Our first High School English Credit is from the year-long study of poetry and fairy tales. We did work on grammar, reading, and writing too but for this English credit, we worked on poetry.  We used Michael Clay Thompson’s curriculum program along with lots of books.  This is the first high school credit earned exclusively from books.  We did not use any online programs or videos.  We did use some audio recordings and music CDs to accompany various lessons.

Here is the list of books used (some we purchased and some came from our public library):

  • A World of Poetry by Michael Clay Thompson
  • The Poetry of Literature by Michael Clay Thompson
  • The Music of Hemispheres by Michael Clay Thompson
  • Leave Your Sleep: A Collection of Classic Children’s Poetry by Natalie Merchant and Barbara McClintock (This was a book and musical CD combination)
  • Language A to Z by Professor John McWhorter & the Great Courses (This was a book and audio recording Great Courses series and not a video series)
  • Best Practices of Spell Design: A computational Fairy Tale by Jeremy Kubica
  • Palindromania by Jon Agee
  • Bookworm: Discovering idioms, sayings, and expressions by Karen Emigh
  • Fables & Folktales: A Writing Workshop for Young Storytellers by Darcy O. Blauvelt & Richard G. Cote
  • Elvis Lives and other Anagrams by Jon Agee
  • Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue by Jon Agee
  • Emily Dickinson’s Letters to the World by Jeanette Winter
  • The Block: Poems by Langston Hughes by Romare Bearden & Langston Hughes
  • Computational Fairy Tales by Jeremy Kubica
  • The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens
  • The Best Poems Ever: A collection of poetry’s greatest voices by Edric S. Mesmer
  • Treasury of Indian Love Poems & Proverbs from the Indian Sub-Continent by Christopher Shackle & Nicholas Awde
  • Irish Fairy Tales by Padraic O’Farrell
  • Honeybee Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • There’s a Frog in My Throat: 440 Animal Sayings a Little Bird Told Me by Loreen Leedy & Pat Street
  • Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson by Frances Schoonmaker Bolin
  • Tales from Shakespeare by Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb

If you need more support for creating a poetry program or want to do just a smaller scale poetry lesson/unit the following websites are great resources: