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Grammar of Poetry Review

We have a love of poetry. Robert Frost, Shel Silverstein, and many of those in 100 Best Loved Poems by Dover Publications. Yet I felt – and our older children asked if – we could dig deeper and study about poetry. The art of poetry to be exact.

Grammar of Poetry by Compass Classroom - ReviewI had been eyeing Grammar of Poetry available via The Compass Classroom for a while. We love their other resources so much so I knew Grammar of Poetry would be a blessing to our homeschool as well. I was right.

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First off, take a minute to watch this video overview.

What is Grammar of Poetry?

“Grammar of Poetry is the ideal introductory text for students and teachers discovering the art of poetry. As a “grammar,” it teaches the fundamentals of poetry from scansion and rhyme to more advanced concepts like spatial poetry and synecdoche. Using the classical methodology of imitation (advocated by educators like Quintilian and Benjamin Franklin), this text makes students become active participants as they learn the craft of writing poems. It also offers lots of practical tips and helps, including how to use a rhyming dictionary, how great writers use figures of speech effectively, and even when to break the rules of poetry. Its goal is to show students how to capably interact not just with poems, but with language in any situation.”

What ages?

Grammar of Poetry is designed for a semester at the 6-9th grade level (ages 12+), but is perfectly appropriate for anyone with basic writing skills and the desire to learn poetry.

Grammar of Poetry equals one half (1/2) high school literature credit.

Matt Whitling author of Grammar of PoetryWho is the teacher?

Matt Whitling is the principal of Logos School and the author of the Imitation in Writing series. He and his wife have seven children.

What does Grammar of Poetry Include?What does Grammar of Poetry include?

Grammar of Poetry equals one 1/2 high school credit. Each DVD or download set includes 30 lessons, Student edition and Teacher edition texts:

  • 30 lessons
  • instruction on 10 powerful tropes
  • student activities for every chapter
  • riddles to solve
  • glossary of terms
  • list of over 150 quality poems to integrate
  • real life example from Shakespeare
  • traditional tongue twisters

IMG_0173The Teacher’s Edition contains a final exam, instructions on using the text and grading poetry, and ideas for additional assignments, as well as answers to the exercises found in the Student Edition.


Late afternoon #homeschool with @compassclsrm Grammar of Poetry. We are learning so much with this video course on the imitation of writing. The art of poetry!

How Grammar of Poetry Works

My high school senior says, “I like Grammar of Poetry because it teaches me how to write a poem. And it teaches me about the different types of poems like iambic and trochaic. It gives me lots of good information for writing my own poems and identifying other types of poems.”

My students watch the lesson then do the follow up lesson activity in the student book.

Grammar of Poetry DVDLessons include:

  • Lesson 1 – Introduction & Epiphany Chart
  • Lesson 2 – How to Read Poetry
  • Lesson 3 – Simile (trope)
  • Lesson 4 – Rhyme
  • Lesson 5 – Using a Rhyming Dictionary
  • Lesson6 – Metaphor (trope) Lesson 7 – Part One Meter
  • Lesson 8 – Part Two Meter
  • Lesson 9 – Pun (trope)
  • Lesson 10 – Iamb (foot)
  • Lesson 11 – Iambic Imitation
  • Lesson 12 – Personification (trope)
  • Lesson 13 – Trochee (trope)
  • Lesson 14 – Trochee Imitation
  • Lesson 15 – Synecdoche (trope)
  • Lesson 16 – Anapest (foot)
  • Lesson 17 – Anapest (foot)
  • Lesson 18 – Hyperbole (trope)
  • Lesson 19 – Dactyl (foot)
  • Lesson 20 – Dactylic Imitation
  • Lesson 21 – Onomatopoeia (trope)
  • Lesson 22 – Alliteration
  • Lesson 23 – Alliteration Imitation
  • Lesson 24 – Rhetorical Question (trope)
  • Lesson 25 – Refrain
  • Lesson 26 – Refrain Imitation
  • Lesson 27 – Oxymoron (trope)
  • Lesson 28 – Spacial Pcoetry
  • Lesson 29 – Spacial Imitation
  • Lesson 30 – Euphemism (trope)

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Studies in World History Vol. 1 – A Review

Studies in World History Volume One from Master Books offers everything you need for a full year of world history for your junior high student. Your student will learn history from Creation through the Age of Discovery from a biblical perspective.Studies in World History Vol. 1 - A Review by Heidi S. at The Curriculum Choice

What is included:

The student text includes lessons that are quick to read and easy to follow. My seventh grader is able to complete the assignments on his own with no trouble. He spends about 25 minutes on each lesson, which is a perfect amount of time to keep his attention.

The text includes a “First Thoughts” section at the beginning of each chapter that gives the student some background information about the upcoming lessons. As the teacher, I find the “Chapter learning objectives” and list of “Concepts” at the beginning of each chapter very helpful.  The important terms and concepts are in bold throughout the text to help the student take notes and study for exams.

I love the discussion questions at the end of each lesson. They include many that are open-ended and challenge my middle schooler to think and apply the history lesson from the day. The discussion questions have prompted many great conversations about history and its impact.  IMG_1492 (2)

The teacher’s guide is a must-have companion to the student text. The guide includes an introduction to the course that gives you a general idea of what the course is about and how it works. My favorite part of the guide is the “Suggested Daily Schedule”, which follows the same format as the Parent Lesson Plans (PLPs) offered by Master Books.

