{Homeschool Product Review} ~ Lightning Lit Set

Literature study is an important part of our schooling. So I was very happy to be able to recently use and review Gr 7 Lightning Lit Set from Hewitt Homeschooling Resources.

I actually reviewed the Grade 8 Lightning Lit Set a few years ago, with my oldest two students. It is very similar in style and form to Grade 7.

This is a complete, year long literature curriculum. Throughout the school year, your 7th grade student will read:
  •  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  •  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  •  The Story of My Life by Helen Keller 
  • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
and two short stories and other poems:
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane
  • Poems from Stories & Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children
You can see the complete list of materials and purchase them on their website. You can also purchase any of the components separately, just in case you already own some of the books.

I did receive the Student Guide, Workbook, and Teacher Guide.

You student will read the literature assignments, read text from the Student Guide and complete pages in the Workbook.
Each chapter in the Student Guide follows the same outline. There is an introduction, telling you a little about the author and setting. There is also always something that the student is told to look for while reading the book. For example when reading The Story of My Life, the reader is to look for the different perceptions of the world that Helen Keller has. There is a vocabulary list and then comprehension questions. These are conveniently divided up by chapter. 

The meat of the Student Guide is in the Literary Lessons. Each chapter of the Guide focuses on a different facet of literature. The lesson for the Tom Sawyer book is on the plot line in a novel. In that chapter the student will learn how to identify subplots and how a good book weaves all the subplots together into a larger plot line. There is also a mini-lesson that is basically another literary lesson. Some of these are on limericks and haiku, writing styles, and brainstorming.

And then finally, each chapter has writing exercises. These are extensions of the lesson and mini-lessons, and have the student write paragraphs and a paper on the book and what they learned in the lessons.

But the Student Guide is not the only book the student will work in, There is an accompanying Workbook as well. For each chapter there are between nine and twelve pages of worksheets to do. The activities coincide with what is being taught in the Student Guide.

Here, Nutsy did a worksheet on writing good opening sentences.

And in this exercise she had to write a paragraph from notes. 

There are also grammar pages as well.

Looking into a future lesson and here she will need to write notes based on a letter written by Mark Twain.

The Teacher's Guide is more than just the answer key, it has valuable information for you and how to use and teach the curriculum. What I absolutely loved about the Guide is that it has a detailed schedule. This tells you exactly what to do each week.

We have been using this for the last four weeks. The very first week she read Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and also read the lesson in the Student Guide. She also completed some of the worksheets in the Workbook. The second week she finished all of the worksheets and then chose a writing assignment. She wrote a short story and identified her rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.

For the next seven weeks she is reading through Tom Sawyer; each week I have her study the vocabulary words and do the comprehension questions. When we get to week 10 she will read the lesson and begin doing the corresponding workbook pages.

I really love these literature guides! It is so much more than just reading the book and answering comprehension questions, these workbooks and guides help students become better writers and better critiques of literature. 

The activities and books were very grade level appropriate for 7th grade. And as a busy homeschooling mom I really appreciated the detailed schedule in the Teacher Guide. 

Hewitt Homeschooling Resources has literature programs for all grade levels from 1st through high school. And other members of The Crew reviewed other levels. Check out what they thought by clicking below.

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