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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Eternal Argument Review #hsreviews

Analytical Grammar Review
So you read a book, maybe take a quiz or two, perhaps write a book report…..
Is that it?
Do we just check that box and move on?
If so, why?
~R. Robin Finley
This is a quote off the back of the book It’s…. The Eternal Argument. It is what intrigued me to want to read this book by R. Robin Finley from Analytical Grammar.

Analytical Grammar Review
It’s The Eternal Argument is a 286 page softcover book that is a framework for understanding Western Literature and Culture. It is $24.95 and is recommended for grade 8 and up or it may be used as a family read aloud and discussion. The Eternal Argument will make reading and teaching literature, as well as understanding history and culture more meaningful. There are 15 chapters with a few discussion questions at the end.
  1. Why Should We Read All Those Books?
  2. How Do We Stuff Stuff Into Our Heads?
  3. The Little Stinker
  4. What Are the Two Sides Fighting About?
  5. Does Someone Have To Be “In Charge”?
  6. What Is the Western Literature Platform?
  7. Should We Quarantine Our Kids?
  8. Really Old Guys: Ancients to the Middle Ages
  9. Just Old Guys: The Renaissance to Neo-Classicism
  10. Somewhat Old Guys: The American & French Revolutions
  11. Newer Old Guys: The Romantics o the Realists
  12. Newest Guys: The Naturalists to the Modernists
  13. Stuff You Need to Know to Teach This Stuff
  14. Now Let’s Apply All This to the Books We’ve Discussed
  15. Because It’s All About Me…. What Do I Think
R. Robin Finley, author of The Eternal Argument,  taught 8th grade language arts for 34 years. She is also the author of Analytical Grammar, a grammar, punctuation, and usage program for schools and homeschools.

When I received my copy of It’s The Eternal Argument my older two girls were at church camp. I was originally going to read this aloud to them, but I wanted to start it myself & well I will be rereading it to them when we start school again in the fall.

I really like the way Robin writes, she includes some humor and a lot of examples throughout this book. There is so much information in this little book and I find myself wanting to include so many quotes in my review.

The title The Eternal Argument comes from two questions: Is there a God or is there not? and Are we humans basically flawed and therefore need God to run things, or are we alone in the universe and therefore must decide for ourselves what’s right ans what’s wrong? This would basically be Theism against Humanism.
In the beginning of the book Robin explains that as early as 5th grade we need to have a framework in order to learn.  This framework will help us to see the big picture and learn from it. Literature is basically a reflection of what goes on in a given time and place. Once we understand this and have a framework in place we can learn a lot from what we read.

The book continues to tell us what a story needs to include to be a good one, points of view, the five conflicts in literature, and so much more. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter really get you to thinking about what was in the chapter. The questions ask things like the importance of thinking or feeling, discuss conflicts and more. 

I learned a lot from this book and can't wait to read and discuss it with my girls. I'm glad I read it first because I have a better understanding of how to look at good literature and I am excited to share that with them while we read this and the literature we read for school and fun. 

R. Robin Finley offers a grammar program called Analytical Grammar and Jr. Analytical Grammar. Some Members of the SchoolHouse Review Crew received those and you can click the banner below to read those reviews.
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