Excellence in Literature: British Literature

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“Discover A High School Literature
Your Students Can Use Independently!”


Are you afraid to teach your elementary student how to write?
Are you unsure how to make writing simple enough for 7 to 9 year olds to be successful?
Still wondering how to even get started in teaching writing?


At first glance, I wasn’t sure about Janice Campbell’s new book, Excellence in Literature. But when I began reading the introduction and all the material available for high school students to use in literature studies, I was sold on the program.

Mrs. Campbell has done an excellent job of creating a college-prep course that high school students can use independently. Let’s face it, by the time a student is in high school, teachers should not be spoon-feeding them. Students should assume responsibility for learning and use Excellence in Literature (EIL) as a guide for their study routine. Not only is this my belief, this is Campbell’s belief as stated in the Overview.

Most of the work in this course is done by the student. Parents & teachers come alongside to guide and evaluate the student’s writings and readings. That saves moms & teachers a lot of time!

I wish there was a course like this when my children were in high school. I would definitely had used it because it would make it very easy for me to “teach” literature in high school.

Since the parent/teacher is not actively teaching, the student is responsible for “learning” or discovering what each literature piece is all about.

If you are following the Leadership Education/Thomas Jefferson Education model, Excellence in Literature is a perfect complement for the Scholar stage. Janice provides just enough guidelines for students to get started, but leaves it open-ended enough to allow students to learn on their own. One particular section I think is pertinent to Scholar phase students is the section on discerning worldviews in literature. This helps your Scholar student understand what the worldview of that time period is so he can better study the piece of literature at hand.

If you are following a Classical model of education, you will find literature that is truly classic. Your students will use their independent learning skills to enjoy and study great works of literature. As they read these pieces, they should grown in their love of learning.

I believe Charlotte Mason would endorse this guide, too. Ms. Mason wholeheartedly believed in literature based education. EIL uses literature that are truly “living books”. This literature provides opportunities to discuss lessons that pertain to our lives today. Thus, making them living books you will want to read & discuss with your children.

*Windows to the World is recommended before Excellence in Literature.

For each unit, Mrs. Campbell shares the edition of the text she recommends, as well as additional texts you may use for honor students. The background information she provides includes the literary period, a unit focus, an introduction (short), something to think about, and something to be sure to notice. Context resources cover the readings itself, the author’s life, and poetry/poets of that time period. Enrichment resources include music, audio books, videos, visual arts, historical context, places to go, and just for fun.

Finally, your student has the assignment schedule for that unit. The schedule is divided by weeks and includes reading & writing assignments. As the parent or teacher, you should check the progress of your students each week and guide them through their writing projects.

As a bonus, you will receive some fantastic extras in the back of this book.

  • An Honors Program is outlined for those families who want to go over & above this college-prep course.
  • Formats & Models provides sample formats for the different writing projects assigned throughout the year. Not only will you have an outline or model of what your student should consider for each paper, you will receive samples (or models) of each type of writing.
  • Excellence in Literature Evaluation Rubric gives the mentor a specific checklist to use in evaluating the student’s writing. If you use IEW now, you can use the additional Evaluation Rubric for IEW students.
  • Student Evaluation Summary is a chart you can use throughout the year to record progress. It specifically records the mentor’s evaluation of writing projects.
  • The Glossary defines terms for the students as they study Literature.
  • Selected Resources are additional resources the mentor or student may want to use in their study of British literature.

Overall, Excellence in Literature is a superb guide for high school students to use with their mentor/parent/teacher. It encourages responsibility of the student as he studies & enjoys literature.

If there is a weakness in this program, it would be the idea of not encouraging the mentor to read & discuss the literature pieces with their student. This is easily overcome because Janice gives some great “things to consider” and ideas to think critically about in the writing assignments. I would encourage mentors to use the ideas in each unit as a basis for verbal discussion. If your students struggle with the writing assignment, be sure to verbally discuss the assignment so they can get ideas out of their head.

What’s Special About Excellence in Literature?

  • Carefully-chosen great books provide a foundation for cultural literacy.
  • Self-Directed courses encourage responsibility and independent learning.
  • Guided research helps prepare students for college academic experiences.
  • Week-by-week lesson plans make it easy to know what to do when.
  • Honors Option provides motivated students the opportunity to earn advanced placement or college credit.
  • Evaluation rubric makes grading simple.
  • Carefully designed end-of-semester evaluation reports provide a detailed snapshot of progress.
  • Context readings provide in-depth understanding of literature in its historical and artistic context.
  • Students will be introduced to books they’ll never forget.

Classics Studied in British Literature:

  • BeowulfIEW Excellence In Literature: British Literature
  • Canterbury Tales
  • Edmund Spencer
  • Sir Gawain
  • The Arthurian Legend
  • King Lear
  • Paradise Lost
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Great Expectations
  • Wuthering Heights
  • To the Lighthouse

Excellence In Literature: British Literature is the perfect addition to your literature curriculum.

WHY I LIKE Excellence In Literature: British Literature:

Excellence in Literature is a superb guide for high school students to use with their mentor/parent/teacher. It encourages responsibility of the student as he studies & enjoys literature.

10 Reasons Why I Like Excellence In Literature: British Literature:

  • Wide Variety of Helps – In this guide, you will find a wide variety of helps for high school literature. Let me share just a few:
    – Specific instructions for each assignment
    – Suggested schedule to follow for each piece of literature
    – References for background & research of each work
    – Time management & organization tips
    – Specific tips on how to read a book (Fiction, Poetry, Tragedy, Comedy, Challenging Literature)
    – Variety of writing topics for each piece
  • Spend Time on HOW to Write – Most writing programs spend most of their time brainstorming topics (what to write about) & precious little time on how to write well. IEW does just the opposite. This IEW program will teach your children HOW to write well. Best writing I’ve used or seen since 1999.
  • Step by Step Instruction with Goals – Save yourself time planning & implementing these lessons. Everything is done for you in All Things Fun & Fascinating. Each lesson has goals and step-by-step instructions, so you know what is expected of you and your child.
  • Teaches A Variety of Writing Style & Structures – Your child will learn how to write simple paragraphs, stories, from a single references or multiple references, poetry, and more.
  • Grades 3-5 – Even a 7 year old can learn to write well with this program. You can use this with multiple ages & multiple grades. One program for many students.
  • Stylistic Charts & Helps – I love these charts because you can use them when your student needs help brainstorming new quality adjectives or strong verbs.
  • Stories Written in Your Book – The stories are right here in the book for you. You do NOT have to spend time searching for each story and/or making it appropriate for the age of your child.
  • Student Resource Notebook Printable – Yep, that’s right. You can print out a student resource notebook for each child in your immediate family. You don’t have to order separate notebooks, just print & insert into binder. You & your child are ready!
  • FREE Teacher Supplement – The Teacher Supplement e-book is included free with purchase. Contains scheduling ideas, games, vocabulary, and more!
  • FREE Shipping – Did I mention we offer FREE shipping on all IEW products? That’s right! You do NOT pay shipping. It’s on us.

To summarize, students will:

  • Study the book, following the scheduled assignments
  • Ask their mentor when they don’t understand
  • Actively seek to learn from each assignment
  • Complete each assignment
  • Make no excuses! (I really like this one)
  • Enjoy Fine Literature (Of course, I love this!)


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