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I haven't quite figured out why so many people still persist in perpetuating the myth that living on a single income and homeschooling on a dime aren't possible. I can only suppose these are people who can't imagine life without a daily trip to Starbucks and dinner out several times a week. The people who actually shop at malls (*shudder*) and think "Brand Name = Best". The people who really live by the "Keeping up with the Joneses" mentality.

That? Would not be us!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

High School Lit, part 1 - Freshman Guide

This post, to be followed up with posts for sophomore, junior, and senior years, is a list based on the oh-so-scientific-method of "This is what I read in high school." so I by no means am trying to say all students should read all these books by each of these grades. I'm posting the list here, along with all the study guides, as a suggestion, to give parents more ideas as they look toward homeschooling in the high school years.

Many of these books are public domain and can be found at WOWIO or PROJECT GUTENBERG. Others could be found at used book stores or the library.

FYI - The Spark Notes, Cliff Notes, and Grade Saver sites are all very similar, offering analysis and summary by chapter, author notes, essay questions, and quizzes. The majority of the books I'm listing here have a guide from all three sites, but a few did not. You can read all three of these sites free on-line.

(More in full post.)

Each year includes one play by Shakespeare. THIS PDF FILE offers some general tips for teaching Shakespeare to high school students.

Freshman:

1) The Red Badge of Courage:
STUDY GUIDE
SPARK NOTES
CLIFF NOTES
GRADE SAVER

2) A Tale of Two Cities:
STUDY GUIDE
SPARK NOTES
CLIFF NOTES
GRADE SAVER

3) To Kill a Mockingbird:
STUDY GUIDE
SPARK NOTES
CLIFF NOTES
GRADE SAVER

4) Romeo and Juliet:
STUDY GUIDE
SPARK NOTES
CLIFF NOTES
GRADE SAVER

5) The Grapes of Wrath:
STUDY GUIDE
SPARK NOTES
CLIFF NOTES
GRADE SAVER

6) The Time Machine:
STUDY GUIDE
SPARK NOTES
GRADE SAVER

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1 Comments:
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh! Most excellent!

July 10, 2007 at 7:44 PM  

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