Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lightning Lit Shakespeare Comedies and Sonnets (A Homeschool Coffee Break Review)

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Hewitt Homeschooling is one of the publishers that we learned about thanks to the Homeschool Review Crew. We've used and enjoyed some of their Lightning Lit series before, so when we had the opportunity to review the Lightning Lit & Comp Pack Shakespeare Comedies, we looked forward to another good experience.

 Lightning Literature and Composition PackShakespeare Comedies & Sonnets

Hewitt Homeschooling offers a full range of language arts curriculum packages for all grades in their Lightning Lit series, as well as resources for unit studies, state studies, and more. The Lightning Literature series has studies designed for elementary, junior high, and senior high students. The focus is on whole books and classic literature, teaching deep reading and writing skills, and building a love of reading and learning. Each of the Lightning Lit studies for high school students is an in-depth focus on reading and writing, and are designed to be completed in one semester. Each centers on a particular time and place, author, or subject. The guides includes biographies of authors, comprehension questions, writing exercises, discussion questions, and additional reading suggestions.

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For this review, we chose the Lightning Lit & Comp Pack Shakespeare Comedies & Sonnets. This year we'd tried to complete a half credit in World Lit, but came up a little short of material, so ending the school year with a study of some of Shakespeare's sonnets and at least one of his comedies was a good way to salvage the course! This one-semester study covers eight of the bard's sonnets, and four of his comedies:
  • Twelfth Night
  • As You Like It
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • The Merchant of Venice
The study begins with a thorough introduction explaining how and why to read literature and poetry, and the basics of writing a good paper. The Student Guide is written directly to the student, and includes an overview of how to use the guide  and some suggestions to enhance the study. The introduction also includes background information on William Shakespeare and why reading and watching his work is rewarding and valuable. After some final thoughts on how to read Shakespeare, and how to approach the lessons, the student gets started on the first unit - Twelfth Night. 

Each unit begins with the study of one of the comedies, and ends with a study of two of Shakespeare's sonnets. There is background information on the play, a plot summary, comprehension questions, a literary lesson, and finally a selection of writing exercises. There are generally at least nine or ten writing assignments to choose from, but it's suggested that the student choose two of the papers for each play, and one for each sonnet.

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How did we use it?  We actually started at the beginning of the book, and Kennady spent some time reviewing how to read literature, how to read poetry, and the information on writing good papers, then starting reading up on the background information about Shakespeare and his influence on the English language. Although she's studied one play already this year (Julius Caesar), we didn't spend time on the language particular to plays, so much of the background on blank verse, soliloquies, asides, and stage direction was rather new. The overview of the rhetorical and figurative language devices used in plays and sonnets was helpful as well. 

Since we had vacation and other commitments interrupting our study, we chose to generally follow the slower pace of the full-year schedule for this course. So after the background, we got started on Unit 1 - Lesson 1 and begin reading Twelfth Night. This is the first Shakespeare play I remember studying while in high school, so it brought back memories! If you're not familiar with the play, it is a comedy about mistaken identities and finding love in unexpected ways. I allowed Kennady to read the play on her own, although I did find a video version of the play that we watched as we followed along in the script on occasion. 

We used the Comprehension Questions given in the Student Guide (with answers given in the Teacher's Guide) and the Writing Exercise prompts as discussion starters, talking about the action of the play to make sure Kennady was understanding it. The plot summaries in the Student Guide helped out when the language was unfamiliar, and we appreciated that the Act and Scene references are given for each of the questions, making it easy to look up the portion of the play being discussed. The Literary Lesson section for Twelfth Night talks about the major themes in the play - love; appearance versus reality; festival and fun - the major characters; and the most prominent language devices - antithesis; irony; and poetry and prose.

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Examples of the writing exercises for this play include: analysis of a supporting character; an opinion paper on a humorous quote from the play; a research paper on Elizabethan music; a short story about one of the characters; and a paper outlining an alternative time and setting for the play. Kennady chose the short story assignment, and an opinion paper on which of the three couples in the play are the best match. 

