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Teaching the Great Books

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  1. Introduction
    Teaching the Great Books: Course Introduction (Preview Content)
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  2. Lessons
    Lesson 1: What Should We Read? (Preview Content)
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  3. Lesson 2: How Should We Read the Classics?
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  4. Lesson 3: How to Do Deep Reading
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  5. Lesson 4: Ancient and Modern Modes of Interpretation
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  6. Lesson 5: How to Teach Great Books—Part I
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  7. Lesson 6: How to Teach Great Books—Part II
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  8. Lesson 7: Classroom Habits and Practices
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  9. Lesson 8: Who Do We Teach?
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  10. Lesson 9: Students Afflicted with Acedia or Ennui
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  11. Lesson 10: Helping Students Overcome Acedia or Ennui
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  12. Lesson 11: Who Is the Teacher?
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  13. Class Observations
    Lesson 12: Observe 7th Grade Classroom (with preclass interview)
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  14. Lesson 13: Observe 10th Grade Classroom (with pre- and post-class interviews)
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  15. Lesson 14: Observe 10th Grade Classroom (with pre- and post-class interviews)
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  16. Lesson 15: Observe 10th Grade Classroom (with pre- and post-class interviews)
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  17. End of Course Test
    End of Course Test: Teaching the Great Books
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Is there a Great Book that you just cannot seem to love? Is there one that you are tempted to dismiss or ridicule from the start? Try to read it again with the mind-set of a humble student. Listen and ask questions with the hope of learning instead of approaching it as a master who has the right to criticize. Keep a “pedagogical diary” and record how this impacts your reading and gleaning from the text. Then, share the results with your colleagues, academic team, or another homeschooling parent. Consider having your academic team do this together and then share the results and discuss at a team meeting. If you are a homeschool parent, consider sharing with your spouse or a homeschooling friend with similar philosophy of education.