Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis Reviews

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Sharon Watson is a veteran homeschool mom and co-op teacher with a passion for helping middle and high school students develop writing skills with courses that can be taught at home.  Curriculum from Writing With Sharon Watson is written directly to the student, along with step-by-step examples to help the parents with the grading process. The Homeschool Review Crew have been blessed with Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis to review.

The set contains two companion books to support the program instructor. One is the Teacher’s Guide that contains answers to all of the student questions. This way, the parent/teacher can read the book alongside the student to discuss in a conversational manner. The second is the Quiz and Answer Manual if the parent/teacher prefers to give and grade test instead of using the online quiz/grading program feature.

Members of the Homeschool Review Crew recently reviewed the curriculum set containing three softcover books and one PDF download:

Stories and books covered:

  • “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell, in the textbook
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Dover Publications
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot, Dover Publications
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Dover Publications
  • An Assortment of Short Stories:
  • “A White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett, in the textbook
  • “The Garden of Forking Paths” by Jorge Luis Borges, link provided
  • “Haircut” by Ring Lardner, link provided
  • “The Lady, or the Tiger?” by Frank Stockton, in the textbook
  • “Of the Passing of the First-Born” by W. E. B. Du Bois, in the textbook
  • “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas, link provided
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Dover Publications
  • Biography or autobiography of student’s choice
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, Mariner Books

This is the second volume in a series. However, students may take this and the first volume Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide {Crew Reviews} in any order.

You can read the reviews below to find out how Crew families used the program, and follow Writing with Sharon Watson on social media at both Facebook and Pinterest.


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