Shadow of a Bull
Manolo Olivar is the son of the greatest matador in Spain. Everyone expects him to be a bullfighter, and now, at eleven, he must fight his first bull. The only problem is that Manolo is afraid of bullsand cars, and heights. In fact, Manolo isn't a very brave boy at all. See if he finds the courage to fight with honor and become a matador like his father or if life takes him down another road. A glossary of bull-fighting terms is included. 151 pgs. ~ Rachel S.
This guide will take you on a tour through the Shadow of a Bull, The Princess and the Goblin, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Rascal, and The Cricket in Times Square.
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.
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.