We have a short list of great resources for the study of literature and language arts, as well as a few additional items for homeschooling through high school. Each title is linked to its description page, which will open in a new tab on Everyday Education, our parent company. Thank you for visiting Excellence in Literature!

Excellence in Literature Study Guides (Grades 8-12)

Excellence in Literature Complete Curriculum: 5 years in one binder.

Each study guide offers a full school year of lessons, and is available in print or ebook version, as well as a print and ebook bundle for extra convenience.

1857 McGuffey Readers

1857 McGuffey Readers: Set of Six, Grades K-8

 Ungraded Language Arts Resources

Teach reading and writing with Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting.

High School Resources

 Prepare for high school with Transcripts Made Easy and Get a Jump Start on College.

Helpful Articles

 Resources from Everyday Education


Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12 offers challenging, self-directed courses that introduce students to full-length great literature in its historic and cultural context. Students will develop skills in writing and literary analysis as they study the great books.

  • English I and II provide foundational skills
  • English III and IV offer chronological surveys of American and British literature
  • English V focuses primarily on European literature
Optional Resources
  Shorter Oxford English Dictionary  (Amazon link)
  Invitation to the Classics:  A Guide to Books You’ve Always Wanted to Read by Louise Cowan and Os Guinness(Amazon link)


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10 Responses to Catalog

  1. Merlyn Salomon says:

    How do I know which level to purchase? My son is 13 and English is learned as a second language. We do possess IEW but i
    I’m trying to find a program that will increase his vocabulary, expose him to good literature and cover some grammar…


    • Janice Campbell says:

      Dear Merlyn,

      Since your son is ESL, you may want to start with the Introduction to Literature level. The readings will definitely increase vocabulary and expose him to great classics, and the context materials will help him pick up cultural references he may otherwise miss. Grammar is usually covered separately from literature, but if you want a specific program for this, Grammar Made Easy may be helpful ( I hope that is helpful and that you enjoy using EIL.

  2. Jennifer Borger says:

    My son (10th grade) has been doing IEW for 3 years, so is very familiar with the writing process. I am interested in the EIL units! Is the difference between English 1 and English 2 just the book titles, or is English 2 more difficult or in-depth? TIA

    • Janice Campbell says:

      Hi, Jennifer–
      The levels do graduate slightly in difficulty, but after three years of IEW, your son should be able to jump in at either level. EIL doesn’t use the IEW writing formats, with dress-ups and such (you can take off the training wheels now!), but the writing process he has learned will be very helpful to him. I hope you enjoy using it!

  3. Char says:

    Hi! What would I need to order for an 8th grade class for Literature and writing?

    • Janice Campbell says:

      Hi, Char-

      You would need to order Introduction to Literature. It would be your choice whether to order print only, or print plus ebook (so students can click the links rather than typing). It is also helpful to have the Excellence in Literature Handbook for Writers for reference, additional essay models and instruction, and as an evaluation reference.

      I hope you and your students enjoy using EIL!

  4. Andrea Medina says:

    Dear Janice,
    We are a military family stationed in Chile for the past 3 years with 2 more to go. I had homeschooled my 3 boys ages 17. 16 and 14 prior to arriving here in Chile and had done the IEW writing theme books for a year. The boys have been enrolled in a great Chilean school since we arrived and are doing well, but we wanted to remediate their English Literature and Composition and US History.
    The 2 eldest boys have been doing several essays and compositions during this past year, but of course, they are all in Spanish, and the grammar is sooo different from English that I’m not sure if this will mix them up more than not, hopefully not 🙂
    I tested the boys using the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) this year to see where they stood and am pleasantly surprised that they are all 3 in excellent standing with reading comprehension (not so hot in math,but that’s another story) ..all 3 tested at grade 13+ and at least 85th percentile.
    I am thinking of using the IEW Advanced US History theme book ..should I combine it with the EIL American History or should I stick to the Literature and Composition?

    Help please

    Thanks so much,
    blessings from the beautiful land of Chile.
    Andrea Medina

    • Janice Campbell says:

      Dear Andrea,
      It sounds as if your boys are ready for American Literature, and it will introduce them to some major classics. If they find any part of it challenging, you can always take a little longer to complete a module or make other adaptations you feel are appropriate.

      If you do it all together, you will have a perfect opportunity for discussion, which will make it even more interesting. One of the best discussion-starting questions is “Should [character] have done [major action]?” You can ask this about major decisions, too. It’s fun to see how each one of you perceive different actions, and everyone will understand more when you can hear the different perspectives.
      I hope you and your boys enjoy using it!

      Blessings from Virginia!
      Janice Campbell

  5. Alana Gale-Perry says:

    Hi Janice,

    Another homeschooling mother informed me about your curricula. It looks wonderful! I am wanting to know if you offer every book for every module in PDF format, so that they can all be printed. If so, are they free or do we have to pay for them? If we have to purchase them, how much is each PDF set for each year of EIL? I see that the books are all available to be read online, but I would prefer printed books for our children, both for safety (concerned for their eyes regarding “blue light”) and financial affordability. We are a one income, homeschooling Canadian family of 7 (everything costs almost 40% more with the US to CAD dollar conversion), so we absolutely cannot afford to purchase the physical books copies. We have a business, laser printer with 12,000 page toner refills, so printing at home is an efficient, financially feasible option for us. Thank you, and I look forward to your reply.

    Warmest blessings,

    • Janice Campbell says:

      Dear Alana,

      Thank you for writing! Like you, I definitely don’t want students reading the classics online! Not only would they retain less and increase their exposure to blue light, it is simply not a good way to enjoy the classics. My first choice is with a nice old copy (often available for less than a dollar at thrift stores since they are classics) or a good-quality paperback edition, but you’re right — buying those new can add up. Since you have the option of printing economically at home (what a blessing!), you will be happy to know that almost all of these books are in the public domain due to their age. You can get them free at — just go there and search for the author or title, then select PDF format and download. If you come across one that doesn’t have the PDF already created you can just get the HTML version and save it as a PDF yourself. I know those are rather sketchy instructions, so if you need more detail, please feel free to email me at questionstoanswer @comcast. net. I hope you and your family enjoy journeying through the classics!

      Janice Campbell

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