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  • Item #: GOPSET
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  • Item #: 001988
    ISBN: 9781591281207
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    Your whole family can experience the Grammar of Poetry course, as taught by the author, Matt Whitling. The DVD version of the course contains 30 lessons on 4 DVDs and the quality is excellent. Designed to be a semester course for 6-9th grade students, it can certainly be expanded up or down, depending on the abilities and interests of the student. Approximate running time is 6 hrs 32 min. The live lessons are sure to bring poetry concepts to life in a whole new way! ~ Zach

  • Item #: 001924
    ISBN: 9781930443136
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    An excellent resource, this book teaches students to write poetry by studying the forms and styles of great writers such as Shakespeare, Scott, Tennyson, and Longfellow. Students then complete a number of practice activities which reinforce the concepts learned.

    The student workbook contains 30 lessons. It is recommended that three lessons be covered each week. Each lesson takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

    As the teacher you will likely want to read through the new concepts at the top of the page with your student. Concepts covered in this volume include: simile, rhyme, how to use a rhyming dictionary, metaphor, meter, pun, iamb, personification, trochee, synecdoche, anapest, hyperbole, dactyl, onomatopoeia, alliteration, rhetorical question, refrain, oxymoron, spacial poetry, and euphemism. The student will then work through the activity. After every few lessons, review questions are given to insure that the concepts are retained and to provide additional practice of previously-covered information. Upon the completion of this program, the student should have mastered several figures of speech called tropes. A cumulative test is also included. Teachers edition contains teaching instructions as well as completed student pages. ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 032677
    ISBN: 9781930443785
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  • Item #: 025261
    ISBN: 9781930443594
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    The Imitation in Writing series is designed to teach aspiring writers the art and discipline of crafting delightful prose. This Poetry Primer was created to provide introductory level instruction and practice before the student begins The Grammar of Poetry by the same author, Matt Whitling.

    Starting with a lesson designed to debunk the notion that poetry is only flowery snippets that appeal to girls, the student is challenged to take the time to investigate what poetry really is and to determine to enjoy it. To make this challenge more palatable, a poetic quote from Master Samwise of Lord of the Rings fame is given. Poetry is defined as a language of pictures and music. To illustrate the diversity of poetic language, riddles are scattered throughout the student pages.

    Remarkably thorough but not overwhelming for an introductory book, the seventeen lessons include such poetic devices as simile, rhyme, metaphor, personification, and inclusion, combined with a more lengthy look at meter particularly iamb and trochee. Lessons are varied, including both analysis and original composition. I would expect the lessons to take about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. It could be used either as a quarters study (two lessons per week) or over the course of a semester (one lesson per week). A final exam is provided.

    The Teacher Edition contains exact copies of the student book with answers. Annoyingly, the page numbers between the two books do not correspond. The Student Book also includes an anthology of poetry designed to capture the interest of even the most reluctant poetry student. Although no instructions are given for the use of the selections from this anthology, it wouldnt take much planning or creativity to incorporate its use as part of this study or as continuing exposure to poetry selections. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 000247
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    Picture study and poetry appreciation. Continued practice of beginning grammar concepts, punctuation, and capitalization.
  • Item #: 047904
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    This inexpensive book contains eighteen lessons that teach students to become better poets. Each three to five page lesson covers a different topic such as rhyme, rhythm, topic, grammar, word choice, alliteration, or religious poetry. The lessons begin by presenting several short poems that contain elements of the topics covered in the lesson. The poems are followed by a lesson, which explains and analyzes the poetry topics. Next are exercises for students to practice their own poetry-writing skills. The exercises vary in length and complexity; some are fill-in-the-blank type exercises that involve completing the lines of a poem while others require students to write their own poems based upon concepts taught in the lessons. The poems used throughout the book are taken from Rod and Staffs Poems for Memorization, so many of them have religious themes. For additional motivation, the end of each lesson features examples of poems written by actual students. Several review exercises give students the opportunity to tie together multiple poetry concepts. Answers included. 80 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 056566
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    Covers figures of speech, alliteration, metaphor, hyperbole, simile, personification, poetry terms (stanza, rhyme scheme, verse) poetry types (sonnet, haiku, limerick), drama terms (dialogue, monologue, 4th wall, cast, props, staging, aside, blocking), and drama genres (comedy, drama, farce, melodrama.

