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  1. I'm doing a co-op Ancient Civilizations class, and would appreciate recommendations for historical novels which cover the civilizations we're studying. This would be for an additional reading list, if the parents want to add these in. Here are the broad topics (course is two semesters, for grades 6-8): Archaeology/HistoriographyAncient Near East--Sumerians--Babylonians--AssyriansIsraelitesPersian EmpireEgyptGreeceChina and IndiaAncient AmericasGreece, transition to RomeRome up to the fall of the Roman Empire
  2. We're planning to use Paul Hewitt's Conceptual Physics for our 11th grader. I'm looking for a lab component for the course. I understand the book is pretty widely used. What is everyone using for the labs? My husband is an engineer and can help with physics concepts. But I'm looking for labs that would use simple materials easily found at home. If possible. Or a lab kit we can purchase. Amy
  3. Our rising 11th grader needs a science class. We're looking at Physics, but he's not planning on a math-science career (possibly journalism, editing, or technical writing). He is good at figuring out how things work. We want something solid with a lab component that would be respected by colleges looking at his transcript. Looking right now at Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt, but open to any other suggestions. And is Hewitt's CP used in high schools? He's taken Biology, Chemistry, Algebra and Geometry. Will be taking Algebra II concurrently. I should mention that my DH is an engineer who tutored physics in college so we have a good resource here in case we need it. Although I'd be the one working with him most of the time.
  4. Okay, this is the original poster here. 🙂 Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. You shared so many great ideas! Right now I want to respond to some of the comments, and also ask for a last look at my reading list. I've shortened it and introduced two lighter reads. My comments: I have nothing against close reading, far from it! However, my preference here is to teach a survey course. We'll move chronologically through the literature examining historical context and worldviews and including authors from each time period. I think there is immense value in introducing students first to the scope of the literature and historical periods. This worked really well for our American Lit class last year. We hit a number of gaps where students really didn't understand historical periods so we were able to address these as we went through the literature. I absolutely think students should follow with more close reading of selected works. Many of the comments above contained great suggestions for short stories to substitute for longer works in this class, thank you! So we have 30 weeks in our co-op year, each class is 90 minutes and meets once a week. Class size will probably be 5-8 students. The bulk of the readings are short works in our anthology (Prentice-Hall The British Tradition). It includes excerpts from Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, and even Utopia--I think even more hesitant students can handle reading shorter selections more closely. I'll be selective but want to include authors from each time period. So here is my slightly amended and shortened list of longer readings (which is the "additional book list" the students will borrow/purchase): MacBeth (but this is in anthology) Pride & Prejudice Jane Eyre Tale of Two Cities Lord of the Flies Picture of Dorian Gray (note; this is a shorter length work) 1984 Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie) Anita & Me, by Myra Syal (currently reviewing for content -- this was a suggestion from mumto2, who directed me to the gcse board lists. It looks like a great modern novel detailing the immigrant experience in Britain) So, doable? Last comments? I promise some of the shorter selections will be lighter!
  5. Sebastian, would love to include an Indian or Nigerian author -- do you have any suggestions? This is for a Christian co-op and yes, I think the families would be quite sensitive to violence or sex in the works. I'm running into this issue when I've looked into quite a few modern authors.
  6. Lori D., It looks like Crown of Dalemark is actually the 4th in the series. Like the idea of an Agatha Christie. Another suggestion I hadn't floated would be Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I've seen it on reading lists, but left it off because I've never really been able to get into it. Thoughts?
