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#1 momtofive


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Posted 29 January 2018 - 10:02 AM

In planning for next year, I'd like to do a bit more structured reading/literature year for my dd. We've been doing several years of just reading regular books (Heart of Dakota's reading book packages) and oral narrations and discussing. She'll be a *young* 7th grader next fall. I'm trying to decide whether to get BJU'S 6th or 7th grade reading/Lit set for her. I have the 6th grade level here that we used with an older sibling, so I'm familiar with the content and style of the program. In looking at online samples of the 7th grade program, I can't seem to get a feel for the content, or the types of assignments given. I know they no longer have a workbook after grade 6. Can someone share a bit more about the 7th grade level? Would the selections be okay for a slightly sensitive younger 7th grader? What types of assignments are included in this level?

Thanks so much! :)

Edited by momtofive, 29 January 2018 - 10:05 AM.

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Posted 30 January 2018 - 01:25 AM

I would not do BJU 7 Lit with a young, sensitive kid. I had to drop it for my older to boys for this reason. They lost it with the story of the white missionary couple being beheaded by the Chinese army and their baby being abondoned to die. That was it for mine. 


How about Mosdos or Lightning Lit?

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#3 momtofive


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Posted 31 January 2018 - 09:33 AM

Thank you, Paradox5. This was what I was thinking I read somewhere about BJU's Lit 7.

Thanks for the suggestion to look into Lightning Lit and Mosdos. I like the looks of Mosdos, but a bit more than I'd like to spend. I'm considering Lightning Lit 7 for her. It looks like a good transition to high school lit studies.

Edited by momtofive, 31 January 2018 - 10:06 PM.

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 12:57 PM

We stopped using BJU for literature after 6th grade.  I never thought about switching...we really enjoyed BJU reading and thought the transition into jr high and high school literature would be fine.  But, it was not the best fit for us.  LL was  not the best option either as we had already read some of the books or had no interest in the others. 


Have you looked at Drawn into the Heart of Reading?  It was a great choice for us because I could use it for more than one level.  Also, you can chose what books you want to read from the different genres. 


Another option might be Learning Language Arts Through Literature.  It is a gentle approach. You could use  7th grade or any of the other grade levels depending upon the book selections.


Progeny Press?


Total Language Plus?


We have used both Progeny Press and Total Language Plus guides.  Frequently, I'd buy a guide that matched a book I was using for history.  That way we could read and study the book as part of history, but also study it from a language arts point of view.


Scott Foresman? Youngest dd used a few of these books from 7th grade through high school.  I was pleased with the broad selections.  Patterns is designed for 9th grade, but it could be used for 7th (if you like the selections).

Edited by HollyDay, 11 February 2018 - 12:58 PM.