The teacher’s guide also has tear-out discussion question pages for your student as well as the chapter exams. The course offers two options for testing; one is a fill-in-the-blank exam, and the other is a short essay exam. This allows you to choose the type of exam your student is most comfortable with. I also use the second option if I do not feel like my son did well enough on the first option, sort of a second chance make-up exam. And, of course, the teacher’s guide offers answer keys to the discussion questions and exams.IMG_1491

What we think:

My son and I are both happy with this course from Master Books, and we are looking forward to the next in the series, Studies in World History Vol. 2.

This is a no-frills, read the lesson and take an exam history course for middle school. You will not find lapbooks or elaborate projects in this course, but you can expect your student to gain a solid foundation in world history from a biblical perspective.

Studies in World History is available from Master Books as a download for as low as $7.39, or you can purchase a hard copy. The Teacher Guide is not required, but I highly recommend it for planning and grading purposes.




The Scrambled States of America Geography Game

The Scrambled States of America Geography Game

One of my favorite ways to work on memorization with my kids is to play games. I have at least one board game for each core subject in our home school.

Lately, we’ve been playing The Scrambled States of America Geography Game a lot. We’re studying USA geography, so I’ve been using it to help my girls remember the states and their capitals.

This game is based on the popular book, The Scrambled States of America, where all of the states decide to switch places to see what life is like in another part of the country.

It’s a fun educational game for the whole family.

How to Play

In the box, you’ll find a small country map for each player, a stack of red scramble cards and blue state cards. Each player is given five state cards to form their “states line.”

On each state card, you’ll find the state’s name, picture, capital and nickname. The scramble deck include two types of cards – Find-It and Go the Distance.

The Find-It cards have different problems that directly relate to the state cards. For example, one challenge may be to find a capital with four syllables. If you have a state that matches, slap your card while shouting out the capital’s name. If you are the quickest player, you “win” that state and you can move the card into your home pile.

Other challenges on the find-it cards include finding a:

  • state that starts with a certain letter
  • capital with two words
  • state with two of the same letters in a row
  • border with three or more straight edges
  • state that doesn’t touch an ocean
  • nickname with a plant or animal name in it
  • and LOTS more!

When a Go the Distance card is revealed, a state card is turned over as well. Each player looks at their five states card and chooses one that is the closest, geographically, to that state. The person whose state is the closest neighbor gets to add both state cards to their win pile.

The object of the game is to collect the most state cards by correctly matching a state to what’s on the scramble card. Do that and you’ll be declared the winner.

Building Geography Skills

So how does all of this add up to learning geography? Simple. Instead of working on rote memorization drills, play this game frequently. You’ll be amazed at how much your child will remember.

Think about it, each time you play, you’re working with a map, as well as all of the information about the states. With each round, kids memorize a bit more.

It’s a fun way to learn!

What educational games do you use in your home school?


Journey Through the Night by Anne de Vries

Journey Through the Night - Review at The Curriculum Choice by Annie Kate

When I started to read Journey Through the Night to my youngest daughters, they expected to be bored.  However, by the third paragraph one of them jumped up.  “What!  John does judo?”  The other one was interested by the next page.  As the story moved on, they begged for chapter after chapter.  Once, when I could not read aloud any longer, I stayed behind in the lawn chair and, forgetting all my duties, finished the entire book even though I had read it many times before!  When I talk to others who have read this book, they invariably tell me how wonderful it was.

So, what is this amazing book?  Journey Through the Night follows John and his family through the five years of Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.  Written by one of the country’s most popular novelists, this commissioned book became one of the country’s favorite war stories.

John and his family, shocked by the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands, drive across the country to pick up his little sister.  They encounter their first German soldier, have their first crisis of conscience, and inevitably become deeply involved in the resistance as the war drags on.  Throughout the novel, the author’s deep understanding of human nature makes the reader identify with John’s responses to the war, the occupation, the ethical dilemmas, the beautiful Sylvia, and the intrepid nurse Rita.  Nowhere is the horror of war minimized, but the goodness of God does shine throughout the endless years of suffering, doubt, and heart-wrenching decisions.

Although Journey Through the Night is about a teen, it is not only for teens.  It’s one of those books everyone should read at least once, and it’s worth a reread every decade for the intense humanity and deep thoughtfulness that runs through all the exciting events.  Also, it gives a nuanced and eyewitness account of World War 2 that will benefit any high school student studying those years.  (I should definitely have included it in my list of Top 20 Books to Read Aloud since it is better than many of the other ones on the list.)


  • This is a realistic war story, so violence happens.  Although the violence is not celebrated in any way and gruesome details are not emphasized, this book is not suitable for young children.
  • It helps to know Dutch geography, but it is not necessary; the events are easy to follow even if you don’t know where they are happening.
  • As with most translated books, the English does not quite flow effortlessly.  However, the story is exciting enough that even I did not notice it while reading aloud.

Journey Through the Night by Anne de Vries is not available from major booksellers but can be bought directly from Inheritance Publications.

Disclosure:  I borrowed an English version of this book from a friend and am not compensated for sharing my opinions.