Ruby Student Edition

Ruby Student Edition

# 046265

Our Price: $62.00
In Stock.

Item #: 046265
ISBN: 9780980167016
Grades: 4

Category Description for Mosdos Press Literature Series:

Mosdos Press bills its literature courses as intellectually challenging with positive moral values. We used the Gold book for Mark's literature course for one year, and we would agree with their assessment.

So that students will see the full range of literary works, each level in the program is comprised of several types of literature: short stories, poetry, nonfiction essays, plays, songs, drama selections, and even a complete novel. Selections are from top-notch authors. A review of the table of contents in Pearl reveals selections from such well-known authors as Irene Hunt, Langston Hughes, Alex Haley, T. S. Eliot, Jack London, Leo Tolstoy, James Thurber, Robert Frost, James Herriot, Carl Sandburg, and Aesop.

Each level consists of three components: a hardcover student book, a softcover spiral-bound teacher edition, and a softcover workbook. The Student Book is quite visually appealing, with a mixture of color photographs, color drawings, b&w line drawings, and watermark backgrounds and borders. The desire for visual appeal is even more obvious in Pearl (6th grade, copyright 2003) than in Gold (8th grade, copyright 2001), showing that visual quality is quite important to the publisher.

But quality is much more than skin-deep. In addition to the literary work itself, each piece is proceeded by a Blueprint for Reading. This includes a brief bio of the author, an introduction to the story, and an explanation of some facet of literature. A Word Bank lists vocabulary words to know; however, pronunciations and definitions of the more challenging words are given at the bottom of the page where each first appears in the story. Selections end with Quick Review, In-depth Thinking, and Drawing Conclusions questions. A Focusing On section asks the student to examine some literary aspect of the selection. Creating and Writing lists a few possibilities for some type of writing related to the story.

While the Teacher Edition lacks the color of the student book, it contains a wealth of information to aid the instructor. For starters, it contains a reduced-size version of the student text, sans color. It also contains additional background information about the selection and general literary information as well, such as comments about setting and plot. Discussion questions (with answers), which are different from and more detailed than the end-of-selection questions, are given along the way. Answers to the end-of-selection questions and workbook questions are also provided, as are pointers to aid with the Creating and Writing assignments.

The Workbook format differs slightly from grade to grade. The 6th grade workbook contains vocabulary activities, graphic organizers, and space to write answers to the In-depth Comprehension Questions and the Creative Writing exercises, plus 25 additional Creative Writing tasks which incorporate language arts components and facets of each type of literary genre. It also contains 25 prose pieces with comprehension questions to help prepare students for standardized tests. The 8th grade workbook contains vocabulary exercises, graphic organizers, and a research or creative writing activity. Answers to the questions are included in the back of the Teacher's Editions.

A Test Master CD-ROM for each level is available which contains all the test masters for prose selection, unit tests, vocabulary tests and essay questions. Use them as tests or as extra assignments.

As an instructor, I really liked this program. I (Bob) was doing a fair amount of Mark's instruction at this point, and I don't always get a chance to preview the material before discussing it with Mark. The teacher's manual really fills in the gaps in this situation, although it would still be better for me to read the selections prior to discussion. Mark is not a big fan of canned literature programs (although he reads a great deal), but in general he liked the stories included in the program.

One final note. The program is written so that it can be used in a secular setting, so you won't see many references to God or the Bible. However, the selections do maintain a high moral tone that should be pleasing to a broad spectrum of users. All things considered, we believe that this program compares favorably to program like the Bob Jones literature program, which we have also used at various levels.

Components are available individually or in a convenient bundle. Bundles include all the textual resources necessary for the course: Student Book(s), Teacher Edition(s) and the softcover workbook. Not included but available separately is the Test Master CD-Rom.

Primary Subject
Hardcover Book
Brand Name
Mosdos Press
3.875 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.25"
Start typing your question and we'll check if it was already asked and answered. Learn More
Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 4 answers
Why did you choose this?
Rainbow Resource Center Store
on the highpoint hybrid school supplies/books list
Rachael S on Aug 4, 2021
Great find and a few bucks less than what my daughter's private school wanted.
Tracy O on Aug 17, 2018
on the highpoint hybrid school supplies/books list
Rachael S on Aug 4, 2021
Chantelle H on Oct 16, 2018
Great find and a few bucks less than what my daughter's private school wanted.
Tracy O on Aug 17, 2018
Chantelle H on Oct 16, 2018
Do you ship to Israel?
A shopper on Apr 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we ship internationally. Here is where you will find more information:
4.8 / 5.0
4 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
Rated 4 out of 5
just buy the textbook!
I purchased the complete sets of Ruby and Pearl for my 4th and 6th graders. The stories in the textbook are great as are the questions and writing activities. I also bought the workbooks and the teachers manual, which came at a hefty price. Do not buy them! The workbooks are confusingly written, and often my children and I do not understand how to complete an activity or it seems pointless. The teacher's manual is expensive and unnecessary, with so many extra questions and discussion points that if you did everything, literature would be the ONLY subject you completed each day.
November 20, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent book!
I use this to tutor one of my clients in reading. Good price for this book. I like that it asks questions before each story, so that they will think about various ideas while reading.
November 3, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I love this curriculum!
This is a beautiful book. It introduces setting, plot, theme, internal and external struggle, resolution, etc. Each story has a lesson and guides the reader into their own moral compass where they can put themselves into another's shoes and feel compassion and empathy. The corresponding workbook allows for further discussion and in-depth thinking. The student works on vocabulary words, cursive handwriting, creative writing, and reading comprehension. I just love it and so do my daughters! I plan to continue with Mosdos Press literature books.
October 23, 2015
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I could not be happier with Mosdos It is a complete literature program It was recommended to me by a friend who also loved it I found it to be very thorough It connects all the dots with reading and comprehension My children actually enjoy using their Mosdos books They are beautifully done I recommend them to anyone looking for a literature program that does everything for them and keeps it beautiful and interesting (to both parents and kids)
July 31, 2014

help desk software