New Third Edition, Perfect Bound-available August 2011. Hewitt's Lightning Literature and Composition guides use full-length novels, autobiographies, plays, essays, short stories, and poems to teach deep reading and composition skills. Unlike some literature programs that take a scatter-shot approach (where none of the literature seems connected) or that try to dump too much into one book, Lightning Literature guides focus on a few classics in depth, in a systematic manner. These guides are available for junior high and high school. Students read in the following order: Benjamin Franklin (nonfiction: Autobiography) Washington Irving (essay, text in this Guide: "The Angler") William Cullen Bryant (selected poems, text in this Guide) Frederick Douglass (nonfiction: Narrative) Edgar Allan Poe (short story, text in this Guide: "The Tell-Tale Heart") Nathaniel Hawthorne (novel: The Scarlet Letter) Herman Melville (novel: Moby-Dick) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (selected poems, text in this Guide) Lessons cover persuasive writing, tone, conflict, character, and rhyme and meter in poetry and include author information, comprehension questions, and writing exercises. Additional projects ideas, reading lists, semester and full-year schedules, and a bibliography are also in the Guide. Free Teacher's Guide is included.
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