Pearl Student Workbook (2nd Edition)

Pearl Student Workbook (2nd Edition)

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Item #: 005460
ISBN: 9780967100982
Grades: 6

Product Description:

Now in the 2nd edition, this workbook features some changes and updates from the previous edition. The comprehension questions and Creative Writing exercises have been removed to streamline and reduce the volume of activities in the workbook. (Other comprehension questions are still included in the textbook and in the Teacher's Edition.)

Publisher Description:

Integral to the sixth grade text, the Pearl workbook completes the curriculum and offers a writing component unique to this workbook. For most prose selections in the textbook the workbook has two vocabulary activities. Each prose selection has a graphic organizer, in-depth comprehension questions, and creative writing exercises. Over twenty additional creative writing tasks incorporate the language arts components of each literary genre. The workbook also offers over fifty original, one-page, prose piecescalled Mini-Originalswith comprehension questions designed to prepare students for standardized writing tests and to provide an opportunity to develop more sophisticated writing skills.

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.

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Softcover Book
Brand Name
Mosdos Press
1.7 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.69"
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kiddo is in grade 6, already have the teacher manual and readibookng
Sarah D on Aug 10, 2022
school curriculum
Emeline A on Aug 14, 2020
kiddo is in grade 6, already have the teacher manual and readibookng
Sarah D on Aug 10, 2022
Can't wait to see if it is wonderful. We are using it in a coop.
Diana M on Aug 2, 2022
school curriculum
Emeline A on Aug 14, 2020
Christian School Curriculum
Eric V on Aug 4, 2020
The workbooks are a nice way to give my student some independent work with this program. There is more than enough work included in the text, but sometimes it's nice to have a response book that you can write on directly. I also appreciate the vocabulary that is incorporated into the workbook.
Kelly S on Jul 27, 2019
I am working on reading comprehension with my rising 6th grader and this goes along with the student book.
Renee C on Jul 11, 2019
Can't wait to see if it is wonderful. We are using it in a coop.
Diana M on Aug 2, 2022
Christian School Curriculum
Eric V on Aug 4, 2020
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