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There can be immense value in reading classic literature. Sometimes, it simply entertains. While other times, the content provided therein can challenge and teach unexpected lessons. Lightning Literature offers the opportunity to explore several classic pieces of literature while helping students grow both educationally and personally.

“The Lightning Literature and Composition series uses a foundation of real books to support a comprehensive language arts program of literature, grammar and mechanics, and composition.”

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Hewitt Learning, established in 1964, began as a public charity whose purpose was to help educate homeschooled children using the best possible resources. From its headquarters in Spokane, Washington, they continue to expand and innovate home education. 

Lightning Literature and Composition Series by Hewitt Learning is a popular, comprehensive language arts program covering everything a home educator needs to teach English Language Arts (ELA). Following a literature-based approach, Lightning Literature is an available option for students from Elementary through High School.  

This program uses various classical and popular spines like Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina to Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. It uses much deeper tomes for high school levels.

In addition to Lightning Literature, the Hewitt Research Foundation administers the P.A.S.S. (Personalized Achievement Summary System) Test, a standardized testing resource for homeschoolers worldwide in grades 3-8. The P.A.S.S. test is scored via Scantron and can be given to students at multiple points within the school year to determine progress and placement in Language Arts, Reading, and Math. Currently, the P.A.S.S. Alaska, New York, North Carolina, and Washington approve this test for state reporting, but several other areas that require yearly homeschool testing accept it also. The P.A.S.S. test includes a pretest to narrow down focus areas and save time. Students and teachers determine the pace of administration, which reduces test anxiety.

Recommended Age/Grade: 1st to 12th Grade

Product Format: Physical Products

Special Notes: In addition to the products listed, Hewitt also offers various academic services for students from kindergarten through high school graduation.


We would like to thank Christal G. for researching and writing the content for this post.


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