Teaching the Classics DVD & Syllabus Notebook (Second Edition)

Teaching the Classics DVD & Syllabus Notebook (Second Edition)

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Item #: 035998
ISBN: 9780988898998
Grades: AD

Product Description:

Includes 8 DVD Set and workbook (which includes syllabus).

Publisher Description:

Revolutionize the way you and your students view literature! Learn how to read and discuss works of literature"from children's books to classic novels"and equip students with literary analysis tools that bring literature to life.

Category Description for Teaching the Classics:

A Socratic Method for Literary Education - that's the subtitle for this video seminar with accompanying workbook. So just what is the Socratic method? And how does it apply to the study of literature? And why should one employ it? And just who does the methoding? Or perhaps I should ask - who needs to be Socratized?

While perhaps just a tad clumsy, the above is actually an example of the Socratic method which hearkens back to Socrates and his method of instruction - beginning with questions rather than answers. Granted, the questions had more purpose and form than my example and so do the questions that the authors have compiled into their Socratic List (attached as an appendix to the 120-page syllabus notebook). But all this is getting the horse ahead of the cart.

This revised and expanded seminar, similar to those produced by the Institute for Excellence in Writing contains eight DVDs; eight, one-hour lecture sessions plus a syllabus notebook. Based on the concept of “leadership education” presented in A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver Van DeMille, this is a seminar for parents and teachers - but your children can certainly join you. Adam Andrews is a dynamic, excited teacher who transfers his excitement about literature to his audience. Andrews is quick to credit his wife, Missy, for the development of this model for exploring literature intelligently and of the extensive, annotated, age-appropriate reading lists supplied. Because short stories are a type of microcosm, containing all the elements (character, plot, theme) of larger pieces of literature, are readily available and easy to work from as well as being familiar to children, they become the vehicles of instruction. You’ll be prepared to equip your children with literary study tools and ready to enjoy any piece of quality literature benefiting from its study. I wasn’t very far into the first video before I realized that this was a seminar I wanted to watch in its entirety for my own understanding and appreciation of literature.

The lecture sessions - Preparing for Literary Analysis, Plot & Conflict, Setting, Character, Theme, Literary Devices, Context and Practicum - have been completely re-filmed with two hours of brand new content. As mentioned before, Mr. Andrews is engagingly enthusiastic if slightly less delightfully quirky than Andrew Pudewa (IEW seminars). At times the lectures follow the workbook text almost word for word which, of course, prompts the question of whether you actually need to make the expensive purchase of the videos. Although the author says emphatically that both are important, I think almost anyone would benefit from picking up and using the workbook by itself. Nevertheless, the lectures repeatedly show you how to apply the workbook-described elements to literature. It’s a classic case of the advantages of multi-sensory learning along with the value of application and examples.

Why the Socratic method? Because it involves the student in the learning process and thus avoids dependence on the lecture format. Although most homeschoolers rarely use a lecture format for teaching literature, we’re still vitally concerned with involving our students in discussion. This is often difficult with literature. But TSM, while giving a workable tool to facilitate this discussion, likewise becomes a means of character instruction and of worldview-imparting. The emphasis subtly shifts from literature to teaching the student how to think (as opposed to what to think) which is the essential element of education.

The Socratic List is a list of questions arranged in order of increasing complexity following the classical stages of understanding - grammar, logic, and rhetoric. This list of questions can be used with all types of literature but within the seminar is applied to children’s stories - The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Riki-Tikki-Tavi, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Martin the Cobbler. Following these examples, Mr. Andrews then applies the same instruction to ongoing analysis of four pieces of adult literature - The Iliad, MacBeth, Great Expectations, and To Kill a Mockingbird. The seminar concludes with a practicum using the poem "Casey at the Bat."

Containing lecture notes, short story texts, and extremely useful graphic organizers, the accompanying workbook is designed to be used as you follow the seminar. The Andrews also provide both a suggested curriculum for literature and daily lesson plans in the workbook. Although rather simplified models, these are quite thorough. Not surprisingly, routinely assigned writing lessons are coordinated with IEW. Helpfully, the authors give examples of grammar, logic, and rhetoric level exercises.

