Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Charlotte's Web Progeny Press Review

When you think of schooling, what comes to mind? For me, it's the 3 R's - reading, writing, and arithmetic. (On a side note, why are they called the 3 R's when only one of those actually begins with an R?) Any way, I digress. Reading is an important part of schooling, but not just reading; I want my children to understand what they read. Working on comprehension skills is a necessary component of a reading curriculum for me. I love adding the Progeny Press guides to our reading program so I was very excited to receive Charlotte's Web e-guide to review.

Charlotte's Web - E-Guide

For this review, we received the Charlotte's Web e-guide, a downloadable pdf file which includes the interactive guide and the answer key. Charlotte's Web is right at Sassy's reading level so this was a perfect choice for her.

I mentioned that I love adding the Progeny Press guides to our reading program. In fact, a couple of years ago, we were fortunate enough to review the Miss Rumphius guide. My girls (and The Boy when he was younger) complete two or three guides each year as part of their reading curriculum. I know that Progeny Press selects quality literature to create a guide for, so I don't have to worry about what my girls are reading. 

The Charlotte's Web e-guide is designed to accompany the book Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. The book itself is not a part of the e-guide. We already owned the book but it would have been just as easy to purchase it or borrow it from the local library.

The interactive guide contains more than just comprehension questions about the book. (I'll talk about those in a bit.) It also includes a synopsis of the novel, a section about the author, a section about the illustrator, and a section of additional resources. In this guide, the section of additional resources lists other books by E.B. White, books of related interest, field guides to insects, and videos.

The heart of the interactive guide is the section where students read Charlotte's Web and work through the guide, answering questions and completing assignments. There are pre-reading activities, questions and activities broken down for 2-3 chapters, and post-reading activities.

I love the pre-reading activities because they help Sassy get interested in the book before she even begins. Because the focus is on Charlotte, the spider, one of the pre-reading activities was to look up information about her type of spider in a field guide and learn more about it.

After we did the pre-reading activities, Sassy started with the novel. The guide breaks the book down into sections of three to four chapters. For each section, I have Sassy read those chapters the first day. After that, she spends the next few days working through the guide questions and activities for those chapters. I like the predictability and consistency of how the guide is structured. The first section is Vocabulary. Then there is a section of Questions, which are typically basic comprehension questions. Next up is Thinking About the Story; this section asks questions that involve more critical thinking skills. There are more "why do you think..." type questions in this section. The next section is Dig Deeper. In this section, questions are asked where Sassy has to use Scripture to evaluate concepts presented in the novel. 

I appreciate how the Charlotte's Web e-guide from Progeny Press helps Sassy to really think about what she is reading rather than just skim through it to say that she's read the book.

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