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Friday, April 1, 2016

Memoria Press Literature Review #hsreviews #classicaleducation #homeschooling

Memoria Press Literature Guides Review

 All my girls love to read. They read a lot for fun and for school. For the most part I give them a choice in what they read. I may direct them and encourage or discourage them when the need arises. When Memoria Press offered the Crew their Literature Guide Sets for grades 1-9 to review I knew I wanted the Ninth Grade Literature Guide Set for Amber.
Memoria Press Literature Guides Review
Memoria Press wants students to actively read their books. The Ninth Grade Literature Guides leads the student through the trivium using Old English and Medieval works. These selections should cover the entire ninth grade year. We received the Teacher Guide and the Student Study Guide for Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, Beowulf, Canterbury Tales, and Henry V. The exact books needed for the course may be purchased at Memoria Press.

I asked Amber which book she wanted to start with and she decided on Sir Gawain and The Green Knight. We spent the first day going through the notes in the beginning of the guides. This section describes the Central One Idea, or soul of the work. It also explains how we will use four-stage sequence of the trivium to get the Central One Idea. It also explains and gives a sample of how to mark a book. There are four parts to the book with each one divided into four parts:
  • Pre-Grammar/Preparation ~ There are questions here that require the student to think of their prior knowledge and experiences to get them thinking about the poem and its Central One Idea.
  • Grammar/Presentation~  This part contains reading notes, words to be defined, and comprehension questions.
  • Logic/Dialectic~Socratic Discussion Questions are in this section.
  • Rhetoric/Expression~ There are questions where the student can express what they think is the Central One Idea and Essay Options.

First of all we all love the covers of the books, they are very pleasing to the eye. After we went through the notes and introduction together Amber was on her own. She would usually share with us what she was reading and we would discuss it. Alaina was getting into the story too & the next time we went to the library she checked out the children's edition of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight. Amber spent a couple of hours on this each day and it has been a good challenge for her. One thing Amber was pleased to see included in the workbook are a couple of pages in each chapter to just take notes. She said sometimes she gets a thought and wants to write it down right then and doesn't really want to get another notebook to do so.  

The guides to the other three books are set up the exact same way as Sir Gawain. Canterbury Tales covers The Pardoner's Tale, The Nun's Priest's Tale, and The Franklin's Tale. Now that Amber is really into Sir Gawain she is looking forward to reading the other three books. Amber is my one child who really wants to go to college and I think working through these study guides will prepare her for that journey.

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The Crew received Literature Guide Sets for grades 1-9. Make sure you read the reviews that would fit your child's grade level.
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