  • Item #: 011540
    ISBN: 9780740333200
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    Units: Elements of Grammar; Grammar Usage; Reading Skills; Writing Skills; Newspapers & Propaganda; Literary Forms; Reading for a Purpose; Poetry; Bible Literature; and Review.
  • Item #: 030393
    ISBN: 9780439588478
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    Given the choice between editing an essay or a humorous excerpt by a fairy tale character, most kids would probably choose the funny, fictional passage. Thus the premise of this book entice children into proofreading by providing them with dozens of amusing exercises. The 40+ worksheets in this book utilize a number of different types of writing (poetry, letters, advertisements, emails, invitations, short stories, instructions, signs, and even New Years Resolutions) to give students a variety of proofreading practice. The worksheets are also divided into sections focusing on different types of errors, including spelling, punctuation and capitalization, and grammar. The largest section of the book includes exercises with a variety of all three types of errors, as this is the most common type of proofreading encountered in real life. If your children arent excited about editing, the amusing material in this book could add some much-needed fun to this all important skill. (If this approach sounds appealing, you may also want to check out Funny Fairy Tale Grammar, also in our English section.) Reproducible, consumable, answers included. 64 pgs. Melissa

  • Item #: 000340
    ISBN: 9781880892459
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    Grammar, Diagramming, Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling, Short Story and Research Writing units, Poetry unit. Diane Welch & Susan Simpson, authors. Adapted lesson instructions are included for the revised edition of Star of Light, if you cannot locate the original version.

  • Item #: 049348
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    From the author of Latin Centered Curriculum (Memoria Press), this comprehensive K-12 resource for memorization, copywork, and dictation provides a vast array of memorization material in all academic areas, as well as Latin and Greek. Weighing in at a hefty 450 plus pages, this book provides you ample choices for memory work, and has been designed for use with any classical curriculum or simply as a handy reference for home or school. At first glance, the sheer size of this book appears to be overwhelming. However, the author reminds us this book has been created to provide 13 years worth of memorization options and we simply integrate what we feel is the best selection.

    Beginning with the importance of memorizing, this detailed book takes you through the steps of how to memorize and includes general principles to make memory work easier; you are then set free to select memorization selections from a vast array of subject areas. Read on for more details! The Latin chapter is divided into six parts: Grammar and Vocabulary; Proverbs; Poetry and Prose; Scripture; Prayers; and Hymns and Carols. The first three sections contain mostly secular material, while the last three are religious. The Greek chapter is divided into five sections: Grammar and Vocabulary; Proverbs; Poetry and Prose; Scripture; and Prayers and Hymns. These selections are drawn from both classical and ecclesiastical Greek, and the author has also included some background information on Easter Christian traditions. Translations are provided throughout. The Arithmetic and Mathematics chapter includes an extensive resource selection, including (but not limited to): addition/subtraction fact families, properties and orders, prime numbers, multiplication table, Euclids Definitions and Common Notions, and the Pythagorean Theorem. The Grammar and Composition chapter is designed to support the study of classical languages and to reinforce principles taught in your individual writing program. It includes grammar rhymes, grammar rules, and 100 commonly misspelled words. The Literature chapter contains five sections: Literary facts and lists; Sayings, Proverbs, and Famous Quotations, Teaching Rhymes, Poetry and dramatic speeches from Shakespeares plays. The Religion chapter contains six sections: Scripture, Prayers, Catechism, Poetry, Hymns and Carols. Using the King James Version of the Bible, the religious selections include material drawn from the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. The Geography chapter contains a large number of lists from both a World and US Geography perspective. The World History chapter covers events and personalities from around the globe, with the emphasis on those topics of enduring importance. Please note: dating encompasses an old earth perspective, dating back to 35,000 BC. The United States History and Civics chapter stresses key dates in American history, as well as the founding documents of our nation. Patriotic songs, verse and oratory are also included. The Natural Sciences chapter brings together lists and mnemonics for basic information in the natural sciences and is written primarily for elementary and middle school. It is best if the child memorizes material in this chapter, as it is encountered in their course of studies in the science curriculum of your choice. Extensive reference charts are found at the end of the book. These are meant for quick reference in Latin and Greek and are not meant to replace a Latin or Greek curriculum. They are, however, a good basis for Latin and Greek recitation.

