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When it comes to teaching literature, I am sometimes at a stand still with the boys. They love to read, but don’t like to delve too deep into the works. Book reports tend to be lacking as they find it difficult to put into words some of their thoughts beyond the very generic ‘I liked the book.’
Well, a new tool for studying literature has entered our house and it even provides a Christian perspective on things.
For this review, we were sent the interactive format pdf files for The Cay and Pride and Prejudice.
Neither R or P has finished working through the files as there is quite a bit included to delve deep into the study of each title. R began his study with reading The Cay from cover to cover before starting the study guide. That was actually recommended in the course of study and now that he is working through the study guide he is re-reading the novel as he goes. I believe he is starting to grasp the idea that one time through a work might provide entertainment, but not allow for true comprehension.
The guides break down each title by chapter groupings with a variety of activities to
boost reading comprehension as well as point the student to the Bible and how each story has Biblical principles. By the time they are done, each study will have the student one step closer to understanding the writing process as well as literary analysis. There is a pre-reading section that can be used to set the stage for the novel, although I failed to have the boys do this aspect before they had begun to read their respective novels. Each grouping of chapters has vocabulary studies as well as reading comprehension. An overview section that appears after the chapter groupings helps the student pull it all together as well as emphasize aspect of literary analysis. And, finally, there are suggestions for writing an essay, or should I say paper as some options end in a one or two page report. (I am looking forward to seeing how that aspect goes once we get there as I’ve found this skill lacking in the boys.)
For the interactive study guides (pdf format), there is also a read me file that walks the user through how to use the interactive features. I have to say that this is a feature I absolutely love as it removes the struggle with handwriting that R has from the equation. Instead, he can type his answers as he goes and I can then have a neat print out for our records that anyone can read.
You will find around 100 different Progeny Press literature guides available for different grade levels (Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, and High School.) It would be one busy household to attempt tackling all of the choices over time. Each guide has a retail price from from $10.99 to $27.99, depending upon title and format (pdf or print.) You can even find sample pages for the different titles to get an idea of what is included.
Disclaimer ~ Our family was provided with the two study guides in pdf format for the purpose of writing a review post. No monetary compensation was provided and the opinions expressed are our own. You can read what the other TOS Homeschool Crewmates had to say about this title on the TOS Homeschool Crew blog.