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|Introduction to Literature and Composition: The Hero’s Journey
From Oak Meadow School and Curriculum
Oak Meadow has been offering homeschoolers experiential, interdisciplinary distance learning for 40 years. Many homeschoolers use Oak Meadow’s complete curriculum for their child’s education, while others use Oak Meadow courses as supplemental material. There are many options, depending on your family’s needs, including enrollment, which provides all of the benefits of learning at home with teacher support and full academic credit.
The Oak Meadow courses include 36 weekly lessons and they come with a variety of assignments, activities, readings, a teacher’s manual (when available), and any supplementary materials required for the course. You may order the entire course, or choose to order only the elements you need. Again, there are many options, depending on your family’s needs. I appreciate the flexibility.
I reviewed the High School course entitled Introduction to Literature and Composition: The Hero’s Journey. The course explores the question, What does it mean to be a hero? and features literature in which ordinary people find themselves in circumstances that require extraordinary acts. These extraordinary acts are examined in relation to the archetypal hero and the archetypal hero’s journey.
The course book (pictured) contains a year’s worth of lessons. Each lesson represents one week of study (approximately 5 hours of work), and contains the following —
In addition to the course book, the following books are included when the entire course is purchased:
You can check out a sample/example of the course curriculum here.
Another example of the curriculum – Lesson 18. It’s entitled The Diary of a Young Girl, The Young Girl as Hero, and is centered around Anne Frank. Students are directed to choose from one of the following lessons to complete—
As a teacher, I want to complete these assignments—ALL of them—not just one! And as a teacher, I also want to add additional options (which I can), such as –
The Remember Me? Project. Listen to a 1945 BBC radio broadcast seeking relatives of displaced children. View the gallery and find pertinent videos on Youtube. Express your thoughts in any way you’d like. OR, maybe
Document these family stories so they aren’t lost.
Really, I could spend months on Lesson 18 alone!
In addition to the thought-provoking assignments, this course requires students to make their own lesson book—a blank journal they fill with their thoughts, questions, ideas, sketches, etc., all about their readings. To quote William Faulkner, “I never know what I think about something until I read what I’ve written on it.” This journal helps kids think about things, while also helping improve their writing skills.
Think how interesting it would be to teach this course–learn alongside your student–to read his/her class journal throughout the course (maybe make your own too!). You’d both be learning English, writing, history, and more.
Plus, who doesn’t want to learn about every day heroes, and to be inspired by them?
Interested in other unique courses? Oak Meadow has them– including Healthy Living from the Start, Religions of the World, The Modern Middle East, and more.