This is a belated It’s Friday post where I share snippets of what we’ve been doing in our Charlotte Mason High School curriculum.
One of my daughter’s favourite books this year is The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer but because it covers so much, she finds it difficult to narrate, so I suggested she write a newspaper-style ‘report’ on some of the events the author discusses.
These are two samples of her narrations:
Another book that we’re using is In The Steps of St. Paul by H.V. Morton. It’s also proving a little difficult to narrate. Sometimes this may mean that a book isn’t ‘living’ but this book certainly is. Narrowing the focus rather than trying to attempt a big picture narration has helped. For example, Morton related the story of St. Thecla, one of the most famous of all Greek saints so Miss M used this as a narrative focus.
In Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis retold or reinterpreted the myth of Cupid and Psyche. Instead of a direct retelling/narration of Lewis’ story, she retold a different myth (Persephone & Hades) following the style of Lewis’ writing.
These more ‘creative’ styles of composition (narration) are in keeping with Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and often provide the spark for getting a student to write. Examples may be found in her books School Education, pg. 271 and A Philosophy of Education, pg. 195.
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Excellent ideas! I’m so impressed. We never used Bauer’s history books in our school, though I was tempted to buy them. Nonetheless, I’ve never heard of those historical individuals or events. And I love the idea of doing a newspaper style for narration. I think I am going to implement that for our end of the year “final.” My kids may find that more challenging than my typical: ok, write about everything you know about so-and-so or such-and-such. Thanks for the idea. And obviously, I need to revisit my CM books for more inspiration!!
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They have always worked well for us. It can be a challenge so sometimes I throw out a few ideas to get them going. It’s always fun to read what they come up with. 🙂