Literature Studies for Young Adults: Volume I – The Ancients



Literature Studies for Young Adults takes you and your students through a series of stories, plays, and poems, arranged in historical order. (Most of the selected titles are the same as those now listed for dialectic students in Tapestry of Grace, but not all are.) In studying these works, students encounter both literary techniques and historical worldviews. Students will have exercises and discussions that aim at equipping them to analyze literature for themselves, using a toolbox of literary analysis terms and concepts that we introduce.

Features of this one-year Literature study:

  • This first volume covers literature pertaining to the Ancient World and takes 36 school weeks to complete.
  • This program dovetails with Tapestry history plans, but is also useful for families that do not use Tapestry of Grace.
  • This program can be used with students in grades 7-9.
  • If used with younger students, discussions are optional.
  • If used with high school students, we recommend combining Literature Studies with a writing program (and optionally an English grammar program) in order to earn a regular English credit. Writing assignments are thus provided for every week-plan in Literature Studies for Young Adults and the use of the Writing Aids handbook is recommended. The assignments follow the established writing sequence from Year 1 of Tapestry of Grace.

The package come with the first three components below.

  1. Student Workbook: Offering three pages per week, this component is a little under 260 pages. Each week:
    • The first page gives an introduction to the week, along with the student’s reading assignments.
    • The second page is a worksheet, on which the student should write his answers.
    • The third page lists questions that prepare the student for his weekly discussion.
    • You can purchase additional student workbooks in various ways. See the chart under the tab “Buy Now” to determine which one(s) you need.
  2. Literary Toolbox: This component is a reference section for the student. It includes explanations, diagrams, and definitions that enable the student to complete his weekly assignments.
  3. Teacher Guide: This 182-page component includes three sections:
    • “Teaching Literature Studies for Young Adults” is an introduction to this program that includes an explanation as to the layout of the class-plans, tips for grading, suggestions for evaluations, and other helpful teaching information.
    • Four Unit Introductions, each of which gives a synopsis of the unit, along with writing assignments for the unit.
    • “Notes for This Week” are the answer keys, discussion outlines, and information for teaching each week-plan.
    • NOTE: Should you choose to use the writing assignments that are included in the Teacher Guide, you will want to purchase Writing Aids.
  4. Book list:
Book Titles (Worksheet) Book Titles
(Worksheet & Discussion)
Tales of Ancient Egypt Tales of Ancient Egypt
The Bible The Bible
Gilgamesh the Hero Gilgamesh the Hero
Sons of Encouragement* Sons of Encouragement*
Twenty Jataka Tales Twenty Jataka Tales
The Ch’i-Lin Purse The Ch’i-Lin Purse
The Well of Sacrifice The Well of Sacrifice
Mythology Mythology
Hittite Warrior Hittite Warrior
God King God King
Victory on the Walls Victory on the Walls
The Aeneid for Boys and Girls The Aeneid for Boys and Girls
The Eagle of the Ninth The Eagle of the Ninth
The Bronze Bow The Bronze Bow
Black Ships Before Troy
The Wanderings of Odysseus

*If you are a Tapestry of Grace customer, you may already have purchased all of these titles except Sons of Encouragement.

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