How to Use This Course
Elements of Literature studies eight genres of literature and helps students learn to identify key literary elements such as the characters, conflict, point of view, and setting. It also teaches students how to apply literary elements to poetry, non-fiction, drama, novels, and all literature. A variety of literary forms and authors are studied, including Louisa May Alcott, Rudyard Kipling, G.A. Henty, Peter Barrie, and many others.
Elements of Literature studies the following main readings and literary elements:
Unit One includes an introduction to studying literature and the Coming-of-Age Novel. It explores characters such as the protagonist, antagonist, and anti-hero, as well as the importance of secondary characters, through the study of Peter Pan by Peter Barrie.
Unit Two explores historical fiction and the importance of conflict, crisis, climax, and closure through a study of For the Temple: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem by G.A. Henty.
Unit Three looks at humor and various points of view by studying The Story Girl by L. M. Montgomery.
Unit Four studies fantasy, fables, and the element of setting through The Great Big Treasure of Beatrix Potter and The Book of Dragons (c. 1890s) by E. Nesbit.
Unit Five steps into the world of poetry and applying literary elements to poetry by studying Poems Every Child Should Know, edited by Mary E. Burt.
Unit Six includes a look at biography and non-fiction and applying literary elements to non-fiction through the study of Ten Boys from History by Kate Dickinson Sweetser, True Stories of Wonderful Deeds (anonymous), The Story of Opal by Opal Stanley Whitely, and Chatterbox by various authors.
Unit Seven explores drama and applying literary elements to drama by looking at Children’s Classics in Dramatic Form by Augusta Stevenson and Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades by Florence Holbrook.
Unit Eight dives into the world of short stories and applying literary elements to all literature through a study of Little Wizard Stories of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Aunt Joe’s Scrap Bag by Louisa May Alcott and Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling.
Unit Nine focuses on a novel of the student’s choice and analyzing it in view of all that has been learned.
Printable lessons, assessments, and parent resources.
Links are provided to read all main readings free online except for the final unit, which is the student’s choice.
Unit One: Coming-of-Age Novel
Main Reading: Peter Pan by Peter Barrie
Unit Two: Historical Fiction
Main Reading: For the Temple: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem by G.A. Henty
Unit Three: Humor
Main Reading: The Humor Girl by L.M. Montgomery
Unit Four: Fantasy and Fables
Main Readings: The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter and The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit, c. 1890s
Unit Five: Poetry
Main Reading: Poems Every Child Should Know by Mary E. Burt, Editor
Unit Six: Non Fiction: Biographies, Letters, Essays, and Journals
Main Readings: Ten Boys from History by Kate Dickinson Sweetser, True Stories of Wonderful Deeds (anonymous), The Story of Opal by Opal Stanley Whitely, and Chatterbox by various authors
Unit Seven: Drama
Main Readings: Children’s Classics in Dramatic Form by Augusta Stevenson and Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades by Florence Holbrook
Unit Eight: Short Stories
Main Readings: Little Wizard Stories of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Aunt Joe’s Scrap Bag by Louisa May Alcott and Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Unit Nine: Your Own Story Choice
This course counts as a language arts credit. Students who complete the entire course, including all assignments, and spend approximately 180 hours on the course, may earn one full academic credit.