American Literature (Teacher Guide)


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For Grade Level 9-12

Teacher Guide for use with our high school language arts program, American Literature (Set).

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SKU M672-0
Manufacturer Master Books
Weight (in lbs) 2.00
Title American Literature-Teacher
Subtitle Cultural Influences of Early to Contemporary Voices
Series Stobaugh Literature
ISBN 13 9780890516720
Contributors James Stobaugh
Binding Paperback
Page Count 320
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC
Dimensions (in inches) 8 1/2 x 11 x 3/4

Enjoy beloved classics while developing vocabulary, reading, and critical thinking skills!

  • Each literature book in the series is a one-year course
  • Each chapter has five lessons with daily concept-building exercises, warm-up questions, and guided readings
  • Easy-to-use with suggested reading schedules and daily calendar
  • Equips students to think critically about philosophy and trends in culture, and articulate their views through writing

A well-crafted presentation of whole-book or whole-work selections from the major genres of classic literature (prose, poetry, and drama), each course has 34 chapters representing 34 weeks of study, with an overview of narrative background material on the writers, their historical settings, and worldview.

The rich curriculum’s content is infused with critical thinking skills, and an easy-to-use teacher’s guide outlines student objectives with each chapter, providing the answers to the assignments and weekly exercises. The final lesson of the week includes both the exam, covering insights on the week’s chapter, as well as essays developed through the course of that week’s study, chosen by the educator and student to personalize the coursework for the individual learner.

American Literature Teacher Guide

The vital resource for grading all assignments from the American Literature course, including options to help personalize the coursework for the individual learner.

Overview: Students will be immersed into some of the greatest American literature ever written in this well-crafted presentation of whole-book or whole-work selections from classic prose, poetry, and drama. Literary content covered in this volume includes the following: The History of Plimoth Plantation by William Bradford, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, The Pearl by John Steinbeck, The Chosen by Chiam Potok, as well as poetry by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, and many more selections of the finest in American literature. Additional readings not included within this text can be found at local libraries or widely available as free online downloads.

Features: Each weekly chapter has five daily lessons with clear objectives, concept-building exercises, warm-up questions, and guided readings. Equips students to think critically about philosophy and trends in culture, articulating their worldview through writing. Easily combined with the American History course from Master Books to take students through historical settings and philosophy, as well as a critical analysis of literary thought across the centuries.

Great AP course
Review by Amanda
This is a great college prep course! You can also eliminate a few things if that isn't what you are looking for though and only count it as 1 credit instead of 2.
AP Level Course
Review by Virginia
This course has 34 chapters which is designed to allow students to earn two full credits (one in writing and one in literature) when completed in full. The teacher's guide includes concept builders, essay questions (with answers) and test answers. This course does not include a recommended day-by-day schedule, which would be SO appreciated with such a weighty course. The author recommends that students pre-read some books prior to starting the course, which is great if you know ahead of time. I would certainly recommend this course as an AP level course and it will require a fair amount of parental involvement.
Amazingly rich literature course.
Review by Becky K.
American Literature is a high school level course that can offer 2 high school credit hours (1 Literature, 1 Writing) when used to its full potential. This course offers many great literature options by American authors that follows the same sequence as the High School American History course offered through Master Books. (Taking both courses together would offer 3 high school credits when used to its full potential.)

This teacher guide offers clear instructions on how to utilize the course, including options on how to grade, a complete list of books, and answers for activities in the student guide. One of my favorite parts of this curriculum, is that it explains that most, if not all, book selections may be available for free through your local library or online through public domain sites such as Project Gutenberg, making this an extremely affordable literature course. Each chapter gives the parent multiple essay options, if a writing credit is desired, as well as a test on the material from the chapter.

This is a wonderfully rich, but highly customizable high school literature course.
A Great American Literature course
Review by Becky V.
The Teacher Guide for American Literature includes answer keys, student objectives, daily concept builders, and weekly essays and tests. In reading how to use this guide, it makes it clear that this course can be adjusted in difficulty and alternate books, movies, or plays can be used if you find one you would prefer your student to not be exposed to.

This guide follows the five lessons a week, over 34 weeks of study structure. Even though this course is set up for independent study by the student, as a parent, you will still need to be involved to complete grading and feedback. Honestly, I love this course and have enjoyed going through it also!

