Memoria Press has such quality homeschool materials, so I was thrilled for the chance to review the Seventh Grade Literature Guide Set which included The Hobbit Literature Guide Set.
With this set we received the following:
- The Hobbit Student Study Guide
- The Hobbit Teacher Guide
- The Trojan War Student Study Guide
- The Trojan War Teacher Guide
- The Bronze Bow Student Study Guide
- The Bronze Bow Teacher Guide
- Anne of Green Gables Student Study Guide
- Anne of Green Gables Teacher Guide
My 7th grade son loves to read, so I let him go ahead and get a jump start on his fall studies. I showed him the selection and he decided to start to work on The Hobbit Literature Guide Set. We loaded The Hobbit to his Fire Tablet and he got to work.
The only problem we have had is that my son likes to keep reading, but doesn’t necessarily wish to stop and do the study guide. I have to often remind him to slow down and answer the study guide questions first. I do allow him to work at his own pace as long as he’s trying to keep up with the study guide while he’s reading. He’s getting a lot accomplished!
The Hobbit Literature Guide is pretty self explanatory and doesn’t need a lot of teacher direction. A student is able to read a chapter in their assigned book and then work through the pages in the guide that coordinate. The guide has “Reading Notes”, which are actually quite helpful in explaining what some of the words and characters in the book meant. For example, in The Hobbit, some of the “Reading Notes” include defining the characters of Bilbo Baggins, The Books, Gandalf, Thorin, and Smaug. There are also vocabulary works that the student has to define. Comprehension questions, quotations, and discussion questions are also included. These help make the student return to the book and think more about what they are reading.
My son wasn’t a huge fan of the poetry weeks that are in the study guide and having to figure out what The Dwarves’ Song meant, however we haven’t worked on poetry much before. I appreciate that this guide helped us through taking apart and understanding poetry.
In the back, there are worksheets for creating notes about the characters in the book. There is a sheet to create notes on creatures and describe places, adventures, and more.
The Teacher Guide includes answers to the workbook along with quizzes and exam questions.
Next up, I think my son plans to read Anne of Green Gables and then we will probably go with The Trojan War and then The Bronze Bow. I’m happy to see him working through these classics and using the study guides to learn.
Overall, we really like this program and I’ll be considering it for my other children. We have been very pleased with how deep some of the questions go in order to make the students think.
For More Information:
For more information, please visit the Memoria Press website. You can find this complete set plus the novels for only $129.00. If you are interested in other grades, they offer sets from first through tenth grade.
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