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  1. Probably not anything new to you, but : Lois McMaster Bujold, Vorkosigan series. I love Komarr - it's my go to comfort read when I'm sick. The Curse of Chalion is my favorite of her fantasy novels. Elizabeth Moon, The Deed of Paksennarion. In her sf, I love Once A Hero. Connie Willis, Bellwether. Her Christmas short story collection is also a favorite. She wrote an adorable light sf/romance with Cynthia Felice, The Promised Land, that you would probably enjoy. David Weber, Honor Harrington series. Flag in Exile is maybe my favorite. I like space opera and military sf like Weber's March Upcountry trilogy. Anne Bishop, The Shadow Queen is my favorite of the Black Jewels series. My favorite Terry Pratchett is Going Postal. Or maybe Guards, Guards. Or maybe Unseen Academicals. It's too hard to choose! I haven't read a lot of new to me sf/fantasy lately, but I did love The Goblin Emperor (which you recommended last year). I look forward to getting more current.
  2. Thank you! Perhaps I will have to try another Murakami sometime. I loved the alternate world setting - climbing down from a freeway overpass to switch between worlds! and found the main character compelling, but I hated the non-consensual nature of well, I think, pretty much all of the s*x scenes. My Japanese friend who loaned me the book said "People think he has a weird attitude towards women." I was thinking, next time tell this FIRST! Ho ho.
  3. Diving in! I think I'll read along with Tolkien, do 52 Weeks Bingo, and take the don't buy anything until the pile is reduced challenge 😁. I read flufferton and sf/fantasy for fun, but want to tackle more non-fiction and fiction outside my preferred genres. Starting in the east, I've got Kazuo Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World. Hopefully I will like it better than IQ84 (sorry to those who loved it. I read it this past summer and disliked the s*xual aspects.) Also starting this week, Jennifer Ackerman, The Genius of Birds. I am teaching Frankenstein and Gulliver's travels this month, so I'll be re-reading both.
  4. My advice is to find the math curriculum you think has enough support for you to teach it, and follow the sequence that publisher recommends. As I look around for a Geometry to follow Algebra 2 for my DD15, it seems to me that the most math curriculum assume an Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 sequence. AOPS is an outlier...and we parted ways earlier this year 😁. Perhaps I should check Videotext.
  5. In classical education focusing on the study as Latin and Greek, as above, composition = writing in Latin and Greek. As a college classics major, I was expected to pay attention to style as well as having all grammatical elements correct. In Greek there was an emphasis on the Greek orators. For example, for my composition final exam in Greek at Masters level, I had to translate the Gettysburg address into Greek in the style of Isocrates. The most common composition assignment is to be given a piece of persuasive writing - my professors were partial to letters to the editor or newspaper editorial columns - to translate into Greek or Latin. This sort of approach uses imitation of excellent examples of persuasive writing to teach composition. In the five paragraph essay method, structure is the focus; style is all but ignored in favor of a formulaic logical progression.
  6. "Read pages 39 to 56 in" previously undisclosed, obscure, out-of-print spine probably written for poor benighted children in the distant corners of the British Empire, available only as a unpaginated 1000 page google book. Said book also probably begins each chapter with "As you see, dear children..."
  7. There is no more gob-smacking math than Art of Problem Solving. What about Introduction to Counting and Probability or Introduction to Number Theory? Both are shorter courses. For writing, what about asking him to write a novel? Check out Nanowrimo - he could write through November then edit in December. Here's the page with the free middle school workbook to get him started .
  8. Second vote for Ramayana: Divine Loophole recommended by @Sammish. Great for a 10 yr old and good introduction to Hinduism. The fantasy series mentioned by @Farrar might be Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions. My dd15 read this for 9th grade world literature, and also the graphic novel Sita's Ramayana by Samhita Arni. Great reads for older students, but I wouldn't recommend them for 10-11 yrs. The graphic novel doesn't have anything younger kids couldn't read, but Rama is presented in a rather less heroic light than usual.
  9. This. Although DD15 is a solid math student, it really helped her to repeat prealgebra and algebra with a more challenging program after her first go-through. I was glad she had the time to do so in 8th/9th grade. It's good to have some flexibility built in in case future math levels need more time.
  10. Thanks - I am finding that these less commonly taught languages are a big limiter, and that is not necessarily bad 😄. I appreciate hearing about your post-exchange experience too. Do you have any advice about representing the exchange on the transcript? Dd's exchange country does not do high school transcripts at all - everybody at the school just takes the same course of study, and for them university entrance is based on external exams - so there will be no outside validation available. Maybe DD writes a special circumstances letter to go with her apps?
  11. I really love UW-Madison, the more I look at it. BUT it will now be a long way away and out of state, as our move to Eau Claire fell apart at the last minute. Everyone is spot on in your advice about unusual languages, though. Korean is rare, and DD's other Asian language interest, Thai, is extremely rare. It looks like U Hawaii-Manoa and U Washington will be on the list along with UW-Madison. Cornell, Berkeley and UCLA are out of reach.
  12. Barbara Tuchman, A Distant Mirror: the calamitous 14th century (Europe - an excellent book by a well respected historian) David Howarth, 1066: the year of the conquest (Norman conquest of England - relatively short and very readable book by a professional history writer) Gavin Menzies, 1421: the year China discovered America (Ming Chinese treasure fleet - fascinating speculative history by an enthusiast) For your 6th and 8th graders, Oxford University Press has a very readable series the Medieval and Early Modern World, including Hanawalt, The European World 400-1450, Pouwels, The African and Middle Eastern World 600-1500, Des Forges and Major, The Asian World 600-1500 and I think there is an Americas volume too, possibly part of the World in Ancient Times series.
  13. Another resource: Prufrock Press has Fighting Fake News: Teaching Critical thinking and Media Literacy in a Digital Age, a curriculum aimed at 4th to 6th grades.
  14. Anyone else going to hear SWB this week?
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