- Vocabulary~ The words are worked on in several different ways. Fill-in-the blank, multiple choice, word boxes, and more.
- Questions~ These are questions about the story itself and only need a short answer.
- Thinking About the Story~ Here the student is asked to compare things, analyze sections, look at similes, maxims, and more.
- Digging a Little Deeper ~ uses things that happen in the novel and compare scripture to see how they should have responded biblically.
- Optional Activites~ are included in a few lessons.
- Vocabulary ~ The student uses the words in word boxes, uses a dictionary, working with antonyms, matching, and more.
- Questions ~ These are questions just need a brief answer about the chapters.
- Thinking About the Story ~ The questions here get the student thinking about what is happening in the story and how Anne feels. They learn of personification, allusion, compare & contrast, and much more.
- Digging a Little Deeper ~ Uses events from the novel and uses scripture to see if they were handled in the correct way. Some of the topics deal with rumor & gossip.
- Optional Activities ~ These are writing assignments to cause the student to think about what they would do, or what they would write about something that Anne or Marilla had done or written. Other activity suggestions are going on a picnic and writing a character sketch.
The Progeny Press study guides suggest that the student read the novel first and then re-read it using the study guide. I have read Anne of Green Gables out loud to the girls before receiving the guide, but we had never read The Last of the Mohicans. I chose not to have the girls read the entire book before starting just to make sure we could get farther in the study guide before our review was due.
I used The Last of the Mohicans Study Guide with Amber (age 13) and Anne of Green Gables with Delaney (age 12). Neither one of them wanted to use the interactive PDF, so I printed both study guides out. We discussed how to use the guide and about the novels and their authors together and then I basically gave them both their book and study guide.
Delaney is a huge fan of Anne of Green Gables and when she turned 5 all she wanted was a "dress with puffed sleeves", so she was very excited to get started. We were already finished with our regular school work when this came, so Delaney spent more time working on this each day. This study guide helped Delaney to really experience this book. It made her think about how Anne felt in certain situations and we discussed how she should have handled the situations and how we would have responded. This study guide not only helped Delaney understand the English/literature of the story, it has helped her to feel the story. She actually started thinking about how she would respond in the situations she read about. She realized how we should or shouldn't treat people in certain situations and how to compare actions to the bible.
Amber moved a little slower than Delaney did in her guide, but she knew nothing about The Last of the Mohicans. Amber loves to read anything, but when it comes to answering questions she thinks they are a waste of her time, but she actually likes to answer the questions in this study guide. She liked answering them out loud with me so we could actually discuss the questions instead of her just writing down her answers.
I love the study guides from Progeny Press because they require the student to actually think about the book, characters, why things happen, and how the people feel. It is great having bible references to be able to go to the scripture to see what the bible has to say on certain situations, and they can lead to great family discussions.