Disclaimer: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
With Progeny Press you can easily integrate literature study into your language arts for all ages and grade levels, including earning High School Literature credits for high school levels. In the past we have used study guides for novels such as The Hound of the Baskervilles, Perelandra, Macbeth and several others. It’s one of our favorites resources in our homeschool.
These study guides are designed in a way that engages the student, making literature study interesting and fun. The reading assignments, lessons and activities are broken down into manageable portions and can be self-guided or teacher-led.
At the start of the study guide you will find a Note to the Instructor, a Synopsis of the book (in this case, Redwall) and an introduction to the author of the novel (Brian Jacques, for this study guide.) Then you’ll see a short Background Summary and suggestions for Before-you-read Activities.
It is recommended students read the entire book during week one, though it may be acceptable to read at least the material covered in the first section of questions and activities. Our daughter had read Redwall in it’s entirety before beginning the lessons and skimmed through the sections that corresponded with the week’s lesson.
The meaty part of the study guide is broken down into 8 different sections:
Each lesson includes a combination of the following activities:
- Thinking about the Story
- Dig Deeper
- Class Discussion
- Creative Writing
- Optional Writing Assignment
- Chapter Activities
You are able to customize many of the assignments. Some can be done orally, making the most of discussion and sharing of ideas. You can pick and choose how many of the writing assignments you wish your student to complete and you can allow them to work at a pace that is best for them.
To prepare for this literature study, we read (or reviewed) the novel and read through the introductory material. For us, this was week 1. We spread out the reading and discussion over a few days. The next week, we jumped into the lessons, which we covered over the next 8 weeks. Bekah is now working on her Final Project. This pace has been slightly challenging for her but not too overwhelming.
The guides are available in digital format, which means you can use them over and over again. Perfect for families who have more than one student. The pdf file for each purchase can be downloaded and either printed for use or opened in adobe for an editable version. This allows your student to answer and save study questions in the document. For multiple students, you can click ‘save as’ to keep a copy for each child.
There are study guides for lower and upper elementary grade, for middle school and for high school. At the high school level, you can use four of the guides to make a full literature credit for the year.