How would one compare the cost of this seminar with continuing to use the many, excellent literature study guides available? I suppose it’s the proverbial teaching to fish versus giving a fish. One comes away with the tools. However, it seems to me that there’s another very important element here - that of learning to use an exceptionally facile tool for critical and worldview thinking (the Socratic Method). For me, this seminar does for literature instruction what the IEW writing seminars accomplished for writing instruction - giving a now-I-get-it overview of a complete system of literature instruction as well as a means for teaching students to be profound thinkers. ~ Janice

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Elisabeth Q on Jun 22, 2022
Excellent foundational knowledge and structure to empower any teacher or parent to teach literature at any level.
Kelly B on Jan 26, 2022
for Classical Conversations
Elisabeth Q on Jun 22, 2022
An educator recommended it.
Michelle L on May 6, 2022
Excellent foundational knowledge and structure to empower any teacher or parent to teach literature at any level.
Kelly B on Jan 26, 2022
I want to learn an effective method to teach reading. I heard Andy’s interview on a radio podcast and it appealed to me.
HETAL P. on Jul 22, 2021
Highly recommended by our Charter School teacher
Leah C on Dec 26, 2020
These look fantastic!
Jo M on Sep 14, 2020
This looks like a wonderful resource to boost my abilities and confidence in teaching my children critical thinking and analysis in our study of literature.
Diana W on Sep 1, 2020
Read that it was a good foundation for Windows to the World
ROSANNA G on Aug 26, 2020
Co-Op Book Reading Club
Dana H on Aug 25, 2020
Preparation for teaching literature program
Shelley G on Aug 8, 2020
Looking forward to learning how to teach the Socratic method
J on Jun 16, 2020
We love IEWs other curriculum and have heard great things about TTC.
User on Jun 22, 2019
Teacher training for myself to teach lit with any living book since my kids are NOT fans of readers.
User on Feb 18, 2019
I want to teach my child to think critically and found this book at Cathy Duffy's review.
wendy k on Nov 5, 2018
I bought this because it was recommended by Janice Campbell of EIL.
Karyn S. on Aug 22, 2018
I have middle schoolers and would like to better teach literature analysis.
Karen J on Aug 6, 2018
I love the center for lit pod cast. I learn so much. I want to learn from the authors of this material. Homeschool moms should educate themselves in areas of weakness as well as areas of interest.
User on Jul 5, 2018
I'm planning on using this with a group of high schoolers to start a short story class.
John S on May 23, 2018
I'm hoping this will give me some tools for teaching literature to my high school student.
Heidi B on May 22, 2018
I may use this method for reading instruction.
Elizabeth W on Apr 22, 2018
Year 9 Literature Studies
Donna B on Feb 23, 2018
"Need a good literature guide for homeschool co-op that focuses on socratic style learning."
JACQUELINE O on Feb 10, 2018
Lots of great information about how to teach your children about literature. I was so tired of workbooks, vocab lists, and comprehension questions. This has given me a new passion for teaching literature.
Daniel H on Dec 21, 2017
Good reviews, start my kids off on the right foot since they love the children's books listed in reading roadmaps
Jennifer A on Dec 5, 2017
IEW has an excellent reputation. We have been using their history based writing with our CC community. I decided to try this at home with my children as an added summer activity.
Jenifer S on Oct 24, 2017
I want my children to have a literary education. "Literature is art that richly rewards educated contemplation"
stephanie a on Oct 12, 2017
I'm planning to use this along with my 3 middle/high school students to introduce literature analysis. I was looking for something short-term to use as a springboard, and the 8-lesson (8 hours on DVD) program sounds like it will be a good fit.
Ramona J on Aug 25, 2017
It's classical. It's versatile.
ANNE M G on Jul 20, 2017
My child loves to read. Thought this would help us learn to analyze any literature she chooses to read. With other literature programs, it seems you're limited to THEIR reading lists.
Mary D on Jul 5, 2017
I think classic literature is wonderful and was looking for a quality way to study it. I think this teaching is what I need.
Rebecca S on Jun 4, 2017
I foresee that this material will be useful for many years to come as we talk with our kids about what they are reading.
Robert Jason P on Mar 27, 2017
I need it to go with Reading Roadmaps :-) IEW curriculum materials are excellent!
Maria Rosario Z on Oct 13, 2016
Part of a curriculum we are following.
Bart O on Sep 9, 2016
Heard about the program through the Read Aloud Revival podcast.
Steven E on Aug 26, 2016
I had heard great things about it, and my son in very interested in reading classics right now.
Steve N M on Aug 13, 2016
it was recommended by another homeschool mom
Telesia B on Aug 8, 2016
Highly recommended on many websites. Looking forward to helping my children learn to read and understand the classics.
User on May 23, 2016
I Chose this b/c I am using a classical approach to education. It was difficult to find reading comprehension program--not phonics--that was classical.
Sheila D on Apr 19, 2016
Looks really good.
Jennifer D on Dec 1, 2015
An educator recommended it.
Michelle L on May 6, 2022
I want to learn an effective method to teach reading. I heard Andy’s interview on a radio podcast and it appealed to me.
HETAL P. on Jul 22, 2021
