When Worlds Collide is a literature program written for Christian High Schools and Homeschools. It focuses on 8 books-
The War of the Worlds
The Friendly Persuasion
Warriors Don't Cry
A Tale of Two Cities
The Screwtape Letters.
We were provided with the Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide Teacher's Guide, When Worlds Collide Student Book, free download of The Student Novel Notebook, When Worlds Collide Quiz and Answer Manuel and the books Pudd'nhead Wilson and The War of the Worlds, neither of which my daughter had read!
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The Novel Notebook, a free downloadable PDF file is a fun addition, though not required. It is used during the reading portion of the study to help your child focus on the story in more detail. In the notebook, or a composition book if you choose, they will record things like their favorite passages, quotes, examples of the literary devices they have learned, things they liked and parts they disliked. Think of it as a personal journal of sorts where your child is free to think outside the box critique and even dream.
The Teachers Book has the answers and everything else you may want or need to know. I have never seen a teacher's guide that is so thorough. It guides you to lead an individual through the course as well as a group, whether in a class setting or as a reading group. It has background information, fun facts to share, teaching hints and discussion starters, and even quotes and links to share with your students. Grading grids are provided to help you in grading as well as fun treat ideas to provide a little fun in between the work.
The When Worlds Collide Quiz and Answer Manuel provides two quizzes and an opinion survey for each book. The first quiz is a "Yes, I read it" quiz with multiple choice questions pertaining to the book. The second quiz is a "Literary Terms" quiz, that tests the students comprehension of the literary terms that have been learned in the study of each particular book. It too, is multiple choice. The Opinion Survey for each book is an ungraded quiz that allows your child to express their opinions, but also in a multiple choice format. Your child can take the quizzes online if you prefer and they will automatically be graded for you. If you choose that option, an email will be sent to them with their grade and a full report of the questions they got right and wrong.
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How we used this program-
Because of the age of my daughter, she did do all of this program independently, with me just spot checking her work occasionally. The program is written with the student in mind and is easy to follow, which is one of the reasons we like Writing With Sharon Watson products so much. It is my opinion that once your children hit the high school level, they should be self motivated enough to work independently, as well as use products that teach them how to follow directions and learn on their own. By all means, we should know what are kids are working on, but by the time they are teens, teaching independence is a skill that will behoove them.
Riley therefore followed the suggested schedule in the student book, filled out the Novel Notebook while she read and did all of the quizzes on her own. She completed the first book, Pudd'nhead Wilson, and all the related quizzes and activities in four weeks. She is now ready to begin War of the Worlds.
What we thought- In Riley's own words-
I like that Mrs. Watson picked a wide range of authors and genres and they are not all the typical novels that everyone reads. I also like that she writes conversationally without dumbing things down!
As for me, well, YES, I love this program! Like others that Sharon has written it is fun and engaging while being a good, solid, unapologetically Christian worldview program. I love that it it asks deep, thought provoking questions, and yet encourages a little fun like themed based snack ideas if you are hosting a group of students. I love that it encourages reading good literature and helps students think outside the box while analyzing that literature. I also love that the activities offered at the end of each book are interesting and varied to fit many students' needs and learning style. It it not just a one fits all approach. Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide is well written, well organized, and a joy to use!
Now THAT is a good Literature curriculum, don't you think? Plus now through August 31st, you can use the code HM3US4QH to get 20% off this program!