Year of Memory Work

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Here you will find the collection of videos and printables for the Year of Memory Work with Humility and Doxology.  Bookmark this page, and make sure you are following Humility and Doxology on Facebook and/or YouTube so you don’t miss a week!  Discussion questions are sometimes listed in the video descriptions there. And don’t forget to sign up for my email list for subscriber exclusives!

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Year of Memory Work- Introduction

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October’s Memory Work

Week Forty-Two: Charge of the Light Brigade, Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Week Forty-One: Arithmetic, Carl Sandburg

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September’s Memory Work

Week Forty: Wynken, Blynken, and Nod, Eugene Field

Week Thirty-Nine: Autumn, Emily Dickinson

Week Thirty-Eight: A Walking Song, J.R.R. Tolkien

Week Thirty-Seven: Psalm 51

Week Thirty-Six: The Jumblies, Edward Lear

August’s Memory Work

Week Thirty-Five: Kubla Khan, Samuel Coleridge

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Week Thirty-Four: The Tyger, William Blake

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Discussion questions and activity ideas for “The Tyger”

Week Thirty-Three: Mneumonic for memorizing English monarchs

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Week Thirty-Two: Sneezles, A. A. Milne

July’s Memory Work

Week Thirty-One: Queen Elizabeth’s Speech to the Troops at Tilbury

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Week Thirty: Sonnets from the Portuguese XXIX, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Week Twenty-Nine: I’m Nobody! Who are You? Emily Dickinson

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Week Twenty-Eight: Quality of Mercy, Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare

Shakespeare Resource Round-Up

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June’s Memory Work

Week Twenty-Seven: The Declaration of Independence

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Week Twenty-Six: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death, Patrick Henry

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Week Twenty-Five: The Wild Rose, Wendell Berry

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Week Twenty-Four: If, Rudyard Kipling

Week Twenty-Three: June 4, 1940, Winston Churchill

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May’s Memory Work

Week Twenty-Two: The Lake Isle of Innisfree, W. B. Yeats

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Week Twenty-One: King Alfred’s War Song

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Week Twenty: Introduction to Evangeline, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Week Nineteen: The Reading Mother, Strickland Gillilan

April’s Memory Work

Week Eighteen: The Destruction of Sennacherib, Lord Byron

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Week Seventeen: Amoretti LXVIII (Most Glorious Lord of Life), Edmund Spenser

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Week Sixteen: Psalm 139:1-13

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Week Fifteen: Paul Revere’s Ride, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Compare the events in the poem with the historic account given here. You can also read a letter Revere wrote to his friend in circa 1798And Then What Happened, Paul Revere, by Jean Fritz, is a fun picture book for all ages! Have you read Johnny Tremaine? It’s a classic work of historical fiction, and Paul Revere is an important character. This anniversary edition has an introduction by Nathan Hale, the graphic historic novelist.

March’s Memory Work

Week 14: Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll

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Week Thirteen: Casey at the Bat, Ernest Thayer

Recommended Supplemental Resources: These are great illustrated versions to add to your library- Casey at the Bat illustrated by Patricia Polacco and Casey at the Bat illustrated by Christopher Bing (a Caldecott Honor book).  Be sure to check out this super fun (and free) baseball art tutorial.

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Week Twelve: Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost

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Week Eleven: Pied Beauty, Gerard Manley Hopkins

Don’t miss all the discussion questions shared in the video description!  This poem lends itself as well to some art projects.  Illustrate your printable on your own, or check out all the amazing nature art tutorials available at ChalkPastel.com!

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Week Ten: Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer 

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February’s Memory Work

Week Nine: Death Be Not Proud, John Donne

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Week Eight: My Shadow, Robert Louis Stevenson

Recommended Supplemental Resources: A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson is a great poetry anthology to enjoy with children of all ages.  Some of our favorites are “My Shadow,” “Bed in Summer,” and “The Swing.”  Try to find an edition with gorgeous illustrations.  Two of my favorite illustrators for A Child’s Garden of Verses are Gyo Fujikawa and Tasha Tudor.

Week Seven: Sonnet 116, William Shakespeare

Recommended Supplemental Resources: How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, by Ken Ludwig; Tales from Shakespeare, by Charles and Mary Lamb; Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for children, by E. Nesbit; Shakespeare Stories, by Leon Garfield; “Shakespeare Live! from the RSC” (for parents and older students); Shakespeare’s Sonnets

My Ultimate Shakespeare Resource Round-Up

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Week Six:  Caedmon’s Hymn

Recommended Supplemental Resources:  Textbook-Free History (also available in podcast form), Medieval History Resources (including other options for memory work), British Museum’s website with images of Bede’s manuscript, listen to this poem in Old English, the Modern Scholar series The Anglo-Saxon World (Aff) and The History of the English Language by Michael Drout

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Week Five: Mother to Son, Langston Hughes

Recommended supplemental resources: 75+ Books celebrating the lives and achievements of African Americans Coming Home: from the life of Langston Hughes, Floyd Cooper, Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes 

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January’s Memory Work

Week Four: The Iliad, lines 1-6; Homer (trans. Fitzgerald)

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Recommended supplemental resources for your study: The Children’s Homer, the opening lines of the Iliad in Greek, Fitzgerald’s complete translation of the Iliad.

Week Three: Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Week Two: 1 Corinthians 13

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Week One: New Year’s Morning, Helen Hunt Jackson

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