The Sixth Grade Literature Guide Set covers Robin Hood, The Door in the Wall, King Arthur, and Adam of the Road which includes a student workbook and a teacher manual for each book. After receiving all four of the student’s and teacher’s manuals, we decided to start with Robin Hood.
During our daily school time, I read a chapter aloud to Evan while he fills out his workbook page. I suppose he is old enough to read it for himself and answer the questions, but I am such a book nerd that I love to still read to him so that I can hear the story too. As I am reading to him, he opens his workbook to the chapter we are covering and answers the questions. I like doing it this way because it really forces him to pay attention to what I am reading so that he can answer the questions correctly.
The student manual starts with ‘Reading Notes’ that covers some of the names and places you will be reading about in that chapter. After that, it has ‘Vocabulary’ words for the students to define. I like this part because it helped to expand his vocabulary while he tried to guess what each word meant within the context of the story. If he could not figure out the meaning of the word, he was able to practice the skill of looking up words in a dictionary all while learning some outdated words that are still used in a lot of classic books. (It was also fun for me to see if the words meant what I thought they meant) ‘Comprehension Questions’ follow the vocabulary section with questions asking about what is taking place in the story and then they provide a ‘Quotations’ section that the child must remember who said the quoted part and why. You end with ‘Discussion Questions’ to make sure your child really comprehends what was just read to them. They offer an ‘Enrichment’ section at the end of each chapter in the student workbook also that asks the students to act out a scene, draw a picture of what they read, or rewrite that part of the story in their own words.
I have been reading to my son since he was very young and this is the first time that I have had a workbook that goes along with what I am reading to him. I surprised myself by actually liking this, and I didn’t get any complaints from him for having to write out answers either… which is odd. I think he gets so engrossed in the story and getting the answers right that he forgets that he is having to write. LOL!
Overall, I am very pleased with this curriculum, and I am going to continue to use this to finish out the rest of the books that the materials cover. I would not hesitate to recommend this literature curriculum to someone who is looking for one. I hope this review was helpful, and comment below if you have any questions.