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Subject: Has anyone used the Norton Anthologies for Literature?
Date Posted: 10/3/2008 7:57 PM ET
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I just learned about the Norton Anthologies for Literature.  Has anyone here used them?  They have companion websites with all sorts of free resources and lesson plans, etc.  If you don't have the code, you can buy one for $5 per book per year.  I'm planning on using them next year.


Date Posted: 10/10/2008 5:00 PM ET
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We used the Norton Anthologies in college. I really liked them, myself. Not sure what grade you are teaching, but I'm sure HS students could make good use of them. I liked it, because I could make notations in the margins and highlight and then take sticky note tabs and label each story for easy access.

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 8:08 PM ET
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I still have the Norton Anthologies I bought back in college.  They are chock full of lit selections--if you use them remember that even the college classes don't use every piece of literature in the book.  (You would go nuts trying to cover everything in those books!) 

I am currently teaching a small homeschool high school lit class (with another curriculum), and discovered that my old college lit books contain a wealth of information in the introductions and the footnotes.  I've been using my old books to prepare for the classes.  If you have a younger high-schooler, however, you may want to pre-read the introductions and "distill" for them the main points you want them to know.

(I knew I was saving those books for a reason...)  :)


Date Posted: 10/10/2008 10:48 PM ET
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I checked many out this week from the library.  You could kill someone with some of them!

They are really great and I didn't get any lit lessons on the classics - at least not anything worthwhile.  I remember Beowulf and HATED it!

I promised my son just today that when we get to those, I will definitely read them so I can learn along...like so many other things the past six years!!!

I have two or three on the way from PBS members.  I agree - if you have them, don't give them up!!!  I was thankful I saw a discussion of them on another HS'ing forum.

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 1:59 PM ET
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We've just been using the Gutenberg press a lot.

We read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow this week.   We've read The Art of War, Darwin, Poe, Agrippa - all sorts of neat, interesting stuff.  We read them as a family when we are cooking dinner.  Read and discuss, read and discuss, sometimes only a chapter a night, but I am starting to feel like **I** am finally getting the education **I** should have got in school myself!  

We really enjoyed the Art of War.  Lots of wisdom there.  :)

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