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  • Item #: 010792
    ISBN: 9781882514304
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    After being out of print for a while, it's a pleasure to have this study once again available. With an emphasis on interactive discussion and worldview, the guide provides a lesson-by-lesson framework for studying some of the major works of ancient literature – The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. Using an inductive approach, the student is encouraged to use three steps – observation, interpretation, and application – in coming to an understanding of the literary piece. Only after spending some time reading, absorbing, and comprehending the selection does the student seek to discover what others have said about it. The goal is for the student to be able and prepared to evaluate the opinions of others because they have formed their own thoughts first as opposed to just internalizing what others have thought and written.

    The course is divided into 24 lessons, each one taking about a week to complete. This is just about right for the literature component of a high school English course. You could easily lengthen the course to encompass the entire school year (30 or 36 weeks) by inserting writing assignments between the sections. As an example, let's look at the study of Oedipus Rex, which starts with some background information on the Greek Theater. This is to bring the student "up to speed" so to speak and includes all the basic information that a Greek theater-goer would know – such things as the story of Oedipus, how the play is organized, and who appears in the play. There are five lessons covering this reading selection, each organized similarly. First is a list of People and Places along with vocabulary that the student is expected to be able to identify and define. Then follows some reading sections, each accompanied by a set of comprehension questions (i.e. who, what, describe, how, etc.) An early lesson in the series gives some instruction on a literary analysis device – Dramatic Irony – and subsequent lessons ask the student to look for examples. In the second lesson in the series, an Overview Chart is introduced. The student uses this graphic organizer to identify and organize the main events and characters from the play. The series of lessons concludes with an in-depth Essay Question. The course includes four lessons on biblical literature and the Epic of Gilgamesh, four on The Odyssey, five lessons on Oedipus, five on Antigone (please note that both Sophocles' Antigone and the twentieth century play by Jean Anouilh are studied), and a final summary lesson.

    The text is designed as a consumable student workbook providing space to write the short essay answers to the comprehension/discussion questions. It could easily be used as a non-consumable by having the student keep answers in a separate binder/notebook. There are no answers given or an answer key. The parent/teacher is encouraged to be a participant along with the student in completing the readings and discussions. Although I understand this rationale and even agree that this approach is optimum, nevertheless, speaking as a mom, I would have appreciated some talking points.

    Compared to some, this is a relaxed study. This should not be interpreted as "lightweight." There's plenty here – both in organization and in the literature selections and discussion – to provide a challenging examination of ancient literature. One of the best features of the entire course is the fact that it starts with a four-lesson study of Daniel (the literature and culture of the Babylonians) and Genesis (creation, flood, and Tower of Babel) in order to assure that the student is well-grounded in biblical events and principles. Another excellent feature is the final worldview lesson. Although most ancient literature is the literature of pagans, this study provides the biblical grounding to make certain the study is profitable.

    Although a specific book list is not provided, it's obvious that specific versions of these works are being referenced because of the page numbers given throughout the lessons. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 000340
    ISBN: 9781880892459
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    Grammar, Diagramming, Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling, Short Story and Research Writing units, Poetry unit. Diane Welch & Susan Simpson, authors. Adapted lesson instructions are included for the revised edition of Star of Light, if you cannot locate the original version.

  • Item #: 041244
    ISBN: 9780977986040
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    Would you like to combine writing lessons with quality biographical information that inspires and challenges your students? The twenty-four lessons in this course take you systematically through the various structure-building and stylistic skills associated with TWSS. Each of the nine TWSS units has 2-3 lessons featuring source texts from the lives of Mother Theresa, Abraham Lincoln, and St. Francis of Assisi. Also included are lessons on the key virtues of a strong character and the responsibilities of a Christian. Each lesson includes a checklist of the various elements to be included in the final written product. The lessons build upon previous lessons. Spaces for outlines (required for most writing assignments) are included in the workbook, but most students will find it more convenient to use separate paper. ~ Janice



  • Item #: 027792
    ISBN: 9781573104104
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    These 100 reproducible activity sheets are great daily exercises for extra language practice. The format is consistent throughout the pages. Each page holds three separate exercises. At the top of the page is a short story, in which six vocabulary words are underlined and followed by blanks. Below the passage are the six definitions, lettered a-f. As students read through the passage, they write the letter of the correct definition in the blanks after the words. The middle section contains a list of six words for students to practice spelling and writing. The section at the bottom of each page gives six phrases or words for students to replace with a new word. For example, "to move like a rubber ball" or "beautiful." Students would then respond by writing something such as "bounce" and "pretty" on the blanks provided. 112 pgs. - Melissa

  • Item #: 000342
    ISBN: 9781880892190
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    Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling, Writing Mechanics, Poetry, Creative Writing/Creating Books unit, Newspaper unit, Journal Writing, Research unit. Four book studies within the course include: Boxcar Children, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Ben and Me (recently updated from the previously used Benjamin Franklin Childhood of Famous Americans), and Sign of the Beaver. Debbie Strayer, author.