    As you can see, this extensive resource book provides ample opportunities for memorization success. I was impressed with the extensive selection in each academic area, and believe this truly will be a valuable resource for families who desire to incorporate memorization from the classical perspective. 450 pgs, sc. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 045025
    ISBN: 9780976638612
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    This is a nice, reflective collection of story starters, reminiscent of Emma Serls Primary Language Lessons. Text has a reverent tone. Two-page spreads begin each lesson with classic poetry or a full-color painting which spark guided discussion and culminate in writing assignments. Some poetry lessons include a short glossary of more challenging vocabulary words. Poems can also be used for copywork. Questions are thought-provoking and fulfill their purpose of guiding children toward expressive response. Writing assignments include poetry, story, description, expository, narrative, and letter-writing; primarily story writing. An included teacher guide holds recommended procedure to follow and sample first lines or possible story starters for each writing assignment (in case your child needs a little more prompting). This would be a sweet, easy to use writing program to use along with your grammar, spelling and reading program. It would have particular appeal to those wanting to use a Charlotte Mason-like approach to their writing program.

  • Item #: 051454
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    Sentence structure, diagramming subjects and predicates, helping verbs and verb phrases and irregular verbs. Nouns as subjects, direct objects and predicate nominatives are studied. Seventh grade students also study proper, possessive, and predicate adjectives and prepositions, interjections, and conjunctions and how to use them properly in sentence structure. Students learn to use colons, semicolons, apostrophes, quotation marks, parentheses, dashes and hyphens effectively in sentences. They read a chosen novel, write a daily journal as they read the novel and complete a final review of the novel. They complete this process several times throughout the year with different types of literary works: novels, short stories and poetry. Spelling, vocabulary and grammar are strengthened.

  • Item #: 000345
    ISBN: 9781929683109
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    Continuing the excellent phonics, reading, and language arts instruction of the LLATL Blue Program, the Red Program incorporates the same effective methodologies and teaching strategies. The user-friendly teachers manual (Red Book) with 36 weekly lesson plans is comprehensive and thorough with little teacher preparation needed. The heftier Student Activity Book reviews skills taught in the first grade program and reinforces new skills with a similar assortment of excellent activities: word wheels, flip books, games, and cut and paste activities. More emphasis is placed on poetry, sentence structure, grammar and writing - all learned in the context of stories. Spelling is also emphasized more with weekly word lists, visual representation of words, and puzzles and games for review/reinforcement. The six readers are longer but just as engaging with soft-hued color print rather than black & white. Periodic skill assessments give the teacher the tools to decide what the student needs to review. The program includes the Red Book (teachers manual), the Student Activity Book, and six readers. The Student Activity Book and readers are sold separately for additional students. The Read-Aloud Library is integral to the program but sold separately (or available from the library). ~ Janice

  • Item #: 056115
    ISBN: 9781465417404
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    (Description by publisher) DK Workbooks: Language Arts: Grade 3 will sharpen the language arts skills of 8 and 9 year olds. With lessons to help understand speech, reflexive pronouns, and cause and effect, plus exercises on poetry, myths, drama, and more, third graders will boost their confidence and knowledge in these subject areas.

