Top 5 Reasons to include Literature Study in your Homeschool

After teaching literature and writing in many settings for many years, I have concluded there are five important reasons to include literature study in your homeschool for your middle and high school students. #homeschool #curriculumAfter teaching literature and writing in many settings for many years, I have concluded there are five important reasons to include literature study in your homeschool for your middle and high school students. Some benefits are academic while others are more in the personal and character development realm. But, I feel that all of them contribute to a student’s understanding of themselves, their world, and their individual viewpoints. I have them listed here in no particular order because everyone will have their own priorities as to which is most important.

Practice Analyzing World Views

Literature is usually written in the worldview of the author. Occasionally, an author writes a literary piece in a different worldview from his own based on the narrator of the story or to present a different worldview for the reader’s examination and analysis.

You can usually divide worldviews into two categories, Christian and Secular/Humanist. The middle and high school years are the optimum time to have discussions about worldview and your family’s own views. From there, you can have valuable discussions centered around topics that your children encounter when reading different pieces of literature.

For example, dystopian book series have become popular recently and are an excellent opportunity to discuss the events and characters that are included in these stories. As a Christian family you will want to take advantage of the natural discussions about good vs. evil, absolute vs. relative morals, and your family’s beliefs that will arise as you read some of these books.

Older novels are also prime material for practice for your children to apply their worldview filters when reading and deciding where they stand on the issues presented in the story. Examples of these kinds of novels would be Frankenstein, 1984, Brave New World, or Fahrenheit 451. Parents will want to make sure to read these books beforehand to decide if the book is a good fit for your family and prepare themselves for a discussion.

Develop and Practice Higher Order Thinking Skills

Literature study is also a great opportunity to help your children develop and practice using higher order thinking skills. Analyzing the worldview of a novel or story is just one level or kind of thinking skill. There is a list of others from comprehension and knowledge when recalling facts and details about a story to comprehending what an author is trying to say to the reader.

Moving up the hierarchy of skills, your children can practice applying what they know from their own experiences to what they are reading in a story and compare and contrast what they are reading to their own experiences or to events in the story. From here, as they get older and have more practice in analyzing literature, they can begin to have those worldview discussions about specific moral issues in the story and debate the side of their worldview against the author’s point of view or debate both sides of an issue.

The development and the practice of these higher order thinking skills are necessary to children’s development of their own beliefs and the ability to articulate and argue those beliefs. It assists them in “knowing who they are and what they believe”, an important characteristic in self-identity and confidence. This was an important foundation in our homeschool pursuit and mission in my family. It’s paid off very well.

Practicing Empathy and Understanding Motivation of Others

There have been scientific studies that have shown that when children read and discuss the characters and events of a fictional story, they develop empathetic skills and understanding of the actions and motivations of others.

Reading a fictional story presents the reader with an opportunity to follow a character through different kinds of circumstances and watch how those circumstances affect the character and his feelings and subsequent actions. Readers develop empathy for that character as they get to know the character and are then also affected by what happens to that character. Having discussions about the characters and their feelings about certain events helps children to sort through their thoughts and own feelings.

Analyzing characters in stories and what is motivating them to act certain ways or have specific personality characteristics assists children in examining the motives of others through the practice they receive from this kind of literary analysis. This understanding can be transferred when trying to understand other people in their own daily interactions.

Literature is a Reflection of History and Society

Throughout history the spoken and written word has kept record of historical events and views held by a society during different time periods. When reading literary pieces, readers can learn about the time period in which the author lived or is writing about, as well as common viewpoints and practices of society at that time. Even a piece of fiction is a reflection of history and society of that literary time period and is of valuable consideration to understand where a society has been and where they are in the present and how they got there.

Literature from all over the world reflects societal, religious, and philosophical beliefs to shed light and an understanding on that part of the world. Sometimes, a pendulum movement can be seen from one literary time period to another in what a society believes is important at the time.

