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  1. My daughter hates different books I pick out and is pokey about finishing them. When I read them after to see what the problem is, I usually understand where she is coming from. I didn't have time to pre read every choice before I made my list! Anna of Byzantium- this one is on a lot of homeschoollists but is pretty dark.... King Arthur, Roger Lancelyn Green - violent Midwife's Apprentice - Karen Cushman, she thought it was almost dystopian and "wierd" I'm dreading assigning many of the Bethlehem titles we own or Shadow Spinner (about a harem and didn't pre read). She is also doing LLoLotR and loves that. I'm trying The King's Shadow next and we have the Viking Quest series. I think these will be uplifting. Does anyone else run into this problem? What to do! Does anyone else run into these problems?
  2. My students are reading Inferno. They've been blogging this week and one of the questions that keeps coming up is if Dante's really a Christian/Catholic. Here's what they are struggling over: Then one of the students attempts to answer and its a pretty good answer for an 8th grader: So-does anyone have some perspective on what a Catholic of the Middle Ages might have believed about the Greek gods & goddesses? I'm not really sure what to think. I'm tempted to say that because this is a poem, one has to take much of it as creative license. However, I am concerned that this "common sense" approach is the common sense of 2008 and not the Middle Ages. Thanks for any input. Holly
  3. I did not intend to put a sad face at the beginning of the title...I'm not sure how it go there...LOL!! I know that I probably ask too many questions...and many times my questions revolve around the same topics, so I hope this doesn't bother anyone. I did try and spend many hours researching this online. I was hoping to find a syllabus or a site or something that would help me pull this together. I am trying to do this alone, but I really could use any advice or suggestions. I feel like I'm fumbling around in the dark. I absolutely do realize that I need to read the books I'm trying to use myself and definitely intend to...I've started the first one already. Please don't think I'm trying to get others to do my work for me. I'm a bit over my head with this and need some help. As it stands now, I know no one that I can ask in real life. My older dd and I have discussed this before and we've discussed it again recently. She really wants to study the early medieval time period and the literature of that time period. I have over the last year purchased some books for her/us and I need to create a syllabus for this. I haven't been able to find one that combines the literature she would like to read/study and that adds some basic history to it. This is probably a study that will be literature focused and the history will be added to fit it. (Like 8FilltheHeart's idea on the large K-8 Classsical thread...this has been in our family's thoughts for some time now and is one reason her post brought so much meaning to me...I needed to plan a big literature focused study.:001_smile:) I have finally, after much time online, moved to the idea that I will take bits and pieces of syllabi and any questions/theme/essay ideas I can find that relate to the specific books I want to use. I did find one syllabus for medieval eplic literature and have plans to use many aspects of that. I need to add the history and make some more adjustments. I want to create the first syllabus for me. I want to read the books and study the literature and follow the syllabus. I'm hoping that I will then be in a better position to adjust it and create one for her when I'm finished. (Even my younger dd wants to read/study several of the same books, so I will adapt her plan even more.) Here is a list of the books I would like to combine: Literature: Beowulf Saga of the Volsungs Nibelungenlied Tain?(I'm not sure if I want to add this or not...what do you think?) Mabinogion (We have a study guide by C. Matthews for this and dd has started this book recently) Dream of the Rood? (Should I add this too?) Song of Roland The Song of Taliesin (She has read this and loved it.) Idylls of the King Sir Gawain and the Green Knight History: Geoffrey of Monmouth-The History of the Kings of Britain Alfred the Great-Asser's Life of King Alfred Anglo-Saxon Chronicles Bede's Ecclesiastical History Rule of St. Benedict Life of Charlemagne These are more geography related... On the Trail of Merlin New Light on the Ancient Mystery of Glastonbury We have all of these books already except the two literature books I was wondering if I should add (Tain and Dream of Rood). We also have Bulfinch's Mythology and Mythology by Hamilton. I know I want to include medieval epic, the genre the epic, mythic archetypes, oral storytelling, epic hero, etc. If you were designing a class with these books for me, what might you add that I'm not thinking about? Should I have spine for history or will the individual books work? I do have Churchill's Birth of Britain too. