Lightning Literature and Composition
British Christian: Student's Guide

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Grade Level: 11-12
Author: Lucy S.R. Austen
Publisher: Hewitt Homeschooling Resources
Publish Date: 2011, 2nd Edition
Binding: Perfect Bound
Dimensions: 8 1/2 by 11 inches
Number of Pages: 214
Item ID: 3456 B1A  ISBN: 978-1-57896-256-0
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Second Edition, Perfect Bound.

Students read in the following order:

  • C. S. Lewis (nonfiction: The Four Loves)
  • George MacDonald (novel: selections [text in this Guide] from Phantastes: A Faerie Romance)
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins (poetry [text in this Guide]: "Heaven-Haven," "Easter Communion," "Pied Beauty," "Carrion Comfort")
  • D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (nonfiction: Why Does God Allow War?)
  • Amy Carmichael (nonfiction: selections [text in this Guide] from Gold Cord)
  • G. K. Chesterton (nonfiction: Orthodoxy)
  • T. S. Eliot (essay [text on the Internet]: "Tradition and the Individual Talent")
  • Dorothy L. Sayers (novel: Gaudy Night)
All works are by Christian authors; works are a mixture of literature on specifically Christian ideas and literature on more general themes. Lessons cover writing a basic five-paragraph essay; communicating through a variety of forms; imagery, syntax, and word choice in poetry; writing clearly; writing for different purposes; persuasive writing; literary analysis; and choosing subject matter. For example, The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis is used to teach writing the five-paragraph essay, Phantastes by MacDonald for teaching symbolism, and Why Does God Allow War? by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones for writing clearly.

The Student's Guide includes comprehension questions, writing exercises, discussion questions and project suggestions, additional reading lists, semester and full-year schedules, and bibliography. The answers to comprehension questions are in the Teacher's Guide (see Related items below). Book-length works are sold separately and in a pack with the guides (see Related Items below).

Recommendations:  This course is especially recommended for students who have already taken at least two previous high school-level Lightning Literature courses, who are studying modern history, and who are interested in these authors and works. These should not be viewed as restrictions; this course can profitably be used by high-school students of any grade regardless of which previous Lightning Literature courses they have completed. Generally speaking, this course is more difficult than all the other Lightning Literature courses except the Shakespeare courses and the British Medieval course. Much depends on student interest in the material, however.

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