  • Item #: 000337
    ISBN: 9781880892473
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    Grammar, Composition, Vocabulary, Narrative Writing, Literature, Narrative, Persuasive, and Compare/Contrast Writing, Research, Latin Word Study. Diane Welch, author.

  • Item #: 053226
    ISBN: 9780981809342
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    Primary Language Lessons is one of those engaging programs first published long ago that many have used and loved and said "if only". If only the book would lay flat. If only the course had room for the student to write. If only I didn't have to explain why "tomorrow" has a hyphen after the "o". If only there were some information about the authors and artists. If only this art print were a little clearer – or a little bigger. This newest version will sweep away all your "if onlys". And, the really good news is that none of the well-loved features of the original have disappeared. Content – right down to all the high quality art and literature – is virtually the same, except for those few updates and edits done to provide more clarity. Each lesson still introduces principals of grammar and word use through question and answer dialogue, composition, memorization, oral presentation, and dictation. There's even a few added features you might not have thought to include in your litany of "if onlys." Cute little icons have been added to each segment of the lesson to designate its purpose – read, write, memorize, copy, tell/narrate, or study. Tear-out pages in the back provide copies of all the dictation passages. Lots of lined space for all written assignments is provided. My favorite feature is the fourteen pages of biographical notes on most of the authors and artists found in the back. 258 pgs, coil-bound ~ Janice

  • Item #: 046123
    ISBN: 9781882514458
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    Continuing their literature series and including many of the characteristics of the Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Literature, this course is designed to provide the first year of a three-year survey of British and American Literature. Again utilizing whole works rather than excerpts, this course includes studies of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and selections from the Canterbury Tales and Hamlet (including the modern, worldview-shifting perspective from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead). There are 23 lessons, each expected to take about a week to complete, written directly (and often with a subtle, tongue-in-cheek humor) to the student, leading them to dig deeper into the shades of understanding of the literary piece as well as the culture and worldview of the author. The study guide – really a consumable worktext providing both the questions and plenty of space to write responses – starts with "typical" questions such as vocabulary development and sequence of events, but there is a spiraling intensity as the questions continue that quickly draws out more thoughtful responses. Most of the literature selections are written from a Christian worldview perspective.

    There are occasional writing suggestions (but no writing instruction) and many of the questions could be deepened into essays. Parents are strongly encouraged to read along with the student, and while I always think this is an excellent idea, I tend to be a little irritated when forced to do so: like other Greenleaf guides, there are no answer keys or even talking points provided. Students and parents are on their own in terms of evaluation. With the exception of Hamlet, specific versions (translations) of each work are referenced. We've listed these below. The Medieval Lit Study Package includes each of these books along with the Greenleaf Guide. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 000348
    ISBN: 9781880892183
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    Grammar, Vocabulary, Spelling, Reading, Cursive Handwriting/Penmanship, and Writing Mechanics. Debbie Strayer and Susan Simpson, authors.

  • Item #: 000339
    ISBN: 9781880892879
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    Because the original version of Star of Light is now out of print, the Green Teacher book now includes suggested lesson changes to use with the revised edition.
  • Item #: 062539
    ISBN: 9781499209662
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  • Item #: 000344
    ISBN: 9781880892206
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    Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling, Patriotic Songs & Poetry, Oral Presentations, Tall Tales/Folk Tales, and Composition. Debbie Strayer, author.

  • Item #: 006033
    ISBN: 9781500176945
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    The Commonplace Book (a place for copying poetry and passages from literature as well as other writings or information) replaces the copywork. Level 5 literature list: Ransom of Red Chief, Gift of the Magi, Emerald City of Oz, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Happy Prince and Other Tales, Little Women, Around the World in Eighty Days. Reviews and expands parts of speech, parts of a sentence, types of sentences, diagramming, literary analysis, descriptive writing, various types of narratives and adds sentence and paragraph construction, dialogue, introductions, and advanced punctuation.

  • Item #: 047827
    ISBN: 9780545110020
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    This book used to be sold as four separate workbooks – Expository Writing, Descriptive Writing, Narrative Writing, and Persuasive Writing. Well, those are now combined into a single volume – creating a book of ready-to-use lessons that will help students strengthen their writing. The book features a step-by-step approach, building skill upon skill. Written to the teacher, the book is laid out in a series of two-page activities: one lesson page to teach from followed by a reproducible, consumable workbook page for students to complete. The four sections of the book focus on developing the skills necessary to enhance that style of writing.

