Lightning Literature, Junior High

Content: Reading Comprehension
Grade(s): 7th-8th
Perspective: Christian
Prep Time: Moderate
Teacher Manual: Yes
Teacher Involvement: Moderate
Cost: $$$$ || ?
Pages: 160
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: www.hewitthomeschooling.com

** From the Publisher’s Website: **

The grade 7 and 8 guides are year-long courses consisting of a student guide, a student workbook, and a teacher guide. The Student Guide includes biographies of the authors, vocabulary, comprehension questions, lessons on the readings, additional lessons on composition, and writing exercises. The Student Workbook is consumable. The Teacher Guide includes a teaching schedule, answers to comprehension questions, answers to the workbook pages, extra teaching help for the lessons, help in choosing appropriate writing exercises, and discussion questions.

About the Author:
The primary function of the Hewitt Foundation has shifted from consultation with educational institutions to an examination of institutions in society as they relate to society’s basic unit-the family. Hewitt’s research has led it to be a proponent of homeschooling. Their emphasis includes combining excellent academics with character development, instilling the work ethic, and developing a spirit of community service in the next generation. Hewitt’s operation is currently divided into three sectors: services, testing, and products.


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4 Responses to Lightning Literature, Junior High

  1. Kirsten Merryman says:

    We used LL for seventh grade with my son and I plan to use it with my sixth grade daughter this year. I was looking for a program that introduced a way to talk about literature that went beyond mere comprehension questions (as some other guides do). LL is gentle, not very heavy, but worked great for that reason. We weren’t looking for a comprehensive program (we address writing and grammar separately), and LL was a good vehicle for giving us discussion guidelines for lit. I also enjoyed the literature choices.

  2. Anna M. says:

    LL7 is an easy introduction to literary analysis. We used the 8 units for the entire language arts year but had to supplement with grammar and spelling. You get a vocabulary list with each unit but not much else. The writing assignments were good for my son who doesn’t like to write, but I can see why some people think it’s too easy. They’re really more just writing prompts and not lessons on analyzing literature.

  3. Davonna Cufley says:

    My gifted 5th grader did Lightning Lit 8 over a semester, and I was impressed with the content. The book selections were meaty but appropriate for a younger reader. I’m a scientist, so I need some spoon-feeding to teach literary analysis – I will definitely use this series with my younger kids in future.

  4. I’ve used the seventh grade curriculum with my gifted 5th grader. While the curriculum is designed to take a year, I found the pace too slow, especially when reading the longer novels, which are spread over many weeks. My son found it easier to read them over a shorter time for the sake of comprehension and to hold his interest. He’s NOT a big fan of fiction, and he’d rather not study literature at all, but he enjoyed this program. The selections were appropriate in content for even a child at bit younger than 7th grade (There’s nothing objectionable.), yet they’d hold the interest of an older reader needing a good base for literature study.

    The program is sound and easily adapted to writers of various ability, with assignments ranging from quite concrete and simple to more challenging assignments. I’m looking forward to using the program again (in a semester rather than a year) with my younger next fall.

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