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Movies as Literature Curriculum Review

Movies as Literature is a different approach to literature reading and analysis.  The curriculum is designed to be used as a one year high school English course or it can be used to supplement studies from middle school through high school.  We chose the latter.  We have been using parts …

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Combining Multiple Language Arts Resources into a Cohesive Plan

As eclectic homeschoolers, it is common for me to take bits and pieces of one thing and combine it with something else to create something that better suits my child.  So this year when we started running into issues with a curriculum, I took a step back and looked at …

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Shakespeare for Kids

The first time I was exposed to Shakespeare was in a high school classroom.  The one and only play we read and discussed was MacBeth.  Even though we spent a long time reading and discussing the play, the archaic language made the story line quite difficult to follow.  As a …

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Middle School to High School Reading List for a Strong Reader

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?

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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Literature Selections

My oldest son is moving toward literature analysis this school year.  We are using the book Figuratively Speakingto guide our literature choices.  This is his reading list this year: Poetry Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Autumn Within  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – The Rainy Day  Edgar Guest – Home  Ralph Waldo Emerson – …

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