What Order Should Your Student Read The Book Clubs For High School Credit

Many of you have asked what order should your children read the books in the Society in order to progress through high school. The short answer is "It doesn't matter." However, I know that isn't very helpful. So let's dig in a little.

Chantelle and I created these book clubs for our own high school children. We knew the requirements we had to meet in our states and created paths that would satisfy the requirements. It doesn't matter what order you choose these paths. So, follow your student's lead.

Poetry and a Movie

This is one full-course with 10 monthly poets. We recommend completing at least 8 poets for a full-year credit.

This is what is included with this study:

  • A Study of the Master Poets with Background Information
  • A Study of Literary Elements and Form in the Poetry of the Master Poet
  • A Movie Suggestion to go along with the Poet
  • Writing Instruction
  • Grammar Instruction from Khan Academy
  • Fun elements like Poetry Teatime and Trivia Games

This course is great for starting high school because it introduces the students to the literary elements. We spend several weeks on each, so that the student has a thorough grasp of the concepts.

Each month studies a new poet and includes a new writing project. At the end of the month, your student will watch a movie that used the poem as inspiration.

The Poets

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • William Blake
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Walt Whitman
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
  • Langston Hughes
  • William Wordsworth
  • William Butler Yeats
  • Dylan Thomas
  • Robert Frost

The Movies

  • Citizen Kane
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Holes
  • Dead Poet's Society
  • The Blind Side
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • A River Runs Through It
  • Memphis Belle
  • Interstellar
  • The Outsiders


American Literature Series

This is course is comprised of 10 monthly book clubs. We recommend completing at least 8 book clubs for a full-year credit.

Here's what is included in this series:

  • A Study of TEN American Literary Classics
  • A Study of Literary Elements
  • A Party School to Celebrate Each Book
  • Lesson Plans for Weekly or Monthly Book Clubs
  • Writing Instruction of Essays and Fiction Stories
  • Grammar, Spelling and Vocabulary Instruction
  • Fun elements like Rabbit Trails and Magic Dust

Some states require a credit in American Literature. This series was designed to fulfill that requirement.

Each month studies a different classic novel and ends with a celebration of the novel. Each book club also includes a different writing project.

Grammar Elements

  • Adjectives/Adverbs
  • Apostrophes
  • Capitalization
  • Colon/Semicolon
  • Commas
  • Conjunctions
  • Dashes and Hyphens
  • Subject/Verb Agreement

Literary Elements

  • Allegory
  • Allusion
  • Author's Purpose (Non-Fiction)
  • Conflict
  • Diction and Tone
  • Foreshadowing
  • Four Writing Styles
  • Imagery
  • Juxtaposition
  • Motif
  • Personification
  • Plot Arc
  • Point of View
  • Simile and Metaphor

Writing Projects

  • Allegory
  • Character Analysis
  • Comparison Essay
  • Conflict Essay
  • Fiction Story
  • Motif/Theme Essay
  • Personal Essay
  • Theme Essay

British Literature Series

This is course is comprised of 10 monthly book clubs. We recommend completing at least 8 book clubs for a full-year credit.

Here's what is included in this series:

  • A Study of TEN Classic British Literary Classics
  • A Study of Literary Elements
  • A Party School to Celebrate Each Book
  • Lesson Plans for Weekly or Monthly Book Clubs
  • Writing Instruction of Essays and Fiction Stories
  • Grammar, Spelling and Vocabulary Instruction
  • Fun elements like Rabbit Trails and Magic Dust

Some states require a credit in British Literature. This series was designed to fulfill that requirement.

Each month studies a different classic novel and ends with a celebration of the novel. Each book club also includes a different writing project.

Grammar Elements

  • Abbreviations, Symbols, Numbers and Emphasis
  • Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Common and Proper Nouns
  • Etymology
  • Prepositions
  • Punctuation
  • Subject/Verb Agreement
  • Verbs

Literary Elements

  • Alliteration
  • Allusion
  • Characterization
  • Character Map
  • Foreshadowing
  • Homophones
  • Hyperbole
  • Iambic Pentameter
  • Irony
  • Motif
  • Personification
  • Red Herring
  • Setting
  • Symbolism

Writing Projects

  • Allegory
  • Character Analysis
  • Code of Conduct
  • Fiction Short Story
  • Motif Essay
  • Perspective Essay
  • Sentence Structure
  • Setting Essay
  • Theme Essay
  • Twisted Story

World Literature Series

This series has not published, yet. We expect it to be completed in the Fall of 2021. It will be a complete year of high school literature.


Shakespeare Series

This series has not published, yet. We expect it to be completed in the Fall of 2021. It will be a complete year of high school literature studying the plays of Shakespeare.