My son likes to read and absorb interesting material- science, lore, biographies of famous brilliant men (a serious interest here 😉 ) …. but literature? poetry? grammar? spelling? writing? uh!
This is my new approach for the year. I’m excited about it. I haven’t ‘tested’ it yet. We’ll see 😉
I have created a journal- journal entries that are full of thinking, opinion and that there are no right or wrong answers to, and I combined it with short stories. These often have a great twist or irony in them so I think he will enjoy them.
we operate on a 4 day schedule for flexibility.
So I scheduled a short story and discussion questions on Monday (day 1), and 3 journal questions.
I printed out the 15 short stories I planned for him to read, and discussion questions for each. I just googled ‘the most dangerous game full text’ and ‘the most dangerous game discussion questions’ I printed each (you can read here if you want to know why I print. If you have a kid that will read them online- go for it!! they are FREE!)
here are some examples:
Short Story & Discussion Questions: Ruthless by William De Mille
Describe the perfect place to live
Summarize a typical family Christmas
Summarize a recently watched movie
Short Story & Discussion Questions: The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
What does Justice mean?
If I could make a law….
If I could get rid of a law….
Here are the Short Stories I selected:
The monkey’s Paw by WW Jacobs
Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl
All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury
Ruthless by William De Mille
The Chaser by John Collier
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
Eleven by Sandra Cisneros
Test by Theodore Thomas
Lob’s Girl by Joan Aiken
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
Raymond’s Run by Toni Cade Bambara
There will come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
The Schoolmistress by Anton Chekhov
The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
Here are the journal Entries/writing prompts I used. I scheduled this for 16 weeks (I tend to over schedule with an 18 week fall semester, so I decided not to overtax this one. many other lessons are 30 for the year so 16 seems perfectly reasonable for a semester study.)
Good Luck. Please share with me your reluctant HS plans- especially reading and writing.