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  1. Hello! I am looking for a thorough literature curriculum for my 4th grader. She enjoys reading Dr. Dolittle and other classic children's literature. Has anyone discovered a great resource for literature that involves some discussion/comprehension questions for elementary students? Most of what I've seen is geared for high school students. Thanks!
  2. In the classics in school thread the question came up of if we are expecting a level of performance from today's teens that never existed in the past. Have we exagerated the number of classics that were taught in schools in the past? I tried to make a list of the works I'd call classics that I covered in my school days. These are works that were assigned, not books I read for my own enjoyement. I went as far back as 8th grade, because that class included Chaucer, Shakespeare, etc. (I didn't include other works that I read as a high schooler that weren't assigned.) It would be interesting to see what other people remember reading for school. I used this list to jog my memory, but I think there are many other works that could also be listed. (Here is the Modern Library list, which has some more recent titles.) Here's what I came up with: Chaucer (Knight’s Tale) Greek mythology Romeo and Juliet (read in class) Great Expectations Macbeth (read in class) Gulliver’s Travels (all of it, not just Lilliput) The Crucible The Scarlet Letter Short stories by O. Henry, Poe, London, Hemingway, Swift, etc The Red Badge of Courage Pride and Prejudice The Brothers Karamozov (my selection for a senior paper. Everyone read a different work and wrote a long paper on it.) Murder in the Cathedral (read in class) Rime of the Ancient Mariner (read aloud) Beowulf (first section, in translation) 1984 Lots of poetry by Frost, Browning, Shakespeare, the Romantics Sherlock Holmes Frankenstein The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde The Great Gatsby The Lord of the Flies A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Huckleberry Finn Tom Sawyer Pygmalion Walden Spoon River Anthology Animal Farm This was for a suburban/semi-rural school in SW Washington in the mid 1980s. Good solid school but not rich or famous for its academics. And then senior year in a suburban/semi-rural school on the eastern edge of Dallas County, Texas. Smaller, poorer community than the first school. Both of these districts were not particularly affluent. Solid middle class. Not a farming community per se, but the highlight of many summers was working in strawberry fields or plum orchards or on alfalfa/soybean farms for extra money. The schools offered both solid vocational (shop, automotive, typing) and academic offerings. AP classes were a new concept and there were none offered at my first school and only one (US History) at the second. But my honors (not AP) US History class was good enough that I got a 4 on the AP exam that year. One other thing I recall is that many of these works (Shakespeare, Murder in the Cathedral, Great Expectations, the poetry, the section of Beowulf, the short stories) were included in the literature books we were using. I'd love to see what classics other people remember reading, along with a rough time and geographic context.
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