For example, literary time periods from the Puritan to the Modern times reflect a swing from a Christian worldview to a Humanist viewpoint and back again several times when looking at the topics and expressions of the authors in their written pieces. These viewpoints were affected a lot of times by what was happening in history and society around them as the authors were writing these stories.

Literature can be an Influence on History and Society

As literature can be a reflection of history and society, the opposite is true as well. Authors have used the spoken and written word to influence the events of history and the beliefs of a society.

Studying speeches and novels written by people of varying time periods will demonstrate the power of the spoken and written word when expressed effectively and the importance of those words and their connection to key historical events and societal views of the time.

Supposedly, when Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, he commented, “So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” This shows the influence a book such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin can have on the course of history and society and belief systems of a time period.

Even a pamphlet with the title “Common Sense” influenced history and the outcome of where we are today.

Studying literature does not have to be a mysterious and muddled discussion of symbols and hidden meanings that an author buried in a novel for us to decipher or a long list of comprehension questions.

Studying literature can be an interactive exercise and discussion in discovering ourselves, who we are and what we believe in, using the literary piece as a spring and jumping off point and vehicle for the discussion.


Literary Cafe PodcastKatie Glennon has a monthly podcast, Literary Cafe Podcast, where she discusses all things Language Arts for all ages with practical ideas, tips, and suggested resources to help you in teaching Language Arts in your homeschool. You can also find her at Katie’s Homeschool Cottage and a Facebook Group, Homeschool Language Arts Corner, where she expands on what she shares in her podcasts. With 30+ years in education and having graduated two sons, she hopes to share ideas with you that allow you to better enjoy your homeschool journey!

 

When Worldviews Collide

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #071, When Worldviews CollideIn “When Worldviews Collide,” Episode #071, Meredith Curtis explains how worldviews collide in our culture, especially on the college campus. She shares how she equipped her children to recognize worldviews in their professors and fellow students so that they could defend the Christian faith and share the Gospel. This doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Prepare now to recognize different worldviews and understand your own worldview. There are positive ways to share your worldview with gentleness and respect. Know the Truth, recognize deceit, understand the most common arguments each worldview uses, and defend the Truth. You can do it!

 

 

 


Proverbs 3:13-14 by Laura Nolette and Powerline Productions, Inc.Powerline Productions, Inc.

Being World Changers, Raising World Changers!

We offer books and ebooks to help you homeschool to the Glory of God!

 

 

 


Show Notes

Introduction: A Conversation on a College Campus about inclusivity and diversity

Hollywood’s Worldview

Disney’s Worldview

The World of Academia’s Worldview

How these worldviews infiltrate our Christian Worldview.

 

I explained each of the main worldviews in Finish Well Podcast “What is Your Worldview?” Episode #070. Be sure to listen to this podcast.

Summary of Worldviews.

How to Recognize Worldviews

Know the Truth

Recognize Deceit

Recognize Arguments Used & Buzzwords

Defend the Truth

 

How Taught/Learned Worldview

Early Years Christian Textbooks & Curriculum

Always Discussed False Information & Worldviews as They Occurred (Movies, Disney, TV Show, Extended Family)

Introduced Evolution and Other False Information & Worldviews in Middle School

Apologetics

Creation Science

Worldview Teaching: Understand the Times, How Then Shall We Live, Demolishing Strongholds, other books & DVDs

First Just Read Book, Then Started Class where we Role-Played, Made Up Skits, Discussed

Examine Movies, Shows, Books, Conversations for Worldview.  

