I believe in a personalized approach to instruction: Learners who have some choices of materials and tasks are engaged and will grow in their ability to analyze literature and write effectively.
English is very much a skills-based class in which students develop the skill to read closely in order to analyze, interpret, and critique. The ability to write clearly for a variety of purposes and audiences can be developed through learning skills such as incorporating evidence and providing strong analysis. There are so many texts and possibilities for writing tasks that can really engage students. However, I do think that there is value in incorporating great literature that has stood the test of time so that learners can build their own understanding of literary history and can enjoy texts that are well-crafted and insightful.
“Toni is fantastic, the boys connected right to her. Her energy, passion and knowledge have exceeded our expectations.”
Check your email for a welcome message. After that we’ll generally send new content—ideas about homeschooling, latest research on alternative school methods, and announcements of new courses, teachers, and programs here at Cicero—every 7-10 days.