Whipping Boy Study Guide

Whipping Boy Study Guide

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Publisher Description:

Jemmy dreams of returning to the streets, away from the castle and Prince Brat, but when the two boys are held hostage by notorious outlaws, they must trust each other. . .or else!

Category Description for Total Language Plus Study Guides:

Very comprehensive and versatile study guides from a Christian perspective for selected novels. According to the publisher, the focus is on "teaching thinking and communication skills using literature as a base." A myriad of skills are covered here: reading comprehension, analytical and critical thinking, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, writing, and listening (I guess that's the "Plus"!). Total Language Plus is really both literature and language arts combined in one program. Novels have been carefully selected to either display a high moral tone, or to provide a basis from which to teach Biblical discernment. Most are Newbery Medal or Honor books; all are generally thought of as quality literature, have depth, and are high-interest.

One small teacher's manual presents the how's and why's of the program. It provides an overview and philosophy of the program, sample lesson plans for a typical week, and instructions for teaching each component of the program. The appendix contains a writing helps section and a summary of basic spelling rules. Also included here are answers to common questions about the Total Language Plus program. The program requires minimal teacher involvement as students work through most of the material on their own. While some work is done on separate paper, most exercises are worked directly in the student worktext, which is not reproducible. The only condition under which copying is allowed is when teaching multiple students simultaneously out of the same study guide.

The beginning of each book contains a variety of critical thinking activities, correlated to chapters in the novels, which include projects, drawing, writing assignments, and a puzzle. Some of the writing assignments require research or lengthier essays, while "Personally Thinking" questions require shorter written answers to questions that apply concepts in the story to the student's life or require the student to think and make judgments about story events and characters. These activities can be used at any time during the unit at your discretion, but you will probably want to use several of the shorter writing assignments per week if you want to include composition skills in the program.

The rest of the guide is broken down into weekly units. Each week, the student reads a section of the novel and answers comprehension questions pertaining to those chapters. Daily oral language exercises contain short paragraphs to be dictated to the student, practicing listening and memorization skills and reinforcing spelling and grammar. Passages are chosen to emphasize Bible truths that relate to the story or are actual excerpts from the literature. Other exercises practice an assortment of English skills, with Friday's exercise a summary of "problem words" for the week. Each day, students complete a section of their vocabulary worksheets, including the compilation of a glossary of vocabulary words for which students supply definition and part of speech. Vocabulary review sheets are included at the back of the book, and you can assign these to review and reinforce learning. As a culmination of vocabulary work, a final review test and answer key is provided. Daily spelling exercises also revolve around words from the novel. At the end of each week, a spelling test is administered on the words studied that week. As you can see, far more than reading and comprehension is covered here! Using this program you should not need separate spelling or vocabulary programs. Depending on the activities you choose, and the emphasis you place on composition skills, this may suffice as your total English program. Each book contains 5 to 8 units and will take about 8 to 10 weeks to complete. Plan on using about 3 to 5 guides per year.

Guides are available at five grade levels. Advanced high school guides contain more extensive writing activities that teach composition techniques, showing the student how to organize and plan their writing, as well as suggesting what points to include. They also contain oral readings for the selections to incorporate speech and drama into the program.

Lower-priced guides (see Out of the Dust and From the Mixed-Up Files...) are Focus Guides, which "focus" on specific writing skills and omit many of the varied language arts activities found in the other guides. While containing comprehension and analysis questions like other guides, they also feature comprehensive writing assignments relevant to the novel. Focus guides have less content overall than other guides and will take about 3 weeks to complete.




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.


Primary Subject
Reading/Literature
Grade Start
3
Grade End
4
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Total Language Plus
Weight
1.05 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.75" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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used TLP before and liked it!
Emily P on Nov 18, 2021
Amazing book and beautifully depicts the picture of the gospel. TLP is an excellent way to hit the LA skills in an engaging way.
Kari K on Sep 14, 2020
used TLP before and liked it!
Emily P on Nov 18, 2021
TLP is my favorite Lit program. My kids read and they learn spelling, grammar, and writing in one program. Plus they get to choose a book they want to read.
Naomi P on Feb 15, 2021
Amazing book and beautifully depicts the picture of the gospel. TLP is an excellent way to hit the LA skills in an engaging way.
Kari K on Sep 14, 2020
homeschool mom
juan c on Jul 5, 2018
My oldest completed this study guide in 3rd grade and we loved it! So now that my second child is at the same level, we are doing it again. I love that it includes all aspects of Language Arts and incorporates little projects along the way that include geography, history, art, and everyday life. TLP is wonderful!
Emily T on Jun 19, 2018
I used Total Language Plus with my older kids and am now ready to use it for my younger ones. It's a great mix of reading comprehension, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary practice.
Julie F on Mar 12, 2018
selected by co-op
Josette S on Sep 20, 2017
i need it for my child
Melody B on Jan 21, 2017
I think this way of studying language arts will be perfect for my hands on daughter
Rebecca W on Jun 12, 2016
I've had friends use this curriculum and pointed me in this direction. We will always be using this as a homeschool Language curriculum.
Debi S on Nov 16, 2015
TLP is my favorite Lit program. My kids read and they learn spelling, grammar, and writing in one program. Plus they get to choose a book they want to read.
Naomi P on Feb 15, 2021
homeschool mom
juan c on Jul 5, 2018
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