  7. Lori D.-- Thank you for the short story recommendations! I think you're right about my list being a bit heavy and dark, and perhaps too many longer works for a co-op class. We'll have about 5-6 students. I'm gearing it to 11th grade level but we do have a couple of younger high school students in there as well. Good students but I think some may struggle with the language of older works. I do want to cover the most important works. If you're willing to give more input: Sir Gawain -- We are going to be doing Beowulf (in our anthology). My intent was to include some Arthurian legends in the class. If I cut this one, would you have a substitution? Utopia -- Good point. MacBeth -- I'm determined on this one. Plus, our theater group consistently puts on Shakespeare comedies and I want them to have more experience with a more serious work. I may coast through a comedy as well in class just before MacBeth to introduce them to Shakespeare, and act out portions of the comedy for fun. With a short time on how to trade Shakespearean insults. Probably either Tempest or Midsummer Night's Dream. But I want to keep MacBeth as an in-depth discussion. Jane Eyre -- A personal favorite, but some wobbling about whether I should instead do Wuthering Heights. Frankenstein -- Suggested by J-Rap and others. I would have liked to include it but realize I have to cut somewhere. Great Expectations -- Any thoughts on whether Tale of Two Cities might be a better Dickens work for the class? My favorite, and we have a knitter. :) Lord of the Flies -- Good point. May choose this one for being more modern and accessible. Picture of Dorian Gray -- This one stuck with me all 40 years since high school. I like the idea of the 40's film as a counterpart. Screwtape Letters -- I had been looking at Man Who Was Thursday already, good suggestion to change this one. 1984 -- Another one I'm committed to keeping. My choice from the dystopian works because of its parallels to today. We did have some good discussions re: dystopian works in American Lit last year. Wolf -- Will give this one more consideration. I looked at your suggestion of Cold Comfort Farm, and like the idea of lightening up the list a little. Fantasy/Mystery -- Will look at your suggestions in these areas. I think it would round out the list a little. And perhaps make it less dark? Thank you again for the many suggestions. I really appreciate your input and that of everyone who has commented on my list.
  8. J-Rap, I also enjoyed Tale of Two Cities and struggle a bit between doing this or Great Expectations. Would welcome others' opinions on this. Frankenstein would be great, I just cut it from the list due to having so many books already. If you were to include it, what would you recommend? I also think Lori D. made some great points about my dark, heavy list. Didn't intend it that way but there are so many deep themes to explore.
  9. Thank you all! We're using a good anthology with a lot of poetry, essays, and short stories to draw from. I'll make sure to add a few shorter works that aren't included -- A Modest Proposal, for instance, as well as some G.K. Chesterton and P.G. Wodehouse. 🙂 What I've been struggling with is the list of longer works (sustained reading) for the class. It was SO hard to pare down the reading list from everything I wanted to include. After much thought this is my working list: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Utopia, by Thomas More Macbeth, by William Shakespeare (included in textbook) Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen Jane Eyre, by Emily Bronte Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad or Lord of the Flies, by William Golding The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis 1984, by George Orwell A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Wolf Quick questions: 1. Do you think our co-op class (not honors) would be able to handle Heart of Darkness, or would Lord of the Flies be more accessible for them? 2. I'm still struggling over including a more modern novel at the end of the course. Any other suggestions? Or should I leave for next year, when I'm planning to do a World Literature class? 3. I'm also very aware that this is missing diversity. I'll need to seek these out in the shorter works. But any novels from British authors of color that I could add to this list?
  10. I'm in the initial stages of planning a British Lit class for our co-op. This year I did American Lit with an anthology and then added 8 novels and 2 plays. I'd like to do the same for the British Lit class. Any suggestions are welcome, or if you have a list you'd like to share I'd really appreciate that! Provenance
  11. Next year I'm planning to do a junior high writing class at our co-op. I'd like opinions about what to call it, and any feedback on how to make it more interesting for students. This year I did a "Writing Workshop" with assignments geared toward our co-op newspaper, along with a couple of personal narrative and one creative writing assignment. But next year I'd like to expand this to include READING assignments each week. I'd like to include one short story we all discuss at the beginning of class, and then move to a writing lesson and assignment. The writing assignments will include more creative writing, as well as five paragraph essays, persuasive essays, and of course some newswriting for the paper. This will be my 4th year of teaching writing classes at the co-op and running the newspaper, and I've done it slightly differently each year. Any suggestions on a good name for the class? Or am I veering into a mainstream "English" class? Provenance
  12. Would appreciate any feedback on those who have seen both the Apologia 2nd edition (Jay Wile) and 3rd edition (update by publisher with significant changes). We're in situation where we could take lab class with co-op, but it only uses 3rd edition. In that case we'd have to read 2nd ed at home, and do 3rd ed labs and notebook OR do 3rd edition only (co-op class will show videos to explain in class) OR do VHS 2nd ed and set up labs with another family. Just want to look at options carefully first, since I don't have a science background.
  13. This would be used in a co-op class we are considering. From the teacher and what reviews I've read, it may be a good discussion based class emphasizing critical thinking. But as a history major myself, I'm considering the need to supplement for the reason you mentioned.
  14. Has anyone used Stobaugh's American History? Would like comments/suggestions on this curriculum. Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/American-History-James-P-Stobaugh/dp/0890516448
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