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  1. Ds15 (ie. Mr. Pigheaded at the moment) says that writing a critical literary essay on the Aeneid is dumb. While I can make him do it, he is much more willing and will do a much better job if I show him why these kinds of papers are necessary. I used the "you will need to learn how to do this in college" card and got a "well, college is dumb" response. I started to formulate a response based on the kind of thinking skills this will help him develop but (blush) started to flounder a bit as I did so.
  2. Sorry this ended up being so long! In my search for a more structured literature study, I stumbled across a post by Swimmermom in which she asked 8FilltheHeart for advice on literature. I devoured the whole thread, which ended up reflecting ideas from the massive Circe thread, and now I'm a bit lost. My kids are younger, so I feel a bit silly posting here, but as I read through websites looking for "Literature" for next year (TtC, many different lit. guide samples online, etc.) I feel the need to know where I'm headed with literature in order to know how to prepare the kids. I'm hoping that some of you who've BTDT will offer advice. I'll preface my questions by noting that I could use a literature refresher - my own education left me lacking thorough familiarity with terms, devices, and especially analysis. I'm familiar with the very basics, but to give an example, I could probably learn much from TtC based on their samples & website. My problem is that I want it all for my kids - the structural knowledge from something like TtC and then higher levels of that same sort of study AND the good, familiar, children's classics, but I don't want to have regrets later. I do want my kids to have an easier time with Great Books later on, in HS & college, for having read children's versions. On the other hand I hate that my 6th grader has never read any of the Little House on the Prairie series, Narnia, The Hobbit, or even The Mouse and the Motorcycle or Alice in Wonderland. I want them to read some good children's lit. while they're young. We've read a small stack of "fun reads", good children's classics, as bedtime stories over the years, but I've mostly stuck to the history-based reading lists and curricula for school reading. This year, before the Circe thread appeared, I read a blurb in TWTM logic stage section (3rd ed., p. 344) that says to keep a balance of at least one work of imagination for every biography or book of history and that really stuck with me. I think these works of imagination are still intended to be authored within the history period being studied. At least, that's how I read it, but I've always been in "extract the instructions so I can follow them exactly" mode when reading WTM. For those of you who do not require all literature to be tied to history, do you still have your kids discuss and study the "fun" books? What should I use for this since at first, I'll be learning some of it right along with them? Do you choose "just for fun" books that are still authored in or written about the time period you're studying in history? I'm thinking of dropping some of the history-centered books, esp. historical fiction, from our schedule. My kids haven't enjoy many of them this year anyhow, and only read good books if I assign a certain # of pages per day. All they read of their own volition currently are Calvin & Hobbes, Garfield, 39 Clues, and Origami Yoda/Darth Paper books. I've always wished we had time to read the entire book whenever we read the passages from WWE. Other than titles I mentioned above, and the WWE book lists, which books are not to be missed for kids this age who've been bogged down with history books for 4 years? Where should I look for lists of good children's classics?
  3. Ok, so confession time first. I was taught through ABeka. So while I can diagram fantastically, the idea of literary analysis is kind of foreign. Ok now that the confession is over... :lol: No really, I know one of the greatest complaints about SL, which we are choosing to try next year is the lack of literary analysis especially in the older grades. Now I know we are a longtime from worrying about this, but is there a single resource either for me or a supplemental something for my dc that would teach this well and we can apply it through the years on our own? I am the crazy type that has long term planning on the brain right now and I am wondering if a few years of SL followed by a MOH cycle combined with SL will prep my kids for 3 years of high school omnibus. And yes I am keenly aware I can and will change plans 652 times by then, and I may not even want omnibus :tongue_smilie: I just want my kids to be prepared for anything, and omnibus seems like a high standard. :lol: So anyway, back to literary analysis! :tongue_smilie:
  4. I'm looking for a literary analysis program for my dss who will be in 6th & 7th grades next yr. Older ds is gifted and the younger one is able to work somewhat above grade level. I would like to find something that I can use with both of them. I have looked at Lightning Lit, Home Scholar Books LOTR curric., Novel Units, & Progeny Press. I need something that - has a teachers guide as this is not my cup of tea, teaches literary terms and hopefully does this thru the use of good books. As I have never held any of these in my hands, and have only seen samples on the websites it is hard to tell just exactly what these cover. I would appreciate any and all opinions, suggestions, ideas, helpful hints, a trail of bread crumbs leading the way. I think you get the idea. TIA Peggy
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