Journalism and Literature

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

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)

The Right Stuff Literature Study Guide

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.)

Literature Study Guide for Something Beautiful for God

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?


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Sabrina Justison

20+ year homeschool mom and curriculum developer for Fred's wife. Writing, drama, music, blogs, kids, shoes, coffee, & books in varying orders on various days. He is God, He is good & He loves me.

4 Replies to “Journalism and Literature”

  1. For WWII-era history, try Stephen Ambrose’s accounts such as “Citizen Soldiers” or “Band of Brothers.” He incorporates participant interviews from both Allied and Axis perspectives.

  2. Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden – try to read the original, Pulitzer Prize-winning articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer rather than the book version -it eliminates lots of profanity.

    Also by Bowden, Killing Pablo, about the US going after drug cartel leader Pablo Escobar – note that Summit Aviation, just over Summit Bridge in DE, has a mention in the book.

    And the recently popular, The Monuments Men, is coming out as a movie. I think the movie could be quite good, given the very visual nature of art and war. Also, one of the “Monuments Men” sculpted the beautiful statue of the angel carrying a soldier that lives at 30th St. Station in Philadelphia, so this book might inspire a field trip!

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