DD (10th grade) is doing US History this year. It's never been her favorite subject, but tough potatoes. It's gotta get done. We're using A Patriot's History of the United States as our text, and supplementing with our American Lit study. We finally finished The Scarlet Letter, which she hated. Again, tough potatoes. Now she can whine along with the rest of the country going back generations who have had to read it. Shared misery and all that.
So I get that this isn't going to be fun for her. On top of that, we had a really rough beginning to our year and we're only just now starting to catch back up with things. We actually started history and Lit over a month ago and she did the final essay on TSL yesterday and finished the essay portion of the Ch 1 test for history today.
She rocked the essay, but failed the test epically. It was like she didn't even read the chapter, which is weird considering how insightful the essay was. And honestly, it's usually the other way around. She aces the test and bombs the essay.
My idea right now is for her to just re-read the text, but I'll be more hands on with each portion, doing discussion questions along the way, and then she'll re-take the test. But is that the right approach?
I really, really don't want to start over with curriculum at this point. And my problem with a lot of the "living" books are that they simply aren't advanced enough.
Not sure which way to jump here. Any advice?
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