Teaching the Classics Syllabus Notebook

Teaching the Classics Syllabus Notebook

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ISBN: 9780998322919
Grades: AD

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Workbook only. Containing lecture notes, short story texts, and extremely useful graphic organizers, the workbook is designed to be used as you follow the seminar. A suggested curriculum for literature and daily lesson plans are also included 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.

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Teaching the Classics is an eight-hour seminar that shows parents and teachers a powerful method for discussing literature. This method can be applied to any book at any grade level, regardless of the teacher's experience. It is Center For Lit's flagship product, and the foundation of all our work.

The seminar builds on the idea that all works of fiction share the same basic elements, including Context, Structure, and Style. Lessons devoted to each of these elements explain how to identify them in any story and use them to understand an author's theme.

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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




Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade
AD
ISBN
9780998322919
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Center for Literary Education
Weight
0.7 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 9.0" x 0.5"
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My oldest daughter needed this for her new class.
Karen D on Oct 9, 2021
starting this class with my kids
Faith P on Feb 12, 2020
My oldest daughter needed this for her new class.
Karen D on Oct 9, 2021
It was recommended to buy this to compliment the program I purchased.
Shelley G on Jul 21, 2020
starting this class with my kids
Faith P on Feb 12, 2020
The Literature class my daughter enrolled in is using this book.
Kristin V on Aug 15, 2019
This has great questions for use in literary analysis of any story. Very helpful!
Jeremy H on Sep 10, 2018
Need a good literature guide for homeschool co-op that focuses on socratic style learning.
JACQUELINE O on Feb 10, 2018
If you are watching Teaching the Classics with your kids, which is what I did and I highly recommend doing so for older students, you do not need an extra Syllabus Notebook.
Daniel H on Dec 21, 2017
Class facilitator is using this book.
Jeni W on Aug 28, 2017
I love the IEW materials for my high school classes!
Suzanne L on Aug 30, 2016
Heard about the program through the Read Aloud Revival podcast.
Steven E on Aug 26, 2016
Required for a lit class
Paula F on Aug 8, 2016
For a book study.
Anna Lissa M on Aug 7, 2016
Teacher training during pre-planning. Came recommended by a veteran homeschool parent.
Alan M on Jul 31, 2016
It was recommended to buy this to compliment the program I purchased.
Shelley G on Jul 21, 2020
The Literature class my daughter enrolled in is using this book.
Kristin V on Aug 15, 2019
What grade is this geared towards?
A shopper on Dec 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This program is really geared toward the teacher, who can apply the method to any book for any age range. Personally, I use it with my kids in their 9th grade year, having them watch it with me and do the exercises in the syllabus, or stopping the video to discuss the ideas. Then they apply the things they have learned to their reading for literature and other class work as needed. My younger kids have enjoyed Adam Andrews's engaging presentation of the literature selections, too.
Can you do the course with just the workbook & not the DVDs?
A shopper on Mar 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The DVDs are really helpful. I don't think the course would have been nearly as effective for me if I hadn't used the DVDs. After watching them I was able to sell them used. Now I just use the teacher's guide during our discussions. This is truly the best way to teach literature. I wish I would have known this method years ago. Best money I spent on homeshcooling materials in years.
Would this be too much to do alongside of SWI Level C?
A shopper on Apr 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We have now used this curriculum for the third time with 6th / 7the grade children in a small co-op.
Each time, we have used it immediately following the completion of IEW level B ( continuation) writing. Because teaching the Classics assumes the reader is confident with metaphors, allusions, etc. it ends up being a nice conclusion to the end of the English/ Literature for the school year.
I do not know your students strengths or how you organize your Language Arts Curriculum. My children had their plate full doing the IEW writing along with the historical novels I assigned for social studies. I believe this could be done side by side because it is not very demanding although I believe the lessons taught have been better retained by my children by presenting Teaching the Classics as an independent curriculum.
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Rated 2 out of 5
Eh. Certified teacher not impressed.
This curriculum might be ok for teaching middle or high school literature, but not for elementary school level. I loved the idea of asking questions and leading reading discussions... but I found this "curriculum" (which it isn't, it's just a list of questions NOT written to be age appropriate) to be a college level method of litereature discussion just applied to lover levels. I find it hard to believe that the author has any real teaching credentials. This class is lacking in the obviously needed list of books, grade level expectations, any kind of assessments and more. Plan on spending (wasting) more money on her other books, only to be dissappointed in the quality. Basically you are paying for a list of questions. I'm very disappointed I spent my money on this. I've been a certified k-12 teacher for 16 years.
August 5, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic
IEW always has what I need. This new one I bought is perfect for teaching LiT
March 14, 2020
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