Here are six pieces of writing about ‘Night’, and six different writing assignments to go with them! Topics include: the perfect bed-time book, ‘night’ as allegory, bonking into things in the dark, creepy night-time sounds (Poe’s ‘The Raven’), a night awake in the woods and a night spent pet-sitting a stork. Writing assignments vary – from explaining your own interpretation of a poem to summarizing a text, to using repetition, to imagining a humorous chain of events about a person who is clumsy. An image of part of a painting entitled Die Flucht nach Ägypten (1609) by Adam Elsheimer (both in colour and in black and white) is included – the student may want to print it out and use it to decorate their notebook.
Literature & Composition collections are suitable for students who are ready to read and study different types of literature in small quantities. For example, instead of an entire novel or scholarly work, a small sample of each (which can stand on its own) will be presented. This way, the intermediate student has an opportunity to stretch their reading abilities without being discouraged. Each book contains six different writing samples that share a common theme. The writing assignments vary in length and are intended to inspire the student to try writing in different forms and styles.