What *WAS* in those boxes?

Although we’ve had science, history, and math covered pretty well, and we’ve got the Great Books for the high school level, and a great religion course in the Didache series, and of course theater class, I haven’t bought much in the way of literature for a while.  So when I came to order up some supplemental materials, that was where I focused.  Some of these we have had copies and lost them in the fire, others we’ve never had before.

Grade 8
Core Exemplar Collection (15 titles)

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer-paperback, Mark Twain
  • Antigone-paperback, Sophocles
  • The Building of Manhattan-paperback, Donald A. MacKay
  • Chicago Poems-paperback, Carl Sandburg
  • Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott-paperback, Russell Freedman
  • Geeks: How Two Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho-paperback, Jon Katz
  • The Great Fire-paperback, Jim Murphy
  • Little Women-paperback, Louisa May Alcott
  • Math Trek: Adventures in the Math Zone-paperback, Ivars Peterson
  • The Road Not Taken and Other Poems-paperback, Robert Frost
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry-paperback, Mildred D. Taylor
  • Sorry Wrong Number-paperback, FLETCHER, L.
  • This Land Was Made For You and Me: The Life & Songs of Woody Guthrie-hardback, Elizabeth Partridge
  • The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution-paperback, Linda R. Monk

Grade 9
Core Exemplar Collection (15 titles)

  • 101 Great American Poems-paperback, American Poetry & Literac
  • Antigone-paperback, Sophocles
  • Black Boy-paperback, Richard Wright
  • The Color Purple-paperback, Alice Walker
  • Everyday Use – Tale Blazers, Walker, Alice
  • The Gettysburg Address and Other Writings – Tale Blazers
  • The Killer Angels-paperback, Michael Shaara
  • The Odyssey: The Story of Odysseus-paperback, Homer
  • Oedipus the King-paperback, Sophocles
  • Of Mice and Men-paperback, John Steinbeck
  • Robert Frost’s Poems-paperback, Robert Frost
  • Romeo and Juliet-paperback, William Shakespeare
  • The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings-paperback, Edgar Allan Poe
  • To Kill a Mockingbird-paperback, Harper Lee

Grade 10
Core Exemplar Collection (15 titles)

  • Complete Short Novels-paperback, Anton Chekhov
  • Cry, the Beloved Country-paperback, Alan Paton
  • Death Of Ivan Ilyich-paperback, Leo Tolstoy
  • Death and the King’s Horseman-paperback, Wole Soyinka
  • Diary of a Madman, the Government Inspector, and Selected Stories-paperback, Nikolay Gogol
  • The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation-paperback, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • The House of the Spirits-paperback, Isabel Allende
  • Like Water for Chocolate-paperback, Laura Esquivel
  • Long Walk To Freedom-paperback
  • Master Harold and the Boys-paperback, Athol Fugard
  • Mississippi Trial, 1955-paperback, Chris Crowe
  • Notes From Underground-paperback
  • Things Fall Apart-paperback, Chinua Achebe

Plus Vocabu-Lit for grades 8 and 10 (we already have grade 9), and the Benson Handwriting Software.

I think there’s a good bit in those lit packages that will be useful, if not perhaps everything (or at least not quite at this age).  I realized after I ordered that Megan is finishing 10th grade, so she will likely speed through her set and I’ll order the 11th grade by the end of summer.  I’m sure all the kids will be trading books as well, since much of this is new.  Good times ahead for my readers!


3 thoughts on “What *WAS* in those boxes?

  1. Denise Laubacher

    Awesome!…the continuing story! 🙂 no pun intended….hahaha
    Looks to be some excellent literature. We breathe literature here using Mother of Divine Grace’s system which emphasizes literature/living books. Is this your homeschooling program then that you use then (Core)? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Annette Heidmann Post author

      No, actually, this was just kind of an emergency gap-filling measure, this order. I am in the process of doing more thorough research on some of the other programs that have been recommended recently by the other Catholic homeschooling moms, such as MODG, Robinson, Seton, etc., and I happened upon this by accident. I was actually looking for the Vocabu-Lit books, since we lost one in the fire, and I hadn’t re-ordered since then. I love those vocab books (I’m a philologist, one of those people who reads dictionaries for fun) 😀 and once I found the company that produces them, I was exploring their site and discovered these handy lit-packages. It was serendipitous.

      Our homeschooling has always been of the eclectic variety, though… we’ve gone in different directions at different periods of our kids development, including several years of Alpha-Omega Lifepac workbooks; but our gravitational pull has always been toward the literary and classical. We have designed our own program for the most part when we weren’t on a formal system like AO, and it seems to work for us.

    2. Denise Laubacher

      Very good. And hey, my 8 yr son reads the dictionary for fun 🙂 for real!

      For what it’s worth we’ve followed the Modg system for uh…16 yrs now???…and I graduated two older children into college through Modg. They both received scholarships that were so substantial – 1/2 and 1/2+ tuition paid; one got to compete for full tuition. So their college board test scores were excellent and their transcripts top notch academics. Lots of literature involved in Modg and flexibility.

      Thanks for elaborating on this…I LOVE when book deliveries come to the house! My favorite!

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