    Developed in consultation with leading educational experts to support curriculum learning, DK Workbooks: Language Arts is an innovative series of home-learning language arts workbooks that is closely linked to school curriculum, and helps make learning easy and fun! Each title is packed with exercises and activities to strengthen what children learn in school. With clear questions and supportive illustrations to help children to understand each topic, the books reinforce key concepts such as phonics, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. A parents' section contains answers, tips, and guidance to provide support, and a certificate of achievement will reinforce confidence in kids by rewarding their accomplishments. Supports the Common Core State Standards.

  • Item #: 057185
    ISBN: 9781933410180
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    Take a journey through the traditions of Thanksgiving this year! This flexible, consumable study contains 15 lessons covering the Pilgrims and Native Americans, Psalm 100 and thankfulness, harvest, cranberries, pumpkins, corn and so much more. Historically focused, this study covers New England beginnings, Thanksgiving in the American Revolution, a Civil War Thanksgiving, late 1800s-early 1900s along with more recent festivities of football, parades and presidential turkey pardoning. Activities are varied and encompass short answer or fill in the blank worksheets, crossword puzzles, coloring (colored pencils recommended), secret codes and creative writing. Topically you will explore history, geography, Bible study, poetry and art study, grammar, and science. Instructions for seven craft projects, using easy to find items, are also included along with a place for a Thanksgiving scrapbook. Each lesson will take 30-60 minutes to complete. This would make an excellent break from the textbooks in November or a fun family devotional. Daily lesson recommendations and answer key included. Not reproducible. Scripture references NASB. Spiral Bound. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 057186
    ISBN: 9781933410197
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    When my children were younger, every December we put aside our books and did a month-long focused study on Christmas. One year we studied the Christmas story, another Christmas traditions around the world and yet another year, we focused on the history of Christmas Carols. What I love about this unit study is that it masterfully unites each of these into one inclusive study.

    Beginning with a detailed study of the birth of Jesus, it then surveys the history of our Christmas celebrations. Designed to take an hour or more, each of the fifteen lessons includes Bible study, history, geography, science, art, poetry, grammar and the stories of Christmas carols. Children will also write (or younger ones will dictate) five essays about Jesus and what following Him means in real life. Two booklets are completed during this study: A Baby Book for Jesus and Christmas Traditions Around the World. Complete instructions and a craft supply list are included. While most supplies are things you will have at home, others are easily found at your local hobby stores. Author Charlene Notgrass also includes a list of read-aloud selections, but feel free to use your family favorites to make a more memorable Christmas experience. Books are consumable; each child will need his own copy. Lesson recommendations and answer key included. Spiral Bound. Scripture references NASB. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 011157
    ISBN: 9780743938488
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    With this teaching resource by your side, you wont run out of interesting computer activities for a long time. The 34 projects in this book are intended, in my opinion, for the student who already knows a little bit about using the Internet and Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. This activity book begins with some technical tips on how to use these applications, but then jumps right into different projects. Much like Computer Activities Through the Year, these activities feature step-by-step instructions. However, this volume lacks the topical organization of the original. Why? Because activities in this book tend to incorporate more than one application, which makes it much more difficult to separate, for example, the word processing activities from the Internet activities. Take the Great Inventors project, for instance. In this activity, you research and create a comic strip about an inventor. Not only does this project practice Internet research skills, but you also learn how to insert, resize, and add borders to pictures in a document. Aside from practicing computer skills, these activities are great cross-curricular projects, touching on a variety of different subjects. In Getting into Grammar, you practice identifying adjectives and adverbs in addition to learning how to underline, italicize, and change font colors on a word document. In Converting to Metric, you practice using formulas in a spreadsheet, and in Acrostic Poems, you turn original poetry into a PowerPoint presentation. ~ Anh

