My Side of the Mountain

My Side of the Mountain

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Item #: 003354
ISBN: 9780141312422
Grades: 3-7

Product Description:

An account of Sam's adventures as he lives alone on his grandfather's mountain for a year. Sam lives in the trunk of a tree, catches and trains a falcon, and makes his own clothing.

Publisher Description:

Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods"all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.

Category Description for Progeny Press Study Guides & Books:

Among the many companies that offer a literature guide or study guide to use with a novel, Progeny Press does a beautiful job incorporating scripture into their literary analysis. I like how their guides begin with more basic comprehension questions and evolve into more challenging questions that encourage deeper thinking. Think of it as moving from who, what and where into the how and why’s. With Progeny Press, students are asked to draw comparisons between the literature they are reading and the Bible. Your student will use their own Bible in their preferred version.

New to literature study guides? They are an independent and flexible option for adding a literature component to your language arts. As your student reads a novel, the guide provides a framework, something like a workbook. The guide might suggest each learner read chapters 1 and 2, then answer some questions. Students answer directly in the guide. From a parent’s viewpoint, this is a time saver! You can set a schedule if you like, or just open their guide and ask them a question! Students love talking about what they are reading, whether they like it or not. Parent educators get a sense of the investment in the book each child has based on their remarks. In addition, parents could easily develop and add some deeper questions into an essay too.

Progeny Press has many titles to choose from. The age groups overlap in places because, well, that is not an exact science, is it? One student may read a book at age 10 and another at age 14. The age groups help a parent determine if the novel’s content is likely appropriate for a child’s age. Reading comprehension and literary analysis are an important component of any ELA year. A typical number of novels with guides is 4-6 a year, or 2-3 per semester. Some novels may take only a couple weeks to complete, while others take up to 8 weeks. While a few titles are still available in the previous pdf format, these are phasing out. The guides are reproducible within one classroom or family.

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  • a concise synopsis of the book
  • information about the book’s author
  • background information pertinent to the story
  • suggestions for activities relating to the subject matter
  • introduction of literary terms
  • vocabulary exercises for each section of reading
  • comprehension, analysis, and application questions for each section of reading with discussion of related Biblical themes
  • a complete answer key and suggestions for further reading

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Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Trade Paper
Reprint, Illustrated
9 to 12
Jean Craighead George
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Puffin Books
0.35 (lbs.)
7.75" x 5.12" x 0.62"
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My boys loved reading this book when they were in 5th and 6th grade.
Elizabeth T on Sep 7, 2022
Needed for a learning center class.
Riannon M on Aug 10, 2022
My boys loved reading this book when they were in 5th and 6th grade.
Elizabeth T on Sep 7, 2022
Was recommended by Literature teacher
Judith B on Aug 30, 2022
Needed for a learning center class.
Riannon M on Aug 10, 2022
It was on a list of 50 books all kids should read from our public library. But the book wasn't in our library so we ordered it.
Emily S on Aug 19, 2021
Beautiful classic
Leann B on Jul 19, 2021
book club ages 11-13
AnnMarie G on Apr 2, 2021
It's a great story and will be interesting to my child.
Jennifer E on Sep 21, 2020
For a literature class
User on Sep 13, 2020
Good Boy Book!
Kathleen M on Aug 2, 2020
School curriculum for Bracken
Randall K on Jul 20, 2020
Required reading for school
Melanie M on Jul 11, 2020
The main character/narrative of this book will be well suited to my adventurous son.
Callan L on Jan 14, 2020
gift for my son. My favorite childhood book
Jamie B on Dec 13, 2018
I have twin boys and they are both doing the Total Language Plus reader guide for My Side the Mountain. I have one book but it will be easier for them to each have their own book. Plus, they LOVE this book and might want to each keep their own copy forever!
Karen C on Sep 5, 2018
Part of my student's 5th grade reading curriculum next year. Rainbow Resource had the best price!
User on Jan 14, 2018
Reading it as a group and it was assigned.
Beniliz O on Sep 12, 2017
I read it to my children when they were young and it is good. I will be using with the language book, too.
Debi S on Jan 19, 2017
For Students
Sara H on Jan 2, 2017
as a gift for my nephew because this was my son's favorite book.
Amanda C on Dec 11, 2015
My son is reading this for his literature co-op class.
Carolyn T on Oct 15, 2015
Was recommended by Literature teacher
Judith B on Aug 30, 2022
It was on a list of 50 books all kids should read from our public library. But the book wasn't in our library so we ordered it.
Emily S on Aug 19, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
I love this book and so do my children! I remember reading this book back when I was 11 After reading it I was ready to run off and live in the woods myself Now re-reading it with my own children I see that same look in their eyes that I had back then You can see their own wheels turning dreaming of what it would be like to survive in the wilderness all on their own After reading this book they began building their own woodland retreats gathering materials and planning out how they could make it through a winter What learning opportunities this book brought forth! The possibilities are endless on things you can do with this bookIn this story a young boy named Sam sets off into the Catskill mountains to attempt to make it on his own in the wilderness Through trial and tribulation he makes it through a winter managing to find shelter and food He learns as he goes along and not only survives through the seasons but thrives This fictional story provides a great source of naturalistic learning and survival skills It teaches not only about nature but also to respect nature to be part of nature yourself What an inspirational book It captures the wonder of nature that children naturally have and focuses on a child's desire for independence and adventure Jean Craighead George speaks to the explorer in all of us young and old
April 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
My 11 year old son who is a very reluctant reader (would much rather play video games) breezed through this book and the two sequels I used it as part of his school reading because it was recommended by Sonlight and he has a penchant for birds
December 6, 2004

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