Several weeks ago we were provided the opportunity to implement Everyday Education’s Excellence in Literature’s Introduction to Literature course and I was so excited! My 7th grade daughter is an avid reader. However, I wanted to make sure she had the ability to pick the stories apart and gain a deep understanding of the message the author was trying to share. This is a very valuable skill that is an asset not just for fictional literature, but all reading material.
Reviewing this product could not have come at a better time!
Introduction to Literature: English 1 is designed for 8th grade and up. However, it can be adapted as needed. This course is designed to be independent study and the text is written directly to the student. It focuses on various works: short stories, poems, drama and novels. Context readings have been provided to give background on the authors and help to give that valuable literary context.
The student will demonstrate understanding through approach papers, essays and other writings. Excellent samples of each type of written paper is given in the text and so very helpful!
Introduction to Literature consists of 9 units. The first unit is a collection of six short stories. The other units include the works: Around the World in Eighty Days, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Jane Eyre, Pygmalion, Treasure Island, Animal Farm, The Tempest, and Gulliver’s Travels. An honors tract is also available and you can read more about it here.
If you are interested in why these particular works were chosen, you can read about the selection process here.
Beginning this course with a 7th grader who had not encountered such writing assignments in the past was a bit of a challenge. I decided quickly that we were going to take it a bit slow with the units to make sure we covered them thoroughly. This is one of the reasons this review is so difficult for me to write. I wish that we had progressed a bit further in the program to have experience with a couple of units. We are just finishing up with unit 1. It took my daughter, who loves long novels, a bit of time to enjoy the short story writings. Then we both had to learn how to produce an adequate approach paper. We are making progress and she is learning so much. And to her surprise, she is actually enjoying the writing!
I love that it is independent study. She takes her assignment and runs with it. She is an excellent independent student and I love when courses encourage this and make it easy on both of us to implement. We will continue to progress through this course at a steady pace, taking longer when needed since she is on the younger side for this course. I do hope to continue with the other levels of the Excellence in Literature program. I have loved what I have seen so far!
Personally, I always enjoy thumbing through a product before buying and you can sample a whole unit from Introduction to Literature here. There are 5 years of study in the Excellence in Literature course and you can see a complete book listing for these.
It would also be wise to read the FAQ as it covers such topics as: How to Prepare a Younger Student, How to Determine Placement (each level increases in difficulty) and more. Very helpful information!
I even love the price of Excellence in Literature: Introduction to Literature! You have a choice between two different formats:
Introduction to Literature: English 1 – Print Book, 132 pages $29 + $4.95 shipping/handling
Introduction to Literature: English 1 – E Book – $27. It is already laid out to be printed double sided to easily slip into a 3 ring binder.
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**Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Review Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this product for review. No compensation was made. The thoughts/opinions expressed in this post are my own.