Ignatius Critical Edition Study Guides

Don't let the small format fool you; there is a lot of good information in these little guides. Not your typical literature guides with basic comprehension and story element questions to go with each chapter, ICE guides are written at a very high reading level. They aim for a "level of critical and literary appreciation befitting the works themselves." Think of great authors sitting at a Paris café talking existentialism and politics in each others' work. Imagine great debates on the humanity of a fictional character, or dialogues on western versus eastern settings for a story. Each guide begins with a short introductory appraisal of the context of the story followed by a basic plot summary, and then a more in-depth summary of some of the essential critical aspects of the work, in the form of short analyses from several contributors along with study questions. Students are then provided with a list of things to think about as they read, which helps them focus on key ideas and start to ponder them as they read. Then come the questions - first are text-level questions which are based on the facts of the work and check understanding of the narrative, and then the higher-order questions, which focus on analyzing the truths that come from the work. These questions are what achieve the purpose of the guides: having students discern themes and parallels and critically evaluate them, both from a literary perspective and beyond to real life. A parent or teacher can choose which of these questions to answer, depending which are suitable for your student. The answer key in the back contains answers for both the text-level and higher-level questions. These guides are from a tradition-oriented perspective and will not include any analysis on postmodern ideas such as feminism, deconstruction, etc. About 5x8", and 40-55 pp each, pb. ~ Sara




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