Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Do you need a Christian homeschool literature curriculum for your high school child? One that takes reading to a whole new level? You need to check out Writing with Sharon Watson and her Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide collection.

For this review we received Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Student Book, Teacher’s Guide, Quiz and Answer Manual, Novel Notebook (a Free PDF Download) and Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain and The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.

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What It Is

This is a full literature program for high school students and counts as a full language arts credit. There are 70 lessons spread out amongst 7 different novels. Those novels, whether purchased separately or borrowed from the library, are Pudd’nhead Wilson, The War of the Worlds, The Friendly Persuasion, Peter Pan, Warriors Don’t Cry, A Tale of Two Cities, Fahrenheit 451 and The Screwtape Letters.

How To Use This

This program is very easy to use, but helps your child learn the different literary terms while reading some of the classics. The lessons are laid out simply for the parent/teacher to use. You have your objective for each lesson and you have your teaching for the lesson. You can know that by using the simple layout given, that your child will be learning something during this course.

Each novel takes a month to go through. You have two weeks (beginning and end) that you work on lessons and the middle two weeks are spent reading the novel. The first week of each novel takes you through learning new terms and concepts. This is the “grunt” of the learning for the month.

Once you’re done with your “learning”, you hop into the reading of the novel. While there are no lessons during this time, your child will work through their Novel Notebook. This is where they will show they paid attention during the learning, and find those concepts in action in the novel. This is a nice simple way to keep the terms in mind and to learn them by using them.

After the novel has been finished, your child will work on giving the book a rating and take a show you read it quiz. This quiz can be taken on paper using the Quiz Manual or online using a password to enter onto the quiz page. By taking the quiz online, your child can have instant answers on how well they did.

The final lessons have different discussion questions that you can use with your child. Instead of just writing and filling out worksheets, you are able to be vocal and interactive. Amongst all of this, there are “Facebook” discussion questions as well. This is a great way to do this as a group, even if your group is spread apart.

What We Thought

Moe Man has never liked discussing his books. He has a hard time with comprehension, yet he loved to read. I don’t want to make him hate reading by forcing comprehension on him, but I want him to learn it as well. Because of this, I was excited to try this program from Sharon Watson.

Moe Man was hesitant to start this program because it involves reading and learning from the novels. However, when he actually started the lessons, and found out they were different from what he was expecting, he eased up a little.

I really enjoyed the way the lessons and novel were set up. I really liked that they were spread out and not all faced paced. This helped Moe Man be more open to working and sticking with this program. While other programs are great for an intense study of the novel, Sharon Watson teaches your child what they need to know at a less intensive pace that makes them happy. A smart mom knows, happy kids make for happy homeschool…and when both mom and kids can be happy, than you have a successful homeschool!

We love the choices of books, we love the pace, we love the style of learning and we love the options of making this fit our homeschool, while still being a part of something larger via Facebook. After searching for the right literature program for Moe Man, even trying to make one custom for him, we have found that “it” program the clicks with him! I think Sharon was talking with Moe Man when she made this program!

We were not the only family who reviewed this curriculum. Check out these other reviews and see what everyone else had to say about it!

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