Monday, June 15, 2015

Middle School Monday - Planning the High School Reading List

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Welcome to Middle School Monday! It may seem strange to talk about a high school reading list on a middle school post, but around here I am winding up the last couple weeks worth of middle school and making plans for Kennady's first year of high school. Literature studies will be very different for her than they were for the boys, because she actually likes to read.

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See what I mean? She likes the smell of new books! That's my girl!

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After some discussion, here's the tentative plan for Grade 9 Literature. She is interested in doing the Jane Austen literature study called Miniatures and Morals by Peter J. Leithart (you can read more about it in my review on my book blog,  Just A Second.), and the other strong possibility is a study from Lightning Lit and Comp - British Early-Mid 19th Century. We could actually do both, with a little modification. So the combined reading list for the two studies would look like this:

Selected poems by William Blake (Lightning Lit)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (in both studies)
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (Miniatures)
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (Lightning Lit)
"Essay on Scott" by Thomas Carlyle (Lightning Lit)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Miniatures)
Selected poems by Samuel Taylor Coleright, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley (Lightning Lit)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (Miniatures)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Lightning Lit)
Emma by Jane Austen (Miniatures)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Lightning Lit)
"Rebecca and Rowena" by William Makepeace Thackeray (Lightning Lit)
Persuasion by Jane Austen (Miniatures)

Probably a bit ambitious for a ninth grader, but she does like to read, and I really don't see anything on the list that I think she would dislike or be unable to handle! The Miniatures and Morals study would be reading and discussion, not necessarily writing assignments, so that makes it a little easier. I think it will make a pretty solid full credit in Brit Lit!

To complicate (?) matters a little, I also have my greedy homeschool momma eye on something new coming from Sharon Watson - Illuminating Literature. There's even a rumour that the Schoolhouse Review Crew will get to review that, and I am honing my begging and pleading skills for whatever Sharon Watson products might be available for the review!

Since I'm discussing high school reading for next year, here's what is on tap for Landon. He is not into reading, so we will pick and choose some of the books from the literature portion of the Notgrass study he will do next year, Exploring America. His reading list for next year will look something like this - still subject to change!

Narrative of the Life of David Crockett by David Crockett
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Company Aytch by Sam Watkins
Humorous Stories and Sketches by Mark Twain
Miracle in the Hills by Mary T. Martin Sloop and LeGette Blythe
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Then there's summer reading... Our library does great summer reading programs for teens, and my kids usually play along. They haven't signed up yet this year, but I'm pretty sure Kennady will.  My plan is to let her read whatever she wants this summer (so, I'm betting she'll read through The Hunger Games trilogy again) and if she wants to, she can get started on her High School Reading List whenever she is ready!

What's on your kids' reading list? Will they be reading just for fun this summer or taking on some more serious literature? Leave a comment and let me know!

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