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Who is it for?
- 8th Graders (13 to 14-year-olds)
- 9th Graders (14 to 15-year-olds)
- 10th Graders (15 to 16-year-olds)
- 11th Graders (16 to 17-year-olds)
- 12th Graders (17 to 18-year-olds)
The creator of Analytical Grammar, Robin Finley, lectured on this subject for more than three decades. Her belief was that Western literature is really one long argument, the “Eternal Argument.”
The book and audiobook bundle is a supplement or enhancement to your regular language arts curriculum. It takes about a month to simply read or listen to each chapter and talk through the discussion questions included. There is no outside reading or assignments.
With great humor and many excellent examples from literature and history, The Eternal Argument explains this framework which will make reading and teaching literature a more meaningful endeavor.
About the Seller
Analytical Grammar was started by Robin Finley, who taught 8th grade Language Arts for 34 years! She, and more recently her daughter Erin Karl, specialized in middle school. It's a vitally important time where concrete skills and knowledge, coupled with analytical, logical thinking are taught and fostered in order to prepare students for high school level work: reading books and writing about them! Now in its 20th year on the market, AG and all its related products are written with these assumptions in mind:
1. We assume the student has had little formal grammar instruction. (If they have, all the better!)
2. We assume the teacher has had little formal grammar instruction. (If you do, all the better!)
3. We assume that you have a LOT to cover in LA this year, so none of our programs take an entire year to teach.
4. We start at the beginning, and we go through to the end (yes, there IS an end!)
5. We DO NOT assume your child LOVES Language Arts.
Our basic philosophies ...
1. Formal grammar instruction shouldn't begin until at least 4th grade.
2. Grammar is a finite, manageable body of knowledge that can be mastered when taught correctly.
3. Reading the classics is a necessary, and WONDERFUL part of schooling, but a "big picture" is necessary for both teacher and student to get everything out of them we're supposed to.
4. Not all kids love to write.
5. (WANT TO WRITERS) That flowing "river" of creativity needs banks.
6. (HAVE TO WRITERS) They JUST want to be told what to do.
7. Academic (non-creative) writing is a format none of us is born knowing. It must be taught.
8. Writing structure can be evaluated objectively using rubrics. It helps the student know what to do, and it helps the teacher give usable feedback.
9. It's OKAY to have fun and be creative when learning about academic writing!
Here is a quick overview of which products are for which grades:
4th OR 5th - Jr. AG and Jr. AG: Mechanics - you can do these back to back in the same school year
6th/7th - AG with the R&R over a THREE-YEAR PERIOD - see the schedule in the listing for more info
8th/9th - AG with the R&R over a TWO-YEAR PERIOD - ditto
9th/10th and up - AG straight through in about a semester - use the "suggestions for shortcuts" in the teacher book to move more quickly through the material
6th and up - Beyond the Book Report - the same schedule will show you how to break BBR up according to your student's grade
8th and up - The Eternal Argument
We hope this gives you an idea of who we are. We're always here to help.