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Subject: Looking for homeschool books 6th or 7th grade level... .no need for a deal
Date Posted: 10/18/2007 2:36 AM ET
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My ex-son-n-law wants to homeschool his 6th grade son at the 7th grade level.  He pulled him out of school for this, and at this time has no training materials.

What do you have on your shelf that would be 6th/7th grade appropriate that is not religious based?

I have gotten some good ideas from the homeschool forum, but his is a wider audience.

Thanks in advance!


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Date Posted: 10/18/2007 9:01 AM ET
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I have a copy of Writing Strands Level 3 on my shelf. This is a well-regarded writing curriculum, and Level 3 is recommended for ages 8-12.

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Date Posted: 10/18/2007 12:14 PM ET
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I have "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Glen Rawls.  I read this around  his age and reread every 2 years or so.  It is a truly wonderful book.

   I also have a beat up copy of "Hole" by Louis Sachar.  I also have a slightly water damaged version of "The Secret Garden" by Fances Hodgson Burnett(but not sure if that would appeal to boys).

You can have a 3/1 deal if you like on these are anything on my shelf.  If you are interested, just order and send me a PM with your freebie requests.



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Date Posted: 11/30/2007 11:05 AM ET
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I have the Dave Marks (Writing Strands) teaching novels about a boy coming of age, plus the teaching guide, listed in my bookshelf.  My own son enjoyed the novels very much at that age.  They are Dragonslaying is for Dreamers, Axel Meets the Blue Men, and Axel's Challenge.  The guide is Analyzing the Novel:  Dragonslaying is for Dreamers.  All are in mint condition.

As I am just finishing up homeschooling a boy from first grade to college (using "living  books") I have listed and will continue to list, many books that a boy aged 10 and up would (did!) love.

Check my bookshelf!



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Date Posted: 11/30/2007 12:56 PM ET
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I agree with the above, Where the Red Fern Grows (really for grades 4 or 5 but much loved),  Holes by Louis Sachar which is much better as a novel than as a film, and The Secret Garden, a classic. However, as a teacher of English in grades 7 and 8, I can suggest others.  I have NONE of these on my shelf, but boys tend to enjoy reading them outside of class, especially if they like science fiction, fantasy, and/or action:

Alex Rider novels by Tony Horowitz; Eragon and Eldest by Christopher Paolini (who wrote Eragon at age 19); Colfer's Artemis Fowl novels (younger ages), Nix's Abhorsen trilogy, of course The Lord of the Rings, Pullman's His Dark Materials, of which, The Golden Compass is now a film (I've heard not a good one), Tom Sawyer (not Huck Finn at his age), YAL (young adult literature) versions of the Iliad, Odyssey and Shakespeare stories, and my personal favorites -

Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising (5 Novels, one a Newbery, one a Newbery Honor)  Again, Dark is Rising is coming out as a film, but I don't like what I've seen about it so far.

Robin McKinely, The Hero and the Crown - female protagonist, but a true epic

and any Tolkien at all.

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