Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country

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Item #: 027702
ISBN: 9780743262170
Grades: 9-AD

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Stephen Kumalo is the reverend of Ndotsheni, which is a small town in South Africa. At the start of the story, he receives a very important letter from Theophilus Msimangu, who is a reverend in Johannesburg and has met Gertrude, who is Kumalo's sister and also very sick. He requests that Kumalo come to the Mission House in Sophiatown. Kumalo also decides it is time to seek out his own son, Absalom, who moved there years ago and has not so much as written since he has been away. Upon his arrival in Johannesburg, Stephen sees many things which trouble him. Though his town is distraught in poverty and famine, the troubles are different in the big city. Between apartheid and discrimination, crime, shanty-town living, and children born out of wedlock, Kumalo is most disturbed when he finds that these things have started to get the best of his very own relatives. When he finds Gertrude, she has nothing but the dirty clothes on her back and her young son. He decides to take her and her son in and finds them a more appropriate place to stay until they will return to Ndotsheni. Then he embarks on a seemingly endless search for his son. Finally, they find the house of his girlfriend, who is pregnant with Absalom's son. The truth about Absalom's life and the things he has done shows Kumalo more pain and disappointment than he has ever known. However, there are lessons learned here, and there is apparent good that outweighs the bad. Though Stephen Kumalo sees tragedy and hopelessness, he learns his beliefs in his religion and the faith he has in people can be enough to rebuild his leaky church, spread milk to dying children in his village, bring plenty to the parched lands, and to heal lives. Alan Paton's raw epic novel has even become a selection from Oprah's Book Club.

Publisher Description:

An Oprah Book Club selection, Cry, the Beloved Country, was an immediate worldwide bestseller when it was published in 1948. Alan Paton’s impassioned novel about a black man’s country under white man’s law is a work of searing beauty.

Cry, the Beloved Country, is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.


Language arts programs listed in this section cover most areas of language arts (reading/literature, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting) in one curriculum, although some skill areas may be covered with less intensity than a focused, stand-alone course.

Category Description for STUDY GUIDES & BOOKS:

Please note that a brief synopsis of many of the books included here are provided in our Library Builders section. Study guides for the same book are often available from several publishers, so we found it more efficient to give a description of the book only once.

"Its just common sense!" Yes, everything about this program is common sense. A very complete program organized around quality children's literature and covering phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" (small story book) book which uses those sounds. The literature component (carefully selected children's favorites) reminds students that the reason for all the hard work in phonics is the joy of reading wonderful books. And woven through both of these elements is comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts. Relying heavily on Ruth Beechick's principles for teaching reading (including her letter dice activities), the program includes a wide variety of activities appealing to all learning styles.

The current 3rd edition features updated covers and clearer day-by-day instruction; there are also updates throughout the series to reflect changes in how research is conducted. Also, there is clearer direction for making personalized spelling lists. Some lessons have been "switched-out" to give students exposure to more classic literature. Since the original series was written over several years by two different authors, this 3rd edition has been tweaked to make it more consistent. A few out-of-print books have been replaced as well.

