At Progeny Press you can find hundreds of literature study guides for kindergarten, elementary, middle school, and high school. The guides are from a Christian Perspective.
I was allowed to review two guides. I reviewedTreasure Island and Things Fall Apart.The guides were in interactive PDF. I downloaded the e-book and my children worked on a PC computer. The study guide for Treasure Island cost $16.99 and the study guide for Things Fall Apart cost $18.99.
The Progeny Press study guide for Treasure Island is for middle school students. I used it with my 13 year old son. Even though we owned the book my son had not read it. He started to read it just before the review period.
He had fun with the pre-reading activities. I helped him look on the internet to find out about different coins mentioned in Treasure Island. This was one of the activities mentioned in the guide.
One of his favorite activities was researching and drawing one of the different ships mentioned in the book.
I thought that he would not have a problem answering the essay question in the sections. He was talking about the book and seemed to understand it. So I let him do the questions on his own. He did well with the vocabulary, but struggled with the essay questions.
The next week we went over the essay questions that he missed in part 1. I felt that it would be more beneficial to do some review and teach him how to find answers than to go on.
The next week he did the vocabulary words in part 2 and started on of the essay questions. Since this is the first time that he has done a study guide on a novel and is struggling we are going slower than what is recommended. The guide recommends doing one section each week.
The Progeny Press study guide for Things Fall Apart is for high school students. I had my 15 year old daughter do the guide. She had no problems with the vocabulary or essay questions. She worked independently. She only asked me questions if she did not understand something.
My daughter had not read Things Fall Apart. We checked the book out from the library. In the four week period she read the book, did the pre-reading activities, and completed part 1, 2, 3, and 4. She had to do part 4 from memory because we had to return the book.
When I asked her what she did not like the only thing she said was that she had to turn the book back to the library. She plans to finish the guide if she can check the book out again, there was three hold on the book at this time.
I liked how the Progeny Press study guides related the Bible to themes in the stories.
In the Treasure Island study guide a statement is made that "our true character is what we do when no one is looking." In the question it then goes on to describe Jim's mother is courageous, honest, and has integrity. Next the question lists five passages of scripture to look up. Some of the scriptures are 2 Chronicles 16:9 and Proverbs 5:21. My son was asked to describe what these verses say about our actions.
Before the scripture reading in the Things Fall Apart study guide there is a discussion of a culture's response to sin. A culture can use shame, fear, and guilt to respond to sin. After some questions about how the Umuofia and our culture's response to fear, shame, and guilt there are Bible verses to look up.
My daughter thought that learning about the Nigerian culture and history was interesting.
Both my children liked the interactive guides. They enjoyed typing on the computer and using the different tools in Adobe Reader.
I did not like the answer key. I tried to use it on the computer and found it too difficult going back and forth from key to questions. I didn't even like the answer key after I copied it off because the print was too small.
I would recommend using Progeny Press study guides. They are very informative. The guides go further than just analyzing the books. You will learn something about the background of the story you are studying. You will also learn how to apply scripture to your life.
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