Literary journalism is one type of writing our teens should be reading. I never gave this one a lot of thought until this year, but it’s a great genre that can really get high school homeschoolers interested in their assignments.
Journalism and Literature
A loose definition of literary journalism is this:
Creatively written accounts of events that are factually accurate and are told using scenes, details, dialogue and point of view.
A few weeks ago we tackled Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff, where journalism and literature collide to tell about the space race in the U.S. in the 1960s. It was an engaging book for most of the students in our literature co-op class, and it was a great vehicle for discussing point of view. Wolfe even had a chapter that was essentially told from the point of view of the chimpanzees who were sent up in rockets! (click here to check out our study guide that goes with this action-packed book)
Other titles that might grab your teen:
All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein. This famous book chronicles the unfolding of the Watergate scandal under President Nixon’s presidency.
Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge. Muggeridge spent time with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, and wrote about it in this precious book. Divided into 4 sections, the reader gets an account of Muggeridge’s time in Calcutta, a transcript of his personal interview with Mother Teresa, a collection of devotions written by the famous nun, and a personal essay on Muggeridge’s own spiritual journey to faith. (Our Ebookstore has a literature study guide to accompany this book. Click here to see excerpts from it.)
On the Road with Charles Kuralt. Kuralt spent years traveling the world and telling others about the wonderful sights he saw and the delightful people he met…often ordinary folks with stories worth hearing.
Any titles you can share?