Don’t you love it when your kids find books they really enjoy reading? I do!
But as a homeschool mom, I also like to have my kids read books for literature studies. What’s great is when I can combine the two.
For example, my oldest wanted to read The Hunger Games trilogy. I was glad she was excited about reading, but I also wanted her to explore some of the themes and ideas I knew were in the books. I wasn’t confident in my ability to come up with the kinds of deeper thinking questions I knew were needed, however.
Thankfully, someone else did!
As with all their study guides, the one for The Hunger Games comes complete with author information, book synopsis, pre-reading activities, end-of-book essays and writing assignments, additional resources, and teacher information. And like Progeny Press’ other guides, this one comes available in a variety of formats.
I got the downloadable version, so I had the literature study and the answer guide saved on my computer and could reference it whenever I needed. Because my daughter doesn’t enjoy doing work on the computer, I printed out the guide so she could write in it.
Worked well for what each of us needed!
The study guide breaks the book down into groups of chapters (i.e. 1-4, 5-7, 8-10, etc.) and for each group there is a vocabulary section, general comprehension questions, “Thinking About the Story” questions, “Dig Deeper” questions, and optional activities.
The vocabulary sections consist of a variety of activities designed to help students become familiar with the words used in that particular set of chapters of the book. The “Dig Deeper” questions are the most thought-provoking ones; they include Scripture to consider, life-application inquiries, and questions requiring much brain power!
Here are a couple examples of “Dig Deeper” questions:
*Define injustice. Read Mark 3:1-5, Psalms 37:1-9, and Hebrews 10:30-35. What do these verses demonstrate and teach us? According to these verses, what should our reaction be to injustice? How are we to act justly?
*Read Luke 6:31. How would you apply this verse to Katniss’s actions toward the other tributes? Do you think Katniss has done this? Do you think Thresh’s actions toward her were connected in any way with whether Katniss followed the instruction in this verse?
Because we’ve done several Progeny Press literature studies, my daughter said she liked the familiar feel and layout of this one. Overall, she said she enjoyed the study. She thought the questions were challenging and probing and she felt that she benefitted from diving into the book on a deeper level.
What more could you ask from a literature study?