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Actually, I found it at homescholar.org. She even has sample lesson plans available on the web site. Hope you enjoy it!
I was wondering where Laine was able to find Literary Lessons from Lord of the Rings? It sounds like something I would like to try with my son.
I used Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings for a co-op class, and it was fantastic! The kids loved it, and even enjoyed the writing assignments. I added some fun projects and we celebrated Bilbo's birthday and came in costume on Halloween. Best class ever!
I have been to the IEW website and I have seen the DVD's you are talking about. The BIG OBSTACLE for me it the cost. The curriculum alone is pretty pricey.
It would be for me too---now. I don't have the budget for homeschooling that I once did. We asked IEW if we could share the DVD's and they gave us permission, as long as each of us purchased the workbook. I'm hoping you can find someone who might watch them with you or something... Or, perhaps (if you have a little to spend) you could purchase them on eBay, used?
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I have a sophomore who doesn't like to read, and has difficulty with writing. I've heard great things about IEW, but I don't think we could use it because I need something that is more of an independent study or has a script telling me exactly what I need to say for each lesson. Since I myself am not strong in this area, I don't think that I would know the first thing about how to go about grading a paper. Any suggestions?
I was reluctant for the same reason, until I took an IEW writing course for MOM's with my homeschool group. The DVD's for IEW's Teaching Writing Structure and Style are available in two formats: Mom led or student led. After watching the first video in the structure and style, I couldn't WAIT to share with my son who hated writing. His response after our first lesson? "Is that it, mom?" LOL! No fighting about writing after that! For a guide to grading writing, look at Lee's article: High School English - A "Grouch Free" Guide to Grading
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The book list for Monster Lit gives me further encouragement to put together an intro high school lit class for my son. I want to teach the theme of the hero's journey. That idea came from a blog article I read. I don't recall where, but this is a theme common in lit and in movies. Before my kids were born, I saw an exhibit on themes of mythology in Star Wars. We bought the book that went with the exhibit, which showed how Lucas borrowed ideas from Arthurian legends, Greek mythology, and other adventure stories (like The Hobbit)to develop Star Wars as a tale of a hero's journey. I think that this would be the sort of thing a teenage boy would really enjoy for a high school intro to lit class.
We also use IEW . It steps you into writing in a fun way removing all the unknown s that one usually feels when ask to write. My d after enjoys everything she create.
I'm with you, Lisa!
I love how well-defined IEW is. It takes out all of the guesswork.
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Wow. Good to know. My 14 yo daughter figured out in May that she had read over 22 books since October. I think she'll be fine. Now, how to get her to WRITE? And the boys. How do I get them to read and write? They would rather listen to audio books. Do these count?
Reading is a step in the right direction! Lee loves IEW and recommends it all the time. It's set up in such a way that even my son (who hated writing) didn't mind. We would have a task for the day, and he would say, "Is that all I have to do?" Phew! Lee talks about IEW a lot, but here's a short blog post about choosing writing curriculum: Homeschooling High School: Favorite Writing Curriculum
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When I started homeschooling our daughter last year (her junior year), I discovered that my former bookworm hated reading.....but LOVED movies. (huh!)
However, most of the movies she enjoyed were, in fact, based on books. That was my clue. I devised my own curriculum for that year, and at the end of the year she had read nearly 13 books (and some of them were the likes of Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and Little Women). She would read the book, then watch the movie, and then compare/contrast story line, character development, etc.(We also viewed each character through a Biblical "filter" based on John and Stasi Eldredge's book Captivating) She would write a paper covering each book/movie. We both learned so much about worldviews and literary styles. I called it "Film and Literature". A great way to use delight directed learning....and now she enjoys reading so much more (which was my goal from the beginning!)
Christy - could you explain more about what you're feeling? Maybe some of us could help you sort through your uneasiness. What does delight directed learning mean to you?
hmmm...this is twice this morning that I saw something about delight directed learning. How come that makes me feel much more uneasy than it should?
This is great news Lee, thank you for the link. I'm pretty sure we'll be doing better than 6 books a year ;-) Blessings!
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