Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

I recently started off on a rabbit trail that leads back through prominent librarians of the 20th Century to the first women librarians in America. These women were influential in shaping ideas about the kinds of books that should be written for children. Many of them resorted to writing children’s books themselves.   While sorting … Continue reading Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

New Wyoming Folklore

These folk stories are a 1860’s Literature assignment from Diane’s American Literature Course. The Loyal Canine “I wonder if that rascally raccoon and the prickly porcupine are going to stroll down here and taunt me again?” reasoned Charlie, the loyal canine, who was guarding the chicken coop one cold night.  “Those two figure that playin’ is better than workin’,” … Continue reading New Wyoming Folklore

The Virginian Essays

The Virginian essays are an assignment taken from Diane's American Literature Course.  The Virginian, written by Owen Wister, is about a young man, called simply “the Virginian.”  He is seemingly perfect, though he maintains that he has many faults. He is the hero of the book and is humble, wise, and good.  Though he never claims … Continue reading The Virginian Essays

Literature for the Ages – Year 2

Last year I had the privilege of teaching a literature class for four high school-aged homeschooled girls. I explained my goals and best attempt at planning the school year here.   We get to do it again! This year two of my girls are seniors. My thought as I considered selections was to attempt to … Continue reading Literature for the Ages – Year 2

Life on the Mississippi

This part of Diane's American Literature Course Series I didn’t get time to read Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi before I had to decide on my American Literature syllabus this past school year. I did get through the first couple of chapters, which are full of the geography and history of the Mississippi River. I hoped … Continue reading Life on the Mississippi