Reading material for homeschool high school does not need to be boring. Here are some inspiring biographies for literature class and personal growth.
Inspiring Biographies for Literature Class and Personal Growth
I know that many teens find biographies to be dull and dread the times when they are required reading. However, a good biography can be inspiring and can even spark personal growth!
That’s why 7Sisters has created literature study guides for a few, fascinating or compelling biographies. These are stories that teens have told us have made them think, grow and want to be better people. Some teens have told us they have read a favorite several times over.
The purposes of the study guides are to:
- Highlight key factor that molded that person’s life and choices
- Give food for thought and personal growth based on the story
- Teach literature analysis skills in a way that is no-busywork and doesn’t kill the book!
Here are 7Sisters’ choices for inspiring biographies for literature class and personal growth:
Apollo 13 Cinema Study Guide
The Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Guide for Apollo 13 helps teens learn literature analysis skills while being inspired by this compelling story with multiple heroes!
Born Again Literature Study Guide
Teens learn a lesson in learning lessons in life while reading about God’s redemption at work in Chuck Colson’s life. If your teen is studying 20th Century History, they will read about Watergate in their textbooks. They should also read Born Again along with this literature guide and get the story about his place in the Nixon Whitehouse, prison and then, God’s place in his life.
God’s Smuggler Literature Study Guide
My youngest son says that one of his favorite books from high school was God’s Smuggler, the story of Brother Andrew who smuggled Bibles into Russia during the Cold War. You can read his review of the book in this post.
Hoosiers Cinema Study Guide
Hoosiers is an inspirational movie (loosely) based on the 1954 Milan High School basketball team. When teens use the Hoosiers Cinema Studies for Literature Learning, they learn literature analysis skills as well as perseverance skills from the Hoosiers team.
Joni Literature Study Guide
This autobiography of Joni Eareckson Tada is a must read for high schoolers! When teens use the literature study guide for Joni, they increase their literature analysis skills but are also awed and inspired by the redemptive work of God in and through this Christian role model.
Remember the Titans Cinema Study Guide
Remember the Titans is a wonderful movie based on the story of the football team from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. While the story took place during the integration days of 1971, the theme of acceptance and working together is timeless. With the Cinema Study Guide for Remember the Titans, teens learn literature analysis skills while reflecting on Christlike choices they must make in their own lives.
Rudy Cinema Study Guide
Who doesn’t love an underdog story? This movie, along with the Cinema Study Guide for Rudy, teaches homeschool high schoolers literature analysis skills. Just as important are the skills they are inspired to learn about perseverance and holding onto dreams as they watch this story about Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger.
Something Beautiful for God Literature Study Guide
This biography of Mother Teresa is another must-read book for teens. The literature study guide for Something Beautiful for God helps build homeschool high schoolers’ literature analysis skill as well as helping them understand a life of selfless following of God’s call.
The Great Debaters Cinema Study Guide
This biographical movie inspires teens to courageously stand up for a better life for everyone. Based on the story of Wiley College’s first debate team, homeschool high schoolers watch as this courageous group of young people become the first Black debate team to compete in the 1930s. The Cinema Study Guide for Literature Learning for The Great Debaters teaches teens literature analysis skills as well as inspires them to courageous thinking and living.
The Hiding Place Literature Study Guide
Another must read! Homeschool high schoolers learn about faith in God through the trials of a Nazi concentration camp in this autobiography by Corrie ten Boom. This literature study guide for The Hiding Place, gives teens solid literature analysis skills as well as helping them understand the work of God in Corrie’s life.
The Miracle Worker Cinema Study Guide
You don’t want to miss this one! Teens are inspired by the story of Anne Sullivan’s work with the child, Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf. The cinema study guide for literature learning for The Miracle Worker, gives teens solid literature analysis skills plus a big dose of respect for the selflessness and determination of Anne Sullivan.
Download several of these inspiring biographies for literature class and personal growth.