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  1. I originally posted this question in another thread, but am reposting so more can see and answer: Abbey (and others who criticized the LL high school offerings), I'm curious to hear more of your thoughts on the LL high school materials. I used both the Am. Lit. packages from LL last year for 8th grade for dd. Together, I thought they covered a good amount of material. Are your criticisms based on using just one per year, or two? Also, the writing assignments varied widely in depth. Each unit had 4-8 choices, some of which were more scholarly, some of which were fairly frivolous. It seemed that a parent exercising careful oversight could make the program a weightier one simply by choosing the more scholarly assignments. Do you feel the program isn't weighty enough because ALL the writing assignments were weak, or because some of them are?? Finally, what elements do you expect a good literature program to contain? I have been doing Ancients with dd this year per TWTM but am putting together next year's list for her. I have also purchased LL7 for ds to do next year as a 6th grader. I am interested to hear your perspective on LL as I am ruminating over these things.
  2. I originally posted this question in another thread, but am reposting so more can see and answer: Abbey (and others who criticized the LL high school offerings), I'm curious to hear more of your thoughts on the LL high school materials. I used both the Am. Lit. packages from LL last year for 8th grade for dd. Together, I thought they covered a good amount of material. Are your criticisms based on using just one per year, or two? Also, the writing assignments varied widely in depth. Each unit had 4-8 choices, some of which were more scholarly, some of which were fairly frivolous. It seemed that a parent exercising careful oversight could make the program a weightier one simply by choosing the more scholarly assignments. Do you feel the program isn't weighty enough because ALL the writing assignments were weak, or because some of them are?? Finally, what elements do you expect a good literature program to contain? I have been doing Ancients with dd this year per TWTM but am putting together next year's list for her. I have also purchased LL7 for ds to do next year as a 6th grader. I am interested to hear your perspective on LL as I am ruminating over these things.
  3. If you have used any one of the books in the series, please comment. Did you like it. Pro and cons etc. thanks!
  4. Is it crazy to do LL8 if my dd has read most of the books and I am doing SICC B (10wks) and Elegant Essay/Speech Bootcamp for writing? If so, would you have another suggestion for what to use for Lit? I need something with as little teacher intensiveness as possible. Tiffany
  5. Those of you who use this program: is there an advantage (besides convenience) to buying the whole package--novels and guide? Does the guide reference these particular editions? Or would it be fine to get the books from the library or thrift store? Thanks.
  6. Has anyone used this program and would be willing to review it for me? It is either this or Lightning Lit. Thanks!
  7. One of the last few decisions I need to make for next year. My son is a voracious reader however, we need to slow down and analyze a few because I think he is missing a lot of the symbolism from his favorites. Anybody have any strong pros or cons for either?
  8. I have a copy of Lightning Lit 7 that I plan to use with my daughter this year (6th), followed by 8 (7th grade) and then Literature through Lord of the Rings (8th along with a movies as literature course). I've seen mention of Figuratively Speaking. Would that be redundant or useful? I haven't seen a copy IRL yet. Thanks!
  9. 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
  10. After much discussion and "negotiations," my dd will be staying home for school after all!! Yay! It's a big relief to me. But, one thing I promised is that I would do some things differently. Case in point: literature. We'd been sort of doing literature the WTM way, that is to say, I'd hand her a book, tell her to read it, try to read it myself but get bogged down and behind, and then have her talk to me about it and have her write about it using the suggested questions. All that to say, it's not really working for us. I'm pretty sure I want to use Lightning Lit 7 and 8 after reading good things about it here. So! Does it really take a whole year to do one level? Do you have your dc do other lit reading that isn't included, and if so, what kind of work/discussion/writing do you assign? Would it be possible for us to do most if not all of LL7 this spring? (It would be okay if it isn't. One thing I am learning is that I am not a slave of a calendar--it's ironic that it's taken me 6 years to figure that out). Thank you in advance!!
  11. I believe it's for 7/8 graders but was curious to see if any 6th graders are using it successfully. Thanks, Adrienne
  12. I am looking into this for my 7th grader (I have what I want to do, but I realized that that is a whole language arts program and I already had my english and writing picked out, so I am looking around again, but If I dont find anything I am going to do just the literature portions of my other curriculum) Ok so I got that out of the way, tell me what you like or dont like about lightning lit. Thanks
  13. I want to do some Shakespeare with my kids, but I want to use unabridged audio cds. Does this work, or do the lessons require you to have the books the company sells? Alternatively, could you use a Kindle edition book with Lightning Lit?
