Lessons cover theme, humor, description, point of view, figurative language, register, and sound in poetry. The Student’s Guide includes information about the authors, comprehension questions, writing exercises, discussion questions and project suggestions, reading lists appropriate to the period or subject, semester and full-year schedules, and a bibliography. The answers to comprehension questions are in the Teacher’s Guide. Book-length works are sold separately and in a pack with the guides.
This book is especially recommended for freshmen, students new to Lightning Literature in any high school grade, students taking American History, or students interested in American literature. These should not be viewed as restrictions as this course can profitably be used by high school students of any grade regardless of which previous Lightning Literature courses they have completed.
Students read in the following order:
- Harriet Beecher Stowe (novel: Uncle Tom’s Cabin)
- Walt Whitman (selected poems from Leaves of Grass, text in this Guide)
- Bret Harte (short story, “The Outcasts of Poker Flat,” text in this Guide)
- Mark Twain (novel: Huckleberry Finn)
- Paul Laurence Dunbar (selected poems, text in this Guide)
- Stephen Crane (novel: The Red Badge of Courage)
- Emily Dickinson (selected poems, text in this Guide)
- Jack London (novel: The Call of the Wild)