  • Item #: 000607
    ISBN: 9780964904200
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    So many students get burned out on writing before theyve hardly begun, bogged down by complex grammar rules, inflexible formats, and uninteresting assignments. It shouldnt be that way. Writing should be an exciting subject, entered into as an adventure, for there are so many types of writing that every assignment can be enjoyable! This is the way that Gabriel Arquilevich, author of Writing for 100 Days, presents it. Predictably, the book contains 100 lessons, divided into four categories; composition, fiction, poetry, and writing in action. The lessons are short, flexible, and structured for use by the student alone, or for a teacher and student(s). The book kicks off with word usage and a review of punctuation. However, this is only brief review, and though exercises are given, supplemental practice would be helpful to keep those skills fresh. After the basics are reviewed, more punctuation, construction, tone, and style are covered in Composition. Fiction covers character creation, setting, plot, dialogue, and point of view. Poetry covers haiku, limericks, sonnet, free and blank verse, lyrics, and more. Writing in Action (the largest section) contains instruction on writing as part of daily life, such as business and personal letters, interviews, advertisements, reviews, columns, diaries, and greeting cards. The lessons, each covering a major facet of the big topic, are divided into two parts, the lesson and the writing. The introduction is clearly written, includes many examples, and is reader-friendly. Then the fun part - putting into action what you have just learned. The short assignments leave room for lots of creativity.

    We are encouraged, no, told to learn from our mistakes as we write our pieces, and how to recognize familiar pitfalls. Yes, an important step of many of the assignments is to purposely write our piece exhibiting the featured foibles! In a lesson on wordiness, were told to write a half-page description of an event, adding as much wordiness as possible. In a lesson on fragments and run-on sentences, we have to write a story - a one-page story with one sentence. Or, write a description of an unknown planet, with a catch - use no similes or metaphors. This not only makes errors much more noticeable, but also relays to us the importance of grammatical tools and variety in writing. (Oh, by the way, after you write your piece with the errors, you do go back and fix it.) At the end of each unit, you use all the components youve practiced to write your big composition, fictional story, sestina, and journalistic works.

    For extra fun, several games are featured at the end of the book. Answers to the review questionaire also included. This is truly a breath of fresh air for any student, but especially to one who is having a hard time really enjoying the art of writing. - Jess

  • Item #: 027641
    ISBN: 9780865305229
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    In the homeschooling world, parents are often unsure if their students have mastered the basic skills they need. For those who struggle with the reading/vocabulary/literature skills of standardized testing, or just want to make sure they have indeed mastered them, this book will be a huge blessing. Its easy to use, gets straight to the point, and hands responsibility of reviewing and mastering skills to students themselves. So what exactly does it entail? First it lists out 35 tasks which students in the middle grades (grades 6-8) should be able to handle, along with examples to prove they have mastered them. The 35 tasks include: Show understanding of word meaning (prove you can do this by selecting correct definitions, and identify synonyms and antonyms), identify and evaluate literal main ideas (prove you can do this by identifying the main idea in a passage, identifying the topic sentence in a paragraph, summarize the literal main idea in a passage), and recognize, define, and interpret poetry (prove you can do this by identifying characteristics of poetry like meter, stanzas, lines, etc., identify themes, mood, tone, and other literary elements in a poem). These are just 3 of the 35 tasks and exercises students should be able to do. Two 5-question review quizzes are given for each task. Students are instructed to take the first quiz (which is similar to standardized testing multiple-choice format, with some short answer and writing exercises thrown in), grade themselves, and then find out which skills they are lacking and need to improve. Actual explanations on reading/grammar/etc. skills are not included in the book, so students have to find explanations and instruction from outside curricula and sources. Once students have reviewed a task, they take a second quiz and try to prove once again that theyve Got it and have mastered the task. A large cumulative test is included in the back of the book, which offers review questions for each of the 35 main skills. Great for formative assessment, pre- and post-tests, quick checkups, and standardized test preparation, this unique and incredibly useful book would be a great addition to any curriculum. There are answer keys for all the quizzes in the back and the book is reproducible for single family or classroom use. By Marjorie Frank and Jill Norris, 96 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 011655
    ISBN: 9780980030211
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    "Modeling Writing after Great Works of World Literature Vol. 1." If youre learning to write, why not learn from the best? Its a great concept thats well-implemented in this new writing offering by Jill J. Dixon, B.S. Ed., M.Ed. Focusing on descriptive writing, Jill has chosen some of the best literary passages as models, including excerpts from:

