My son did the first half of 1850MOD in 7th grade.I have made a complete turnaround in my curriculum decisions this summer - God works in mysterious ways - and have decided that my dd, who will be in 8th grade this year, will work through the 1850s to Modern program this year.
I'm trying to get a feel for the amount of reading/literature that would be required. I see that it is recommended that they work through 2 Progeny Press guides in the year. If I didn't do that but instead worked through Hewitt's Lightning Lit (7th grade), would it be too much? Also, are there a lot of writing assignments or will I be fine working through a different writing program? Her weaknesses are in evaluating the reading/literature and in writing. I want to be sure that I don't burn her out and turn her off to learning! She is excited about the program because it has some hands-on assignments which is what she enjoys best versus the textbook approach. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
Mom to 4
new to MFW but after looking through MFW RTR, I'm loving it!
As far as the writing, the notebooking from previous MFW years is mostly converted to outlining via the SOTW Activity Book. I hear that later in the year, you do some writing based on outlines, but you won't have to worry about that the first half of the year. I did have my 7th grader also write an occasional notebook page on some of the "extra American history" that MFW adds along side SOTW, but it was totally my choice.
Writing Strands is also suggested about twice a week. If you decide to use another program, then you may want to substitute rather than add. They are all very different programs. But as you said, you don't want to burn her out. As far as the reading, my ds read a lot more books than just the 2 he used for Progeny. I don't think LL7 would be too heavy to sub for Progeny & general reading, depending on your child. (LL8 has a little more reading, so it might be harder.)
If she loves hands-on, then be sure to do some of the "optional" SOTW Activity Book suggestions. My 7th grader enjoyed those a lot.