How many minutes per lesson or per dvd disc? Thanks!
A shopper on Apr 24, 2022
BEST ANSWER: The lessons vary between 35 - 60 minutes. I split them up into two classes sometimes, because it's a lot of information. There are two lessons per DVD. The materials that accompany the lessons are very robust. You'll have to decide how much time and detail you want to get into. It is definitely a history lesson, in addition to an exploration of music.
Is this a one-semester course? And is it supposed to be used in conjunction with Windows to the World?
A shopper on Nov 26, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I used Teaching the Classics as a reference for myself while I taught Windows to the World. It was great for questions regarding the literature we read. WTTW was a full year course for us.
Is there a sample video segment to view for Teaching the Classics?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not on our site, unfortunately. You might check with the publisher - Institute for Excellence in Writing.
Is this the new 2017 second edition? The product pictured looks like the old edition...
A shopper on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This item is currently out of stock. When our new stock arrives, it will be the new, 2017 edition. It is titled "2nd edition". The graphic will be updated when we have the new material in the warehouse.
What is the main difference between this collection-Worldview Detective and Teaching The Classics?
Tonya F on Oct 27, 2015
Teaching the Classics DVD & Syllabus Notebook (Second Edition)
Teaching the Classics DVD & Syllabus Notebook (Second Edition)
Worldview Detective: A Socratic Method for Investigating Great Books (DVD Seminar & Workbook)
Worldview Detective: A Socratic Method for Investigating Great Books (DVD Seminar & Workbook)
BEST ANSWER: In Teaching the Classics, Adam Andrews gave us tools for enjoying, learning from, and understanding classic literature. In the Worldview Detective, he and his wife, Missy, get more specific about how to go about the task of analyzing the worldview of literary pieces.
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Rated 4 out of 5
Worth watching with your students and working through together. Videos are a bit dated in format but great information.
February 2, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Exactly what I was looking for!
This resource was exactly what I was I was looking for! I was dreading the prospect of teaching literature, but I am actually a little excited now. This program presents a fantastic way to discuss literature and does it in a very interesting and engaging way. Also included are a lists of books to consider using. To me, it was very worth the investment.
July 28, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good method for learning
Good program for teaching literary analysis. My middle schoolers were able to follow it apply the technique to any novel. I like the instructional videos for my use.
June 16, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
The best information on how to teach literature that I’ve seen!
This is an incredible course!. So few books do as well with teaching a parent educator HOW to analyze literature. This is perfect for middle school high school years but better still is to buy this when your kids are young, educate yourself and slowly introduce them to the concepts with the excellent questions printed in the back-( which go from simple to complex)
December 30, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent resource
I was very pleased with this DVD class. Being a science/math person, literature analysis was NOT my strong point. I had been looking for a resource to help me teach literature analysis to my high school student and found nothing that was truly helpful- until this resource! This course is clear, practical, fun to watch (my daughter liked it, too), and completely adaptable to any fictional literature. The organized list of questions to choose from in the manual is fabulous. My daughter and I have been getting a lot more out of the literature we have read since watching this DVD series. It has made literature analysis FUN! I am amazed at the depth we have been able to glean even from "simple" books. This is a great resource if you want to have good discussions with your students and want to be able to determine the direction those discussions will take.
August 4, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This wonderful DVD set with workbook is probably all you need to teach your children high-level skills in literary analysis--regardless of their age By using simple picture books to start almost any level can be accommodated with this series Forget about buying a separate literature guide for each book you studyafter your children learn the skills taught here they will be able to glean much more from the books without them My children enjoyed the variety offered on the days we settled cozily back in our living room chairs to view Adam Andrew's highly engaging teaching This curriculum can also be used to enhance your children's writing skills I saw great improvements in their book reports when I would assign 3 or 4 questions from the Socratic list to write about good questions that spur thinking such as: "What does the protagonist (main character)want? What is keeping him from getting it?" The questions really help spur on reluctant writers who don't know where to start Although a bit pricey compared to other literature/writing programs I would say it was definitely worth it in our case!
July 12, 2007

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