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Describing an Object)

    A Christmas Carol (Describing a Place)

    Robinson Crusoe (Describing a Character)

    Wind in the Willows (Writing a Dialogue)

    "Gift of the Magi" (Writing a Short Story)

    "Ants and the Grasshopper" and "Shepherds Boy and the Wolf" (Writing a Fable)

    "Paul Reveres Ride (Writing Poetry - Ballad or Narrative)

    Each of these nine units is broken into ten 15-to-45-minute daily lessons - though Jill cautions not to progress too quickly if a child has not mastered a skill. Objectives for each day are asterisked and should be read by the teacher before beginning each unit. Since lessons are addressed directly to the student, the program will require minimal teacher time in actually completing each lesson. You will need to do some preparatory instruction, dictation (once per unit), and check work completed. Each unit begins with an excerpt from a "classic", includes a good amount of grammar (parts of speech) instruction, some mechanics, has the student find another good example of the genre being studied (and doing some comparative / grammatical analysis), and culminates with student writing and proofreading. Every unit also includes a dictation exercise from the included (or another) classic excerpt. The student is then to check his result against the written copy. Units are systematic, instruction is clear, and the whole course is well-organized and ready to pick up and go. Jill has included several helps and references also, in the back of the volume. The first is a sheet on "The Characteristics that Make the Best Writing The Best". This is used as the basis for discussion of supplied and found excerpts. A proofreading checklist is included to encourage and help with self-editing. For the parent is a helpful sheet on grading criteria. My only dispute with this is the point (out of five) given for having a "topic sentence at the beginning and a concluding sentence at the end of each paragraph". Just skimming the excerpts included confirm much "great" writing is not "formula" writing. I agree that a beginning writer may need to start out this way - but it makes for boring writing if you insist each paragraph be structured so. Additional Literary Passages for Modeling Writing are included and listed by genre so that you can continue or reuse these lessons again and again with different literature, if desired. For the teacher and student is a How to Write Guide that takes you through the steps for each type of writing. And, lastly, a key to the parts of speech exercises in included for you. All in all, there is a fair amount of grammar and mechanics instruction included in this volume in the context of writing and proofreading, though the author suggests supplementing with Easy Grammar, Daily Grams, Editor in Chief or Great Editing Adventures if you feel you need more specific or intensive instruction. Other recommended materials are a dictionary and thesaurus for each student. A writing or grammar handbook would also be helpful - especially if your skills are a little rusty. Permission to reproduce is given for the excerpts and the proofreading checklist. These are the only consumable components, and each student will need his own. All in all, this program looks like a well-organized, easy to use, effective writing program that Im personally eager to try!

  • Item #: 008374
    ISBN: 9780393050943
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    So youve read The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer and youre pleased by its information, guidance and practical curriculum suggestions. However, while reading it you may have thought, "I wish I had been educated this way, I guess its too late for me." In the Well-Educated Mind, Susan focuses on the adult, and her premise is that its not too late; you can have a Well-Educated Mind. Susans focus is on helping the adult learn to read great literature. This book is so much more than a list of suggested reading. In fact, the suggested reading doesnt come until after Susan presents significant information on why its important and how to go about it.

    Yes, the trivium - grammar, logic and rhetoric is presented as well. Would you expect anything less from this author? Susan discusses why it is important for children to be taught properly in all three stages and if you were not, how as an adult, you can compensate and learn to read great literature. Susans goal is to equip her readers to be able to learn self-education to train and fill their minds.

    For people who question their ability to read difficult material, the book states, "If you can understand a daily newspaper, theres no reason you cant read and enjoy Shakespeares sonnets or Jane Eyre." Susan says, "Reading is a discipline, like running regularly, or meditating, or taking voice lessons." Just like working through a training regimen to become proficient in sports or music we must learn technique and train our minds to effectively tackle the great books.