For each lesson, the assignments for the day for the student are listed, as are the answers for the daily concept builders. Essays options are listed for each chapter, along with answer summaries, as well as the chapter test answers, and discussion question answers. I appreciate that the teacher guide also includes the first thoughts and author worldview watch, as well as learning objectives and the recommended reading ahead schedule. This makes it easy to follow along with your student without needing access to their student book.
A great way for a student to strengthen their critical thinking skills and biblical worldview.
Review by Kathleen
-The teacher’s guide outlines student objectives with each chapter.
-Several different grading options are provided.
-Each chapter includes a test and essay options.
-Students learn from great American Literature books and selections
-Students can earn two full credits for this curriculum for writing and literature
-34 week intensive study
-Most assignments are based on the student’s opinions
-Warm-up exercises in each lesson are challenging at times but enjoyable
-Students will develop essay writing skills, have a solid worldview and gain a strong vocabulary
-This equips students to think critically about philosophy and trends in culture while articulating their worldview through writing.
Excellent course to prepare a student for college literature and literary analysis.
Very Thorough American Literature
Review by Crystal
This is a thorough introduction to American Literature. The author takes the time to equip the student to view each piece of literature through a Christian worldview. Each chapter includes reading, literary analysis (guided), essay writing, a test, and thought-provoking discussion questions.

Although all the expectations and assignments are clearly laid out for the student, there is still a fair amount of teacher involvement to discuss the readings, discussion questions, and grading of essays and tests. However, this involvement helps encourage the student to better form his/her opinions by discussing them with the teacher.

As an added benefit, the author also has an American History curriculum that can be taught alongside the American Literature curriculum, helping to connect the literature with different points in history.
Higher Level Learning
Review by Laurie
This course is no joke! Definitely, for the High School level, I would not attempt for a middle schooler. My 9th-grade daughter works almost exclusively independently on her other Masterbooks subjects, except for this course. We worked together on the majority of the lessons. Except for the assigned readings and tests. Honestly, I didn't realize how much learning I would be doing alongside my daughter.

This course schedule is designed differently than the majority of other Masterbook courses. In that, they have a day-by-day 180-day schedule at the beginning of the book. Neither the teacher's guide nor the student guide has a schedule. This has made it harder for us to stay on track to complete in a year timeframe. We are taking a little longer on the essay days to help her learn how to write better-quality papers. Completing this course in a school year has gone out the window.

If your student is planning higher level education this course will definitely help prepare them for the next level.
Great For AP Credit
Review by Lexie
American Literature is what I would consider a very well planned AP course for high schoolers. It's divided into thirty four chapters with nine main topics. These topics can vary in length, some only covering two chapters while others covering eleven chapters. I will say this course will take some learning to fully understand the way it is written and planning on the part of the parent. After using MB for a lot of our language arts curriculum, my daughter didn't completely understand the layout well. We worked through it a bit, but I am not sure if she is quite ready for this course as just a 9th grader. We may put it away and see if it would be a bit as she gets a bit older.
As far as layout is concerned, there is at least one essay a week to complete (at parents discretion) and weekly tests available in the teachers guide. The author does suggest spending the summer before starting this course reading from the book list provided. This will prevent any trouble the student might have with trying to get an entire book finished in just one week. For example, 'The Scarlet Letter' is discussed in just one week which would be extremely difficult to fully read and comprehend this in just one week. I do appreciate that the chapter tests vary in the methods by which questions are asked. For example, there are charts to fill in, essay questions, multiple choice, short answer, discussion, and critical thinking questions.
good curriculum
Review by Ashley
This Teacher Guide has 34 chapters. It also gives you essay options and chapter tests. You also have the option to get other reader books that will go along with the course. There is a list of 20 books that you can choose to purchase. This Teacher’s Guide guides the instructor or parent on how to grade the students on their work and gives you ideas on extra activities, like Vocabulary building. There are three options for grading. It also has the concept building answers. What the student is to accomplish that day. It provides the chapter test with answers for the student to complete along with the essays that are assigned. This Book is not for the Student it is made for the teacher or parent. It is basically the answer key to the textbook, with ideas that can also be completed.
Review by Sara
So my oldest only only did the first lesson on world view she really liked this lesson and had a very thorough essay on world view we didn’t continue because she struggled reading and comprehending the books I think due to the language in them so we moved to Grammer instead for now

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