  • Narrative: students are taught how to write narratives about their own experiences, about other people and about literature. This culminates in learning to write a story.
  • Descriptive: teaches the different elements of descriptive writing. Concepts/skills students will learn along the way include: exploring sensory imagery, choosing the best word that works (contrasting, metaphor and simile, personification), and organizing descriptive paragraphs.
  • Expository: this section is broken into four parts – main idea, purpose, audience, and presentation. There are plenty of graphic organizers in this section to help with organizing and using ideas.
  • Persuasive: students will learn the elements of persuasion, analyze the techniques and come to understand the different purposes for persuading. Some types of persuasive writing that are focused on are book reviews, editorials, and persuasive essays (to name just a few).
  • Each of these sections also contains chapters titled "On Your Own" and "Rate Yourself." The first provides activities for students to practice applying their skills in an imaginative way, and the second is a self-assessment for students. The descriptive, narrative, and persuasive sections each have two composition activities to help students strengthen their writing. There are no answers included, as it is intended that the teacher would have a lot of interaction with each student and their work. – Zach

  • Item #: 006016
    ISBN: 9781499770551
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    Level 3 literature list: Story of Doctor Dolittle, Marvelous Land of Oz, Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare, Secret Garden, Princess and the Goblin. Covers parts of speech, alphabetizing, plurals, synonyms, antonyms, types of sentences, parts of a sentence, diagramming, introduction to paragraphs, capitalization, punctuation, contractions, and abbreviations.

  • Item #: 006027
    ISBN: 9781499767513
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    Level 4 literature list: Book of Dragons, Black Beauty, Ozma of Oz, Reluctant Dragon (Dream Days), Heidi, Tanglewood Tales. Reviews and expands parts of speech, parts of a sentence, types of sentences, and diagramming. Covers appositives, compound and complex sentences, outlines, comparatives and superlatives, phrases and clauses. Focus is on descriptive writing with student completing projects in condensed, amplified, point of view, slant, historical, and scientific narratives. Literary analysis is introduced.

  • Item #: 051638
    ISBN: 9780984010875
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    IEW units-based writing lessons using the Holling C. Holling books and Beautiful Feet's Literature Approach to Geography as source texts. An excellent way to extend the cross-curriculum value of this study. Spiral-bound, ~ Janice

  • Item #: 017304
    ISBN: 9780977859702
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    This fun and educational supplement will be a great diversion from boring textbooks and endless amounts of reading! Students will love putting some of their other talents into their history lessons. This book is divided into several sections including Creation, Noah, Tower of Babel, Egypt, China, Joseph and Moses, David, Jonah, and the Trojan Horse. As you can see, it covers many aspects of early history with a good mix of Biblical accounts and other historical events. Each section begins with a drawing of the time period or place, followed by drawing instructions for all different aspects of the picture, and concluding with a page of information about the time period so students can practice their penmanship. For example: Egypt starts with a colored page featuring a pyramid, mummy, and sphinx. The following pages have separate step-by-step drawing instructions (1-3 pages per drawing) for each of those items. The information about Egypt closes the section, written in cursive so students have a model to copy their handwriting after. Sprinkled with interesting facts and Bible verses, this book is sure to bring the ancient times to life. 64 pages. ~ Megan
  • Item #: 000347
    ISBN: 9781880892213
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    Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling, Creative Writing and Research unit, and Literary Analysis. Diane Welch & Susan Simpson, authors.

  • Item #: 069089
    ISBN: 9781545302729
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  • Item #: 006008
    ISBN: 9781500192365
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    Combined volume that includes Level 1 and Level 2.

  • Item #: 069093
    ISBN: 9781545303122
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  • Item #: 059073
    ISBN: 9781500192792
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    Level 2 literature list: Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Blue Fairy Book, Peter Pan, Wind in the Willows, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys. Covers an introduction to parts of speech, capitalization, and punctuation.

  • Item #: 059072
    ISBN: 9781500192488
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    Level 1 literature list: Beatrix Potter Stories, Just So Stories, Five Children and It, Jungle Book, Pinocchio, Orange Fairy Book, Velveteen Rabbit, Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, Aesop for Children.

  • Item #: 069091
    ISBN: 9781545302880
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  • Item #: 069094
    ISBN: 9781545303139
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  • Item #: 070879
    ISBN: 9781973828822
    Retail: $12.00
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  • Item #: 069092
    ISBN: 9781545303085
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  • Item #: 069090
    ISBN: 9781545302842
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  • Item #: 001057
    ISBN: 9781484035986
    Retail: $39.49
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    The Student Text is fairly self-directed, written as a conversation to the student. Students are guided, step by step through learning about and responding to their reading. Each chapter covers one book in 6-9 lessons. The lessons combine instruction and workbook into one format so that students respond to questions as students read through the text. As they complete their study of the literature, students must evaluate the conflict "colliding worlds" (man vs. man; man vs. ideas, etc.) involved, complete the quizzes and survey, take a vocabulary "quizzola," and complete the final, culminating activity. An "If You Liked This Book" section includes a list of additional readings. 8.5" x 11" 285 pp, sc.