Unit 1-Lesson 2 is a study of Sonnet 27 and Sonnet 28, with a two-page literary lesson examining the language of the two sonnets and a brief contrast of the two. There are six writing exercises to choose from in this lesson, including: a rewrite of the sonnets in prose form; an original sonnet, poem, or short story; and a letter in response to the sonnets. Kennady chose to write a short story personifying night and day. The unit ends with a lesson on Elizabethan Theater. It's strongly encouraged that students attend a performance of Shakespeare at a similar intimate theater in order to appreciate the plays in the setting they were written for.

The Teacher's Guide includes grading tips and templates for both fiction and non-fiction papers, suggested schedules for completing the study in one semester or over a full year; answers to the comprehension questions; and further discussion questions and project suggestions. 

What we liked best:
  • wide variety of choices for writing assignments
  • good plot summaries and explanations of the plays, without dumbing it down
  • challenging assignments that prepare students for college
What I need to mention:
  • while the sonnets (and other short reading selections) are included in the Student Guide, the full-length plays and novels studied will need to be purchased or borrowed. Hewitt Homeschooling does provide Literature Packs which do include the Student Guide, Teacher Guide, and the novels. 
Our bottom line: We are enjoying this particular Shakespeare study, and even though it's recommended for 11th and 12th grade students, we found it a good introduction to in-depth study of Shakespeare's plays. The writing assignments are quite challenging, however, and we're choosing to do only one or two in each unit. Lightning Lit consistently provides thorough studies of literature and writing assignments that stretch students; so I recommend them for students that enjoy reading and are up for a literary challenge.

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Do Lightning Lit studies spark your interest? Here's what you need to know:
Visit the website: www.HewittHomeschooling.com/
Get more information about all the Lightning Lit & Comp series on the Lightning Literature page.


Pricing: The Lightning Literature and Composition Pack: Shakespeare Comedies & Sonnets is available for $62.01. This Pack includes the Student Guide, Teacher's Guide, and all four plays in paperback. The Student Guide and Teacher's Guide may also be purchased separately.

Age Recommendation: Shakespeare Comedies & Sonnets is best for students in 11th or 12th grade. Lightning Lit studies are available for students in all grade levels.

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Visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog for more information and to read other reviews. Crew members reviewed several other Lightning Lit titles, so be sure to check out all the reviews!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Virtual Refrigerator - Canada 150

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Welcome to the Virtual Refrigerator art link-up! Thank you for joining me and my co-hosts as we all share what we're creating in our homeschools. We all cordially invite you to add your link sharing artwork that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges too! The Virtual Fridge link-up is open all month, and we plan our anchor posts for each Wednesday.

We just got back from vacation and are trying to get unpacked, laundry caught up, and back to "normal". So there's no new art from us this week. However, I'm sharing these artist's renditions of the Canadian flag from a couple of years ago. Why? Well, Canada Day is coming up on Saturday, and it's not just any Canada Day - this is our 150th birthday!

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O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. 

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Frank Lloyd Wright - Blogging Through the Alphabet

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Coming up with an artist or architect to feature for the letter W in Blogging Through the Alphabet was easy. I'm doing both by featuring my husband's favorite, Frank Lloyd Wright. It was also an obvious choice after our recent visit to the National Building Museum on Frank Lloyd Wright Day. (It's all here: A National Building Museum PhotoJournal)

Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most familiar names among American architects, yet he didn't graduate high school, and got his start as a part-time draftsman for a civil engineering professor. In 1886 he began attending the University of Wisconsin with a focus on engineering, but soon changed to architecture. In 1887, at 20 years old, he traveled to Chicago to use his architectural talent to help rebuild the city after the Great Chicago Fire.

In 1888, he was hired by Adler & Sullivan as Chief of Design for all their residential work. The next year he built the Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Oak Park, Illinois.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (west side zoom)

Within a few years he was working as an independent architect, sharing office space with several other architects, including the first woman licensed to practice architecture in the USA. This group of architects was influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement and went on to form the Prairie School. Their designs are characterized by low buildings with gently sloping roofs, crisp lines, and the use of unfinished materials. The interiors of prairie homes featured open floor plans.

