Here are six pieces of writing about ‘The Sea’, and six different writing assignments to go with them! Topics include: poems evoking the rhythms of the Sea, legends of being swallowed whole by a fish (and spat out again!), sea creatures described by Jules Verne, the Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, the awesome strength of the sea, and a magical sea in a fairy fantasy by George MacDonald. Writing assignments vary – from imagining someone’s thoughts who is alone out at sea, to making a comprehensive list of sea creatures, to writing a poem that represents the coming and going of waves on the sea shore, to writing a conversation between an old sailor and a young person. An image of Aivazovsky’s beautiful painting Ship "Twelve Apostles" is included (both in colour and in black and white) to be used as decoration on the student’s notebook.
Literature & Composition collections are suitable for students who are ready to read and study different types of literature in small quantities. For example, instead of an entire novel or scholarly work, a small sample of each (which can stand on its own) will be presented. This way, the intermediate student has an opportunity to stretch their reading abilities without being discouraged. Each book contains six different writing samples that share a common theme. The writing assignments vary in length and are intended to inspire the student to try writing in different forms and styles.