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At the end of each chapter there are a variety of activities to reinforce the concept taught. These might be an art project or freewriting activity.
I would suggest you take a look at these sample chapters. They are very well constructed.
The DVD was a great model of a classroom setting discussion. For a student who is studying on their own it is a great tool.
We enjoyed some of the suggested activities. Some were a bit more successful than others. This is Christopher's collage activity suggested in the Chapter 1.
Josiah is in 5th grade and I included him in some of our poetry study. And being that the collage project was such a hit, we modified one of the activities in Chapter 2 (Metaphor).
This is Christopher's Collage after we read Hope is a Thing With Feathers.
We also enjoyed the Freewriting activity in Chapter 1. The boys were encouraged to freewrite (for 5 minutes) about images from one of the four seasons. That was a little more challenging for Christopher. His first attempt was interesting.
Summer: hot, swim, play video games, go outside, eat veggies.
This is Josiah's freewriting exercise.
Summer: Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King.
Hmm. It sounds like somebody wasn't paying attention to the assignment.
I then decided that I needed to Model this whole freewriting concept. Here is our combined efforts.
Spring: Easter, Resurrection, Family, Eggs, Easter Dress, bonnet, lettuce, deviled eggs, ham, birds, nest, Robin, Frogs, Pond, New Birth, Green, Squishy Earth (that was my contribution), life, flowers, tulips, yellow, breezes, rain, clouds, umbrella....
Christopher also wrote a very lovely poem.
Chickens Laying Eggs, Peaceful
Trees Blowing in the Wind...
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