Progeny Press: The Giver Study Guide {TOS review}

Progeny Press has a simple mission: “To teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on the scripture for truth and values and enjoy themselves while they do it!” Through their literature study guides geared towards children in kindergarten through the twelfth grades, they provide that opportunity. We reviewed the digital downloadable and interactive literature The Giver Study E-guide.

Progeny Press has more than 100 literature guides of classic and popular books from which to choose that come in four different levels lower elementary (kindergarten through third grade); upper elementary (third through fifth grades); middle school (fifth through eighth grades); and high school (eighth through twelfth grades). High school students may also earn school credit for completing Progeny Press literature guides. Another plus for the curriculum is that the guides are available in three different formats — physical, CD or an E-guide that is immediately downloadable and interactive.

There are many titles from which to choose with classics like Tom Sawyer and The Call of the Wild to newer books that have interested young people like The Hunger Games. There were even some surprising title to me like Uncle Jed’s Barerbshop and Things Fall Apart, You will be able to find a guide for a variety of books that typically interest young readers.

We received the digital downloadable and interactive literature The Giver Study E-guide for The Giver by Lois Lowry. Progeny Press’ suggested book reading age of student is middle school and the study guide is seventh through ninth grades. Since River falls somewhere in the middle of it all and I have wanted him to read the book, I thought it would be a good fit.

I used the .PDF on my computer, but allowed River to take advantage of the electronic aspect of the guide and use an iPad to read through the material. There are sections at the beginning of the guide that are directed to the instructor and also the student.

The guide suggests the student read through the entire book in what is typically an eight to ten week study and then beginning the lessons in the guide. I can see the value in reading a book and taking it all in, which is how we normally read a book. I read through some of the lessons in the guide and decided to do it differently. I knew River could read the book within the week, but I had him complete it according to the chapters covered in each lesson.

The first week, I had River complete one of the pre-reading activities. The second week, he read chapters one and two and completed lesson one doing the following:

Monday: Vocabulary – He chose a word from the list that most appropriately completed the sentences.
Tuesday: Setting – Looking at different scenarios from the book, he was to explain what each passage meant.
Wednesday: Questions – General questions about events in the book.
Thursday: Thinking About the Story – The questions are more specific to the events in the book.
Friday: Dig Deeper – More questions are asked, but the student pulls from his ideas and relates himself more to the events in the book. Some of his responses depended upon verses he was assigned to read in the Bible.

Although, the e-book is interactive, I did allow him to use that feature for completing some of the pages, but still printed some lesson pages, so that he could practice his penmanship.

My children enjoy reading and have the ability to devour several books in one week. As they get older in their studies many of the books they will read contain content that may be more challenging in theme requiring more discussion for a better understanding and interpretation of the material. Progeny Press literature guides presents material that assist a student in not just reading through a book, but also in taking it apart and putting it together again for a deeper understanding of what he is reading. It does take longer to complete the reading experience, but the additional work is one that strengthens the student in other academic areas like critical thinking, writing and bible study.

I like the mixture of activities the student is assigned in the literature guides. Typically, we don’t take time to complete literature guides, because they do take up a lot of study time in school. Because of the additional subjects a guide can cover, I can see that adding a couple literature study guides into a school year may be a good idea. The theme of a book is also determining factor. Although, I believe a younger child may benefit, I can see using a guide more so for my middle to high school student.

Visit Progeny Press to see if the large number of available literature study E-guides.

The Giver Study E-guide by Progeny Press is available as an interactive download for $18.99.

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