Middle School and High School Classic Reading Program

Literature Plus Curriculum

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  • The Literature Plus curriculum is available in both Middle School and High School levels.

  • Included in the first month are three core works of the program.

  • After the first month, a new unit will be provided on a monthly basis. 

  • Each unit includes the main literary work along with other readings to provide thematic, historical, and cultural context.

  • The lessons for each work in the unit include a teacher guide, student reading guide, exercises with grading guides, quizzes with answer keys, discussion topics, and writing prompts with talking points and grading guide. 

  • We provide you everything you need to teach classic works of literature without having to be an expert or even re-read the books yourself.

What is Literature Plus classic reading program?

Literature Plus is a program that brings thematic and historical readings to each work of literature, adding richer context that allows students to connect the dots and make each work come alive.

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Get a 14-day FREE trial of the Middle School Literature Plus Curriculum. After the trial, get the curriculum with parent resources and an additional curriculum unit every 30 days. 


Special 2020/2021 pricing: $19.97/month

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High School 
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Get a 14-day FREE trial of the High School Literature Plus Curriculum. After the trial, get the curriculum with parent resources and an additional curriculum unit every 30 days. 


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Get a 14-day FREE trial of the Middle School AND High School Literature Plus Curriculum. After the trial, get the curriculum with parent resources and two new curriculum units every 30 days. 


Special 2020/2021 pricing: $29.97/month

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Two Levels Available

Three months of core curriculum to get you started for each level

Middle School

Designed for a 7th and 8th grade reading and maturity level, this curriculum begins to provide more analysis and critical thinking than earlier grades. Subjects and themes will be more complex than you get in grammar school literature. 

Three month core unit includes:
Shane by Jack Schaefer
Antigone by Sophocles
The Iliad 
by Homer

Additional works to be added each month include:
The Prince and the Pauper
by Mark Twain
The Odyssey by Homer
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
And many more...

High School

This level expands the readings to a higher level of complexity. The assessments also reflect this change by asking students to write more complex essays and provide more original analysis. In addition, philosophical writings may be included to provide a deeper context to the literary work.

Three month core unit includes:
Anthem by Ayn Rand
The Clouds by Aristophanes
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Additional works to be added each month include:
Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
And many more...

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New Unit Each Month Includes

 

Unit Introduction Videos

As a way to help the parent work with the curriculum, we always include a series of videos that discuss the themes that will be explored in the unit. The video also provides a discussion of key elements to look for and how to help your student get the most out of the readings. Above is an example from our high school unit on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Parent Guide

The parent guide is one of the key components to our curriculum. This is where we provide you, the parent, a detailed summary of the literature, so you do not have to read it. You can discuss it with your child or grade their work with what we provide you in the summary. It also includes an overview of the monthly theme that connects all of the readings together. In addition, each activity, exercise, and quiz comes with a grading guide or answer key.

Student Readings with Reading Guides

The student will read a novel, play, short story, or poem along with carefully curated readings that put the literary work into historical, cultural, and/or thematic context. These readings are based on original source material with original content created by our education experts.

Activities and Quizzes

Each month will include Pisan Academy exclusive activities and exercises. These may include literary analysis, researching a related topic, reflecting on a particular aspect of the literature, or writing a short essay. Also included are quizzes that the student can take to measure their reading comprehension and literary analysis skills.

Writing Prompts

Our curriculum provides many opportunities for your child to write about what they are reading. From short answers on the quizzes, to reflection papers where they share their own thoughts, to longer more formal essays and research, we want your student to feel confident in their writing and be able to formulate their thoughts and arguments on paper before heading to the next level in their schooling. We also provide resources for the parents to use for grading writing assignments and best practices sheets for students to use while they are writing. We have even developed a writing course that students can take online to improve their writing skills. You can find more information on that here.

Standards and Objectives

In our curriculum, we have a page dedicated to educational standards if you need to use those for your local or state education departments. For each work, there are learning objectives that outline the main takeaways a student should have after completing the lesson. These use a higher level of Bloom's Taxonomy of action verbs to ensure that they are both attainable and measurable. Our literature lessons are tied to national Common Core standards. While we realize that not all states and districts use these particular standards, they are easy to adjust to the local standards homeschool families have to account for. For each unit,, the learning objectives that are met when the unit is completed are outlined. These will focus on reading and writing for both informational and literary texts.

