Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

# 007700

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Item #: 007700
ISBN: 9780618250745
Grades: 4-AD

Product Description:

1956 Newbery Medal winner. This is the true story of Nathaniel Bowditch, who becomes an indentured servant at the age of twelve when his father apprenticed him to a chandlery after his mother died. This ends his dreams of attending Harvard. Through hard work and perseverance, Nat continues his studies on his own. Was Nathaniel destined to be a bookkeeper all his life, or could he find a way to better use his skills in mathematics? His discoveries in the field of navigation are put to the test when Nat becomes captain of his own ship.

Publisher Description:

Readers today are still fascinated by "Nat, an eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard. Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor's worldSalem in the early days, when tall-masted ships from foreign ports crowded the wharves. But Nat didn't promise to have the makings of a sailor; he was too physically small. Nat may have been slight of build, but no one guessed that he had the persistence and determination to master sea navigation in the days when men sailed only by "log, lead, and lookout. Nat's long hours of study and observation, collected in his famous work, The American Practical Navigator (also known as the "Sailors' Bible), stunned the sailing community and made him a New England hero.

Category Description for Ready Readers:

Embracing the Socratic methodology of literature instruction outlined in Teaching the Classics, the Ready Readers provide a welcome pick-up-and-go option.for those who want fleshed-out lesson plans. The Readers are exactly that - whole book studies that encompass both comprehension and literary analysis. Discussion-based, the studies are designed to involve the student in question answering and analysis in several general areas - setting, characters, conflict, plot, theme, literary devices, and context. Having identified the best Socratic questions in each area for this particular book, the teacher is aided in handling the discussion by talking point answers. Also provided for each study is a one page summary of the book and a story chart. Although they don't specifically say so, there is an "empty" story chart that looks like it's designed to be copied and then filled out by the student. A completed chart graphically outliming the major structural and thematic elements of each story is provided for the teacher.

Each of the Readers features books in a designated reading level range. The studies however, can be used with students who are somewhat older. In fact, the authors recommend that each year begins with a study that is somewhat below the student's reading level. This serves to acquaint the student with the Socratic methodology and familiarize both the student and the teacher with the discussion environment. The Readers can be used with any unabridged version of the literary selection.

These Readers are a welcome addition to the Teaching the Classics line-up of literature studies. With Teaching the Classics, the parent/teacher receives an excellent introduction to the world of Socratic literary discussion and the tools she/he will need to effectively set up meaningful literature studies. Reading Road Maps - by the same authors - flesh out the process a little more and provide all the "answers," so to speak for 100 favorite books. Still, there are many of us who want more - more guidance and direction - as we embark down this discussion path that we may enthusiastically embrace "theoretically." The sample studies in Teaching the Classics are a starting place, but I would probably be one of those who would like more examples before feeling entirely comfortable setting out on my own armed only with my literature selection and a list of Socratic questions. So, thank you Missy Andrews.

The Readers thoroughly provide all the elements needed for a comprehensive and meaningful literature study. I can already hear the question being asked. "If they're so thorough, do I really need to watch the Teaching the Classics video seminar?" I have no doubt that the Andrews would answer with an emphatic "yes!" The Readers are obviously designed to complement the TTC series rather than replace it. While someone picking up a Reader could probably do a passable job of leading a discussion on any particular book, the fullness and richness of that same study conducted by a TTC "graduate" will make that "passable" job seem pale by comparison. So, to summarize the relationship between these products: Teaching the Classics provides the philosophical and methodological foundation. Reading Road Maps provides "framing" for 100 books, while the Ready Readers provide a complete finishing off of a literary "room" for a different series of books. ~ Janice

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Young Adult
Jean Lee Latham
Softcover Book
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Houghton Mifflin
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8.25" x 5.5" x 0.75"
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Great book
Angella T on Nov 28, 2022
Great story!!
Janette C on Jul 14, 2022
Great book
Angella T on Nov 28, 2022
Part of our curriculum<br />Also a great book that lends itself to further exploration of historic America, mathematics, perseverance
Jennifer H on Aug 18, 2022
Great story!!
Janette C on Jul 14, 2022
Classical Conversations Curriculum for Challenge A
Angela N on Jul 2, 2022
Works with my curriculum
Marie H on May 11, 2022
It was on a list of 50 books all kids should read from our public library. But the book wasn't in our library so we ordered it.
Emily S on Aug 19, 2021
Purchased for Pandia Press History Odyssey Level 2 Early Modern Times.
Rachelle on Apr 11, 2021
Historical fiction readaloud with my 4th grader.
Michelle Y on Jan 1, 2021
I need this book for a class my children are involved in with our co-op. RR had the best price around.
Stephanie B on Aug 27, 2020
One of our favorite books!
Sherry G on Aug 13, 2020
4th grade curriculum at our Classical Christian collaborative school
Rebecca G on Jul 30, 2020
Needed for a coop class.
Mercedes C on Jul 12, 2020
Katherine I on Jun 26, 2020
Required reading for a literature class
Heidi W on Jun 17, 2020
I will use with Beautiful Feet's Early American History guide.
Linda A on Jun 10, 2020
Read with older son and he loved it. Will use as history tie-in for youngest son.
Mary P on Jun 9, 2020
Homeschool literature that aligns with history
Sarah on Jun 1, 2020
To use with an Arrow Guide from Bravewriter.
Haley A on Aug 9, 2019
Need this book for the Language Arts we are using.
Deb J on Jan 29, 2019
Avid reader for Christmas!
ANDREA H on Dec 5, 2018
Classical Conversations curriculum
Stephanie J on Aug 8, 2018
I love that it is a true story appropriate for a young boy in 4th that would be inspirational to him. He also has some sailing experience and hope he will relate and be encouraged to read.
martha k on Dec 6, 2017
This book is part of the "Learning Language Through Literature" Tan Book series.
Margarita R on Sep 15, 2017
literature/english class
Kristi S on Aug 31, 2017
required reading for school
Alissa K on Jun 22, 2017
It looks like a good literature supplement for American history.
Cheryl H on Dec 21, 2016
literature for school
Deborah S on Sep 23, 2016
need for science and literature class
Chazz M on Sep 5, 2016
I purchased this book because it is listed on our Early American History studies through our Modern Charlotte Mason curriculum.
Jill D on Aug 23, 2016
Required for Challenge A.
A S on Aug 11, 2016
Required reading for my rising 7th grader
Allyson N on Jul 25, 2016
My son need this book for school.
Darnell D on Jul 20, 2016
Great price for this classical book
Suanne M on Mar 10, 2016
recommended reading for 7th grade
Yazbet Z on Feb 11, 2016
Part of our curriculum<br />Also a great book that lends itself to further exploration of historic America, mathematics, perseverance
Jennifer H on Aug 18, 2022
Classical Conversations Curriculum for Challenge A
Angela N on Jul 2, 2022
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