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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sharon Watson Characters in Crisis Review #hsreviews #highschoolwriting #writingcurriculum

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Last year we were introduced to Writing with Sharon Watson when we reviewed Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide. My girls loved it, so when Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis came up for review this time we knew we wanted to be on it.

Characters in Crisis is written from a Christian worldview should last one year for students in the 9th-12th grade. When Worlds Collide and Characters in Crisis do not have to be used in order, either one can be used for any high school grade.

The selections for Crisis are A Journey of Her Peers, Frankenstein, Silas Marner, Much Ado About Nothing, Sense and Sensibility, The Hobbit, other short stories, and an autobiography of the students choice. It includes a physical book for the student text, the Teacher's Guide, Quiz and Answer Manual, there is also a Novel Notebook available as a pdf, and online quizzes.
Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis

The text is a 293-page softcover book and it contains an introduction and a chapter for each reading selection. A Journey of Her Peers, and the short stories are included in the text and it recommends purchasing a specific version of each book. It has been very beneficial having the correct version because the textbook uses specific page numbers and it saves a lot of time and frustration of trying to hunt for what you are looking for. Each chapter contains a section for before reading the book that includes a suggested reading and homework plan, information on the author, fun facts, and other literary information about the book and each chapter. After you read the book there are questions and activities to choose from. The passwords for the online quizzes are also included here.

The 174-page Teacher's Guide is also softcover. It starts with a section written to the teacher about the course, how to grade the students work, and the course objectives. There is also information on how to use Characters in Crisis alone or in a group whether it is a facebook group or a book of the month club. The remaining part is the answer key.

The Quiz and Answer Manuel is just what it sounds like. It is a 53-page softcover book with the quizzes and answers. This book gives you the option of completing the quizzes on paper or if you use the online quizzes you will not need to use these quizzes.

The Novel Notebook is a free 86-page pdf download. The colorful pages include questions about the books, journaling questions, and character maps. Some of these questions have correct answers and others are opinions.

Delaney was so excited when I told her we were getting Characters in Crisis. The books used in this curriculum are not something she would have chosen to read on her own so I wasn't sure if she would want it but she said she liked When Worlds Collide so much that she wanted to use this course as well. Plus she is my writer and she has been forcing herself to write out of her comfort zone so she thought this might help her. Delaney really likes the section in the text that you read before reading the book. There is so much information about the story and the author that makes her want to read the book. She started with A Jury of Her Peers and then moved to Frankenstein. There are a lot of activity choices for A Jury of Her Peers including further research, create artwork, music, rewriting the story, and more. Of course, Delaney chose a writing activity for this one and she probably will for the rest of the books.

The text is written directly to the student and Sharon also includes step-by-step directions on how to grade their work. Delaney does feel that she not only this is not only a great literature course, but she also feels it helps her in her writing and developing her characters.

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