Although we've sorted our academic years into three terms for the last few years, we are forced to adopt a semester approach this year, as Miss M-mv(i) will graduate at the end of May 2014 and is planning to work over the summer, accept an internship, or both.
(In truth, Miss M-mv(ii) will also have met all of her graduation requirements, but we have already agreed to call this her junior year (when her same-age peers are sophomores), so the plan is simply to dual enroll at the local college next year. She, too, is planning to work this summer, and both girls plan to swim long-course season, too.)
So our terms will sort into fall semester (mid-August to end of December) and spring semester (January to late May).
Our reading plan includes:
■ The Merry Wives of Windsor *
■ King Lear
■ Henry IV, Part I (review / revisit / reread)
■ Henry IV, Part II (review / revisit / reread)
■ Henry V (review / revisit / reread) *
Plays (other than Shakespeare's works):
■ Cyrano de Bergerac (Edmond Rostand) *
■ Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
■ The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde)
■ Hedda Gabler (Henrik Ibsen) *
■ Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
■ Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
■ The Iliad (Homer) *
■ The Odyssey (Homer)
■ All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)
■ One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)
■ The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
■ The Bible (as literature)
■ The Narrative of Frederick Douglass
■ Night (Elie Wiesel)
■ Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl)
■ Hiroshima (John Hersey)
■ Letters to a Young Scientist (Edward O. Wilson)
* Studies to include a live performance.
Yes, I've always been rather oblique about precisely what we're doing and what we're using for other subjects, which this year include trigonometry and pre-calculus, world history, science (animal behavior / ornithology and physics, respectively), and Spanish.
And I will continue to be so.
As for adventures, we already have many planned:
■ Our Chicago Shakespeare Theater subscription includes Cyrano de Bergerac, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Road Show, Gypsy, and Henry V.
■ We will see Wicked again, this time in Chicago. We also have tickets for "Broadway in Chicago" productions of Evita and The Phantom of the Opera. (Holy eighties, Batman!)
■ Timothy Edward Kane will reprise his role in An Iliad at the Court Theatre this fall. Color us stoked!
■ Madame Butterfly at the Lyric? We're in.
I will endeavor to be a little more active here than I have been, as I know a few readers are interested in how the high school years unfold for families who choose a less conventional path.