Currents In Literature
Let's begin with a comprehensive English language arts program centered around contemporary American authors of different periods, regions and backgrounds. It is a complete program that integrates vocabulary, reading, writing, grammar, and spelling. Currents in Literature prepares the student for the standardized exams and encourages him to become a better reader, writer and communicator. This curriculum presents the classics using excerpts from authors like Langston Hughes, Mark Twain, yet allows the more modern authors such as Dorothy West and Maxine Hong Kingston to shine as well.
No matter who the author or what the selection, a brief question-and-answer section follows, allowing for an analysis of the work. Point of view, compare and contrast the ideas, critical thinking and reasoning skills are utilized. Learning how to distinguish between fact and opinion, understanding literary devices, and how to paraphrase a work are also useful skills taught in this curriculum. Though time and attention is devoted to vocabulary, its use highly encourages the writing component of the course.
One exciting thing about Currents in Literature is that is available not only in American Literature, but also British Literature, World Literature (featuring Machiavelli, Hugo, Atwood, Desai and others) and one called Literature Genre for reading grade levels eight through ten (dramas, poems, short stories) with excerpts from Shakespeare and Arthur Miller. Literature Genre uses articles and interviews, excerpts from the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, lithographs, paintings, memoirs or other visual text. And integrated within all of this are still vocabulary, reading, grammar, writing and spelling exercises.
Again, literature can be used as early as possible, but Currents in Literature is a curriculum for the upper level students.