Literature

Adam Andrews

Welcome to Literature with Adam Andrews on SchoolhouseTeachers.com

How to Use This Course

SchoolhouseTeachers.com brings you Literature by Adam Andrews, Director of the Center for Literary Education. For more than 30 months, Adam Andrews has provided the questions (and answers) needed to discuss a different book each month so students can study setting, plot, theme, characters, literary techniques, motive, and more. The class is meant to be an interactive class between the teacher (parent) and the student. Each book can be studied independently, and the books can be done in any order to fit the needs of your student. Story charts are provided for each book, some filled in and some blank for the student to fill in. An assortment of books are provided for grades K-12.

Course Details

Course Introduction

In this space, I am sharing some powerful techniques for reading comprehension and literary analysis that you can use with students of all ages, from kindergarten through high school. From month to month we are looking at a variety of great books—some written for adults, some for the smallest children—and showing how the same key questions can be asked of each one. Using these questions, you can lead a powerful discussion in your home or classroom almost automatically. You’ll be amazed at the results!

The lessons posted here are not designed to be used by the student as daily worksheets; rather, they are created to facilitate periodic (weekly or even daily) discussions between teacher and student. It’s this simple:

  • First, the student reads the assigned title (listed below) over the course of several days or weeks.
  • Then, teacher and student meet together to discuss the story, using the questions provided in this month’s lesson as a guide.

I’m also including story charts with these lessons, but I caution you that while the charts are helpful for organization and capturing the main elements, they are not to be used as assignments in a strict sense, or subjected to rigid grading. Instead, the idea is to plot the main elements, leading to open discussion on the work and a chance to interact with the story as a complete work of art.

If you’re looking for worksheets, beware: fill-in-the-blank exercises may actually hinder a student from understanding literature! The goal of literary analysis is to interact with a story as a complete work of art, to understand its themes and carry on a “conversation” with its author. At The Center for Literature, we have found that worksheets rarely contribute to such understanding. On the contrary, they often bore and frustrate even the most willing students. Happy Reading! Mr. A

Components

In-depth discussion questions relating to scene, character, plot, and other key story elements

Length

Thirty-five self-contained monthly studies; each study focuses on a different title

Ages/Grades

Preschool to high school; discussion questions can be adjusted to fit the grade level of your child, and titles studied range from classic children’s books to books by C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, and others

Transcript Information

This course counts as a language arts credit.  Students who complete 10 units may earn 1 full academic credit.  Students who complete 5 units may earn 0.5 academic credit.

*Please be informed of your state’s academic requirements. http://schoolhouseconnect.com/state-homeschool-laws/

For transcript help, go to http://schoolhouseteachers.com/2013/05/creating-a-transcript/

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Adam Andrews 1Adam Andrews is the Director of the Center for Literary Education, www.centerforlit.com. He received his BA in Political Economy and Christian Studies from Hillsdale College in 1991. He earned his MA in History from the University of Washington in 1994, and is currently a candidate for the PhD in History. He is writing his doctoral dissertation on the history of American higher education. Adam is a Henry Salvatori Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and was a founding board member of Westover Academy, a Classical Christian school in Colville, Washington until 2007. He is the assistant director of the American Council for Accredited Certification, a non-profit professional certifying body.Literature with SchoolhouseTeachers