 
 
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Classical Period

Classical works from ancient Greece and Rome such as The Iliad by Homer and Antigone by Sophocles

Middle Ages through Reformation

Literature from the Middle Ages such as the Song of Roland and Renaissance classics such as the Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari and poetry of the time.

The 18th and 19th Century

The 18th and 19th century brought about an enormous corpus of novels, poems, and plays. This was the era of the novel, from Sir Walter Scott to Jane Austen. With lending libraries, reading became a popular past time.

Modern

There are some great books that came out of the first half of the 20th century. Authors such as Robert Heinlein, Ayn Rand, and E.M. Forster continue the tradition of writing about heroes and a moral sense of life.

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Analysis

Provide your child with the tools needed to analyze literature and evaluate it in terms of structure but also to examine what makes a work "great." They will also learn how reading for learning differs from reading for pleasure.

Theme

Theme is one of the main components of understanding literature. By deciphering the work's theme, students will gain a deeper understanding of the work and also of the time period in which it was written. Theme often reflects the culture of the time.

Context

Through the accompanying readings, your child will gain a deeper appreciation for the novel. Whether it is an examination of history, a cultural aspect, or an example of an underlying theme or character trait, these additional readings serve to provide opportunities for reflection and further understanding of the literary work. 

Literary Devices

Students learn the different literary devices, such as plot, character, setting, conflict, and theme. In addition, there are exercises to develop their knowledge in simile, alliteration, meter, rhyme, and metaphor.

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Middle School and High School Literature Lessons

Literature Plus Curriculum

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Special 2020/2021 pricing starting at $19.97 per month

  • Literature homeschool lessons for Middle and High School

  • The first month includes 3 complete lesson units

  • A new unit will be provided each month thereafter 

  • Each unit includes the main literary work along with other readings to provide thematic, historical, and cultural context

  • The lessons for each work include a teacher guide, student reading guide, exercises with grading guides, quizzes with answer keys, discussion topics, and writing prompts with talking points and grading guide. 

  • We provide you everything you need to teach classic works of literature without having to be an expert or even read the books yourself

What is Literature Plus?

Literature Plus is a program that brings thematic and historical readings to each work of literature, adding richer context that allows students to connect the dots and make each work come alive.

Middle School
FREE Trial

Get a 14-day FREE trial of the Middle School Literature Plus Curriculum. After the trial, get the curriculum with parent resources and an additional curriculum unit every 30 days. 


Special 2020 pricing: $19.97/month

Get my free trial!

High School 
FREE Trial

Get a 14-day FREE trial of the High School Literature Plus Curriculum. After the trial, get the curriculum with parent resources and an additional curriculum unit every 30 days. 


Special 2020 pricing: $19.97/month

Get my free trial!

Bundle 
FREE Trial

Get a 14-day FREE trial of the Middle School AND High School Literature Plus Curriculum. After the trial, get the curriculum with parent resources and two new curriculum units every 30 days. 


Special 2020 pricing: $29.97/month

Get my free trial!

Two Levels Available

Three months of core curriculum to get you started for each level

Middle School

Designed for a 7th and 8th grade reading and maturity level, this curriculum begins to provide more analysis and critical thinking than earlier grades. Subjects and themes will be more complex than you get in grammar school literature. 

Three month core unit includes:
Shane by Jack Schaefer
Antigone by Sophocles
The Iliad 
by Homer

Additional works to be added each month include:
The Prince and the Pauper
by Mark Twain
The Odyssey by Homer
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
And many more...

Get the Free Trial for Middle School Today!

High School

This level expands the readings to a higher level of complexity. The assessments also reflect this change by asking students to write more complex essays and provide more original analysis. In addition, philosophical writings may be included to provide a deeper context to the literary work.

