As a homeschool mom I have a unique opportunity to learn alongside my children. This has resulted in a greater understanding and appreciation of history and genres of literature.
As my children move up into the highschool years, it has been my desire to read the classics with them in order to have a more enriched discussion time.
I've accomplish this most of the time. But, there are days when just getting my own quiet time is a feat unto itself! That's where literature helps, such as Christian Reading Companion for 50 Classics, come in handy.
Written by history and literature expert, James Stobaugh, this guide contains 50 chosen classics spread over 295 pages.
"For several years I have wished to write an omnibus companion to the classics. Their reclamation into American rhetoric is critical to our success as a civilization.
This companion is neither a substitute for an English course nor an exhaustive list of classics in general. It does not presume to be anything other than a cursory overview of 50 classics. The reader, with justification, could take this author to task for his selections. No doubt many good books are left out; nonetheless, perhaps this paltry offering will help some teachers become better instructors of at least these timeless chosen pieces."
Spanning American and World Literature, for junior and senior high students, this companion book is meant to be a guide and a help. It does not replace a full fledged English course!
These literature selections can be read in any order. For every book there is a short description, objective questions, several vocabulary definitions from the text and discussion questions.
Christian Reading Companion for 50 Classics
One of the books I read concurrent with my highschoolers this year was Les Miserables. It's a MEGA read! In looking up this particular book in the guide, I'm a little surprised that there are only 3 pages of material. BUT, it is enough to help a parent with the basics of the book.
If you are looking for a broad overview of 50 classics, this is perfect. There's no doubt that the information in the book will give a parent with no prior knowledge of the literary work a glimpse into the material and some help to guide their student through it.