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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Has anyone used Stobaugh's American History? Would like comments/suggestions on this curriculum. Here's the link:
  6. Has anyone used Joy Hakim's Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way? There is also a student quest notebook, and I understand that Johns Hopkins University was involved. Our co-op is offering a class based on this curriculum, and I'm interested in any and all feedback about the text -- readability, engaging or not, quality of hands-on experiments, etc. Did your child like it and learn from it? This is for a bright 6th grade student. We have to choose between this and an Apologia General Science course, and am a bit concerned with readings that are too dry or long without visuals or hands-on work. Thanks!
  7. Lori D., I'm going back and re-reading all the suggestions. I'm thinking of including Warriors Don't Cry. I'm not familiar with the description of an attempted sexual assault/language, do you think it would be an issue in this class?
  8. Keep the comments coming! I'll hold off until early evening to wrap things up. Lori D., no apologies necessary. I do have a history background and I initially approached it that way. No "theme," but my anthology is grouped into chronological "themes" based on the history of the U.S. (with some contemporary authors in each section as comparison). Obviously I had to reduce the number of novels, so I appreciate all the suggestions. No apologies necessary! If I have made changes I did so in an attempt to incorporate what I felt were good suggestions. Brigid, thank you for the heads up about Grapes of Wrath, it has been many years. And we read far more "salty" works in my lit classes. I've come up with several novels that would include the immigrant experience. Would any of you like to comment on these? I'd only pick one of course. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (young adult/middle grade novel, set in 1930’s, Mexican immigrant farm workers) Drown, by Junot Diaz (deals with Dominican immigrants in NJ, collection of short stories) Girl in Translation, by Jean Kwok (Chinese immigrants in Brooklyn)
  9. Thank you, the intent was never to have 17 books/plays. I was seeking feedback to narrow down the list (and perhaps replace with more diverse authors). Lori D. and others, thank you so much for the recommendations! Tanaqui, you've pointed out that my list is not diverse enough, but so far made only one book suggestion. Can you recommend any other specific books? I do have diversity in my shorter works, but I honestly would appreciate specific recommendations for book-length works appropriate for a literature class. I am also trying to honor other families' concerns with language and sexual themes. I need to wrap up my working list today and post it for registration.
  10. Lori D, I am looking at Fever 1793 right now. Would it be more of a tween level? I am not seeing it used in lit classes. So I'm not sure what else to substitute for Cooper. And I agree about the poetry and short stories. My intent is to have more diversity here, and I do have good selections in the anthology I'm using. Here is my updated working list, taking into account suggestions -- what do you think of the two additions at the end (Moloka'i and The Things They Carried)? · The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper · The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne · Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving · Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain/The Day They Came to Arrest the Book, by Nat Hentoff · Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (with excerpts from To Be a Slave) · The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald · The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway · Our Town (play), by Thornton Wilder (watch) · To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Notgrass) · A Raisin in the Sun (play), by Lorraine Hansberry (watch) · Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury · Moloka’i, by Alan Brennert · The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
  11. Thank you for all the helpful suggestions! Keep them coming, lol. I'm working my way through them tonight, reading and rereading the suggestions to shorten and strengthen my list. I especially appreciate the helpful suggestions on widening my list to include nonwhite/nonmale perspectives. And those that described why they'd make the changes they suggestion. For those of you who saw this, but didn't make specific suggestions -- what nonwhite novels would you include? I'm particularly interested in more contemporary authors. I do need to say that this is for a Christian co-op, and I'm trying to be sensitive to any concerns about sexual themes, language.
  12. I really want feedback on the following books for an American Literature and Composition co-op class. Did your students read and enjoy these? Did they really dislike others or find them way too difficult to wade through? I want the class to give them a good grounding in American Lit, but I also want it to be "do-able" and have the students leave liking literature -- not running from it! These will be used in addition to an anthology with shorter fiction, non-fiction essays, and poetry. So it might be helpful to narrow down the list by one or two anyway. Here's my list: Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin The last Of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper The Scarlett Letter, by Nathanial Hawthorne Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass Moby Dick by Herman Melville Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury Our Town (play), by Thornton Wilder Death of a Salesman (play), by Arthur Miller Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck My Antonia, by Willa Cather Thanks for the feedback/suggestions!
  13. Thank you both! I do plan to stop at some area bike shops. But I'm also hoping to get comments like Annie's about what features to look for. We rushed into getting a car-mount carrier for 2 bikes on our sedan some years back. Oh my goodness! Even my husband had difficulty getting the bikes secured onto it. It was just unmanageable. Going for a bike ride seemed to require more preparation and fiddling than an expedition across the Sahara. So we went rarely if ever. I don't want to spend MORE money and end up like that. And, now I have a bit more issues with lifting and the kids' bikes are bigger. Lately we've been trying to load bikes into the cargo area -- but really it doesn't work well. We need a carrier. I have heard many good things about Thules, that's one name I know. Now I'll know to look for locking features like this. Hopefully I'll be able to find one in our budget. Thanks again.
  14. We have a Honda Odyssey and just installed a 2" tow hitch. We'd like to get a 4-bike carrier that fits on the hitch. I need something absolutely POSITIVELY EASY to load bikes onto. Ideally, I'd like to be able to lock them on the hitch if we make a stop somewhere, and also not worry about the bike rack being stolen. All I really want to do is take the kids and go to a park to bike on trails. If anyone could help or make suggestions I'd so appreciate it!
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