Welcome to Writing: November Lessons
“The Wild Swans at Coole”
William Butler Yeats
The poet John Keats wrote that “Poetry should… should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.” As you read this month’s poem, be sure to notice how many ways your own memories are awakened by William Butler Yeats’ observations.
Poetry enriches your life, because when you read quietly descriptive poems such as “The Wild Swans at Coole,” you learn to experience life with greater appreciation for the many beautiful sights, sounds, and scents you encounter. When I finished reading this poem, I found that the peaceful mood Yeats created lingered.
May your autumn be beautiful!
Janice Campbell is a writer, conference speaker, and lifelong learner with an abiding love for classic literature. She graduated with honors from Mary Baldwin College (an English major, of course!) and is author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy, Get a Jump Start on College, and other resources. She is also Director of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (www.NAIWE.com). In every facet of her business life—writing, speaking, and NAIWE—Janice’s goal is to share knowledge and resources that can help ordinary people do extraordinary things. You can find her online at www.Everyday-Education.com and www.Janice-Campbell.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
This course is designed to provide a strong literature-based writing component to your student’s studies. It is worth 1/2 a unit (0.5 academic credit) if done alone.
If you plan to use it as part of a full English unit, you will need to add these items:
• Four or more full-length works of classic literature
• A solid roots-based vocabulary program such as Dynamic Literacy’s Word Build
• An 8-15 page research paper on the topic of your choice (this can be on a history topic, or a study of an author’s life and work, for example)
– Janice Campbell
* Please be informed of your own state’s academic requirements. http://schoolhouseconnect.com/state-homeschool-laws/
For transcript help, go to http://schoolhouseteachers.com/2013/05/creating-a-transcript/