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  1. Thank you, LoriD! I always appreciate your viewpoints and thoughts. I had stumbled on Art of Poetry after I posted above. It does look pretty great! Thanks so much! So, you've used it over several years just doing little bits at a time?
  2. We're doing World History this year (Notgrass) and using some of their literature choices as well as some I've supplemented and mixing in Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide. Neither Notgrass nor Illuminating Literature cover any poetry at all. I do not have the time or the energy to create something from scratch. Can anyone point me in the direction of something pre-made for poetry? Ideally I'd like something that fits in with world history study but it doesn't have to. What I'm looking for is something similar to what Lightning Literature did for grades 7 and 8. A unit that focuses on certain pieces with some activities/questions/discussion to go along with it. Memoria Press has something that MIGHT work but I feel like I would need to purchase a lot of pieces to make it work. TLP has an American Poetry unit but I have no idea what it actually covers as I can't find a list. Progeny Press? Anyone have ideas for me? Thanks!
  3. That was my argument as well. My son is quite bright and generally tests well, but he doesn't do well with re-doing papers or even correcting his work. He simply doesn't care and won't put forth any effort even if given the opportunity. I do give him the opportunity to revisit Latin and French tests but even taking a second look at them, sometimes he just doesn't know them and no amount of encouraging, nagging, etc can make him memorize all the vocabulary! ha ha ha! I think that's fair. Perhaps not my approach, but I can absolutely understand what you're saying. 🙂
  4. Thanks, everyone. Interesting and different approaches here. I do realize that percentages don't go on a transcript; I'm a former classroom teacher, but I just wanted some guidance on how to set up a homeschool grade versus a classroom grade where I did give value to homework completed, classroom participation, etc. I don't think giving an A is always appropriate. While, yes, he may be able to more thoroughly understand the subject matter, it doesn't mean that he is a good writer or will get every single math problem right or even be fluent in French even if I give him repeated opportunities to correct. That feels like inflating grades to me, and it also doesn't seem realistic. A college professor isn't teaching to mastery nor does he/she care if students pass/fail half the time. I do appreciate the thoughts though
  5. I'm sure this has been discussed before, but my search words aren't giving me what I'm looking for! 9th grader, so I'm in the early stages of grading and preparing high school level grades. He does math and science online, so those percentages are set by the teacher-- x% for homework, y% for tests, z% for labs, etc. What I can't wrap my brain around is something like foreign languages? What's an appropriate percentage for quizzes versus tests? What if it only has tests and daily work? We don't grade daily work like a public school teacher might, so I can't just grade him on tests! That's not fair! What about history? Our text only does some projects and unit quizzes. Can anyone share your percentages for grading purposes?
  6. That's actually what I was thinking, too, since it is short! I appreciate the suggestions for the Canterbury Tales stories, too, as I would not know where to start. I know we read a few in our AP English class, but I have very little recollection of them! Would I need any sort of a guide for the Canterbury Tales?
  7. I'm looking for something set in the history period being studied rather than when it's written. Thanks, Lori D for the thoughts. Sounds like Beowulf may be the best option. Thanks, Farrar! He read Once and Future King this summer, so I definitely need something different. Looks like Beowulf it is! So... I THINK you don't like the literature for Exploring World History! ha ha ha! I don't disagree with you for some works. I like some but we are definitely replacing some others--either he's already read it or I just don't care to have him read it. This is not our only literature, so I don't mind him reading some biographies or non-fiction as that really appeals to him as well. However, I agree with you that I'd like more classic literature. Between Beowulf and Canterbury Tales, which would you choose? I I mentioned above, but he's already read Once and Future King, so I think one of these two might be the better choice. I personally hated Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and I'm not sure I can make him read it!
  8. My son is doing Notgrass Exploring World History this year, and I'm not interested in having my son read Imitation of Christ. He's is a 9th grader but can handle any literature I've thrown at him. Can anyone suggest a suitable replacement that would take place during similar time frame? This covers the units from the Fall of Rome to the early Middle Ages. I considered: Beowulf OR Beowulf, Dragon Slayer The Dragon and the Raven (aka the Days of King Alfred) by GA Henty Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Would any of these be more appropriate than another or something else anyone can suggest? Thanks!
  9. My son has done Geometry and Algebra 2 with DO. Our experience was complete opposite. Geometry took him forever and he breezed through Algebra 2 finishing the year early. He did every video and every problem that DO required but not anything extra. I’m not sure what you mean by “he did all the problems”—my son did the ones in the workbook and then the ones to turn in. Were there others your son did? were doing pre-cal with DO this fall and reviewing Algebra 2 this summer via Khan Academy. He’ll take Math 2 Subject test in the spring
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    Required for CLRC Astronomy class; Equatorial Guide to the Stars. This is brand new--I just took it out of the plastic to take the photo. For some reason my son didn't use it! There are small creases from shipping. Will combine with Stars book listed separately for CLRC Astronomy if desired.


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    This is a required text for CLRC Astronomy. Great book to have as reference. $10 includes first class shipping; will combine with Guide to Stars posted separately if desired.


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