We will be using AHL next year.
And there isn't a lot of detail on the website about what the language arts covers...unless I missed it, which is quite possible. Can someone give me the lowdown? I am curious about what types of compositions are assigned.
My dd can write very well but really hasn't had much instruction...she just writes and does it well. She is finishing Applications of Grammar I this year. So I think she will do just fine with AHL, but I am wanting to know about assignments. One thing we have NOT done is learn how to write different types of letters or done a research report.
...and I found my answer...on the website...lol
However, I am still interested in those who've used it. : )
We're in year 3, so hopefully someone with fresher memories will answer after the weekend. But I did post a few times when it was closer in mind, so I'll mix those in here.
First of all, know that MFW doesn't schedule "every topic possible" in every year. I'd say that's a good thing, considering that one cannot probably succeed at everything in one year. So, AHL...
1. There are 3 "big" literature studies that year: Gilgamesh, Bulfinch's Mythology, and the Odyssey. Each of those is studied using the Literature Supplement, which is based on the Smarr program, adapted for MFW. The guide will include extensive comprehension questions to insure students are getting this step up in reading, as well as thinking questions, and vocabulary quizzes. I think there are samples here:
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 776#p70945
Gilgamesh is not too long, and it's an adapted version by the Smarr author, so it's not quite as racy as the original, but it shows one of the earliest flood stories which has many parallels to God's story. Bulfinch and Odyssey are a challenge for some 9th graders, raising the bar in literature as well as apologetics (and the Odyssey is read by most public schoolers in my area).
2. The Lit Supplement also includes instruction in writing the argumentative essay, which will be the writing focus for the year. There will be 5 formal essays over the year. For some of us, there was a lot of hair-pulling in getting our 9th graders up to speed on this, but in looking back, 5 is reasonable, I think, and gives some practice in this new (and important) skill. The Lit Supplement starts with basic instruction in the essay, but then continues with various grammar topics and asks the student to go back to their "own" essays to work on these topics. Also worth mentioning is that the essay topics are very tied in with the apologetics bent of AHL, in my opinion.
3. There are also 6 less formal Notgrass essays that are graded for history, so they are not really part of English, but I thought worth a mention because of the writing.
4. Three other books are assigned: Bubastes (by Henty) and Eric Liddell are not really studied, but they give historical/geographical background as well as additional worldview/character lessons. The Iliad is studied with brief thinking questions written by Marie Hazell, and one of the essays is on this book, but the guide also mentions that the Iliad *can* be somewhat optional. Also note that most AHL literature (and the Old Testament) can be found on audio.
5. There is room for some free reading during a lot of AHL, with a box on the grid for write-ins, and a short list of popular fiction related to the topics this year. My son did his book club reading for this slot.
6. A few sections of the Bible are assigned for English instead of Bible credit - Job, Proverbs, some of Psalms. There are two "writing projects" assigned during Psalms and Proverbs, which are more casual and several options are given, such as writing poetry and fables.
7. Near the end of the year (as I recall), the Lit Supplement goes over some of the more in-depth grammar topics daily. I think this is while students read Eric Liddell??