Saturday, March 24, 2012

Literary discussions--free guides

Literature LibraryI've only used one of these Glencoe guides (The Red Badge of Courage), and we didn't use all of it.  The background info was really helpful, and then I used the "pick and choose" method to decide which questions to answer.  We did this orally because I just wanted to have an enjoyable, meaty discussion, and this fit the bill perfectly.  I can see that it would also be great for a deeper lit. study.  This is a resource I'm sure I'll use again.  They cover lots of books, the links are listed alphabetically.

Not free, but if you are looking for an easy read on how to do literary discussions, check out Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading.  It's packed full of real-life examples that show how to discuss books even with young children, that can make your books more enjoyable.  We're not talking about "dissect a book to death" type discussions, but ones that make you think a bit more, enjoy the writing, and treasure time with your kids.

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