  14. I'm planning on doing LL7 with my son next year and I'm wondering if I could have my ds do this also? She'd be in 5th next year and is an advanced reader. Thanks,
  15. I am looking at this and trying to decide if I like it. I'm just not sure. Any thoughts? :confused: Thanks! :)
  16. My upcoming 8th graders have had very little literature analysis. I was thinking of using Lightning Literature for 8th grade as an introduction. I came across Oak Meadow and I like their selection of novels too. I haven't heard much information about Oak Meadow english. Is this a good introduction to Literature anaysis? Or should I stick with the program I have heard so many good things about? In the past I would just buy both, then get over-whelmed trying to implement them, and end up doing neither. :confused: Hoping to avoid that.... Thanks.
  17. I hadn't heard of LL until recently. I've printed the entire sample for 7th & 8th grade. I really like what I see for my oldest for next year (he'll be 13 and 7th grade; really good reader and likes writing). However, I don't really think he'll care for book selection for 7th grade. I'm considering doing the 8th grade over 1.5-2 years. Has anyone done this? Also, do you need to do the literature selections in order? Do the lessons build on each other or could we 'jump around?' Thanks for any tips:001_smile:
  18. I thinking about LL for next year. Ds is a strong reader and we are currently going through Figuratively Speaking which covers some of the topics in LL7 although very briefly and not in the context of a complete story/poem. Thoughts? Also, can LL be purchased only through Hewitt? Thanks.
  19. I am anticipating using Lightning Lit 7 with my dd this Fall. (I already have the te & st books). In looking through it, it seems she might need additional writing instruction. She has had virtually no literature study and little writing practice. I just recently had her begin Jump In after piece mealing various things rather unsuccessfully. Unfortunately, I need something either independent or low teacher intensive due to my situation here. Any suggestions? Thank you, Pam
  20. I want it to include reading many full versions of books, not just snips of this and that. Short stories are fine, but I want *lots* of classic literature, unabridged. I want it to have lots of background, analysis and guidance for each book, but not very much in terms of busy-work and empty fill-in-the-blank worksheets. Thoughtful discussion questions and essay prompts would be good. Vocab would be fine if it's at a worthwhile level. If there are parts that my dd will need my help with, or to discuss with me, I need notes for the teacher that will *include the key points/themes I'm supposed to be discussing*. I've seen lots of great lit. curriculum that seem to assume I will be able to read the book along with my student and intelligently discuss the book. In a perfect world, that would be so, but in reality, I just can't keep up with the reading required to do this with each dc. It would be lovely beyond words if this could also be from a Christian perspective. Does it exist? :confused: ETA: Golly! I just realized I'm on the wrong board....meant to post on the curric. or high school board, not here. Sorry...
  21. I have been looking into using LL next year, but when I looked at the samples, it looks like the same stuff (voc, questions, lit. elements, writing prompts, etc.) that you can find in a novel guide. Am I missing something?
  22. I’m in the midst of completing some longer range plans with respect to high school and I’ve hit the wall with respect to our Literature studies. My son and I are trying to get real with respect to high school courses and Lit keeps falling to the bottom of the heap. Not good! We’re not literature-a-phobic by any means … but … my son’s high school math/science progression will be challenging (his choice) and some of his other academic subjects won’t be a cake walk either (again, his choice). Some interesting electives will be pursued and they involve lots of project time. There’s only so much we can fit into our projected plans. In my perfect world I would like a high school Lit program that: Will give us a decent grounding in appreciation/analysis, but won’t kill us time-wise. Won’t destroy my son’s tenuous affection for literature :D. We’ve come a long way in this regard, so I’m reluctant to go with a course of study that’s overly intense. Will provide lots of teacher helps. I’ll have the time to familiarize myself with the readings (reading/pre-reading) and participate in discussions, but some handholding with respect to discussion questions/writing prompts would be ideal. I’ll be doing lots of prep for some of my son’s other subjects and Lit is not a subject I feel particularly comfortable with. Given our situation, are Lightning Lit, IEW’s Teaching the Classics, or IEW’s Windows to the World possibilities? Any and all suggestions/comments welcome. Thanks!
  23. Is using Light Lit, gr 7 and MCT overkill? MCT program(Grammar Town) has a specific way of teaching how to write paragraphs. In LL, they also teach writing. Wouldn't that be conflicting? Opinions?
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