    Susan does not lecture from an ivory tower, but shows she can relate her understanding of real-life challenges to making time for the pursuit of reading. Her references to her struggles help make me feel like she understands real-life. These include the lure of TV after a long day, "just to vegetate for a few minutes, before I try to use my brain," or the call of email (including spam deletion). She includes a whole section on how to create a realistic reading schedule on your weekly calendar. A helpful section is including on training our minds to move from light reading and skimming for facts to more serious reading which leads to understanding. This "how-to" section includes information on reading mechanics, journaling, questioning and literary terms, all with examples. The book then progresses to five literary genres: novels, autobiographies, historical writing (special interest for the author, as you can imagine!), drama and poetry with instructions on how to read each type. After each genre is a listing of literature with comprehensive summaries and the best versions of the books to get (with ISBN information). The selected reading lists usually have both a literary and a historical purpose. The Well-Educated Mind is a great resource that provides those adults who have a nagging sense of missing something in their literary education the practical techniques and guidance to regularly read and enjoy great literature. Jerry

  • Item #: 041229
    ISBN: 9780967738731
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    Before studying history in depth in TRISMS for the high school level, you can take a one or two-year tour of the entire scope of world history in upper elementary or middle school. History's Masterminds covers world history up to the year 2010 in a similar format as the high school TRISMS, though there are some differences. In the high school level, more time is spent on each period in history, and students spend more time analyzing each civilization in depth, including the art, music, architecture, and literature of each culture. In History's Masterminds, the emphasis is on chronological developments throughout history, including new inventions, geographical explorations, and science discoveries. In fact, students will be compiling information on these three topics into a course book throughout the program. Children will also read and research their way through history via historical fiction, biographies, and other resource books. History, geography, writing, language, literature, and science are all covered through this program. Math history is covered, but math itself is not; so you will need to supplement with a complete math curriculum (Saxon Math is recommended). The set is composed of a teachers manual, student book, and a loose-leaf pack of student worksheets, research questionnaires, quizzes, and quarterly tests. The teachers manual contains all of the lessons, assignments, teaching information, reading lists, and answer keys while the other two packs contain the forms and worksheets the student will need to complete the ssignments.

    The author recommends completing this course over a 2-year period. There are 38 weeks of lessons included, and each weeks activities are listed on a lesson plan grid, similar to what is used in the upper-level TRISMS books but with a few differences. The assignments are divided between science, inventions, explorers, and language. A separate grid for each week lists recommended historical fiction, biographies and resource books while major historical events, suggested topics for research, and math history developments are also included. Each weekly lesson focuses on a different chronological span of time and covers all of these topics during that time period. For each week, students will be reading historical fiction and other books and completing questionnaires for scientists, inventions, and explorers. Questionnaires include a series of questions about the topic that the student answers through researching the topic, using the library, and other available resources. Inventions questionnaires also ask the student to draw and/or diagram the invention, while Explorers questionnaires ask the student to mark the explorers journey on a map and create a map key. The reading lists in the teachers guide offer suggestions for resources, organized by lesson, which may help when researching. There are separate science assignments for most weeks, which include experiments and research projects. Language assignments are more extensive and incorporate a wide variety of topics including poetry, book reports, letter writing, reports, public speaking, word roots, grammar, outlining, interviewing, bibliographies, and much more. Because the emphasis is on exploring history in a very chronological way, creating a timeline is essential to the course. Famous inventors, scientists, explorers, other major historical figures and events will all be added to the timeline as they are studied each week. Quizzes and tests are also included for reinforcement; quizzes are given every three lessons while tests are given four times throughout the year.

    Overall, this course is not only a great way to try the TRISMS approach, but it offers great practice in researching and a terrific scope of our entire history as well. Its open-ended approach makes it useable with students of different grades, and it would be easy (and fun!) to use with multiple children. Because it is so heavily book and research-based, this would be a good fit for you especially if you have pretty easy access to a library and if your students are fairly motivated and independent. Jess

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