Tagged: Teaching Literature

Adams' Illustrated Panorama of History. By Sebastian C. Adams [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Should You Teach Literature and History in Chronological Order?

How important it is to study history and literature in chronological order? Here’s what we did, and why a timeline makes whatever you do work better.

Great Books Week 2010 - sponsored by NAIWE.com.

Great Books Week 2010 Day 2: What Makes a Book Great?

What makes a book great? That’s a question I thought about a lot while writing the Excellence in Literature curriculum. Why do some books stick with you, while others, just as highly reviewed or recommended, vanish from memory like smoke?...

New Excellence In Literature Review on TOS!

I’m always happy to get a good review of one or more of my books, and this morning I came across a very nice review on The Old Schoolhouse website. Kathy Gelzer has done a beautiful job of outlining the...

Teaching from the Known to the Unknown

I was working with the Chaucer unit in Excellence in Literature: British Literature this morning, and thinking about the ways in which The Canterbury Tales can be made accessible to students. These stories are funny, startling, and sometimes appalling, and...

How King James Can Boost Your Student’s Reading Skills

As your students move toward the high school years, reading skills become increasingly important. Not only does your student need to boost vocabulary in preparation for the SAT or ACT, he or she needs to be able to read and...

English 1: Excellence in Literature is Now Available!

As most of you know, I’ve been working non-stop to get the first level of the Excellence in Literature: Reading and Writing Through the Classics series out in time for the new school year. Due to the pinched nerve in...

Everyone “Knows” Shakespeare- Or Do They?

“O, like a book of sport thou’lt read me o’er; But there’s more in me than thou understand’st.” ~ William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida The balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth’s fateful meeting with the three witches on the...

Seven things to know before you begin homeschooling.

Seven Things to Know Before You Begin Homeschooling

1- Know where you are going before you gain momentum. (Once you’ve gained momentum, it’s hard to change direction!) In Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, he points out that you must begin with the end in mind...

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