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AmyinWI
02-28-2012, 12:03 PM
I'm looking for ideas for a literature course for my 16yo ds.
I had him read through a BJU text on british lit, and then he started reading some complete works on his own. He's currently reading "A Tale of Two Ciities". I'm glad he has enough interest to have started reading it on his own:) I don't want to kill his enjoyment of the classics, yet I feel I need to add more to it to give him high school credit.
I don't want to spend any more money on high school curriculum right now, are there online (free) literature study guides? Any suggestions would be great.

Also how many complete works per year is reaonable per credit?
Any must reads for British lit?
What about American lit?

Kendra AU
02-28-2012, 03:06 PM
I thought you might get more help here on the Graduate Boards :D

CINDY LB OH
02-28-2012, 03:29 PM
Here is a list of popular British Lit books. (http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/british-lit)

But I don't have a good source for free lit guides. What about using cliff notes from your library? Don't they include questions and analysis, and stuff :lol: I don't remember ever reading any, but I'd start with seeing what your local library has.

As far as novels per credit, I like using Lightning Literature, (https://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/Materials/mLightning.aspx) and they require 4 novels per semester for their high school courses. They used to have some free samples on their site, one for Pride and Prejudice. I don't know if he would want to read that one though :kiss: :lol:

CINDY LB OH
02-28-2012, 03:34 PM
I found these free samples for Lightning Lit (scroll down and you'll see a sample chapter):
Pride and Prejudice (http://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/Senior/shItem.aspx?id=3442)
Great Expectations (http://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/Senior/shItem.aspx?id=3444)

CJ
02-28-2012, 07:48 PM
We use Switched on Schoolhouse's British and American Literature. Each one is a semester credit. Maybe you can find a scope and sequence that tells you what they cover?

Also, sparknotes.com has a lot of free quizzes, outlines, analysis and essay questions for most of the famous classics.

Steph
02-28-2012, 08:59 PM
Sparknotes.com has been a huge help to ds. The outlines and questions help him stay on track and the notes/analysis help me keep up with discussion.

AmyinWI
02-28-2012, 09:04 PM
I thought you might get more help here on the Graduate Boards :D
what board did I put it on?? :unsure:

debbie in ak
02-28-2012, 10:06 PM
You could definitely do it for free with Sparknotes or other resources. For example my son is reading the Scarlet Letter right now and after he reads a chapter I ask him some comprehension questions for the book that I found online.

I have created lists for what my sons will read for American and Brit. lit. Here are my lists if it helps (this is enough material for a year of American lit. and a year of Brit lit --actually there is so much British lit that this is probably too much).

American
The Scarlet Letter
The Call of the Wild
To Kill a Mockingbird
Fahrenheit 451
The Grapes of Wrath
Short stories and poetry by American authors

British
Shakespeare (Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet)
A Christmas Carol
Frankenstein
Great Expectations
Tale of Two Cities
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Lord of the Flies
Pride and Prejudice

laurie in ok
02-28-2012, 10:25 PM
This site has free study guides for all sorts of classics and great books.

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/

Trudy
02-29-2012, 09:01 AM
This site has free study guides for all sorts of classics and great books.

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/

Laurie, that is a GREAT site. Thanks! :clap:

AmyinWI
02-29-2012, 08:10 PM
thankyou so much for the suggestions and website links. :kiss:

I have a pretty good list comprised , I read reviews on Goodreads.com and founds some classics I think would really interest my son. I hope he agrees. :)

debbie rodgers
02-29-2012, 11:43 PM
This site has free study guides for all sorts of classics and great books.

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/

:eek: This is great.:) I Just started reading "To Kill A Mocking Bird" to my son. I also have a tight budget,but really need help in coming up with questions. Thanks