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  4. I was asked a while back for a list of the medieval literature that we used last year. We read many of the usual suspects that are in TWTM, on the Sonlight Core 6 & 7 lists (older son did this) and on the TOG Year 2 list. Since my book list is overwhelming even for me, I have only included the books that survived the aftermath of my son's ruthless culling of his bookshelves: Hound of Ulster - Sutcliff (think Mabignogian preview) Tales of the Crusades - Coolidge Beowulf - Nye Beowulf - Seamus Heaney reading done by the fire and candlelight at night The Canterbury Tales - retold by Geraldine McCaughrean 1001 Arabian Nights - retold by Geraldine McCaughrean (all of my kids loved this book) Fire, Bed, and Bone - Henrietta Bradford (Wat Tyler rebellion, don't overlook this little gem) Anna of Byzantium - Barrett (we then researched about the real Anna afterwards) The Once and Future King - T.H. White (He absolutely loved this) The Magna Charta - Daughtry (Surprisingly, this was enjoyed as much as Pyle's Robin Hood and Men of Iron were loathed.) The Road to Damietta - Scott O'Dell Sons of the Steppe - Hans Bauman The Legend of El Cid - Goldstone Well of Sacrifice Landmark's Leif Erikson: Before Columbus Gatty's Tale - Kevin Crossley-Holland Hakon of Rogan's Saga - Erik Christian Haugaard (Haugaard in one of the few authors that routinely survives my son's shelf-purging.) The nonfiction Horizon Caravel books are popular, especially the ones on Constantinople, King Arthur, Lorenzo di Medici, Galileo and Newton. I don't know if this will help anyone, but there you have it. This is about a third of what we read and all that was allowed to stay. There are no knight books because he said they all started to run together. Please remember that we are secular homeschoolers and that he is my youngest child. Some of these books have more mature themes and may not be suitable for your family. If anyone knows of books on Marco Polo or individuals in the Islamic world during this time that would seem to fit with the choices above, please let me know. Ds was unhappy with our selections for those topics and thinks "his library is incomplete.":tongue_smilie: ETA: Areas that are often overlooked during this time are Moorish Spain and the Jewish Diaspora. Polland's The Alhambra and The Secret's of Delgado Street are both good books.
  5. I'm embarrassed to say that I'm having a tough time navigating this little tale. I'll need to use an online resource to help w/ my discussions. Does anyone have experience w/ any of these sources? The kids are 11 & 13, fyi. We are doing TWTM logic stage Middle Ages reading list. Its days like this that I regret my kids not having an adequate literature teacher (wiping tears...:sad:). I'm in way over my head on these medieval tales. Thanks in advance for any input. Cliffsnotes: http://www.cliffsnotes.com/WileyCDA/LitNote/Sir-Gawain-and-the-Green-Knight.id-173.html Enotes: http://www.enotes.com/sir-gawain YahooEducation: http://education.yahoo.com/homework_help/cliffsnotes/sir_gawain_and_the_green_knight/ Sparknotes: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/gawain/ Gradesaver: http://www.gradesaver.com/classicnotes/titles/gawain/themes.html
  6. We haven't completely decided yet on what we're doing next year, but one of our ideas is a Middle Ages study. I want it to be manageable. I'd like to know how any of you have approached a middle ages study along with what books you'd choose. I don't care if books originated in the middle ages or were written later but are about the middle ages. Probably would like to include some of both. I've looked at AO and am considering doing a modified Year 7. I'm also wondering what spine you'd choose and what you have your kids "do" as far as outlining, etc. I've looked at TTC and thought about getting the Middle Ages lectures, which would come to 2 lectures a week over a 36 week year. I have also reviewed some past threads on here. I own SWB's History of the Medieval World but it's dense, not sure I'd want to use it for 9th but maybe. Goodness, planning our own thing seems like a lot of work to me lately!:blushing: Thanks!:001_smile:
  7. I had an epiphany the other day in a used bookstore. I've been picking up books to use as we head into the middle ages after Christmas and I realized that the period is just tailor made for a study of fairy tale and legend. Not just reading about King Arthur and Norse mythology, but also taking apart what the qualities of a fairy tale are, reading a bunch and discussing them. Maybe even doing a comparison of one through different versions (Cinderella is often done this way). I have a copy of the VP Fairy Tales literature guide that I'm planning to use to help us analyze the different stories we read (it's about the only lit guide I've ever kept, because it's about literary qualities rather than vocab and asking what I consider obvious questions). I'm also planning on having the older kids read Tolkien's On Fairy Stories essay. One of the issues I unexpectedly ran into when we went through ancients was a feeling that we'd already been there and done that. I'm not sure that the kids felt it, but for me, the second cycle through the period felt a little like a summer re-run (especially since we were missing all the great museum field trips of our first time through as our home in Japan didn't have museums with good ancients collections - I was seriously spoiled in Europe:001_rolleyes:). I'm thinking that spending some quality time on fairy tale and sagas will help keep things fresh.