Three month core unit includes:
Anthem by Ayn Rand
The Clouds by Aristophanes
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Additional works to be added each month include:
Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
And many more...

Get the FREE Trial for High School Today!

Have questions or need more information?

Sign up for a FREE 
one on one tour of the curriculum today!

Talk with us!

New Unit Each Month Includes

 

Unit Introduction Videos

As a way to help the parent work with the curriculum, we always include a series of videos that discuss the themes that will be explored in the unit. The video also provides a discussion of key elements to look for and how to help your student get the most out of the readings. Above is an example from our high school unit on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Parent Guide

The parent guide is one of the key components to our curriculum. This is where we provide you, the parent, a detailed summary of the literature, so you do not have to read it. You can discuss it with your child or grade their work with what we provide you in the summary. It also includes an overview of the monthly theme that connects all of the readings together. In addition, each activity, exercise, and quiz comes with a grading guide or answer key,

Writing Prompts

Our curriculum provides many opportunities for your child to write about what they are reading. From short answers on the quizzes, to reflection papers where they share their own thoughts, to longer more formal essays and research, we want your student to feel confident in their writing and be able to formulate their thoughts and arguments on paper before heading to the next level in their schooling. We also provide resources for the parents to use for grading writing assignments and best practices sheets for students to use while they are writing. We have even developed a writing course that students can take online to improve their writing skills. You can find more information on that here.

Student Readings with Reading Guides

The student will read a novel, play, short story, or poem along with carefully curated readings that put the literary work into historical, cultural, and/or thematic context. These readings are based on original source material with original content created by our education experts.

Activities and Quizzes

Each month will include Pisan Academy exclusive activities and exercises. These may include literary analysis, researching a related topic, reflecting on a particular aspect of the literature, or writing a short essay. Also included are quizzes that the student can take to measure their reading comprehension and literary analysis skills.

Standards and Objectives

In our curriculum, we have a page dedicated to educational standards if you need to use those for your local or state education departments. For each work, there are learning objectives that outline the main takeaways a student should have after completing the lesson. These use a higher level of Bloom's Taxonomy of action verbs to ensure that they are both attainable and measurable. Our literature lessons are tied to national Common Core standards. While we realize that not all states and districts use these particular standards, they are easy to adjust to the local standards homeschool families have to account for. For each unit,, the learning objectives that are met when the unit is completed are outlined. These will focus on reading and writing for both informational and literary texts.

Get the Middle School Free Trial
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Get the Free Trial for Both Levels

Classical Period

Classical works from ancient Greece and Rome such as The Iliad by Homer and Antigone by Sophocles

Middle Ages through Reformation

Literature from the Middle Ages such as the Song of Roland and Renaissance classics such as the Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari and poetry of the time.

The 18th and 19th Century

The 18th and 19th century brought about an enormous corpus of novels, poems, and plays. This was the era of the novel, from Sir Walter Scott to Jane Austen. With lending libraries, reading became a popular past time.

Modern

There are some great books that came out of the first half of the 20th century. Authors such as Robert Heinlein, Ayn Rand, and E.M. Forster continue the tradition of writing about heroes and a moral sense of life.

Get the FREE trial for Middle School
Get the FREE trial for High School
Get the Free Trial for Both Levels

Appreciating and Understanding Literature

Analysis

Provide your child with the tools needed to analyze literature and evaluate it in terms of structure but also to examine what makes a work "great." They will also learn how reading for learning differs from reading for pleasure.

Theme

Theme is one of the main components of understanding literature. By deciphering the work's theme, students will gain a deeper understanding of the work and also of the time period in which it was written. Theme often reflects the culture of the time.

Context

Through the accompanying readings, your child will gain a deeper appreciation for the novel. Whether it is an examination of history, a cultural aspect, or an example of an underlying theme or character trait, these additional readings serve to provide opportunities for reflection and further understanding of the literary work. 

Literary Devices

Students learn the different literary devices, such as plot, character, setting, conflict, and theme. In addition, there are exercises to develop their knowledge in simile, alliteration, meter, rhyme, and metaphor.

Get Started with Both Levels for FREE
Get Started with Middle School for FREE
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