Junior High Literature Curriculum - Kolbe Academy

Junior High Literature Curriculum

Course Description:

The Junior High Literature program for Seventh and Eighth Grade introduces the student to literature in a deeper, more rigorous fashion than previous reading courses.  The course is comprised of classic literature, poetry, short stories, and the lives of saints.  Parents, with the assistance of the student, select the proper number of books to fit into each quarter.  A complete course in poetry and a complete course of short stories are included; each is designed to cover one quarter.  A well-rounded literature course for each year might include novels and lives of saints for three quarters and either the poetry or the short story course for one quarter.

Each Novel and some of the Saint books include weekly written assignment topics.  The Study Question booklets include study questions that are perfect to use for a short quiz after the student has read the daily assignment.  Kolbe Academy has provided an extensive amount of literature to study over the course of 7th and 8th grade.  As such, students are NOT expected to cover all of the material included in the Junior High Literature course.

Course Texts:

  • Junior High Literature Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Junior High Literature, Workbook, includes questions, vocabulary and glossary for all books listed
  • Junior High Literature, Teacher Manual


  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Animal Farm
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Black Arrow
  • Dandelion Wine
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Little Women
  • Merchant of Venice
  • Oliver Twist
  • Out of the Silent Planet
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Red Badge of Courage
  • Robinson Crusoe
  • The Screwtape Letters
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Treasure Island
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The Yearling

Saint Stories:

  • St. Athanasius
  • St. Benedict
  • St. Edmund Campion
  • St. Ignatius and the Company of Jesus
  • Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
  • St. Maria Goretti
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe
  • Blessed Miguel Pro
  • St. Paul the Apostle
  • St. Teresa of Avila

Short Story Course:

  • The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories
  • The Story of the Other Wise Man
  • The Old Man and the Sea
  • Three Short Stories
  • A Christmas Carol

Poetry Course:

  • A Collection of Poems
  • The Song of Hiawatha