 

The Fruit In My Teens’ Lives

Questions/Conversations

Conversations with Peers

Conversations with Professors

Talking In Class

 

To Parents:

Love & Obey the Truth

Know the Truth—Examine Your Teachings & Beliefs

Teach the Truth

  • Examine your Textbooks, Curriculum, & Other Resources
  • Use Materials from a Biblical Perspective
  • Counter Unbiblical Teaching in Textbooks, Shows, Movies, Disney, Documentaries

Teach Your Kids to Teach the Truth

  • Teach How to Respond in False Worldview Settings

 

To Teens:

Love & Obey the Truth

Know the Truth

Teach the Truth

Teach Others to Teach the Truth

 

 

Resources

Worldview: Understand the Times Workbook by Meredith Curtis

 

Books

Understanding the Times by David Noebel

How Then Shall We Live by Frances Schaeffer

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell

 

DVDs

“How Then Shall We Live?” (Frances Schaeffer & Frankie Schaeffer)

“Demolishing Strongholds”

 

Ministries

Summit Ministries https://www.summit.org/

 

Resources

Worldview: Understand the Times Workbook by Meredith Curtis

https://powerlineprod.weebly.com/worldview.html

 

Books

Understanding the Times by David Noebel

How Then Shall We Live by Frances Schaeffer

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell

 

DVDs

“How Then Shall We Live?” (Frances Schaeffer & Frankie Schaeffer)

“Demolishing Strongholds” (Answers in Genesis)

 

Ministries

Summit Ministries https://www.summit.org/

 

Curriculum From a Christian Worldview

High School Curriculum by Powerline Productions20th Century History Book by Powerline Productions, Inc.Teach History the Fun Way with books by Powerline Productions, Inc., Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049

When Worldviews Collide

What is Your Worldview?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #070, What is Your Worldview?In “What is Your Worldview,” Episode #070, Meredith Curtis explains what worldview is and the basic worldviews we encounter in the world around us: Christian, Muslim, Secular Humanist, Marxist Communism, Cosmic Humanist, and Post-Modern. Once we understand where people who hold different worldviews are coming from, we can compare those worldviews to the Bible because God’s Word speaks to every area of life.. In a mixed-up culture, Meredith challenges you to  think like a Christian and take a stand for the Truth.

 

 

 


Colossians 1:28 by Laura Nolette and Powerline Productions, Inc.Powerline Productions, Inc.

Being World Changers, Raising World Changers!

We offer books and ebooks to help you homeschool to the Glory of God!

 

 

 


Show Notes

Daddy’s Yellow Sunglasses

 

Biblical Worldview

Based on the Bible and Faith In Jesus Christs

 

Theology

God Is, Personal, Love, Holiness, Trinity, Faith, Supernatural,

Ethics

Moral Absolutes,  Lex Rex

History

Linear, Creation, Fall, Redemption, Return, New Heaven & New Earth

Center of History is Jesus. All History Points Forward to Him or Back to Him.

Science & Nature

Creation, Kinds, Creator has Ownership Rights over Creation

Philosophy

Faith & Reason

Psychology

Mind/Body, Image of God, Original Sin

Sociology

Authority Delegated to Family, Church, Government, Traditional Family

Economics

Stewardship, Private Property

Law

Divine Law & Natural Law, Lex Rex

Government

Justice, Freedom, Order

 

Secular Humanism

Man is the Measure of All Things

Naturalism, Material World is All There Is

One World Government Trumps National Sovereignty

Tower of Babel “Look What We Can Do!”

 

Theology

Atheist

Ethics

Moral Relativism

History

Historical Evolution

Science & Nature

Evolution, Naturalism, Material World is All There Is

Philosophy

Naturalism

Psychology

Self-Actualization

Sociology

Non-Traditional Family

State

Economics

Socialism, Redistribute the Wealth

Law

Law is Evolving

Government

Socialist One-World Government

 

Marxist Communism

Redistribute the Wealth

History is the Struggle Between the Haves and Have Nots

Proletariat must Rise Up Against the Bourgeoisie

Common Good More Important than Individual

 

Theology

Atheist

History

History is Struggle between Haves & Have Nots

Science & Nature

Punctuated Evolution

Philosophy

Dialectical Materialism

Psychology

Behaviorism

Sociology

Classless Society,  Remove Family & Church

Economics

Socialism, Redistribute the Wealth

Law

Law is Evolving

Government

State Runs Peoples’ Lives, Communist World Government

 

