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  1. My eighth grade daughter is one month into EIL year one. The first module is short stories, and so far it is has been good. However, this week she is supposed to write her first essay, a comparison/contrast literary analysis of two of the stories. This has really thrown her for a loop. She has done a fair amount of writing, though it has all been narration, summary, etc.--nothing critical or analytical. I feel like I need to provide her with some scaffolding for this leap. I have always avoided IEW writing curricula due to my own personal prejudice against it, but now I'm beginning to wonder if I missed to boat for this particular child. She balks at writing and loves math, so I think the IEW formula might appeal to her. I am considering jumping in with The Elegant Essay to help her move into essay writing. However, I am open to suggestion and would love to hear from anyone who has successfully navigated these late middle/early high school waters. (I'm cross-posting to the K-8 board.)
  2. So, it looks like I'm going back to grad school for some additional credentialing next year- 18 months. I also work evenings. I don't see any problem with keeping dd moving forward in most subjects fairly independently if I have a plan. Please give me feedback on some of the programs below to see if they might fit our needs. She'll be a sixth grader-ish, but reads at a high school level and does well with reading comprehension and basic literary analysis. She's a proficient writer, but not writing full essays yet. I like things that are laid out weekly- like CAP's stuff. I need something kind of "open and go" for literature/ language arts. The transition to a high school program is kind of awkward if you want to use full texts and not get into adult topics. We don't like a lot religious instruction in our curriculum. I know what I want to do the year after next- I just need to get her there (feedback welcome): Excellence in Literature, but I think we need another year for it to truly independent for her. What I know we're doing: Writing & Rhetoric 4 & 5. She'll be writing essays by the middle of the year. As an interesting aside, we inadvertently lined up CAP W&R with our history. We started Book 1 in the spring of 4th grade, and Books 2 and 3 are mostly ancient myths and stories. Book 4 appears to cover material from the Middle Ages. Drawing Sentences and maybe Language Mechanic (and CAP's Latin Alive and Memoria Press First Start French 2, so I think we're covered for Writing, Grammar and Mechanics instruction). We'll have a few lessons in Figuratively Speaking left at the beginning of the year. I'm interested in 8's Treasured Conversations but I'm not really sure what level it's best suited for. It looks fairly independent. What I'm considering: Lightning Lit 8 (we'll spin through 7 this spring probably). It's already driving me slightly crazy- four chapters a week for Tom Sawyer? I'm not sure about To Kill a Mockingbird for a younger student, and we'll probably finish it in a 1/2 a year. I do like the selections in the Bloom book, though. Kolbe's Junior High Literature: I can't really see samples of the student workbook. How deep are the "comprehension questions". I'm sort of allergic to the checking-your-reading shallow kind. Memoria Press Grade Seven: (As You Like It, Wind in the Willows, Treasure Island, Tom Sawyer, and Poetry & Short Stories Anthology). I think their discussion runs a little shallow sometimes, but since this is out-of-level it might work. Since none of the books are particularly religious, I think it would okay for us. (I have the Lion, Witch and Wardrobe set from 4th grade and thought the allegory was a little heavy-handed). Writing my own. If I started now, I would be able to put together a check-the-box program for next year, but the idea makes me tired. :o) Is there something out there I've missed? Thanks!
  3. We have had a late start with school this year, so in a slight panic. We started TOG for the first time and I am not that thrilled over the Rhetoric Literature. My daughter seems to have a glazed look in her eyes when we discuss the info. We just finished week 1. I think it may be the year; we are in year 2. (She does not care for the middle ages.) I am thinking of scratching TOG Lit and switching to Excellence in Literature. Since this is our first official High School year, it makes me nervous to switch. Any experience with either of these? My dd is not a book lover, but can handle the books listed in Excellence in Lit.
  4. I'm buying a writers guide for my 8th grader to use with Excellence in Literature, English I. Does anyone have a suggestion between these 2: (they are both recommended by the curriculum) Writers Inc. and Write for College This is our first foray into serious writing. Lisa
  5. I've recently discovered an awesome resource for 8th Grade Writing and Literature. It's called Excellence in Literature and I'm sure some of you have heard of it. http://knowtheyloveyou.blogspot.ca/2012/08/english-literature-excellence-in.html We'll be using it this year!
  6. Has anyone used any of these? Which ones and what is the good & the bad? Thinking about using the first one next year for 8th grade. Are there certain skills needed before starting or does it start at the beginning? Is this really high school level work? Any suggestions of programs to do before or instead of? Thanks in advance.
  7. Has anyone used this program and would be willing to review it for me? It is either this or Lightning Lit. Thanks!
  8. My son is homeschooling for the first year. He was enrolled in a french immersion school for grades K-6. We decided to bring him home at school in order to allow him to work at his own pace. (He is gifted and easily bored/distracted if not challenged.) We have been using MCT for grammar,etc. Although We have done some independent book studies (Animal Farm being a favourite) and are now on our second book in LL7. LL7 seems quite easy in its requirements with respect to writing and literary analysis so far (note we are not far into it yet). In looking at the Excellence in Literature website, it appears that they may be a little more challenging. Could anyone provide me with your thoughts on these two methods? Thank you
  9. I posted this question on the Logic Stage Forum but thought I might get some info from some teaching high school too. I am looking at using this next year (8th) or possibly the year after (9th) and would like to see if anyone could give me a review of it. My concern with using it next year is that my dd has not had any formal instruction in the way of literary terms\analysis at all. Would that be a problem if we were to start with English I: Introduction to Literature? I would just like to know overall the pros and cons of any levels that you have used. Thanks!
  10. http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/EIL-3 I just ordered this for my 12th grader but I am wondering if it would work for my 9th and 10th graders as well? I'm not sure if it would be too much for the younger two at this point. They have been doing TOG's D level work with IEW's Medieval Writing and have gone through TTC as well at WTTW ( 12th and 10th graders only)
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