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Old 06-06-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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classic novels to use in english curriculum?

Do you have any classic novels that you have your kids read for school? Or do reports or answer questions on?


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Old 06-06-2013, 10:02 PM   #2
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Re: classic novels to use in english curriculum?

Sure, lots!

Some classic novels we've read, either independently or as family read alouds, include:

The Anne of Green Gables Series
Alice in Wonderland
Black Beauty
The Little House Series
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Caddie Woodlawn
Across Five Aprils
The Secret Garden
Robinson Crusoe
The Borrowers Series
Around the World in Eighty Days
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
Charlotte's Web

There are many great booklists online you can use to find even more awesome reading.
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Re: classic novels to use in english curriculum?

The list I made of books I want to read to my kids:

Peter Pan J.M. Barrie
Bunnicula by James Howe
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
The Mitten by Jan Brett
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:45 AM   #4
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At our local library they have the reading lists for each grade for the public schools. We read most of thoseinaddition to books I choose. We are usually a grade or two ahead, but I want him to have a similar reading history as other kids.
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Re: classic novels to use in english curriculum?

We do Charlotte Mason so most of the assigned reading and suggested books lists are "classics". I am a little torn on classic literature. If I love something I love it, if I am not interested I can barely get through it. There are some books I won't even let my kids read because I feel the tone of the books is wrong. That said we have read or intend to read

Beatrix Potter
Winnie the Pooh (I actually didn't like these, I grew up with the movies and found the characters in the books off putting)
Serendipity Books
The Neverending Story
The Princess Bride
Where The Red Fern Grows (only to Kearnan, Tharen wasn't born yet)
Just So Stories (Rudyard Kipling)
Aesop's Fables
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Bunnicula Series
Silver Chief
The Way of the Dog (Albert Peyson Terhune)
The Phantom Tollbooth
Hachiko Waits
The Cat Who Went to Heaven

These are the "classics" or sort of classics the boys and I have read so far. We will be reading

A Wrinkle In Time
The Jungle Book
A Brave New World
Robinson Crusoe
Call of the Wild
White Fang
Lad a Dog (and the rest of the Albert Peyson Terhune books)

And we will see where we go from there. We are in the midst of Grimm's Fairy Tales and Greek Myths as well. Kearnan has also read Earthsea Cycle which are not classics but well regarded anyway. We do not do reports but Kearnan has narations that go with his independent reading.
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