The first one E12 read was Journey to the Center of the Earth. Oh my goodness. You'd have thought we'd asked him to read the most awful thing in the known universe! He did a lot of reading and thinking on this book. We tried to incorporate some thought provoking questions or at least let him research a bit more on some topics at his request. I had found a nice set of questions which I have now misplaced the link to! I'll come back and add it when I find it. If I find it! He'd read 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, but he read this one again and enjoyed it. I8 has read the full version of Leagues too and thoroughly enjoys it each time.
For Christmas he received a new game- Around the World in 80 Days by Rio Grande Games. This game maker produces a lot of games we enjoy, so we hope this one will be enjoyable. However, I wouldn't let him play it until he'd read the story. A few years ago I started to write a unit for this book, but with opium dens, sacrificing women on funeral pyres, riding a train which runs over Native Americans, and the entire journey being the result of a bet...well we decided to put it on hold for a bit!
The motivation worked. E12 read the book and guess what. He actually found a Jules Verne book he enjoys and he admitted the first one he'd read wasn't so bad! Around the World in 80 Days came so highly recommended that R10 read it in short order as well.
|Looks like a fun game play- we plan to try it out this week.|
In addition to these classics, E12 has been participating in a Book Club for 7-9th graders this year. They gather having read the book and they watch the movie based on the book- usually the classic movie version. So far this year they've read Treasure Island, A Christmas Carol, and The Hobbit. Next on the list is To Kill a Mockingbird- this one is a bit mature, but we may go for it.
E12 isn't the only one reading classics...R10 just finished plowing through The Wind in the Willows. I8 has read a few as well, but it's hard for me to keep up these days!