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WHat do I need to do for Literature to get a credit for High School?
I am planning 9th grade for my daughter.
I’m not an expert, but I have made my daughter’s literature credit to include six books, that I choose, to be read over the course of the school year with written narrations ofter each chapter. That is all. If you want something more structured, then Greenleaf Press has a study guide and period specific books. You can see samples at CBD.
I’m no expert either, but two of my kids will be using the SMARR guides and six books as well. The course is a semester long, but I intend to stretch it out to last the whole year so that they can read and digest the books slowly. My 9th grader will be using LLATL Gold British edition, he will have poetry and five books and take the whole year.BookwormParticipant
There are a couple of different ways to approach it. You could use an outside material, as mentioned. I occasionally do this (sometimes I use Total Language Plus guides, modified to CM-ish). Another method would be to decide to assign credits on the basis of hours worked. You can find a few different formulas to do this. I’ve seen various hour total recommendations, from 100 ish to 180 hours of work for a credit. Or you can set up your own course–if you plan on applying to colleges I’d write it up as a course description–doing just what Heather mentioned (BTW I like the new pic, Heather!) –describe the books you want your student to read, and what you expect back–narrations, essays, whatever–and then assign a credit when you feel the student has fulfilled your expectations. I do something of a mix of this method, with a few lit guides tossed in to make me feel like I covered the bases. I also include in my course descriptions the poetry and Shakespeare that we read. You can grade or not, as you choose.
Also you might want to consider a narrative transcript kind of thing. I am doing this for our history credits, since we didn’t really do a “credit hour” of history in any one year, I am describing the things we have done for history, but not assigning them to a particular year of study. I am playing around with the idea of doing this for our English too, but haven’t decided.
If you are interested and might have a college-bound student on your hands, it might be worth your while to have on hand one of the several excellent guides to doing all this in a way to ease the college admissions process: I have a few materials of this sort to help me, since all three of mine are college bound and want to go to selective schools.
Sorry to bardge in on this post. Michelle, can I ask what guide you have on hand for the admissions process? I’ve been looking at “Homeschoolers College Admissions Handbook” by Carl Cohen. Thanks, HeatherBookwormParticipant
Hi! That one looks nice and I’ve been eyeing it for a while, but I don’t have it yet. By far the most useful book I have is Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission by Jeanne Gowen Dennis. I like the format and the useful forms which I’ve used a lot. Also, if you visit this website: http://www.everyday-education.com/home/index.shtml you’ll find some more useful things. For more information on very odd or unusual transcripts, or transcripts for unschoolers or very unusual curricula, I have Senior High: A Home Designed Formula by Barb Shelton, and one other very odd book that I’ll post if anyone desperately wants examples of a narrative transcript.
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