Cosmic Humanist

New World Order

Hollywood (Beverly Hills Show illustrated how Far Eastern Religions Moving In)

All Roads Lead to God

God is Impersonal, Spiritual Force

Meditation, Trances, Hypnosis, Eastern Religion

 

Theology

Pantheism

Ethics

Moral Relativism, Karma

History

Evolutionary, Moving Toward godhead

Science & Nature

Cosmic Evolution

Philosophy

Non-Naturalism

Psychology

Higher Consciousness

Sociology

Non-Traditional Family

State

Economics

Socialism, Distribute the Wealth

Law

Self-Law “If it feels good…”

Government

Self-Government, New World Order

 

Muslim

“Allah is god, Mohammed is his prophet”

God is Creator, Judge

Man not Fallen, no Original Sin

Works Oriented

Polygamy

Jihad

 

Theology

Theistic, No Trinity

Ethics

Moral Absolutes

History

Determinism (Fatalistic), Jihad

Science & Nature

Creationism

Philosophy

Faith & Reason

Psychology

Mind/Body, No Original SIn

Sociology

Mosque, Islamic State, Polygamy, Disrespect of Women

Economics

Stewardship of Property

Law

Shariah Law

Government

Islamic Theocracy (Global Islam)

 

Post-Modernism

Question Everything

No Ultimate Truth

Cultural Relativism

Follow Your Heart

What’s Good for You

What’s Right for You

Question Authority

 

Theology

Atheism

Ethics

Cultural Relativism

History

Multiple Perspectives on History, Not Interested in What Really Happened

Science & Nature

Punctuated Evolution

Philosophy

Anti-Realism

Psychology

Socially-Constructed Selves

Sociology

Sexual Egalitarianism

Economics

Interventionism

Law

Critical Legal Studies, Evolving

Government

Resist Realism Concepts of Power

 

Okay, so what is your worldview?

Does it line up with the Word of God?

Or have you been buying in to the devil’s lies?

 

Resources

Worldview: Understand the Times Workbook by Meredith Curtis

https://powerlineprod.weebly.com/worldview.html

 

Books

Understanding the Times by David Noebel

How Then Shall We Live by Frances Schaeffer

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell

 

DVDs

“How Then Shall We Live?” (Frances Schaeffer & Frankie Schaeffer)

“Demolishing Strongholds” (Answers in Genesis)

 

Ministries

Summit Ministries https://www.summit.org/

 

Curriculum From a Christian Worldview

High School Curriculum by Powerline Productions20th Century History Books by Powerline Productions, Inc.Teach History the Fun Way with books by Powerline Productions, Inc., Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049

What is Your Worldview?

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Join us and Sonlight Curriculum co-founder Sarita Holzmann for a lively discussion on homeschooling, reading, missionaries, biographies, a desire to love the lost, and of course, the gospel.


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Join us and Sonlight Curriculum co-founder Sarita Holzmann for a lively discussion on homeschooling, reading, missionaries, biographies, a desire to love the lost, and of course, the gospel.


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Sandy Cove Family Camp – Homeschool Week

Recommended Resources:

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Get Social With Us:

Follow Fletch/Kendra:
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Kendra Twitter

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MBFLP – Teaching A Christian World View

Are you satisfied with a Christianity that stays safe and unthreatening in its Sunday box, or do you believe Jesus is even Lord of math and science, politics and history, philosophy and ethics too? Your framework and lens for understanding things around you forms the basis of your worldview, and it’s important not only to know what you believe and why, but to teach it to your kids. It’s a basic part of being and training a disciple. This episode, we talk about worldview training with David Vogel of Living The Answer.

Resources We Mentioned:

Living The Answer

More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Mathematics: Is God Silent? by James Nichols

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