So, I’m thinking it’s possible that I’ve mentioned my Twilight obsession here a time or two…or twenty. My goodness I love those books! I love them in and of themselves, for my own personal reading enjoyment, but even if it weren’t for that, I love them because my very reluctant reader, never-wants-to-finish-a-book-because-they’re-all-boring, fourteen-year-old is
almost finished with the third book in the series.
It’s 629 pages long, y’all!
The first one is 498 and the one in between them is 500-something pages. I’m blown away that Brianna is reading them.
So, being as impressed as I am with all of the books (aside from some profanity and mild sensuality), I’m seriously considering doing what any good homechooling mom would do — capitalizing on my daughter’s (and my!) interest. I think we’re gonna do a Twilight unit study, baby.
I hope to have some time within the next couple of weeks to work on the details, but some ideas that I already have in mind are (possible slight spoilers if you haven’t read all four books):
- Time periods when each of the Cullen family lived as humans: 1600′s, early-1900′s, 1920′s, 1930′s
- Spanish Influenza
- The rise of Protestant religions in the 1600′s
- Geography – Denali wilderness, Washington, Arizona, Illinois, Italy, South America, Romania, Ireland
- Literature – Wuthering Heights, Sense and Senibility, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Bram Stoker’s Dracula
- Health and Personal Safety – Edward tells Bella her scent is like his own personal brand of heroin. I’d like to use this to discuss drug and alcohol use. We may also discuss sexual purity (Edward was a gentleman, folks.)
- Character traits – compassion, self-control, esteeming others higher than yourself
- Science – wolves, bears, mountain lions
- Fine Arts – Claude Debussy, Francesco Solimena
- Native Americans – Quileutes
- Physical Edcuation – volleyball, badminton
- Vocabulary – If you’ve read the books, you know that Edward has an incredible vocabulary. A friend told me about the book Defining Twilight: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT. It’s gotten great reviews and Brianna is excited about getting it. Excited. About a vocabulary workbook!
Those are just some of my initial thoughts. I may come up with more as I reread the books. Yes, reread them. I’m about halfway through my second reading of Twilight. If you’ve read the books and have any additional suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
I’ll post more details as I figure out exactly what we’re going to be doing, but I’m terribly excited about using Brianna’s interest in the Twilight series to jump into further study of some of the things mentioned in the book. I’m hoping it will encourage her to go off on her own rabbit trails when she finds something that truly interests her.