Hi! If you are new to my newsletter, once a week or so I send out some general resources that I’m using with my 11th-grade high school class at Classical Conversations.  You might find them helpful in educating your student too!  Here are some resources for Week 9.  (I don’t post something for every one of my 6 subjects each week.)

Philosophy– We’re studying Kant.   We went through the 3 arguments for the existence of God: Ontological, Cosmological, and Teleological.  Ask your student what these 3 arguments mean?
Shakespeare/Poetry:  I shared “The World is Too Much With Us” and “My Heart Leaps Up” – both by William Wordsworth.  We discussed anaphora again since Wordsworth used it.  Ask your student if they know what anaphora means!
Here’s an interesting summary of the play, Macbeth – the clean version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev_4sSKWNg0
This week is a good time to talk about transition statements between paragraphs or points in a speech or essay. Also, we discussed Sign Posting which is saying “First…..” “Second, or Another reason….” And “Finally….” It helps the reader follow along. Here’s a link to an article about transition statements for essays/speeches:
In our history, we are learning a lot about slavery as we get ready to study the Civil War. Here are some things you can discuss with your student about slavery.
Would slavery have faded out without laws being passed?
What part did the Democratic party play in the 1860 election?
Could the US have become half slave and half free and not fought the Civil War?
What differences existed between the North and the South that contributed to the Civil War?
Are there any similarities between how Britain dominated the colonies and how the North tried to dominate the South before the Civil War?
Love and Blessings for a fun-filled week of learning!


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Michelle Newbold has been married for 25 years to her best friend, Craig. They have four kids whom they have been homeschooling from almost the beginning.  They are active in their local church and in Classical Conversations where Michelle is a Challenge III Director at two locations. They are looking forward to sending their kids out as influencers in this world.  You can find them often on the lake, working on their wakeboarding & boat driving skills.