One of my favorite things about homeschooling is that it’s flexible and easily adapted to our family’s needs and desires. We’re not locked into schedules and time frames. We can slow down when we need to or, in the case of my 16-year old son, go at light speed.
Last year, Liam decided that he didn’t want to work at a “regular” high school pace and graduate when he’s eighteen like his brother and sister did. Instead, he wanted to really apply himself and finish earlier. So, we sat down and figured out all the subjects he would need to take in order to fulfill state graduation requirements and place him in a good position for college.
Then we came up with a plan in which he would finish all those requirements by the end of this year so that he could take an entire year (or two) off to write and finish his novel (or should I say, novels, short stories, appendices, website, and more) that he’s been working on for several years.
Since making this decision, he has become a ravenous learner, devouring his upper-level math courses, sciences, histories, languages and more. But one course has caused him to slow down and linger a little bit: American Literature, by Apologia.
American Literature for Young Writers
Apologia’s American Literature curriculum is richly packed with writings from some of our nation’s greatest authors and thinkers – who better for a young writer to glean from?
Liam has decided that so far his favorite American authors are: Nathaniel Hawthorne for his use of symbolism, Benjamin Franklin for his wit, Henry David Thoreau for his insights on nature, but as for poets, Edgar Allen Poe totally won him over with “The Raven.”
He’s about two-thirds of the way through the curriculum, so he’s still got a lot more great minds from which to learn. And I am thrilled that he’s relaxed his pace for a bit to really saturate himself with the thoughts, ideas, and writing styles of prominent men and women of our American heritage.
More about American Literature
Apologia’s American Literature is written from a Biblical worldview, and comes as a two-part course:
- a Student Textbook filled with a comprehensive selection of the major works of American literature – fiction and non-fiction, biographies and autobiographies, poems, plays, essays, even sermons
- a Student Notebook containing study questions, chapter tests, semester exams, and instructions for writing literary analysis papers
The curriculum is broken down into five units:
- The Colonial Age
- The Age of Reason & Revolution
- The Romantic Age
- The Age of Realism
- The Modern Age
Upon completion, your student will earn two high school credits: one in literature and one in writing.
Note: There is an extensive Answer Key, along with the Daily Lesson Plan outline available for free on the Apologia Book Extras site. You will find the login information for this special site inside your American Literature textbook.
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In our home, we have used the Apologia science curriculum since our kids were small, all the way through high school – and all three of them have absolutely loved everything by this company. And if you’re familiar with the quality of materials they create, you will not be disappointed with their literature!
I also love the fact that American Literature was written by a homeschool dad, Dr. Whit Jones, who also happens to be the 2017 Recipient of the Educator of the Year Award from Bryan College, where he is a professor.
Meet Dr. Whit Jones:
Learn More About Apologia
I highly recommend American Literature and encourage you to add it to your high schooler’s curriculum. Also, make sure you click here to sign up for two FREE eBooks, a free monthly printable, and Apologia coupons.
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Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.