Summer of the Monkeys
A humorous, fictional account of a boy in Oklahoma in the late 19th century who learns about love, responsibility, and what it means to put first things first.
Please note that a brief synopsis of many of the books included here areprovided in our Library Builders section. Study guides for the samebook are often available from several publishers, so we found it more efficientto give a description of the book only once.
Just when I think I've seen 'em all, I have to think again... Written specifically for homechoolers (and with an attempt to use literature engaging to boys, in particular) these incorporate Biblical references where appropriate. Each guide begins with a synopsis of both author and book. A list of proposed projects, which are to be completed along with the study, follows. In some of the guides these are keyed to particular chapters and helpful reminders of them are included as you work through the study guide. Books are discussed in chapter clusters rather than by chapter. A fairly standard format is followed after reading each assigned section of the book. First are Reading Response questions which contain a nice mix of comprehension, analysis, and thought-provoking questions and exercises. Lines are included for students to record their responses. A wide variety of literature skills is covered in each book and throughout the series. Hank the Cowdog (Finally, someone has written a study guide about our old friend, Hank!), for example, provides numerous examples of and opportunities to discuss hyperbole. These literature skills discussions always include a clear explanation of the literary term, often marked with a special icon, example(s) of its use in the book under discussion, and exercises for the student to practice the skill. Special "In Thy Light" activities/questions may appear in either the Reading Response or Literature Skill sections. These include scriptural quotations or ask students to refer to their Bibles to consider issues raised in the novel in the light of God's Word. Vocabulary exercises follow these sections. A refreshing variety of approaches are used in these - including crossword puzzles, multiple choice, word structure, etc. Many study guides place vocabulary study in the pre-reading section of the guide. I prefer it after reading, however, as it is likely that the student will either discover the meaning of unknown words in context or will (hopefully) consult a dictionary as he reads. Composition is incorporated through open-ended questions or proposed projects that provide opportunity for more in-depth written responses. Many of the guides have a proposed project or culminating activity to end the study of each chapter block. For instance, the Cheaper By the Dozen guide also incorporates a Journal Assignment at the end of each section so students can construct their own memoir as they read through the book. An answer key at the end of each book provides the answers to all questions and activities. Despite the "youth" of this company, these guides are very well-organized, professionally done, and provide insightful, engaging study of the literature while increasing student understanding of and skill with literary forms and concepts. I hope this company continues to expand their line of outstanding guides.
Meet the horse Boxer on your read through Animal Farm, and other characters in The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Pushcart War, Tuck Everlasting, and Summer of the Monkeys.
The word "grammar" in the
If given a choice, most young readers will choose a book over a "reader" style collection of stories. Why? The stories are interesting, the illustrations engaging, and they seem more "manageable". Okay, so why not teach reading comprehension and beginning literature skills using wonderful children's books? Maybe because you don't want to invest in study guides for each book. Or maybe because you think there needs to be just a little more organized coverage of skills than you might come up with on your own. Or, maybe you just haven't found the right resource. Well, Logos Press has answered all these "maybes" by creating worksheets to go along with some great children's literature. These reproducible worksheets are compiled into spiral bound books and incorporate both the answers and notes for the teacher. Children have seven kinds of questions to answer: matching, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, drawing a picture, listing, vocabulary definitions, and essay-type. Beginning Literature 1 and 2 includes worksheets for each book plus a sample reading comprehension worksheet that functions as a book report form identifying and describing main characters as well as listing the book's happenings at the beginning, middle, and end. These worksheets provide an excellent introduction to literature studies and reading comprehension by encouraging both thinking about the reading selection and expressing those thoughts in a cohesive manner. A grading label (for reading, English, and spelling) is included on each worksheet. The teacher's instructions include guidelines for grading, and a complete answer key is included.