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Classic Literature for Middle School

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Back when I started homeschooling, we had a historical fiction reading emphasis.  While that has it merits, I found there to be more benefits to a classic literature reading emphasis. Classics are written by writers who really know what they are doing.  My oldest son recently showed me a page …

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Using Classic Books to Learn Vocabulary

Using Classic Books to Learn Vocabulary

When my oldest child was in second grade, we changed our reading focus.  I had previously focused more on reading aloud historical fiction, but after listening to some talks by Michael Clay Thompson, I decided that going the classic books route would be better. Classic books increase a child’s vocabulary, …

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Middle School to High School Reading List for a Strong Reader

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I compiled a middle school to high school reading list for my strong reader.  We started this list in 6th grade and are in the middle of 7th grade right now.  Most of the books on the list would be considered classics, but many contemporary novels are included as well. …

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Why Classic Books?

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We have chosen classic books as reading books in our homeschool for a reason.  Classic books are books that were written by gifted writers who knew their way around a sentence.  The vocabulary is rich and the sentence structure is varied.  On the contrary, many modern books written for kids …

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