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Well, I finally read it. All my life I have avoided Where the Red Fern Grows because I knew it was a sad dog story. But one of my students wanted to write about it, and I needed to make a story chart, so I finally read it. Not only is it a beautiful story … Continue reading Featured Story Chart: WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS
"It was a dark and stormy night..." Actually, it probably wasn't stormy, but it was dark and night, or, more accurately, it was about 2 AM one day in early May, 2001. My eyes had popped open and I had lain in bed for a while. Realizing I wasn't going back to sleep, I had … Continue reading Twenty Years of IEW: A Tale of Very Fortunate Events
This was the last week of classes for all Writing to Learn levels! It was a swift and busy year, with my largest number of students ever. Levels 1 and 2 completed Final Exams, and Level 3 presented their Super Essays, a term paper that that they worked on throughout the year, on the subject … Continue reading It’s All Over But the Grading!
Why do people assume that homeschoolers are self-learners, self-starters, lovers of academics? Homeschoolers are just ordinary people with all the different personalities and quirks and talents and shortcomings that ordinary people have.
Those of us who have been true readers all our life seldom fully realise the enormous extension of our being which we owe to authors.
If you are new to my website, Writing to Learn, you may not know that I have a page devoted to story charts for literary analysis! These are free to download and I am constantly adding new ones. I use the Center for Lit method of literary analysis in my writing classes, and I started making the story … Continue reading Planning summer reading? Check out my Story Charts!
I have students who do extra work just because they want to. 😀 In Level 1, we have just finished the literature unit. I teach the students how to recognize the elements of literature using the Center for Lit method. First, we write a couple of short stories with a very carefully crafted structure, using … Continue reading One of Those Literary Stories
I kept seeing a link to the "Well Trained Mind Forum" as a Referrer on my website stat page. Curious about how people were finding my website from Well Trained Mind, I searched the forums for my website URL. Up popped this wonderful review of my classes! I really don't know which of my Level … Continue reading “Well Trained Mind” Review!
All stories are composed of five basic elements: Characters, Setting, Conflict, Plot, and Theme. Even though Conflict, Characters, and Setting are story elements in their own right, they also appear in the Plot. Each of my Story Charts includes these five elements of literature. CHARACTERS The people in the story are known as the characters. … Continue reading Understanding the Story Charts