Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lightning Lit Scope & Sequence

Lightning Literature Series

Scope & Sequence

By The Hewitt Staff



In the past ten years, Lightning Lit has become our flagship series, providing an accessible introduction to students of great writers like Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Emily Dickinson; Charles Dickens, William Blake, and Jane Austen; C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, and Flannery O’Connor; Chinua Achebe, H. K. Narayan, and Kazuo Ishiguro; and even such daunting giants as Chaucer and Shakespeare.  When read with intelligence and understanding, the great minds of the past can transform us, helping us to think more critically and write more powerfully.



But with so many choices, sometimes it can be hard knowing where your student should start. The two-page chart, below, can help you make that decision.  Students in junior high should use either the 7th or 8th grade level as appropriate.  If you have an eighth-grader just starting Lightning Lit, and they are average or above in language arts, 8th grade should be fine for them.  If they struggle in language arts, consider starting them in the 7th grade program. 



Most freshmen will start by doing the two Nineteenth-Century American guides.  This is normally followed by the two Nineteenth-Century British guides in 10th grade.  (If you are considering enrolling with us, look at the English Requirements table to help you decide which Track you’ll use.  If you choose to start on the Basic Track, you’ll use only one guide for each year.  If you’re not enrolling with us, we recommend one guide per semester for students average or above in language arts and one guide per year for students who struggle with reading or writing.)   





This leaves eight guides from which to choose for the junior and senior year.  Speech is particularly appropriate for students interested in public speaking or who might prefer to read many short pieces rather than full-length books for a semester.  Many students are interested in medieval history; the British Medieval Guide lets them go beyond just knights and castles to the heart and spirit of the times.  Shakespeare is the core of the Western Canon, and students find he’s much more fun and much less frightening than they might have supposed.  The Christian guides give many great topics for dinner-table discussions, much like Martin Luther’s.  The World guides, written by a missionary, give your students a chance to broaden their world view.

Grades 1 and 2 are not just for grades 1 and 2 – we've heard from many moms that they work very well for older students with learning challenges.

We’re always glad to speak with you if you have more questions about any of our products. 

You can see samples of each guide on our website.


Junior / Senior High School Lightning Lit

Part 1 of 2

Junior / Senior High Lightning Lit


Junior / Senior High School Lightning Lit

Part 2 of 2

Junior / Senior High Lightning Lit


Grade 1 Lightning Lit

Lightning Lit and Comp - Grade 1


Grade 2 Lightning Lit 

(Available Early July 2014)

Grade 2 Lightning Lit


See all the information about our Lightning Lit guides on our website





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