TLC 004:  How to Achieve a Literary Education with Adam and Missy Andrews

TLC 004: How to Achieve a Literary Education with Adam and Missy Andrews

Classic Literature, Classical Education, History through Literature, Literary Analysis, Podcast, Top Posts
In this episode, I am pleased to introduce Adam and Missy Andrews, the authors of Teaching the Classics! Highlights from this episode: how to confidently begin a literary education the definition of a classic why children's picture books are the best place to start how anyone can teach literature a flexible method for reading and understanding any work of literature how the Socratic method works why YOU are the most qualified for this job Resources: Note: some of the resources below may contain affiliate links, meaning I get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase. Teaching the Classics Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Timeline of Classics: Historical Context for the Good and Great Books centerforlit.com      …
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IEW virtual winter retreat

IEW virtual winter retreat

Classic Literature, Classical Education, Literary Analysis, Read Aloud
You're gonna wanna save the date! If you've ever started into the holidays wishing for a little more wind in your sails, then you're gonna love IEW's Virtual Winter Retreat! Have you ever wondered how to equip yourself to teach literature or writing? Or how to choose the best books to read with your kids? Or how to reach struggling learners? IEW's 2017 Virtual Winter Retreat features: Robert Bortins (Classical Conversations) Adam Andrews (Center for Lit) Sarah Mackenzie (Read-Aloud Revival)  Linda Mikottis (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Andrew Pudewa (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Without leaving the comfort of your home, enjoy this rare opportunity to participate in a full day of FREE workshops! In all honesty, my life as a teacher would not look the same were it not…
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TLC 003 : Strange Name for an Awesome Resource – The Great American Bathroom Book

TLC 003 : Strange Name for an Awesome Resource – The Great American Bathroom Book

Classic Literature, Classical Education, History through Literature, Literary Analysis, Podcast, Read Aloud
TLC 003: Strange Name for an Awesome Resource - The Great American Bathroom Book Learn how you can broaden your personal knowledge of an enormous collection of classics and topics. This three-volume set is one of my favorite power tools! On Episode 003 of the Timeline of Classics podcast, we'll feature The Great American Bathroom Book: Single Sitting Summaries of All-time Great Books (originally titled: Compact Classics) We've all been there... Help! I need a quick reminder of the characters, setting, or plot of a Shakespeare play. It's been way too long since I studied this in my high school English class. I've got to teach this book tomorrow. There's a literary goldmine inside each volume! In Episode 003 you'll learn... how The Great American Bathroom Book (GABB) can introduce a…
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TLC 002 : Teaching Literature in the Classroom with Donna Seidman – Part 2 of 2

TLC 002 : Teaching Literature in the Classroom with Donna Seidman – Part 2 of 2

Classical Education, History through Literature, Literary Analysis, Podcast, Read Aloud, Reader-Response Journaling, Top Posts
Whether you teach in a traditional classroom, school at home, or snuggle with toddlers on the sofa, this message is for you! Listen as Donna and I finish our conversation... In Episode 002, you'll learn: how Timeline of Classics can benefit classical educators how to study a period of history with multiple students of differing ages the nuts and bolts of reader-response journaling how reader-response journaling improves comprehension and thinking skills how reader-response journaling sharpens vocabulary study and summarizing skills literary analysis through Socratic discussion how reader-response journaling cultivates wisdom, discernment, and thinking Helpful resources from this episode: Jim Weiss - Greathall Productions Jim Hodges - Jim Hodges Audio Books The Great American Bathroom Book (aka - Compact Classics) Teaching the Classics - Adam & Missy Andrews Episode 36: Some…
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Book Lovers: Why Children are Naturals

Book Lovers: Why Children are Naturals

Classical Education, Literary Analysis, Read Aloud
Do you want your children to grow up loving books? Would you like more than anything for them to have a well-rounded, literary education? If your answer is "yes," then you have to take some simple steps to nurture the book lovers in your home. [caption id="attachment_502" align="aligncenter" width="560"] A library provides a feast for the imagination. For children, this is amplified![/caption] Few things in life bring as much delight for a child as a trip to the library! What’s not to love? Kids, who are natural born book lovers, are drawn like magnets to the children’s section of a library. From pint-sized furniture to animal prints, pirate ships, and reading nooks with secret passages, a library provides a place of wonder and discovery for young imaginations. Nurture the Book…
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Reader Response Journaling: How the Light Bulb Switched on in One Classical Classroom

Reader Response Journaling: How the Light Bulb Switched on in One Classical Classroom

Classical Education, History through Literature, Literary Analysis
Luckily, there is a simple and effective way for classical educators to improve comprehension: reader-response journaling. Several months ago I was completing the finishing touches on the second edition of Timeline of Classics when I met a new friend, Donna Seidman.  As I explained the new edition, she became more and more excited! After spending a semester refining the methods I described to her, these are Donna's observations: I teach 6th and 7th grade English classes along with Classical Studies at a hybrid-style charter school in California. I became aware of Timeline of Classics earlier this year and was excited to implement it in my 7th grade class. Being a traditional class which was used to worksheets and simply answering questions, students were: challenged to consider the material learned to…
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It Doesn’t Have to Be Overwhelming: Let’s Go to the Library!

It Doesn’t Have to Be Overwhelming: Let’s Go to the Library!

Classical Education, History through Literature, Literary Analysis, Read Aloud, Reader-Response Journaling
If you're like me, the library was, and still is, one of the favorite all-time stops for my kids and me. The very mention of going to get books brought nothing but glee and smiles to the faces of my kids. (One of my daughters is now a nanny for a young family. Guess where she takes the kids at least once a week?) I knew that I needed some sort of plan before we hit the road. Choosing books at the library is like walking down the cereal aisle at the grocery store...too many choices! What's a mom to do? My heart has always been drawn toward history. Perhaps it's because I was born into a home with four grandparents and a great-grandmother who lived to be 100 years…
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Introducing Timeline of Classics – An interview with IEW’s Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker

Introducing Timeline of Classics – An interview with IEW’s Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker

Classical Education, History through Literature, Literary Analysis, Podcast, Reader-Response Journaling, Top Posts
I am pleased to announce the arrival of TLC2! Wouldn't you know it? Timeline of Classics (the second edition) hit the presses the very same week I visited IEW's home base for a week of training! Not only was I overwhelmed by the beauty of eastern Oklahoma, but I could hardly contain my excitement. This was the first time I had seen the facility where my chronological book list is being published! Visiting IEW I serve the Institute for Excellence in Writing as a Certified online instructor, exhibitor, and author. It was a joy to finally meet so many of the wonderful people I work with at IEW. During my stay, I was interviewed by Andrew Pudewa (the founder, principal speaker, and director of IEW) and Julie Walker (Andrew's right…
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Second Edition – Coming Soon in 2016!

Second Edition – Coming Soon in 2016!

Classical Education, History through Literature, Literary Analysis, Reader-Response Journaling
I am pleased to announce that Timeline of Classics is expanding in 2016.  The editing team at the Institute for Excellence in Writing will soon release the second edition! With the help of my literary analysis students, I bring you more "teacher features" to make Timeline of Classics even more useful for busy teachers and their students. You Can Do It! You can learn to confidently coach students of any age through any piece of classic literature. Let me teach you how to make the good and great books come alive. It's easier than you may think! Here are some simple but effective tools that have been added to the second edition: Reader-Response Journaling: a powerful method for developing thinkers Socratic Discussion: the no-tears formula Vocabulary Study: the secret weapon Prepare…
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