One of Wright's best known designs is Fallingwater, located in Pennsylvania. Construction began in 1936 and was completed in 1938. A guest house was added a year later. Only four elements were used in the design of Fallingwater - steel, reinforced concrete, sandstone, and glass. The stone is layered so that the house seems to be part of the hillside. Reinforced concrete was used to build the cantilevered balconies that seem to be floating over the waterfall.

Wrightfallingwater

(If you'd like to build a paper model of Fallingwater, you can find the template and instructions at the PaperToys website)

In 1943, Wright was asked to design a building that would house part of Solomon R. Guggenheim's art collection, and the result was another iconic building. We know it as the Guggenheim museum in New York. Its design is a spiral shape, and the interior is similar to the inside of a seashell. Wright planned for visitors to take an elevator to the top, then view all the art in the collection as they walked down the gently descending spiral walkway. However, the museum actually arranges exhibits so that visitors need to walk up the ramp to view!

Following are some of the pictures from our National Building Museum Day that show the drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright's artwork and buildings.

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A number of years ago, part of our family vacation took us to the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin. This home and school in Wisconsin opened in 1932 with twenty-three apprentices living and working there under Wright's instruction.

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PS - Look how young the kids were! And how much hair the hubster had! Good times!

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To learn more about the artwork and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (and lots more!) check out Everyday Easels at SchoolhouseTeachers.com, or the high school elective course  Introduction to Architecture, also at SchoolhouseTeachers.com.


Everyday Easels art lessons at SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Introduction to Architecture on SchoolhouseTeachers.com

This post is linked at Blogging Through the Alphabet hosted by A Net In Time and Hopkins Homeschool. Join in to see what others are sharing related to this week's letter!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - Summer Vacation Begins

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Welcome to Homeschool Highlights! 
This weekly link-up is your opportunity to share some highlights of what is happening in your homeschool and in your world each week. If you write a wrap-up post at the end of each week, like I've been doing, we'd love to see what you're busy with from week to week. If you'd like to pick a favorite post from your week that spotlights a resource or activity in your homeschool that you'd like to tell others about, we're interested in those too. I'm keeping the guidelines as simple as I can, and they will appear at the bottom of each post, along with the link tool. I look forward to getting to know you, and I hope this will be a source of encouragement and good ideas for all of us.

Grab a cup of coffee and let's get started!

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This NASCAR theme Coke mug seemed appropriate, given how much we've been on the go lately!

Homeschool news  . . . With Drivers Ed over, we thought we've have more time at home and a chance to finish up some of the schoolwork we still have. But of course it wasn't that easy - there were still way too many things to fit in. So we focused on just the Shakespeare Literature study we've been working on. And I would have liked to get further with that too, but it is what it is. We'll finish that unit when we get back from vacation and also the Math and Science.

Oh, and by the way, Kennady got a 98% on her final test at Drivers Ed. Now we just need to find time to start her behind the wheel.

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Other news . . . Our Father's Day weekend was pretty laid back, with a grad party on Saturday and then a relax day on Sunday. In fact the kids weren't even home most of the day, as Spencer worked, and Landon and Kennady went to the lake with friends.

The rest of this week has been busy, but I'm not sure I could even say what we've been busy with! On Tuesday evening Kennady's chorus had their final rehearsal before the trip, and the chaperones (yes, I'm a chaperone - it's still weird to me to be responsible for other people's kids!) got all the final instructions available. On Wednesday afternoon we had another open house for our upcoming high school co-op classes - but the time frame probably wasn't best, being the middle of the day. We'll probably have one more open house during the summer.

Today, by the time you read this, we'll be on our chorus trip and hopefully enjoying a new adventure and not stuck in an airport or something like that! So forgive me for having what seems like a rather brief highlights post this week!

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What's Important . . . or who . . .


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I recommend . . . The Homeschool Post, where this week I contributed an article about Relaxed Summer Learning



On my blogs last week . . .
And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Wordless Wednesday - Echinacea
What I'm Reading - June 19, 2017
Scripture and a Snapshot - Let This Be Written

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Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I'll be reviewing Wings of the Wind (Out From Egypt) by Connilyn Cossette, and I've been reading:

The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer

A parting shot . . .

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