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American Literature by James Stobaugh




American Literature by James Stobaugh 

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In my previous post, I shared with you about James Stobaugh’s Literature Series.  Today, I would like to share more information about the series speaking specifically on the American Literature by James Stobaugh.

Let me begin by mentioning Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group, published this book in November 2012.  The publisher’s website shows the author’s bio as follows:

“Dr. James Stobaugh was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard and holds degrees from Vanderbilt and Rutgers universities, and Princeton and Gordon-Conwell seminaries.  An experienced teacher, he is a recognized leader in homeschooling and has published numerous books for students and teachers.  He and his wife Karen have homeschooled their four children since 1985.”

You may learn more about Dr. Stobaugh on his website, For Such a Time as This.



The arrangement of the American Literature text is the same as with the other literature texts by Dr. Stobaugh.  The 34 chapters encompass a full year of literature and a composition credit.  Having two credits built into one course is an excellent bonus.  This makes it easier to obtain the required credits for high school graduation and does not require the purchase of extra course material.

This is an outstanding college–prep course.  Students will utilize critical thinking skills and become literary critics as they immerse themselves in over twenty literary works.  Each week the student will answer a warm-up question, complete a concept builder, compose an essay, and take an exam.

Students may become overwhelmed due to the sheer volume of reading they will need to do to complete this course.  The American Literature covers periods of writing from The New Land to 1750 to Contemporary Writers, 1960 – present.  Students may make the course load more manageable by reading the required books during the summer.  However, that creates challenge.  I do not know of any teenager who wants to spend their summer reading literature in preparation for school.

Sprinkled throughout the American Literature text are student essays.  The student who has had little exposure to essay writing will discover the student essays contained in the text excellent examples to follow.

There are many noteworthy student essays.  One example is on page 466 written by Alouette.  She writes about characterization on the “The Glass Menagerie” written by Tennessee Williams.  An excerpt reads as follows:

“All the characters in The Glass Menagerie live in a dream world.  Tom dreams of adventure, Amanda of a return to her former life, Laura of a home and a family.  Their dreams are as fragile as the glass menagerie that Laura possesses — they are broken by a touch of fate’s finger.”

The American Literature by James Stobaugh possesses a Biblical component.  In fact, in the preface, Dr. Stobaugh includes a prayer for the student.  This is the first time I have read an author’s prayer in a textbook.  I find this quite refreshing.

An example for how the author provides a Biblical component is one of the learning objectives on page 247.  “The student will be able to compare Huckleberry Finn to the young Samuel of the Old Testament (1 Sam. 1-3).”

You will find it beneficial to purchase the teacher’s manual for it is user-friendly for the homeschool parent.  It contains grading options and a grading record; the assignments as shown in the student text; answers to the questions; essay options and with the summary answers; and exams with an answer key for each one.  In addition, it includes a link which provides the assignments allowing the student text reusable for other students.

It is important to me to provide my children with college-prep courses.  American Literature by James Stobaugh is one of those courses.  Because of how well prepared students will be, they might consider taking the American Literature CLEP exam.

You are welcome to read other’s opinions on this curriculum at the NLPG Blog.


Angie McFarren, Homeschool Consultant

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Angie McFarren

Angie McFarren is a homeschool mom of 1 high school student and graduated another who is now attending college. She has homeschooled them since they were in K and Pre-K. Angie is passionate about homeschooling and enjoys Helping Other Parents Educate. She is a Homeschool Consultant and the author of Educate the Home Educator Crash Course. Angie is also on the See the Light Art Curriculum team.

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