The Teacher Book is a homeschooler's dream; all the work has been done for you, taking you step-by-step through the 36-week/36 Lesson program. The Lessons are grouped into "Parts" and each is divided into five days of detailed instructions. New skills are listed for each lesson and necessary supplies are included at the beginning. There is virtually no teacher preparation needed; you teach as you read. All answers are provided within the lesson. Examples and diagrams are user-friendly including the easy-to-follow references to the Student Book. Periodic assessments are provided to help you determine your childs readiness for the next "Part." The Student Book contains the materials (except for household and school supplies) needed for cut-and-paste, word wheels, flip books, picture sequencing, story-telling puppets, and handwriting pages. The comfortable, natural handwriting method that isnt exactly traditional, modern, or italic was developed by the authors. This handwriting instruction is coordinated with the phonics and includes pages for children to carefully complete and display or give as gifts. The Student Book is consumable with perforated pages. Even the back cover is put to good use providing the miniature book covers to be added to the personal reading chart that marks the childs progress. Phonics concepts are reinforced in separate beginning Readers. They are small-sized for little hands and include black-and-white illustrations. Stories are engaging which is a good thing since the weeks learning activities are built around them. The student uses puppets to retell the stories, completes sequencing activities with a series of reader-related events, and answers comprehension questions. One interesting aspect of the teacher-student interaction concerning these readers is that the weeks lesson starts off with the teacher reading either the small book (Blue) or a part of a reader (Red) to the child. After several lessons thoroughly covering the new phonics concepts and practice reading parts of the story, the student concludes the week with the successful reading of the same reading selection. This is an effective variation of the typical approach because the goal of reading the book is always before the student. The Materials Packet (Blue Program only) is a useful collection of color-coded letter and word cards for learning and review along with cards used for reinforcement games and, of course, the letter dice (to be assembled from cardstock patterns). While this part of the program is not exactly consumable - you could use the various components again - the components do get a workout. If you are expecting to use the program with another child, you'll want to save these items, possibly laminating them. However, we sell additional Material Packets as well as Student Books and Reader Sets so you can easily use the program with a second student. Well-known children's literature (Read-Aloud Library) is suggested each week, so at the same time your child is learning phonics, he is also learning other important reading skills such as literal recall, comprehension, predicting outcome, and drawing conclusions. These books are an integral part of the program and the Student Activity Book relies on them. Although usually available at the local library, for your convenience we also sell them. ~ Janice

Category Description for LANGUAGE ARTS:

Category Description for LLATL Gold Program - World Literature:

Units cover Early Literature, Epic Poetry, Medieval Renaissance, Enlightenment Romanticism, and 20th Century. The focus of the course is on literature and literary analysis but it includes some creative writing as well as response to literature writing.

All the user-friendly features of the lower grade series but written as college prep courses integrating literature studies with composition and incorporating vocabulary and grammar review. Course books, which include novel summaries, are written to both teacher and student with teacher helps and answers located in the back. The 36 weekly lessons are arranged in units - four or five per course. Teacher-Student discussions about the various pieces of literature are encouraged. The courses may be used in any order at any high school level. The American Literature course contains units on short story, novels, essay (expository, descriptive, & narrative), and poetry. The British Literature course features units on novel, poetry, essay (including a poetry interpretation essay), and book review. World Literature has units on literary periods: Early Literature, Epic Poetry, Medieval-Renaissance, and Enlightenment-Romanticism.

E-book versions of the Program Books and Notes, Tests and Answers Books are now available. All content from the hardcopy products are available as pdf files for download. In 1-2 business days after order is processed, the customer will be sent an email with information on how to access the files, and will then have 14 days to download the material. Once downloaded, they never expire from the customer’s computer and can be read and printed from any device.

Reflect on what you read and how it affects you. This is the premise behind the Prestwick House Reading Response Journals. Somewhat different from the more typical literature study guide, these journals provide thoughtful questions about well-loved literature selections along with suggestions for writings. All sorts of writings – paragraphs, letters, poetry, editorials, essays, speeches, journal entries, and much more. Chapter-by-chapter through the book, there are numbered writing prompts (usually 2-4) for each chapter. The student is encouraged to read the book for enjoyment, but also to sift through the prompts noting their personal response and choosing the ones they wish to formalize with a writing activity. The goal is thoughtful interaction with the story; to provide ideas with support from the text rather than just opinions. A wrap-up set of prompts follows each book’s conclusion. Plus, there is a cumulative multiple-choice test (just for good measure). A reproducible response sheet template is provided as is a reproducible class record sheet. Some, but not all, titles include a test answer key. Permission to copy the unit for use in the classroom is extended to purchaser for personal use. Includes 28-44 pgs., stapled. ~ Janice/Judy

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I chose this because it's suggested reading for Notgrass World History.
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complements world culture study
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I chose this because it's suggested reading for Notgrass World History.
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9th Grade Curriculum
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complements world culture study
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9th Grade Curriculum
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