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Can anyone suggest another option for 7th grade reading for my child.  She is a mild struggling learner, but she has been able to do grade level work in the past.  She was able to do 6th grade reading with MP, but this year she is struggling.  Is there another curriculum that is maybe a little easier for the same level.  We can't go back a level with reading with MP, bc she did it last year.  The first book this year was Trojan War, which was difficult in my opinion.  Open to options or ideas?  I realize she doesn't have to do comprehension guides, but I think it is helpful for her bc this is a difficult area for her.  

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Maybe you can both read the same book and discuss it (over tea/coffee/cocoa) or join/create a book club.

 

Give her a dictionary with her book for any words she needs help with. She can also write them down for vocabulary.

 

I always thought reading a book and then watch the movie would be cool. You can have her compare and contrast.

 

I took a class in junior high called books for pleasure. We were given a list of books to choose from and we would read as many as we could by end of semester. I think we had to write a summary on each book read.

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I read the harder ones aloud to mine that struggles a bit. So I read the Odyssey for Children aloud last year when it was on our list, but there were several other books on the list that she could read to herself. We also do some on audio book. I basically just cut any list for her in about half or even less that she will actually read to herself. 

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There are lots of abridged versions of the classics. You could get ideas and titles from a history through literature catalog. I recommend Beautiful Feet, Veritas, Sonlight, etc. Originally, I got my lists from the first edition of the WTM book. Also, the book All Through the Ages, by Christine Miller has lists of books arranged by both genre and age level. It has been a help to me. For Veritas, I ignore the grade level but look for the era of history as their grade level reading tends to be more accelerated than my family.

https://www.amazon.com/All-Through-Ages-History-Literature/dp/B003JOQ8WS

https://www.veritaspress.com/catalogrequest   Use the web list or request a catalog. We love their programs!

 

I also got books for 7-8th grades off of Yesterday's Classics website. You can find the same or similar content with an easier reading level.

http://www.yesterdaysclassics.com/o/ebooks.php

 

Tapestry of Grace website reading list is also a good source for ideas.

http://bookshelfcentral.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=828_829

 

BF does have Jr High plans for the lit/history eras. BF has a guide for teaching that does include comprehension activities. I have used their Early American pack for elementary. Your student might also like the Genevieve Foster books that they have. My daughter could not put the Washington era one down!

http://bfbooks.com/Literature-Packs/Ancient-History-Packs

 

Are you specifically looking for books along the lines of MP 7th grade? You could rephrase your post to ask for the era and grade level so that people not familiar with MP can also share their experience. You might also want to post on the high school forum.

http://bfbooks.com/Literature-Packs/Ancient-History-Packs

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Check out Veritas Press. The literature guides are very similar to MP and you can probably find a few. It seems to me they have more options. We are using a few from them and a few from MP, based on interest.

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Does she like MP? Have you looked ahead to the other books covered to see if they will be less difficult for her? Does she have any interest in The Trojan War? (If not, it's really hard to read and get something out of a book you have no interest in.) I'd consider letting her skip this book and try the next one, to see if it's of higher interest and more doable. Another option is to buddy read The Trojan War and work through it together with the guide, and then see how the next book goes. 

 

I'd have her read aloud to you daily no matter what you do, for at least 10 minutes, so you can continue to help her with word attack skills.

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