A two-sided list for use with the Wisdom Nuggets resource (also listed in my catalog for no charge).
In the system I use, the scholars keep two copies of this page: one for their binders and one in their class mailbox (or in a central binder kept by the teacher). The scholar must keep the two pages synchronized of information so that when recitation day arrives, the instructor has a record of the Wisdom Nuggets that the scholar chose throughout the year.
The Wisdom Nugget List is a resource for the scholar as she/he searches for meaningful “wisdom nuggets” to commit to memory over the course of the year.
First Quarter = One quote/saying
Second Quarter = Two quotes/sayings
Third Quarter = Three quotes/sayings
Fourth Quarter = Four quotes sayings.
The scholar will recite his/her chosen quotes at the end of each quarter, and the recitation will be cumulative. That is, successful recitation (verbatim with correct reference) of the current quarter’s quotes will earn the scholar a B to a B+. In order to earn an A, the scholar must recite all the previous selections, as well, verbatim with the correct references.
As the scholar researches and collects her/his quotes, she/he must honor the following parameters:
1. Must be new to the scholar; she/he can’t recall an old quote from memory.
2. Must be attributable; no “anonymous,” or “Old Proverb” entries allowed.
(ex.: “The early bird catches the worm” is not sufficient)
3. Must be real; may be light-hearted, but cannot just be a gag, joke or one-liner.
4. Must be meaningful to the scholar in some way; she/he should be able to tell why this quote matters to her/him, why it’s worth memorizing.
I encourage scholars to stretch themselves in acquiring “wisdom nuggets.” They should not be afraid to pass the simpler ones and take on longer pieces; brevity is important, but is not the only measure of a good quote.
[I also encourage my scholars to choose their quotes, laminate their page (FedExKinkos will "card laminate" with thick stock plastic) and hang it up in their shower. There, they can say the quotes *out loud* several times a day while washing their hair, etc. Time spent reviewing this material everyday out loud is the key to learning it.]