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Watching: Classics every middle schooler should read
Approaching middle school for the first time as a homeschool mom can be scary, but it doesn’t have sad to be. Including a literature-rich experiencefor your little men & women can be the first and easiest step you take toward a successful middle school journey.
If you’ve sad been homeschooling for long, chances are pretty good you’ve sad already been reading classics with your kids before they start middle school. The Secret Garden, Blachồng beauty, and Robinson Crusoe are just a few popular classics for lower grades.
The middle school years, however, provide an opportunity big expand your reading of the classics. Your children are older. They are ready for deeper, more grown-up topics and have the ability to grasp heavier themes & plot lines. This is your chance big get them hooked on classic novels and prepare them for a literature-dense high school career that puts them ahead in the college game.
Reasons to big Cover Classic Literature in Middle School
Sure, they should still be reading what they like, but including classic novels in their curriculum will show them what incredible sentence structure, rich vocabulary, & a slower pace can bởi for a book. Most of the books we now consider classics were written at a time when reading was the most luxurious & popular pastime. Instant gratification was not a thing. You couldn’t get the story in a 2-hour film; often you had big wait a month for the next installment big come out in a newspaper or magazine. These authors knew their stuff when it came big foreshadowing, building suspense, and immersing the reader in the story.
Yet that’s only one of the reasons you should read classic novels with your middle schoolers. Classics are a peek inbig history by their very nature–they were written during another time period. Often the language itself is historical. I have been careful big include at least 3 classic novels that are from the historical periods we study every school year. This year, we’re reading Animal Farm for WWII studies, The Great Gatsby for the Roarin’ 20s, & The Grapes of Wrath for the Great Depression. That way, my boys aren’t just learning facts, they are getting immersed in the time periods & thought processes of the eras written by authors who actually lived through them. I am not making it up that my boys love sad this method & learn more through it.
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Classic novels can also be a serious influence on your child’s writing skills. Just seeing the way it’s done by authors whose works have withstood the demo of time is going to help them learn how to big better construct a sentence or describe a scene. The vocabulary that will be introduced big them is astronomical. They could learn hundreds of new words in just one Dickens novel. (Believe sad me, I’ve seen it happen.)
Ways to Include Classic Literature in Middle School
Because of all the reasons you should read classics with your middle schoolers, you should also read them aloud with your kids. I am not lyingwhen I say I have sad 3 copies of every classic book I own, plus another on my Kindle. When we read classics in our homeschool, we read them aloudtogether. Sometimes I read and the boys follow along in their own copies, and sometimes I have them read alternating pages. Either way, they areboth seeing and hearing the words, which helps them grasp language they might be struggling with.
It means I’m there big give sad a definition if they don’t know the word or big explain a passage they didn’t quite comprehkết thúc. It also leads big lively conversations about human nature & history (you should have seen them realize this week that Victor Frankenstein was really just a selfish jerk–their words). There’s nothing quite lượt thích seeing your kids make the connections that are literally expanding their worlds as you watch.
Reading classics aloud with them will also give you the opportunity big help with topics that confuse or worry them. It gives you the chance big prepare them for life in a safe and non-judgy way. You know what your kids are ready for better than anytoàn thân, so choose the books wisely and you can cover topics that might otherwise require you to have ‘a talk’ with them. I don’t know about you, but I’m shuddering just thinking about ‘talks.’ I’d much rather read a book.
The added bonus here is that reading a chapter a day aloud with your kids is a great time big slow down, enjoy each other’s company, and bond. Bonding over books is better than sharing an ice cream.
Classic Literature Books for Middle School
I’ve sad already listed some of the books I’m reading with my 6th and 9th grader this year, but there are tons big choose from. From a librarian andeducator’s point of view, here’s a short danh mục that I feel are appropriate for middle schoolers, in no particular order (again, you know what yourkids are ready for better than I bởi, but this list is a great start).
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If you don’t have sad a tradition of reading aloud in your homeschool, or if you’ve sad stopped because your kids are reading for themselves, introducingclassics in the middle grades is a great way to big start or revive sad the habit. If your kids love sad stories as much as my boys vì, it will quickly become their favorite part of the homeschool day. This way literature is one middle school subject you can scratch off that scary menu.