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Narrations With Teens

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I'd like to address this to experienced homeschoolers of teens and teachers only please:


My teen has always enjoyed being read aloud to, and he still requests that I read aloud to him at 16, and it's something we both enjoy :laugh: . I try to challenge him a little with harder books, but not too hard for his age group. But when I ask him to narrate back what he has understood, he'll just give me one sentence, at best, then I have to prompt and prompt to get anything more out of him. I've been narrating to him what it's about after each chapter, and he usually says: 'oh! I didn't realise it was about that!' I might add that there's nothing wrong with him brain-wise, according to tests etc. So do I just keep reading and then narrating it to him? Or try something else? 

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Go back to basics. Narration is hard work for the brain.


First, Have some read-aloud books that are just for listening, without the need for narrations. These can be of a higher reading level, too.

For those you want narrated, choose a book slightly lesser than his reading abilities. Start reading only a few sentences or a paragraph, then ask for a narration. At first, he's going to do what he's been doing because you've been doing the work for him, but just let him know those days are over.

Since he's older, he'll progress quickly to longer passages between narrations.

For expanded discussion, I recommend using the questions from Center for Lit's Teaching the Classics booklet.


Let me know if you have any questions.

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We're reading Adela Cathcart by George Macdonald. While I thought it might be a nice Christmas read, I think it might be too deep for him. 


Any suggestions for "funny" Christmas books that are also "classical?" 


He went thru a wonderful reading stage a few years ago and that all stopped when he was about 13  :huh:  

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Well, of course, there's A Christmas Carol, but he also wrote other Christmas tales.


Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien (I would personally find this one extremely entertaining, if not "funny")




The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman



Christmas Stories of Louisa May Alcott




This would likely make us laugh:

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum




I came across a Christmas anthology:


A Literary Christmas: An Anthology



This looks intriguing:

Christmas at Thompson Hall: And other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope




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