Thursday Nov 16, 2023

Teaching Literature the Socratic Way: Children’s Stories to the Classics - Adam Andrews, Part 3

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"We wanted to provide a step-by-step process for anyone to be able to have meaningful conversations with children of any age about the literary merits of any book." — Adam Andrews

Unlock the world of literature as Adam Andrews, Director of CenterForLit, joins Yvette Hampton for a journey through the fascinating realm of literary education. The creator of the Teaching the Classics seminar shares the tools needed for meaningful discussions about literature with children of all ages. Delve into the power of the Socratic method and discover strategies to analyze any book, from children's stories like 'A Bargain for Francis' to classics like 'Hamlet.' Gain valuable insights into understanding the minds of authors and the importance of reading classics in homeschooling. Tune in now to ignite your literary adventure!

Teaching Literature the Socratic Way: Children’s Stories to the Classics - Adam Andrews, Part 3

Watch this full conversation on our YouTube channel.

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Recommended Resources:

Podcast Note-Taking Guide

Center for Lit - Teaching the Classics Basic Seminar

BiblioFiles Podcast

Center for Lit - Teaching the Classics Basic Seminar

Reading Roadmaps, by Missy Andrews

IEW Fix It! Grammar

Adam’s Favorite Books:

All the Places to Love, by Patricia Maclachlan

Straw into Gold, by Gary D. Schmidt

Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens

Til We Have Faces: A Myth Retold, by C.S. Lewis


Related Podcasts:

Missy Andrews on the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast

Raising Adults Who Ask The Right Questions - Jonathan Brush, Part 1

BiblioFiles Podcast


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Discussion Questions For the Series:

  1. How can the Socratic method of teaching be applied to literature discussions?
  2. What are some resources mentioned in the episode that can help homeschool parents teach literature effectively?
  3. How does the speaker approach reading and studying the Bible with children?
  4. What strategies does the speaker use to understand difficult passages in the Bible?
  5. Why does the speaker believe teaching by asking questions is a powerful approach?
  6. How can the burden of feeling like an expert in a subject negatively impact homeschool parents?
  7. What are some examples of how the Socratic method can be applied to other disciplines besides literature?
  8. Why do you think certain stories, like The Iliad, continue to be relevant and read repeatedly throughout history?
  9. What is the distinction made between oral discussion and written assignments in literature education?
  10. How can the Socratic method help analyze and understand any book, regardless of its complexity?


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