  8. will a retelling of some sort be enough for a quality education? I'm just trying to get a feel for the importance of these works. Would Green's King Arthur (or Pyle's) be enough or would it be better to read Malory's version? What about the Mabinogion? Is it important to cover this? And I am including high school in this time span of reading these? I'm leaning towards including them but I want to be sure others think it is a good idea?
  9. I'd love to hear more experiences about the positives and negatives of this program from those who have used it. My dc who will be in the 9th and 7th grade are very interested in using this next year. (Note: my rising 7th grader works at a high school level).
  10. :blushing: Remind me again why I purchased this. I am reading through it and just not feeling the love. I can't imagine what Swimmer Dude is going to say to 416 questions on a 639 page book, no matter how cool the projects look. At least he ought to understand the various types of questions and how to answer them.:tongue_smilie:
  11. I am ordering books for next year( school year starts here in Australia in January).if you follow WTM and are/ have used the year 10 reading list middle ages, which books did you pick? I am trying to steer away from to many church heavy books. thank you for your help:001_smile:
  12. So, has anyone actually tried to read Bede's "An Ecclesiastical History" or Beowulf at the ninth grade level? Looking for encouragement here because I'm not sure I can understand a lot of the books on our Middle Ages reading list. . .tell me I can do it!
  13. I have been struggling to come up with a plan for my 10th gr dd for history to cover the middle ages. She doesn't really like textbooks and prefers real books. We've used Omnibus I and really enjoyed it, but this yr I wanted to pick and choose our own books. My brother, a history buff, has helped me pick some books. Here's my plan. Literature (overlaps history): Beowulf The Once and Future King Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Utopia~Thomas More Macbeth A Midsummer's Night Dream History: Guns, Germs and Steel DVD The Ecclesiastical History of the English People~selections or entirity? Research Charlemagne 1066 the year of the Conquest Power of a Woman, Memoirs of a Turbulent Life: Eleanor of Aquitaine The Lion in the Winter DVD 1215 The Year of the Magna Carta A Distant Mirror The Calamitous 14th Century The Travels of Marco Polo (excerpts) The Children of Henry the VIII Excerpts from The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England The Lives of the Artists (Oxford World's Classics) Selections Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World I need to add more for the Renaissance era. I think I'm missing something on world religions. Any suggestions or maybe select chapters from Spielvogel. Am I missing big chunks of history here or details? I find none of us really remember any details from texts anyway. Would I be doing her a disservice by doing this instead of texts?
  14. Hi folks, I am teaching a co-op class on Medieval Literature this year. I have a degree in English and Writing and am comfortable with the subject matter. My students will primarily be 9th graders, though I will have one older (11th grade) and two younger. On another thread on this board the consensus seemed to be that 100 pages of reading per week is a good amount, and can increase to no more than 200 pages per week depending on the difficulty of the text. Is my thinking correct on this??? With this in mind, and having looked at SWB's recommendations, I was thinking of the following list: First semester--10 class meetings: Bede--Ecclesiastical History 3 short pieces--Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer, Battle of Maldon Beowulf Mabinogion Dante--Inferno Everyman Sir Gawain and the Green Knight *********** Second semester--15 class meetings Chaucer--Canterbury Tales Book of Margery Kempe Malory--Le Morte d'Arthur Life of St. Teresa of Avila by Herself Spenser--Faerie Queene Shakespeare--Comedy of Errors Faustus How does this list look? Feedback of all flavors welcomed. Thanks ever so much.
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