These are contained (include the story), inexpensive, and non-consumable literary components you can weave into your language arts for middle and high school ages. Each one can be done by a student and parent, small group or a classroom. The content is not religious unless the author mentions it as a talking point (even then, they are not biblical in nature.) It’s the questions after the story that really tripped my trigger! Why do you think so-and-so responded the way he did? Why was that good or bad? What might you have done in that situation? I’m generalizing to show the higher-order thinking structure of the questions. A short biography of the author and some background to the setting introduces the mood to come. Read the story, then comes the discussion questions. You could easily make a question into an essay topic! The voice of the guides themselves is very friendly and conversational. It makes for a relaxed vibe going into some pretty dark and heavy literature. The prices vary with the length of the reading, but they all have the same pre- and post-story content. A few scattered illustrations poke fun at the topics. At the end, I quite liked reading some quotes from the author and suggestions for further reading. These feel like something you could work into a busy week when you may not get to your heavier work. Or maybe you find yourself picking one up between larger novels to discuss. The titles are some that you may not know, so have a try at something new! I would get the whole set if it were me. ~Sara [emphasis mine]
ARTK12 sells the full Literature Disguised as Fun series for $56.57 ($69.60 retail, an almost 20% savings).
The series will continue this year. We’re planning another 5 titles:
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
In addition this book will also have Luke’s version of the Christmas story from the Bible in KJV (King James Version).
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- The Dream of a Ridiculous Man by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- One or two stories about the greatest of all detectives, Sherlock Holmes created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
I’m currently working on A Christmas Carol. We’re going to do something a little different with this one, along with a student edition like the other Literature Disguised as Fun editions, we’re going to publish, what we’re calling, a Family Heirloom Edition or possibly a Family Reader Edition. This edition will be:
- 8.5″ x 11″ (student editions are 5″ x 8″)
- Hardback (student editions are paperback)
- Full Color (student editions are black and white)
- Larger Type
- And have some additional features not in the student editions.
Here’s a taste of some of the illustrations in the new book: