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  1. My DS15 is exceptionally bright and exceptionally resistant to literature study. He completed Lightning Lit 7 and The Lord of the Rings lit study in 7th and 8th grade then read an assortment of literature that went along with his other courses for 9th grade. He really needs some more formal literature study. I'm considering Hewitt for American Lit, but I'd like to find something that better fits his interests to make it more palatable. I'd love to find a utopia/dystopia literature study or science fiction lit course, but I'm coming up with nothing. I have nothing against the classics presented by Hewitt's offerings, but this child needs to be wooed a bit to get over an aversion to literary analysis. He's interested in psychology, science, math, and history. Thanks for any ideas (and we're open to online courses as well). Sarah
  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. We're currently using Windows to the World for literature but neither DS nor I seem to be too interested/taken by the program. DS doesn't have much of a grasp of literary concepts (such as plot, characterization, setting etc.) so that might be why. I'm wondering if we should try Lightning Literature (possibly starting with their 7th grade program) and either stick with that or switch back to Windows to the World once he gets more of foundation. Other things we're considering using (possibly in addition to Lightning Lit or Windows) are Progeny Press Guides (which we have used a bit of in the past but apparently nothing much "stuck"), Novel Ties (or maybe it's Novel Units? I just ordered 2 that were on sale for $2 each), and/or Literary Lessons from the Lord of the Rings. Thanks, Sue P.S. For the most part, we're not going to be doing the writing portions of any lit program for the time being. DS never has had much writing instruction and we're starting fresh with IEW (SWI/TWSS) and will be working through that for a bit before adding much writing into literature or any other subject.
  6. I'm hoping that someone who's been there, done that can tell me if it's necessary to get the exact copies of the books as the ones sold by Hewitt. We have copies of most of the books used in both Lightning Literature 7 and Lightning Literature 8 and I'd rather use those than have to go out and buy certain editions. For example, we have one or two copies of Alice in Wonderland, but they don't have the introduction by Chris Riddell. Do we need one with his introduction or will any (unabridged) copy of Alice in Wonderland work? Thanks, Sue
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