade(s): 1st – 12th
Perspective: Secular and Christian
Prep Time: Moderate
Teacher Manual: Yes
Teacher Involvement: Moderate
Cost: $$$ || ?
Publication Date: 2011
** From the Publisher’s Website: **
The Elementary Teacher’s Guide contains comprehension questions on the reading (and answers), instructions for the weekly composition, answers to the Student Guide, and suggestions for extra related activities. The consumable four-color Student Guide includes instruction on grammar (including sentence diagramming) and workbook pages, a reading journal, dictionary pages, and sentence puzzles.
Grade 1: Every week, students read a beautiful, classic picture book. Stories include titles such as Harold and the Purple Crayon, Stellaluna, and Make Way for Ducklings.
Grade 2: Students begin by reading a beautiful picture book each week. Towards the end of the year, students move to classic chapter books.
Grade 3: Students read chapter books, including titles such as Charlotte’s Web, Newbery Award winners like The Wheel on the School, and new friends like The Rickshaw Girl. Composition assignments begin to span 2-weeks.
Grade 4: Students read a variety of great children’s literature, classic and modern. Two books written in verse encourage students to explore poetry in different ways than they may have previously. An inspiring nonfiction story of a boy’s quest in Africa to bring electric power to his home provides lessons on expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative writing.
Grade 7: Students learn about plot lines and creativity by reading books such as Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Alice into Wonderland. They also explore dialogue, poetry, and autobiographies.
Grade 8: Students learn about author’s purpose, setting, character development, story arcs, symbolism in novels, such as Treasure Island, A Day of Pleasure, Christmas Carol, and The Hobbit. They also read poetry before ending the year with To Kill a Mockingbird and how to write a literary analysis.
High School Level
Students can spend a semester or a year focused on a time and place, topic, or author. These guides provide lessons in literature that will help not just your student’s reading comprehension and love of books, but their own writing as well. Rather than a bland text compiled by a committee, these guides are written by parents, homeschoolers, and teachers with a passion for literature and writing. (The first eight guides listed below are non-religious. The last four have religious content.)
Current high-school courses include:
- American Literature: Early – Mid 19th Century
Includes writings by Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Edgar Allan Poe, and others
- American Literature: Mid – Late 19th Century
Includes writings by Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Emily Dickinson, and others
Includes writings by Daniel Webster, Gandhi, Martin Luther, Elie Wiesel, and others
- British Literature: Early – Mid 19th Century
Includes writings by Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, Charlotte Bronte, and others
- British Literature: Mid – Late 19th Century
Includes writings by Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, and others
- Shakespeare: Tragedies and Sonnets
Includes Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear
- Shakespeare: Comedies and Sonnets
Includes Twelfth Night, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Merchant of Venice
- Medieval British Literature
Includes Beowulf, Robin Hood, The Canterbury Tales, and other titles
- British Christian Literature ** Contains Religious Content
Includes writings by C. S. Lewis, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Amy Carmichael, and others
- American Christian Literature ** Contains Religious Content
Includes writings by Anne Bradstreet, Frederick Buechner, Walker Percy, and others
- World Literature I: Africa and Asia ** Contains Religious Content
Includes writings by Chinua Achebe, Kazuo Ishiguro, and others
- World Literature II: Latin America, Africa, and Asia ** Contains Religious Content
Includes writings by R. K. Narayan, Isabel Allende, and others
About the Author:
The primary function of the Hewitt Foundation has shifted from consultation with educational institutions to an examination of institutions in society as they relate to society’s basic unit-the family. Hewitt’s research has led it to be a proponent of homeschooling. Their emphasis includes combining excellent academics with character development, instilling the work ethic, and developing a spirit of community service in the next generation. Hewitt’s operation is currently divided into three sectors: services, testing, and products.
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