Welcome to Essentials in Literature!
We are very excited to be releasing a new product that will go very well with our current product line, Essentials in Writing. Essentials in Literature is a video based literary analysis program.
Essentials in Literature is a literary analysis curriculum that features a student textbook/workbook combination with video instruction from teacher, Matthew Stephens presented on DVD over four units: fiction, nonfiction, novel, figurative language/poetry.
Literary analysis occurs across the curriculum by exploring short stories in the fiction unit. Short works of nonfiction such as excerpts from biographies and autobiographies as well as informative articles, propaganda techniques, and narrative nonfiction are analyzed in the nonfiction unit. Figurative language and poetry are explored in the final unit following a six week novel study.
Using primarily short works to analyze poetry and prose allows students to focus on literary elements and active reading skills individually in short, easy lessons and activities; however, one long literary work is the subject of literary analysis within each level as well in order to ensure students are able to apply the same skills to longer works. Video lessons taught by teacher, Matthew Stephens are precise, to the point, and model literary analysis.
Each literary piece is explored through multiple before, while, and after you read activities over a series of five days. Story Assessments (Independent Practice) provide comprehension and application practice through a variety of assessment techniques included but not limited to multiple choice, matching, long answer, tabled literary analysis application, and written response.
Summative Assessments are the culminating activity for each individual unit with multiple choice, matching, short answer/fill in the blank, true/false, tabled literary analysis application, and written response assessment techniques.
Students are taught to analyze literature not only for its literary value but also as a way to connect with authors, characters, events, and places. Students will be challenged to become better readers, writers, and critical thinkers as they prepare for college and careers.
See example below:
Short story: Stop the Sun by Gray Paulsen
Search terms entered at google.com: stop the sun gary paulsen
If you need assistance locating a literary work, contact customer service.
- Levels 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 have been released.
- Level 12 is expected to release in March 2020.
- Levels 6, 5, 4, and 3 will follow (in that order).
If you are using Essentials in Writing and Essentials in Literature, you can download the 34 Week Plan located on each level’s webpage. For a detailed explanation of all options, please contact Customer Service.