English: Lesson 180 My plan to put my knowledge of literature to productive lifetime use. Books have been a huge staple in my education. Before finding the Ron Paul Curriculum, my parents homeschooled me with the Charlotte Mason method. One of her mottos is, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life." Books and good … Continue reading A Life Full of Living Books
The Study of Books and Movies
English: Lesson 175 Studying American literature: print vs. movies. The Ron Paul Curriculum American Literature English course has been divided up into two parts; classic books, and second, classic movies. Most English courses that I have taken before the RPC had me read a total of 4 books and a couple of news articles to … Continue reading The Study of Books and Movies
How can you create the sound, costumes, sets, and landscapes on a page?
English: Lesson 140 Is it easier for skilled authors to manipulate movie viewers or book readers? Good writers will never be out of work. If you can write effectively, you can think effectively, and thinking leads to the creation of good books, articles, speeches, and movies. Movies have taken off like wildfire in the last … Continue reading How can you create the sound, costumes, sets, and landscapes on a page?
Philip Dru: The Novel with no Plot and a Dictator
English: Lesson 120 Is this novel a defense of liberty? The book, Philip Dru: Administrator, A Story of Tomorrow, written by Edward M. House, seems to only have been written to describe what he would do if he was in power. House was the advisor to President Wilson from 1912 to 1919, and Wilson read the … Continue reading Philip Dru: The Novel with no Plot and a Dictator
A Reason Not to Vote for the Tax Amendment of 1912
English: Lesson 115 Would I have voted for the income tax amendment in 1912, based on the arguments in Philip Dru: Administrator, A Story of Tomorrow? Edward M. House wrote Philip Dru: Administrator, A Story of Tomorrow in 1912. The book was meant to be fiction, but from what we know of House now, the main character … Continue reading A Reason Not to Vote for the Tax Amendment of 1912
Why read Mark Twain?
English: Lesson 105 Would you read more of Mark Twain's writings even if they were not assigned in a course? Why or why not? Mark Twain is one of those authors that everyone has heard of, whether or not they have read his work or not. But what makes Mark Twain different from the rest … Continue reading Why read Mark Twain?
The Brutal & Hilarious Critique Written by Mark Twain
English: Lesson 85 How fair was Twain's critique of Cooper's literary style? "A work of art? It has no invention; it has no order, system, sequence, or result; it has no lifelikeness, no thrill, no stir, no seeming of reality; its characters are confusedly drawn, and by their acts and words they prove that they … Continue reading The Brutal & Hilarious Critique Written by Mark Twain
The fascinating descriptions of The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow & Rip Van Winkle
English: Lesson 80 Were the detailed descriptions of the people around the two main characters equally important in the two stories? Washington Irving wrote the two famous American stories the Legend of the Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. These two fairytale-like stories have charmed people since they were first published in 1819 and continue to do so, and … Continue reading The fascinating descriptions of The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow & Rip Van Winkle
The illogical arguments of Thomas Paine
English: Lesson 60 "The most illogical argument in Common Sense" Thomas Paine: a tax collector, businessman, and ship stay maker from Europe, left for America in 1774 in the hopes of finding success. What did he decide to do there? He became a journalist and helped write and edit the Pennsylvania Magazine, and within the first few … Continue reading The illogical arguments of Thomas Paine
Why Benjamin Franklin is the Archetypal American
English: Lesson 50 "Is there anyone you think is more of the archetypal American than Franklin?" Benjamin Franklin was an industrious, hard-working man who spent his life striving to become a better person and a better servant to others. His life revolved around improving his character so that he would become a more humble, sincere, … Continue reading Why Benjamin Franklin is the Archetypal American