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 (Roger Lancelyn Green) Tales of Ancient Egypt (Roger Lancelyn Green)
The Bible The Bible
Gilgamesh the Hero (Geraldine McCaughrean) Gilgamesh the Hero (Geraldine McCaughrean)
Sons of Encouragement* (Francine Rivers) Sons of Encouragement* (Francine Rivers)
Twenty Jataka Tales (Noor Inayat Khan) Twenty Jataka Tales (Noor Inayat Khan)
The Ch’i-Lin Purse (Linda Fang) The Ch’i-Lin Purse (Linda Fang)
The Well of Sacrifice (Chris Eboch) The Well of Sacrifice (Chris Eboch)
Mythology (Edith Hamilton) Mythology (Edith Hamilton)
Hittite Warrior (Joanne S. Williamson) Hittite Warrior (Joanne S. Williamson)
God King (Joanne S. Williamson) God King (Joanne S. Williamson)
Victory on the Walls (Frieda Clark Hyman) Victory on the Walls (Frieda Clark Hyman)
The Aeneid for Boys and Girls (Alfred J. Church) The Aeneid for Boys and Girls (Alfred J. Church)
The Eagle of the Ninth (Rosemary Sutcliff) The Eagle of the Ninth (Rosemary Sutcliff)
The Bronze Bow (Elizabeth George Speare) The Bronze Bow (Elizabeth George Speare)
Black Ships Before Troy (Rosemary Sutcliff)
The Wanderings of Odysseus (Rosemary Sutcliff)

*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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