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  1. Hi Dawn! I can easily understand why you'd ask...

    Hi Dawn! I can easily understand why you'd ask the question. It's one that many others have asked as well, so you're in good company! You are correct that Sense and Sensibility was drafted first...
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    I'm so glad that helped! To your question about...

    I'm so glad that helped! To your question about responding to artistry versus analysis, I'd say that any time we are writing about literature we are reacting to artistry (yes, I would agree that...
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    You know, Bonnie, when I went back and re-read...

    You know, Bonnie, when I went back and re-read that assignment, I concluded that it isn't very well worded and I can easily see why you'd feel confused! I feel free to admit this because I wrote...
  4. Hi Susie! I think the success of what you...

    Hi Susie! I think the success of what you suggest (using Poetics with Dialectic books) would depend on how much time you have and how comfortable you are with literary analysis. I see two major...
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    That makes lots of sense to me, Monica! My...

    That makes lots of sense to me, Monica! My mother always made me do lots of charts when I was in high school, and I found exactly what you describe: having to organize the information for yourself...
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    Hi Monica! I'm glad you survived your first year...

    Hi Monica! I'm glad you survived your first year AND enjoyed it! :-D

    I haven't created anything like that, no. However, it's a good idea and wouldn't be hard for me (or you or anybody) to...
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    Yes, it's a great story! MacDonald was...

    Yes, it's a great story! MacDonald was unfortunately heretical in some of his theology (i.e. he believed that all people eventually go to Heaven), but many of his fairy tales don't express that. ...
  8. First of all, Tricia, I sympathize with you in...

    First of all, Tricia, I sympathize with you in your sense of discouragement. :-/ I know how it can pull down the spirits to have students who just don't seem willing to put in the effort, and I am...
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    Hi Beth! Dana's guidelines are absolutely right....

    Hi Beth! Dana's guidelines are absolutely right. As a further note, I'm familiar with Riverside and I think you'd be fine using it. Since our references for Shakespeare in particular are by act,...
  10. Unless your student is a super strong and eager...

    Unless your student is a super strong and eager Lit reader, I'd encourage you to go ahead and start in the middle of Year 2 (Week 20-ish, as you say) and stick with D Lit for him while he gets his...
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    Speaking as a kid who grew up on TOG (and was...

    Speaking as a kid who grew up on TOG (and was never particularly a geography whiz), we did about one map each week throughout the four years, in harmony with history studies (so, if I was learning...
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    Hmmmm. Well, I can't think of a reputable...

    Hmmmm. Well, I can't think of a reputable documentary that's been done on Dante, at least not off the top of my head. This sort of makes sense, because his Commedia is set in Hell, Purgatory, and...
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    The word that immediately leapt to my mind when I...

    The word that immediately leapt to my mind when I read your description of Christmas in Regency England was "charming"! Or, to quote a Regency-era character from a novel (I forget which one)… it...
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    Thank you for making my day, Teresa. :-) Not...

    Thank you for making my day, Teresa. :-) Not only is it a huge blessing to know that our work is a blessing to others, but also as I get older I find it more and more beautiful whenever a Christian...
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    Lol! Did you know that Roy Maynard (editor of...

    Lol! Did you know that Roy Maynard (editor of Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves, the version of Faerie Queene that we use) explicitly connects Faerie Queene to Star Wars in his introduction? If you...
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    That's a very interesting article, Monica! His...

    That's a very interesting article, Monica! His approach and some of his conclusions closely parallel what I've been playing with on the subject of magic for the last five to ten years. Honestly,...
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    Terri, that does indeed sound pretty confusing! ...

    Terri, that does indeed sound pretty confusing! Let me try to answer your questions in backwards order:

    1. The reference to Faust in Week 8 is an utter typo (a very confusing typo!), and I...
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    Hi, Monica! The third subcategory never did...

    Hi, Monica! The third subcategory never did enter out Lit studies, and I'm afraid the reference to it is a typo! I do apologize for the wild goose chase, though I hope it will be good news for you...
  19. I'm so glad it was helpful! I think that summer...

    I'm so glad it was helpful! I think that summer reading of the Odyssey and Crime and Punishment is reasonable. :-) God bless your year and your students... and your foot!

    Christy
  20. P.S. You may or may not know that each year...

    P.S. You may or may not know that each year repeats a basic and cumulative course of instruction in the same literary analysis techniques and categories. Therefore, if your son just buckles down and...
  21. Well, let's see. I am looking at the Teaching...

    Well, let's see. I am looking at the Teaching Rhetoric Literature chart for Y2, and I see there are several weeks you could cut. If you want to cut even more in order to include some Y1 and Y3...
  22. It is my absolute pleasure to think through this...

    It is my absolute pleasure to think through this with you. :-) Let's see what we have...

    1. Your son is gearing towards a career in Music Business. He has a creative side and is interested in...
  23. Hmmm.... that's a really good question, Bonnie. ...

    Hmmm.... that's a really good question, Bonnie. First off, may I congratulate you on your attitude? Way to go with not trying to do it all and not feeling guilty about cutting! :-D It sounds like...
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    ::grin:: Ah, good memories! I have many similar...

    ::grin:: Ah, good memories! I have many similar such from college. How good God has been to us!--He just keeps blessing our socks off with things to enjoy in this world!
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    The class plan for that play is done by acts and...

    The class plan for that play is done by acts and scene and line numbers, as I recall, so that's not a problem. My one concern is that this is your first time with it, Carla... we picked the Folger...
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