Last week, this week: Sept. 13 – Sept. 18

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Here’s our usual reflection on last week’s material, and our look ahead to new things we will learn and discuss next week!


Last week

This past week we looked at chapter 16 and chapter 17 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This week we are going complete our analysis and summary of the book, and I will also provide some final thoughts on the overall text.

Additionally, we looked at a poem by Eunice Tietjens titled “Magic” and discussed its relationship to the magic of communication. I also asked a very important question about the Fear Street books (are they worth reading?) and that question still stands.

Moreover, I took a break from the theme of the week to provide a lesson on subjects and predicates, and then we finished the week’s posts by analyzing and summarizing “The Selfish Giant” by Oscar Wilde.

I did not get to everything I wanted this week, but we made our way through a good chunk of the material. So, that is definitely a cause for celebration!

This week

For the upcoming week, we are going to try a different approach:

  • Monday: We are going to summarize and analyze the final chapters of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
  • Tuesday: We will read and discuss a poem about simplicity by an Irish author.
  • Wednesday: We will analyze simple sentences in this week’s lesson.
  • Thursday: Together, we will read a quote from a famous author about simplicity and see how it relates to our own writing.  
  • Friday: We will examine the life and times of a famous author who used short, simple sentences to convey his/her meaning.
  • Saturday: If we have time, we will look at how other authors write using robust prose.

It’s going to be a busy week on the blog, so I do hope you stop by for a visit!