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U.S. History and Literature for 11th grade...please help me...

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Here's the deal...


Dd did both Lightning Lit American programs in 9th grade...minus Red Badge of Courage.


Now, as I am planning for her U.S. History, I am lost as to whether or not to even bother using Literature that aligns with history. I know there are many other novels, short stories, etc. that could be used for this time frame, but it seems redundent to do American Lit again.


She would like to do the Lightning Lit British authors courses. She really appreciates the writing of the British authors over American authors.


Does it matter that much to keep history and literature together?


For the record: this year she is using a Literature course from Keystone and the World History from Keystone. I don't know if they correspond in any way as they are both regular textbooks. (I had to have help with teaching this year as I was taking care of my chronically ill grandmother, so I have been a tad removed from this part of her coursework.)


Also, we follow a more traditional history sequence...geography, World History, U.S. History, Gov/Econ.




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I would simply aim for the best quality literature this year regardless of whether or not it aligns with her studies in history. You only have two years left to be in charge of what she reads! What great works do you want to be sure she has read before college????


Ana side - I am cranking my dd through 7th grade LL in order to have time left to have her read Diary of Anne Frank. DD is going into public school next year and I KNOW from prior kids there that the teachers have switched from requiring Frank's book to Night by Eli. W. Why? they are BORED with teaching the Frank book over and over.

So I will MAKE my dd read it before I hand her over to other teachers.

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She's at the point where it matters most to read great lit! Definitely read some of those American classics you missed, but also read the great British stuff and world lit... I say it doesn't matter at this point. After all, she should understand the connections pretty well by now.

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If you want to match up the US History/Literature, perhaps take a look at the sample pages of Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gold - American Literature program at http://www.christianbook.com -- it covers poetry, 10 short stories, and 3 novels (Red Badge of Courage, Old Man and the Sea, The Pearl).


Otherwise, below are some ideas of classic works and authors to choose from. Enjoy your literature journey! Warmest regards, Lori D.




- ancients: Gilgamesh; The Iliad; The Odyssey; The Aeneid; The Ramayana

- medieval: Beowulf; The Fairy Queen; Song of Roland; The Kalevala; El Cid

- modern: Lord of the Rings




- tragedy: Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet

- comedy: Midsummer Night's Dream; Much Ado About Nothing; Twelve Night

- history: Henry V; Julius Caesar



Sci-Fi / Fantastical

- Rip Van Winkle

- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

- The Time Machine

- War of the Worlds

- Farenheit 451

- 1984

- Animal Farm

- The Giver

- Brave New World

- Flowers for Algernon

- Frankenstein

- Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

- space trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet; Perelandra; That Hideous Strength



Fantasy / Fantastical

- Lord of the Rings

- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

- Peter Pan

- Gulliver's Travels

- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight




- Frankenstein

- short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne

- short stories by Edgar Allen Poe

- Wuthering Heights

- Jane Eyre

- The Picture of Dorian Gray

- Turn of the Screw

- Rebecca

- short stories by Shirley Jackson

- Northanger Abbey (gothic parody)



Government / Worldview

- The Republic

- Utopia

- The Prince

- The Stranger

- Animal Farm

- Below The Root




- Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone

- something by Shakespeare

- Pygmalion

- The Importance of Being Earnest

- Our Town

- The Crucible

- Death of a Salesman

- A Doll's House



World Lit



- Cry The Beloved Country

- Things Fall Apart



- The Good Earth

- The Joy Luck Club



- Don Quixote (Spain)

- The Divine Comedy (Italy)

- Les Miserables (France)

- Crime and Punishment (Russia)

- Anna Karenina (Russia)

- War and Peace (Russia)

- A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Russia)

- A Day of Pleasure (Poland)

- All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany)

- A Doll's House (Norway)




- City of God (Augustine)

- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass)

- Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington)

- The Story of My Life (Helen Keller)

- Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank)

- A Day of Pleasure (Issac Singer)




- something by Mark Twain

- Life With Jeeves

- Three Men in a Boat

- My Family and Other Animals

- All Creatures Great and Small



- Robinson Crusoe

- Ivanhoe

- The Three Musketeers

- The Count of Monte Cristo

- Treasure Island



British Lit. - specific works

- The Canterbury Tales

- Paradise Lost

- The Pilgrim's Progress

- Silas Marner

- Lord of the Flies


British Lit. authors

- Jane Austen

- Charlotte or Emily Bronte

- GK Chesterton

- Charles Dickens

- Arthur Conan Doyle

- James Joyce

- CS Lewis

- Robert Lewis Stevenson



American Lit. - specific works

- Rip Van Winkle

- Uncle Tom's Cabin

- Little Women

- The Jungle

- Our Town

- Penrod

- The Great Gatsby

- To Kill A Mockingbird

- Their Eyes Were Watching God

- The Chosen

- Black Like Me

- The Invisible Man

- Catcher in the Rye

- A Raisin in the Sun

- I Heard the Owl Call My Name

- Farenheit 451

- Something Wicked This Way Comes

- The Joy Luck Club


American Lit. authors

- Willa Cather

- James Fenimore Cooper

- Stephen Crane

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

- Bret Harte

- William Faulkner

- Nathaniel Hawthorne

- Ernest Hemingway

- O Henry

- Henry James

- Jack London

- Herman Melville

- Arthur Miller

- Flannery O'Connor

- Edgar Allen Poe

- John Steinbeck

- Mark Twain

- Edith Wharton

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I stressed out about having my daughters' history and literature match perfectly when they were in 10th grade. The way their courses worked out, they studied US History while studying World Lit. They did fine and enjoyed both courses and I got over it. This year they are studying American Lit but I noticed they are reading about other time periods in their personal reading. So for us, matching up those 2 classes did not matter - especially to them.

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