Time Rimes: Ancient World
Add on to your ancient world curriculum or provide a framework to build your family's study? This interesting little collection of rhymes that walks through history can be either. From rhymes like, "Herodotus, Herodotus, Please tell us!; Why were you the Father of History?" to "Pompeii, Pompeii, There's no way!" these lines span recorded history from Creation to early A.D. Rome. While they are not great works of poetic art, they nevertheless serve to highlight significant events and provide mnemonic devices. Fill-in-the-blank worksheets of the rhymes serve as reinforcement. Biographical terms, in the form of timeline figures (1.5"x 2") with brief biographical information can be used either as a resource/reference for the rhymes or as a separate timeline activity. A series of Biography Tests based on the terms (with accompanying tests with answers filled in) is also provided. Recommended reading suggestions for three grade groupings (K-3; 4-8; and 9-12) round out the resource. Reproducible for individual family use. 125-130 pg, pb. ~ Janice
Remember all the boring facts of history you were forced to read about and memorize when you were in school? Probably not! However, it is a proven fact that anything a student learns in rhyme, he/she does not forget. Think about all the nursery rhymes you still remember. Time Rimes-The Ancient World is a compilation of all the crucial facts, people, and dates of ancient history delivered in "catchy and fun rhymes for grades K-12. Time Rimes are in chronological order and illustrated with unforgettable pictures.
Time line figures with complete descriptions are included as well as activities for all learning styles and suggestions for insuring that students retain and understand the information. Fill-in-the-blank worksheets for each Time Rime and matching tests and test keys for all Time Rime figures, events, and facts are included to assess your student's
Looking for a roadmap through some of the reading options for middle school students? That's exactly what Read with the Best for Middle Grades delivers. Each course covers well-known options for children's literature (historical fiction, myths, epics, etc.). Assignments are made to study each selection over 3-6 weeks (32 weeks total). Vocabulary studies (based on the reading assignments with an eye to advanced preparation for the ACT/SAT) are used as a pre-reading study, while a series of questions (literary elements and critical thinking) follow each reading. Student materials are in the form of worksheets, and include recall, literary analysis, and critical thinking questions with some suggestions for writing assignments.
The Student Workbook is composed of the reproducible (for families only) student worksheets. The Teacher's Edition contains the same worksheets with answers filled in, plus two valuable appendices. One is a collection of literature and vocabulary games that will appeal to all learning styles. These can be incorporated into any book's study. The other is a set of Supplemental Worksheets that can be used as assessments or for extra credit activities. Most are graphic organizers and focus on literary elements.
If you want to add a historical reference to the study, you could incorporate the rhymes of Time Rimes - The Ancient World or Time Rimes – The Medieval World by the same author. Students using this course plus a grammar course such as Saxon Grammar & Writing will complete middle school language arts requirements. ~ Janice
You expect an excellent college-prep high school literature course to provide exposure to a comprehensive cross-section of literature, serious vocabulary study, extensive literary analysis, thorough reading comprehension coverage, and insightful writing instruction and assignments. This course delivers! With its emphasis on vocabulary and composition, it provides prep for the SAT/ACT as well as the AP Literature Exams or the Literature CLEPs. The author has chosen to divide American Lit into two years instead of the typical one in order to provide more thorough author/works coverage, noting that many of these works provide excellent vehicles for the introductory literature and composition skills usually found in first year high school courses. Interestingly, there is enough background research required that each course can also be counted as a 1/4 credit in American history.
Read with the Best (RWTB) coordinates with Write with the Best (WWTB) (by the same author, Jill Dixon). Volume 1 is occasionally referenced but Volume 2 is heavily drawn from to provide instruction and illustration for writing assignments in RWTB. What that means in practical terms is that for some of the writing assignments in RWTB, the student is told to read specific pages in WWTB and complete a series of daily assignments from WWTB leading to a particular type of written work.
The course is organized into 34 weekly study units which include one or more literature selections. The two remaining weeks are reserved for review and tests. Each selection's study includes author/setting background information (student researches); a "Words to Know" section that requires the student to determine the part of speech, provide synonyms, and use in sentences; and questions for both literary analysis and critical reading. Each week the student is challenged to "make it real." For instance: "Think of two examples of foils in literature or movies" or "Name at least one stereotype or stock character that Irving portrays in Rip Van Winkle." Writing assignments are also part of each week's study. As previously mentioned, these are typically coordinated with Write with the Best. There is also a weekly "culminating activity". These activities vary greatly but tend to be more hands-on and often something that will be more meaningful and fun if done in a group. Vocabulary and Literary Terms Tests are given every six weeks.
Many of the literature selections are taken from Norton Anthologies although they can also be found online. Additionally, one or more whole book studies are covered in each course. For the British Literature course, the author highly suggests that parents or students access audio versions of all literary works online or purchase them in audio format, noting that many can be downloaded free from the Internet.
The Student Worktext is consumable and designed to provide both an excellent study tool and comprehensive test-prep review material. Introductory material and a weekly schedule (in the form of a checklist) communicate to the student the course's independent study nature. Writing space for all assignments is provided although some students may prefer to complete the composition assignments on the computer.
The Teacher's Edition is essentially a full-text answer key but also includes vocabulary and literary terms test masters (reproducible for family) along with their answer keys. There is also a research paper checklist that can be reproduced for the student.
Born out of the author's experience teaching a home school literature class, these books are ideal for classes and co-ops, providing a good vehicle for meaningful discussion and skill mastery: essay-writing, oratory, etc. ~ Janice