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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Master Books; Teacher edition (November 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890516766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890516768
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. James Stobaugh was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard and holds degrees from Vanderbilt and Rutgers universities, and Princeton and Gordon-Conwell seminaries. An experienced teacher, he is a recognized leader in homeschooling and has published numerous books for students and teachers. He and his wife Karen have homeschooled their four children since 1985.

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Dr. James Stobaugh was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard and holds degrees from Vanderbilt and Rutgers universities, and Princeton and Gordon-Conwell seminaries. An experienced teacher, he is a recognized leader in homeschooling and has published numerous books for students and teachers. He and his wife Karen have homeschooled their four children since 1985.

Customer Reviews

It is actually quite interesting to me even though I'm not teaching it yet.
OurStoryHour
Not that I don't want them to read them as a part of this course, but if reading those makes the course too long, just split it up!
sc2424
When my kids went off to college they thanked me because they were very well prepared.
Jan

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan on August 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
I chose this curriculum after reviewing it during a homeschool convention and reading many recommendations.
The author recommends reading some of the book selections the summer before you start this course. Most book were available in the library.
Mr. Stobaugh gives a historical background of the book and the time period the author lived in for each lesson. He also gives the students a LARGE selection of essay topics to choose from. We chose 2 essays per book. For one of my kids we completed the course in one year (Skipping War and Peace.) The selection of books to read is quite large so for the next child, we split the course into two years and were able to include War and Peace. We found this course very interesting and challenging.
When my kids went off to college they thanked me because they were very well prepared. They were used to reading and analyzing different styles of writing and had no problems writing assignments and essays even with short notice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OurStoryHour on March 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing, is a publisher's name that I look for on books; I know their name means quality. That being said, I wasn't sure I wanted to review a high school literature curriculum when the request was put before me. Our children aren't at the high school level yet but it won't be long (gulp!). When we do reach that point, we will have our first high school level book waiting; I can already hear the cries of anticipation in the other room...well, cries for something!

James P. Stobaugh has pulled together a good selection of world literature, created critical thinking assignments based on each selection, and written in a clear way so as to reflect the Biblical worldview we should hold in this fallen world. When I was a high school student (early-90's), many books/authors were questionable in our public school. In this decade, I've been shocked at some of the literature students are required to read/write about. What happened to the quality classical works? Look no further ~ this may be the solution you are looking for in your homeschool journey.

I appreciate that this course begins with distinguishing between world views. Everyone has a starting point for how they think and what they believe; that affects everything ~ including literature. World Literature is a classical approach to whole books and follows a Biblical worldview.

Broken into 34 chapters, each has 5 lessons; this is set up perfectly to use through one entire school year. Literature is taken from Sumerian, Egyptian, and Hebrew; Ancient Greece and Rome; Early church history; Japanese, Indian, Persian and Arabic, Chinese; Middle ages; Romanticism; Realism; and Modern age. Vast assortment ~ well chosen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lovemykidz316 on May 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
World Literature by James P. Stobaugh is a High School Literature home school curriculum published by Master Books. Master Books is well known in the homeschool community for their quality books and curriculum and this World Literature program perfectly fits within the reputation they are known by.

The curriculum consists of a 496 page student textbook and a 353 page teacher's manual. The teacher's manual is not a bound book but already has the page wholes punched out and fits perfects in a binder for easy access.

The first thing I noticed about this curriculum is that it is very intense, so I would definitely make sure your student is ready for such a study. There are about 8 additional books/texts that are not included in the study, but that are needed for the course. If you plan on purchasing these as well it could get expensive, so I would suggest checking with your local library as well as project Gutenberg ([...]) before hand. The author suggests a summer reading program of these books before the school year begins that way your student will not be overwhelmed with large amounts of reading before each lesson.

It is a 34 week study that helps the student develop essay writing skills, solid worldviews, higher ACT/SAT scores and strong vocabulary. Each weekly chapter has five daily lessons with clear objectives, concept-building exercises, warm-up questions, and guided readings. These equip the students to think critically about philosophy and trends in culture, while articulating their worldview through writing.

Also offered is American Literature and British Literature. Along with the World Literature you have a complete Literature program for the High School levels offering a total of 3 credits.

You can find out more about this curriculum at New Leaf Publishing Group by clicking HERE.

***This curriculum was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on February 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
This curriculum should have a label attached to it stating in bold print, "Warning NOT for whimps!"

World Literature by James Stobaugh is quite an impressive program! Rigorous in its' approach, spanning The Epic of Gilgamesh to Cry the Beloved Country, your High School student will be exposed to the writing of cultures from the ancient world to the modern era all with a Biblical Worldview.

Each of the 34 chapters are broken down into 5 daily lessons which include: learning objectives, daily warm-ups, concept builders, assigned reading, weekly essays and tests. Completing this course will count for 1 credit each in writing and literature. PLUS, earn 1 credit for History by using the corresponding History curriculum also written by James Stobaugh.

In order to really test drive this curriculum, I "dropped" my 9th grader into the chapter pertaining to The Odyssey. My reasoning for this was because he just finished this book utilizing a different curriculum. I wanted to get a first hand feel how my son would do with a more critical thinking/essay based approach plus I wanted to know how I would adapt to teaching it. Taking into consideration the grade level difference and learning styles, we moved forward.

The Chapter on the Odyssey went like this:
Day 1 - General information and answer questions on Homer. Assign essay due on Day 5.

Day 2 - Plot. Write a summary and precis. Answer questions on Character development.

Day 3 - Dramatic irony. Answer questions on character development and how it relates to you personally.

Day 4 - Critics Corner. Answer questions on plot structure

Day 5 - Epic Simile. Write a 10-12 line epic simile. Answer questions about plot. Essay due. Take test.
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