The Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast with Yvette Hampton & Aby Rinella

Hosted ByYvette Hampton & Aby Rinella

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Unlocking Literature: A Socratic Approach to Teaching Great Stories – Adam Andrews, Part 2

“The only thing that the teacher is required to be an expert in is knowing which question to ask next.” — Adam Andrews

Unlock the world of literature as Adam Andrews, Director of CenterForLit, joins Yvette Hampton for a journey through the fascinating realm of literary education. The creator of the Teaching the Classics seminar shares the tools needed for meaningful discussions about literature with children of all ages. Delve into the power of the Socratic method and discover strategies to analyze any book, from children’s stories like ‘A Bargain for Francis’ to classics like ‘Hamlet.’ Gain valuable insights into understanding the minds of authors and the importance of reading classics in homeschooling. Tune in now to ignite your literary adventure!

Come back tomorrow for the rest of this important conversation.

Unlocking Literature: A Socratic Approach to Teaching Great Stories - Adam Andrews, Part 2

Watch this full conversation on our YouTube channel.

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Recommended Resources:

Podcast Note-Taking Guide

Center for Lit – Teaching the Classics Basic Seminar

BiblioFiles Podcast

Center for Lit – Teaching the Classics Basic Seminar

Reading Roadmaps, by Missy Andrews

IEW Fix It! Grammar

Adam’s Favorite Books:

All the Places to Love, by Patricia Maclachlan

Straw into Gold, by Gary D. Schmidt

Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens

Til We Have Faces: A Myth Retold, by C.S. Lewis


Related Podcasts:

Missy Andrews on the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast

Raising Adults Who Ask The Right Questions – Jonathan Brush, Part 1

BiblioFiles Podcast


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Discussion Questions For the Series:

  1. How can the Socratic method of teaching be applied to literature discussions?
  2. What are some resources mentioned in the episode that can help homeschool parents teach literature effectively?
  3. How does the speaker approach reading and studying the Bible with children?
  4. What strategies does the speaker use to understand difficult passages in the Bible?
  5. Why does the speaker believe teaching by asking questions is a powerful approach?
  6. How can the burden of feeling like an expert in a subject negatively impact homeschool parents?
  7. What are some examples of how the Socratic method can be applied to other disciplines besides literature?
  8. Why do you think certain stories, like The Iliad, continue to be relevant and read repeatedly throughout history?
  9. What is the distinction made between oral discussion and written assignments in literature education?
  10. How can the Socratic method help analyze and understand any book, regardless of its complexity?


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About the Author
Yvette Hampton - Host Yvette is a homeschool mom through and through, but it wasn't supposed to be this way. Like so many other homeschoolers, Yvette and her husband, Garritt, said they would NEVER homeschool their kids, but God had other plans. Yvette is the producer and host of the upcoming documentary, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution, being directed by her husband, Garritt Hampton. As a mom who is concerned for the future of this generation and the future of our country, Yvette has a deep passion to see a culture shift by encouraging people through the truth of God’s Word. Her greatest joy in life is being a wife and mom! - - - - - - - - - - - - In the fall of 2016, she and her family sold their home and almost all of their possessions, loaded up in an RV, and began traveling the country to film Schoolhouse Rocked. They have a passion for the homeschool community and are humbled and honored that the Lord has called them to tell the stories of the millions of families who have been impacted by the homeschool revolution. - - - - - - - - - - - - Yvette and Garritt have been married since 1995. They have two daughters, Brooklyn and Lacey, who they have homeschooled since the very beginning. - - - - - - - - - - - - To see the Schoolhouse Rocked movie trailer and find out more visit - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Aby Rinella - Cohost Aby Rinella is homeschool mom to 3, writer, speaker and director of her local homeschool support group. She writes and speaks to encourage and inspire women to live the life they were designed to live, to train up their children in God’s Word and to stand on truth in a culture that has lost its foundation. Aby and her husband, Jesse, love the outdoors and speak and write on the benefits of pointing children to their Creator by spending time in His creation. Aby is a featured speaker for the 2020 Homegrown Generation Family Expo. - - - - - - - - - - - - Read more from Aby at - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Garritt Hampton - Producer Garritt is a entertainment industry veteran who got his start in the record industry before moving into film. His credits include some of the biggest movies of the last decade, including Interstellar, Furious 7, TRON: Legacy, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and many more. He is passionate about using his talents to build up the family and glorify God.