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    CrystalN
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    Do y’all think this list would constitute the World Literature portion of an “English 11 Composition and World Lit” credit?

    His own:

    Imitation of Christ

    Here I stand

    Hound of the Baskervilles

    Excerpts from various medieval writings

    Family Read Alouds:

    Kidnapped

    Shakespeare

    Around the World in 80 Days

    Poetry – will chose a non American poet for the year

    Trying to include family read alouds that can contribute to his English credit but still appeal to my 10 and 14 year old. I have other family books on my list, Watership Down and The Princess and the Goblin, but I dont think they would fall under World Literature. Suggestions would be  appreciated. He is not a strong reader and will be doing the SCM Middle Ages study on his own, so he will have lots of good books for history, I don’t want to overburden him with difficult literature.

    TIA

    Crystal

    #4636168
    ErinD
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    I think that looks pretty good. The one concern I might have is Here I Stand. That book is very long and the language is complex. I had my boys, who are mostly good readers, read a lighter biography of Martin Luther because I knew that book would be a slog for them. I substituted Martin Luther the Great Reformer, which still says it’s for Grades 7-12 but is much, much easier. However, maybe you wanted him to read the more difficult book for a good reason, so you’ll have to make that call.

    #4636204
    CrystalN
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    Thank you Erin, I will definitely check out your Luther suggestion. I added Mere Christianity as well. I was going to have him read The Holy War this year and Mere Christianity next year, but I figured Lewis could qualify for World Lit. and Bunyan for American Lit. I can get extra theology in without extra reading. I am still trying to decide if I want the Luther bio to replace The Second Mrs. Giaconda in the Middle Ages Guide.  If he can read Hound of the Baskervilles and Mere Christianity over the summer than he will only have to manage his history readings. He is doing a difficult Apologetics class at our co-op and I want him to be able to really take his time with that material. Thanks again for your input. Do you have any family read aloud suggestions that might appeal to an 11 and 14 year old and count toward World Lit?

    #4636261
    ErinD
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    Hmmm… I am not an expert about what constitutes world literature, but here are a few I thought of that might work.

    • Kon-Tiki
    • The Swiss Family Robinson
    • Cry the Beloved Country – not sure if this is a good fit for the younger kids but it’s usually on lists of world lit
    • And the Word Came With Power – this is a missionary book set in the Philippines, it’s wonderful
    • Island of the Blue Dolphins
    • Heidi
    • Endurance by Alfred Lansing – about the antarctic expedition
    • Don Quixote – instead of reading the original, Yesterday’s Classics has a great abridged one called Stories of Don Quixote Written Anew for Children
    • God’s Smuggler – Brother Andrew smuggles Bibles behind the Iron Curtain
    • Two Against the North by Farley Mowat – takes place in Northern Canada (also called Lost in the Barrens)
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