UPDATE: You will find much more detailed information about Excellence in Literature at the Everyday Education site.
Each module has three main sections
For each module in Excellence in Literature, there are three main sections:
- Introductory material
- Context resources
- Week-by-week lesson plan
1. First, you’ll find brief introductory material, including any or all of the following:
- Literary Period
- Module Focus
- Brief introduction to something important about the author or work
- Something to think about . . .
- Be sure to notice . . .
2. The second section contains links and references to context material:
- Things to read
- Things to listen to
- Things to watch
The context items are brief enough to be manageable and varied enough to be interesting, and most are freely available online.*
3. A week-by-week lesson plan follows the context material. In most units throughout the curriculum, students will follow an orderly sequence, including:
Week 1: Begin readings and write an Author Profile
Week 2: Continue readings and do a short writing assignment.
Week 3: Complete readings and write a rough draft of the essay, which the parent/teacher will evaluate using the rubric that is provided.
Week 4: Edit the rough draft according to the evaluator’s feedback. Turn in the final draft.
For each type of assignment, you’ll find instructions for what to include, plus a student-written sample in the Formats and Models chapter of the book.
*We are working to put most of these resources on this site, but for those which are not located here, the URL sometimes changes. In most cases, the student can just search our site or Google for the name of the resource, and will usually easily find it. Our list of updates to URL addresses since the latest release of the curriculum can be found here. Because we’re teaching students to work independently as they will need to do in college, they have permission to find other similar resources that can help them complete the assignment. There are always more resources than have been cited, so there is room for creativity.