I'm going to need either a cirriculum for both American Literature and English literature or a bunch of good reading guides for each. Anyone have any sources? To set a little background: Chris will be in eighth grade. Because of his migraines and the fact he just plain doesn't like to read, we(neither the public school or I) haven't required him to do more than the bare minimum of either reading or writing essays. He can read, mind you, he just doesn't have much of the experience of reading an entire book from beginning to end. He also doesn't write coherent paragraphs (much less entire essays) though grammar is not a problem. To remedy this, I've decided that next years language arts will consist of nothing but reading and writing essays. Yes, I realize it will be like pulling teeth, but by the end of the year I expect him to have learned how to communicate in writing. One thing we found out by accident is that he enjoys Shakespeare. That gives me the idea that we either haven't found reading material he enjoys or what he's been given isn't mature enough to keep his attention. Either way it's got to be fixed. Sooo, suggestions are welcome!