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Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes The British Tradition 1st Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0131804371
ISBN-10: 0131804375
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Product Details

  • Series: Prentice Hall Literature
  • Hardcover: 1305 pages
  • Publisher: PRENTICE HALL; 1st edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131804375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131804371
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, a caution: one might expect that any high school literature textbook meets certain basic standards. Unfortunately, this is not the case. And it turns out not to have been an easy thing to identify which publisher offers the level of support necessary to meet basic objectives.

I hope this review will save you some trouble! Look for Prentice Hall.

Prentice Hall's literature textbooks provide a nearly definitive anthology of English language literature and other major works of historic importance, and offer very strong support for classroom instruction. Wherever possible, the literature excerpts are complete works; in other cases, the samples are of sufficient length to provide an effective representation of style and content.

Serving on my county's textbook selection committee provided me with disturbing insights into some ways that some schools prepare for end-of-year testing. When I reviewed literature textbooks from several major publishers, I found the comparison quite shocking. You can make this comparison for yourself by perusing on-line the tables of contents for textbooks offered by various publishers.

The Prentice Hall textbooks are all quite strong. Textbooks by the other three publishers reviewed by our committee were impoverished and spare, teaching exclusively to end-of-year tests. Instead of providing materials to teach the basic skills which are intended to be assessed by those end-of-year tests, the other publishers focused on providing practice in test-taking -- i.e., in bubble-filling and guessing games. For example, one slim volume contained less than one third the text of the Prentice Hall anthology, and offered only a scant selection of writings, all of questionable merit.
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To help other homeschooling parents decide on this Prentice Hall Literature: The British Tradition, I will list SOME of the contents of this book. I have used this with my two oldest and found it thorough. I really appreciate the background information preceding each unit which includes a timeline and several pages of historical information vital to understanding the time period in which the author lived. The book is laid out in chronological order.
Unit I (A.D. 449-1485)
The Seafarer, trans. by Burton Raffel
The Wanderer, trans. by Charles Kennedy
Beowulf, trans. by Raffel
A History of the English Church and People, Bede
from The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, trans.
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Finally, I've found a literature textbook that helps me expose my kids to classic, timeless literature. I get so sick of looking at homeschool curriculum that is from a narrowly focused, religious perspective. Not all homeschoolers want that. This textbook is a great springboard to further research the authors and time periods; you don't need a teacher's edition nor the practice books that go with the textbooks. These practice books are geared toward standardized testing and the teaching parent can use the Socratic method to discuss the works read.
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By Vt on December 23, 2013
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I bought this book to brush up on my literature skills in preparation for my Praxis exam. Not disappointed in its contents.
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and this book is worth a lot more than 10 bucks anyway... i'm very confuesed. you are driving down the price people.
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paid only about seven bucks for it...great as second leave at home copy when child's book bag way too heavy!
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