Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dollygirl's Grade Seven, Week Seven: Wednesday plans

Book of Acts, Chapter 12.  "So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him."

How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler: "Inspectional Reading I: Systematic Skimming or Pre-reading." How to use detective skills on an unfamiliar book. "First, you do not know whether you want to read the book.  You do not know whether it deserves an analytical reading....Second, let us assume--and this is very often the case--that you have only a limited time in which to find all this out."
Discovering Mathematical Thought, by Hal Torrance"At a particular horse show people bring in their extra equipment for making trades. Boots, bits, saddle pads, and saddles are all actively traded at the show. If you wanted to trade for a saddle but had no bits to trade, what would be another combination that would work?"  (The relative value of the items is shown in a diagram.)

First History of France, by Louise Creighton:   "Charles the Great was not only a mighty conqueror, he worked hard to give good government to all his vast dominions.  He placed counts in the different provinces, to judge wrongdoers and to collect the taxes. He bade them treat every one with moderation, and be the defenders of the widows and orphans.  He...used to gather all the chief nobles, bishops, and abbots round him, to discuss the laws which he and his advisers had drawn up, which were called capitularies. With all those who came together Charles talked freely, trying to learn from each the condition of his country, joking with the young, and treating the old with respect and reverence."

Dictation prepared from First History of France.

Natural history: reading TBA.

Sewing time

Sigurd the Volsung, by William Morris (edited for schools)

THERE was a dwelling of Kings ere the world was waxen old ;
Dukes were the door- wards there, and the roofs were thatched
with gold :
Earls were the wrights that wrought it, and silver nailed its doors;
Earls' wives were the weaving-women, queens' daughters strewed
its floors,
And the masters of its song-craft were the mightiest men that cast
The sails of the storm of battle adown the bickering blast.
There dwelt men merry-hearted, and in hope exceeding great
Met the good days and the evil as they went the way of fate...

Easy Grammar Plus: finish work on direct objects, begin unit on verbs.

1 comment:

Max Weismann said...


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