Flexible Literature Unit Studies:
- For both single students and groups
- For home school, co-op, classroom, book club use
- Each lesson includes
- Reading assignments
- Questions to get students engaged in thematic content throughout the book
- Spelling/vocabulary words with activities and do-it-yourself test sheets
- Bible verse that can be used for handwriting assignments, Bible memorization, or critical thinking in how that verse relates to what they have read
- Projects including writing assignments, science experiments, history research, hands-on tasks, art, cooking, food tasting and many more
- Same easy-to-use format so students become familiar with the content and layout, building confidence to do the assignments on their own
- Take-it-yourself tests for spelling and vocabulary, as well as a variety of end of the book projects are included in the back of each curriculum
- Parents/teachers can be as hands on or off as they choose. (Do activities together (read, discuss, do projects) or assign them to be done on their own. All answers are provided in a free answer guide with purchase of corresponding curriculum title purchase.)
- Omit what doesn’t work. (Pick and choose questions, assignments, and projects. Choose a time frame to have them completed that works for your schedule.)
- Make it doable to avoid burnout.
Click on the link below to view a sample lesson from the book “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri.
Setting The Pace
Each lesson is designed in the same user-friendly format so that the daily structure is familiar and easy to follow. This versatile curriculum is great for individual as well as group use. All lessons can be modified and tailored to meet the needs of both student and parent/teacher. Simply choose the lettered activities you wish the student to complete and set a time line when they should have them completed for each lesson. It’s that simple! Make it work for you and your schedule.
Any section can be added or deleted from a daily lesson. If a project seems too complicated or time consuming, it can either be simplified, modified, or skipped. Make each lesson as basic or advanced as you want. This curriculum can be used as a simple reading comprehension guide, or the resources are provided for a more advanced study. You set the pace. You set the focus. You’re in control. Once you set the pace of the lessons, your student should be able to work on their own.
Overview of Lettered Activities
Remember: Any section can be added or deleted from a daily lesson.
A. Chapter reading
Some book chapters that are shorter in length may be combined into one lesson.
B. Reading comprehension questions
Thought provoking questions are designed to encourage students to analyze literature on their own by connecting the reading to various themes, concepts, and Biblical truths.
C. Spelling/Vocabulary words
Carefully selected words contribute to the understanding of concepts and moods within the assigned reading. Some words might seem easier to spell than others, but their meanings will bring new insight into the text. There are suggestions for what to do with each list of words for both spelling usage as well as vocabulary usage. There are also spelling and vocabulary tests provided in the back of each curriculum
D. Bible Verse
Each prayerfully chosen Bible verse relates to a theme or character trait found in each chapter. There are three options to choose from that help cultivate different skills. These Bible verses can be used to improve handwriting, Bible memorization, or reflect on how the verse relates to the story or a concept.
Projects are a fun way to interact with a story through hands-on assignments that relate to the reading. Sometimes projects may involve creative writing or report writing, while others involve art, history or science activities. If you’re itching to do a particular project from the extensive list of creative ideas provided in the back of this book, replace that days’ activity with it instead!
For Individual Use
This curriculum is a great way for students to work on an individual basis. It trains students to work independently while giving them the responsibility and the freedom to work on their own.
I had the privilege of teaching this curriculum at home to my own children. The schedule I chose was to have them focus on two or three works of literature within the school year. Once I chose the literature for that year, I simply set up a schedule based on the lessons and activities I wanted them to focus on. (For us, we had a grammar system already in place, so we chose to omit sections C and D from our lessons.) Because of various activities, we had a four-day plan that we followed to meet our needs, but any schedule can be set up to meet your requirements and the needs and learning styles of your students. An example of some plans are below.
Example of a Two-Day Lesson Plan
Day One: Complete sections A and B.
Day Two: Complete one activity from section C or D, and then complete section E.
Example of a Five-Day Lesson Plan
Day One: Complete section A.
Day Two: Complete section B.
Day Three: Complete section C.
Day Four: Complete one activity from section D.
Day Five: Complete section E.
For Group Studies
This curriculum is fantastic and easy to set up for small group studies, such as book clubs, or in a classroom. Just determine how many class sessions there are, (or the duration of the class), and divide up the lessons accordingly. For example, I taught an eight week course that met once a week. Therefore, I divided the lessons up into an eight week schedule. There were 24 lessons for this particular curriculum, so I did three lessons a week.
- Reading—Students read the required reading assignments that were given for that lesson. (Usually about a chapter per lesson, so they were reading three chapters per week.)
- Reading Comprehension Questions—Students answered a total of five reading comprehension questions per week that I chose based on relevancy.
- B, C, and D Activities—Next, I chose various activities from the categories of spelling, vocabulary, and Bible verse for them to do each week. (I ended up having them do either #1 or #2 under the Bible Verse category.)
- Projects—Finally, I chose one project for them to do at home. While viewing these choices, I also looked at which projects might be fun to do as a group during class time. I gave directions that instructed them to complete one project number, and to review another project number for class discussion.
An example of the weekly homework I handed out looked something like this:
□ Read Chapter 10.
□ Answer Reading Comprehension Questions # 1 and 5.
□ Look over Project #1 and be prepared to discuss in class.
□ Read Chapter 11.
□ Answer Reading Comprehension Questions # 3 and 4.
□ Look over Reading Comprehension Question # 2 and be prepared to discuss in class.
□ Do Project #3 and be prepared to share it with the class.
□ Read Chapter 12.
□ Answer Reading Comprehension Question #1.
□ Do Bible Verse #2.
- Study Guide
- Answer Guide (Free digital version with purchase of Study Guide)
- A notebook to write things in
- A copy of the book being studied
What Parents/Teachers Should Know
Although this curriculum is designed to teach students to become independent learners, there is a minimal amount of guidance that may be required from parents or teachers.
- Familiarize yourself with the daily format so you can set the pace. Decide how many lettered items a student will do each day. Which ones do you feel your student needs to focus on? For example, if you have another spelling curriculum that is working well for you, you will want to make sure to communicate with your student not to do the lettered “C” spelling options.
- Look ahead at your students lessons to plan accurate time to gather research materials if needed. Some project requirements (lettered “E”) might call for a trip to the library for research materials.
- Obtain a copy of the Answer Guide. If you purchased a hard copy of this version, a FREE copy of corresponding answer guides can be downloaded by visiting our web site at: www.theindependentscholar.net or you may purchase a hard copy (if available) for a small fee plus shipping and handling.
- Set report guidelines and standards before your student gathers any research materials. Curriculum guidelines for reports are left intentionally vague in order to accommodate the level of each student. These instructions can look something like this:
Writing/Report: Choose one person from the Civil War who is considered a “hero.” Research a “hero” and write a report about your chosen person. (The length and parameters of your paper should be determined by your teacher/parent before gathering your research.)
Reports can focus on certain writing standards, such as a five paragraph report format, or a more simplified, well-written paragraph. Setting various guidelines require different time allowances for research, rough drafts, final drafts, typing, etc.
The Independent Scholar is committed to providing a Christian-based curriculum to students at multiple levels so that they can study Biblical truths both independently or in a group setting while reading various works of literature.
With The Independent Scholar, students have the freedom to work individually as they mature and their skills grow! Every student is unique and learns in a variety of ways. A particular learning style that works for one might not work for another. Our hope in providing this curriculum is for classic literature to be enjoyed and studied in a user-friendly, step-by-step format that challenges each student to think about what they are reading and how it relates to what the Bible says about that theme or subject.