The best reproducible study guide to accompany the paperback novel for over 40 years!
Each novel has been selected because of its great appeal to students, its literary quality, and its classroom value. The guides provide questions and activities based on Blooms Taxonomy that will develop improved understanding, appreciation and literary skills. Teachers have used them successfully to develop active readers with whole classes, in reading groups and as enrichment for the gifted.
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.
What? Another set of literature guides? Sometimes, it seems that way even to us. However, what’s a person to do when you encounter an excellent secular series that has an amazing list of titles and provides a quality study at all grade levels? To us, it’s a bit of a no-brainer.
These are very comprehensive and thorough studies with just a hint of cross-curricular applications and a good variety of writing activities. I particularly like the fact that they do use graphic organizers – but not so exhaustively that you feel overwhelmed by them. The guides have a common pattern whether for young primary grades or high school level. Guides include:
- Synopsis and Background Info
- Pre-Reading Activities & Discussion Questions
- Chapter (or passage) coverage including vocabulary, comprehension questions, discussion questions, literary devices, and writing activities
- Cloze Activity (filling in the blanks of a quote/passage with appropriate words)
- Post-Reading Activities & Discussion Questions
- Suggestions for Further Reading
I look for several things in a good study and this series has them all. First of all, vocabulary is studied within the context of quality literature and is a valuable part of the study. Secondly, literary analysis starts early and is covered thoroughly. Thirdly, questions go beyond basic comprehension and delve into deeper, thought-provoking issues. Lastly, writing activities are expected and have good variety. This series provides all of that and does it well. To add to the appeal, the guides have a pick-up-and-go, user-friendly format that doesn’t burden you with a lot of teacher-y rigmarole. Reproducible for a classroom and there’s a complete answer key. 24 – 35 pgs. pb ~ Janice