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    I like that your 'highly encouraging' is in italics

    Kara, I've been looking too, because dd14 is super loving her psychology studies. I just ordered her a YA book called The Wave. I'll go get a link.

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    We've been very lucky to have a mom who is passionate about Shakespeare offering classes for several years. The kids have memorized passages, performed scenes, made a silent film, written a research paper, attended plays, and generally learned to love Shakespeare. Just reading the plays doesn't bring them alive. I would suggest looking for a local theater troupe where you can get tickets for a reasonable price and seeing the plays. Studying them in preparation or after seeing a performance would be more effective. We like "No Fear Shakespeare" for studying the plays, as it gives the original language and modern translation side-by-side.
    I printed out the required reading lists for several prestigious private schools and for our local public high schools to give me an idea of expectations. The kindest thing I can say about the public school list is that it was pathetic. I am fortunate in having three avid readers, where my biggest problem is finding age-appropriate but still challenging reading. My 7th graders have read most of the books required for high school, either for our history program (which is heavily literature based) or on their own.
    We are also fortunate to have a mom who started first a middle school, and then a high school book club. The kids are assigned a "classic" once a month and then have round table discussions moderated by the mom. It is a low pressure way to get a lot of required reading done. The kids remember what they've read because they talk about it with their peers, and after a few years, they're able to compare styles and themes across a number of genres and authors.

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