Welcome to Millstone Education: World Literature!
My emphasis on this site is to teach children about classic literature and its authors through the reading of great works. Along with this I write creative stories (available in audio for the younger grades) and create FLASH Presentations that present authors, themes, background information and questions of great literature in a fun and entertaining way.
In Grades K-3 I visit Professor Bartholomew Higginbottom, a literary mouse who lives in the walls of my house. Helping the professor with vocabulary words is Sniffy, the Hamster, our resident wordsmith. In addition to this each week K-3 students can listen to a new grammar fact, a classic poem and a fable by Aesop.
In Grades 4-7 my guide Iris takes me to The World of Literature where the characters, stories and authors of great literature actually exist. I've been to the Mad Hatter's tea party in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and even met a Greek god—a rather frightening experience. Each week 4-7 students can listen to a new famous passage from Shakespeare and read a classic poem.
For Grades 8-12 anything can happen: I might take my dog Fezzik in my time-machine, the H.G. Wells or my spaceship, Lem One to visit dead authors or aliens who study literature on our planet. I've even had tea with Shakespeare in my own home. Students may also enjoy taking a "Swift Vacation" with Lemuel Gulliver, the hero of Gulliver's Travels. Each week 8-12 students can read a new sonnet from Shakespeare and a great passage from literature.
Each and everyday a new "Quote of the Day" is available. Our Login page is graced with a new classic definition from Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary every week. The bottom of every vocabulary page is updated daily with a Word of the Day and a Vocabulary Quiz.
Millstone Education's Literature Unit is based upon a classic work of literature, world myth or a book about a classic author. Used together with the reading of the great work each Literature Unit (which also includes discussion questions, additional reading, links to related sites, vocabulary and other related material) enhances both the enjoyment and understanding of the piece being read.
Members enjoy access to all the audios (Mr. Draeger's Adventures, Sniffy definitions, Aesop's fables, Shakespeare passages, great poems ) and the Flash Presentations (without advertisements) for one year for a fee of $35.00 (discounts for groups are available). The text version of the site (with advertisements) is now available for free for the next 4-6 months. Please take some time to look around and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have.
Glen Draeger, B. S., M. A.
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