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Poetry and Short Stories – {Review}

If you have ever just wanted to dive into American Literature with your children and study the great works of some of our nations greatest writers, than the Poetry and Short Stories: American Literature Set from Memoria Press is a great choice.

We recently received a copy of this set to review. I’m not going to lie, at first glance it was a bit overwhelming for me. I was immediately drawn back to my AP literature days in high school and I wasn’t sure if I was up for the challenge with my own children.  Because I have been working on poetry with Olivia my 5th grader, I had intended to do this curriculum with her, thinking that this would be a really great way to introduce her to some great authors and “less fluffy” poetry.

This curriculum is designed for 7th-12th graders and while she is as smart as a whip, the readings were too much for her. So she listened along as I switched gears and worked on this with my oldest who is in 9th.

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First thoughts:

If I was looking for a rigorous high school literature curriculum that would cover all the bases with literature, vocabulary, comprehension questions, and writing- I would feel really good about this set.

Memorial Press is a classical program. While we don’t necessarily follow a classical curriculum- I agree with the methodology and appreciate the standards they follow in each of the materials that they produce.

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Poetry and Short Stories -American Literature 19th-20th Centuries

A quick glance at the Table of Contents is all you need to see to know that you will be studying the works of some of the greatest American authors of all time. Reading through The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe and Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a reminder for me, that I have forgotten how meaningful great works of literature can be.

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The Poetry and Short Stories set includes Poetry & Short Stories: American Literature (19th – 20th Centuries), the Student Guide, and the Teacher Guide.

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What we thought:

As I already shared, the materials can appear a little overwhelming. There is a lot of reading {It is a literature study afterall.} There is also a lot of vocabulary to be defined.  And because of this we moved more slowly through the lesson than I had planned. I felt that the comprehension questions were appropriate and not too overwhelming, although there are a lot of them,but they help guide understanding of the text.

The curriculum has a “Central One Idea” focus that it guides students to use in order to understand the text and what the author’s purpose was in writing it. I think that this is a fantastic way to incorporate deeper understanding. The beginning of both the student text and teacher’s guide gives an explanation as to how students are to arrive at determining the Central One Idea of each of the anthologies.

We only made it through two stories at the pace we kept, but we learned a lot, and I say “we” because I’m pretty confident that I learned as much as my daughter did.

As a co-op director I am thinking that this would make a fantastic high school literature class, that would be allow for some really great discussions among students.

If you are not familiar with Memoria Press and even if you are… you should check out what others think about the different programs that they offer by clicking the graphic below.

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