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It is what you read when you don’t have to
that determines what you will be
when you can’t help it.
Oscar Wilde 

Home of the Excellence in Literature Study Guides and Context Resources

Welcome to the home of Excellence in Literature by Janice Campbell! You will find classic literature study guides for grades 8-12, plus context resources, including art, music, poetry, author biographies, critical essays, and more.

These self-directed, college prep study guides and the accompanying resources are intended to help you better understand classic literature by offering a glimpse into the history, art, music, and other works that influenced the author and the text. Students will learn to write well though carefully-crafted, week-by-week assignments.

You may purchase the Excellence in Literature study guides at the author’s company, Everyday Education. We offer the exclusive option of adding the e-book to the print book at a discounted price. This allows you to use the printed guide for all the instructional articles and models, while students can view learning modules onscreen in the ebook, and click directly on links to context resources (on most computers), rather than typing in URLs.

When you click on the covers below, you will be taken to the book description page at Everyday Education. This will open in a new tab so you won’t lose your place here.

Introduction to Literature: Excellence in Literature: English 1 by Janice Campbell Literature and Composition: Excellence in Literature English 2 by Janice Campbell American Literature: Excellence in Literature: English 3 by Janice Campbell
British Literature- Excellence in Literature: English 4 by Janice Campbell World Literature- Excellence in Literature: English 5 by Janice Campbell Handbook for Writers- Excellence in Literature

How to find context resources at the Excellence in Literature home site

EIL awarded Favorite High School Program and Favorite College Program 2011-2012

Excellence in Literature won the 2011-2012 Blue Ribbon Awards from The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. for
– Favorite High School Product, and
– Favorite College or College Prep Program

To find what you need on this site, you may type a few keywords into the search box or  look in the resource links (E1 Resources, E2 Resources, etc.) in the sidebar. If you don’t see what you’re looking for on the first page of the results, use the “Older Posts” link at the bottom of the search result page to continue browsing. We are working on adding tags for specific modules, but not all resources are tagged yet.

We add new things almost every week, so be sure to return often. Enjoy!

If you are new to Excellence in Literature, be sure to visit the About Excellence in Literature page to learn more about the curriculum and download a sample lesson. I have recently added a video walkthrough to this page, which you may find helpful, though it is definitely not professional quality.

Visit Everyday Education for more information about the curriculum, links to reviews (don’t miss the review by Cathy Duffy!), an article on how the books were chosen, and much more. You will be able to purchase each guide in print and/or ebook format, or as The Complete Curriculum —  all five years in a big binder.

Click each title below for a detailed description of the study guide.

Introduction to Literature (English 1) 
Literature and Composition (English 2)
American Literature (English 3)
British Literature (English 4)
World Literature (English 5)
The Complete Curriculum: Literature and Writing for Grades 8-12
Handbook for Writers

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