We are long time lovers of Progeny Press. We were first introduced to them many years ago through the Homeschool Review Crew. The guides they provide are excellent and easy to use. For this review, we will talk about The Scavengers – eGuide.
Progeny Press has many guides for Classic books available. They’re a really great company for anyone looking to use a guide with reading for literature. They are a Christian company so their views and their guides do reflect this.
The Scavengers is a book by Micheal Perry. I had never heard of it before this but I found the story line intriguing and thought it was something the kids would enjoy. A different book than what we normally read.
The book itself tells the story of Maggie, a young girl in a world a lot different than our own. Progeny Press describes as a cross between Mad Max and Laura Ingalls Wilder. It’s a Dystopian tale set in a fantasy world, a world without the modern conveniences of today. A world desolate though people still manage to thrive.
It’s really a fun tween book that the family can enjoy. But I digress from the real point of this review: The Scavenger’s – eGuide. This guide is designed especially for this book.
The Scavenger’s – eGuide is jammed back with good stuff about the book and the author. 59 pages of stuff to be exact. Progeny Press gives rights for family use of this eGuide so that you can print it and use it with your students at home after purchasing.
The guide is interactive so you can have your student use it directly on the computer to type in their answers if you’d like. I have found that’s worked well for us in the past. Or as I mentioned above, you can print it as well.
The guide is for grades 5-8. The guide begins with a quick mention of the guide’s author, followed by a Table of Contents and a Note to the Instructor on how to use this guide. There is a Synopsis of the story featured at the beginning so that you are up to date on the story line if you have not read the book yet. This is followed by a short script on the Author of the book himself, so you have a better idea of who he is and why he writes.
Then begins the good stuff: suggestions for prereading activities, vocabulary, and simple questions begin the study guide. As you continue through the guide, the questions become more in depth, focusing on what you’re reading in the story. There are additional optional activities suggested for your students as well. Some of these are writing activities and some are activities which help your student learn more about the usage of items mentioned in the book. For instance, this guide suggests that the student look up Hoop Houses and their use for gardening then possibly visiting a green house to see how Hoop Houses are used first hand.
This is how the guide continues throughout. It breaks the book into chapters like 1-8 and so on for more in depth learning about what your student is reading. Each section follows the above mentioned formatting until you reach the end of the book. Then there is an overview of the book presented which reviews the literature aspects of the book, like theme and pros and cons.
At the end of the guide there are suggestions for Writing and After You Read activities. This is a fairly long section with tons of ideas like researching Gene Splicing and painting a portrait of Maggie, who changes her name to Ford Falcon in the book. Writing a poem or making a water telescope are more ideas suggested in this section.
Lastly, there is a list of additional resources recommended for further reading and education on the things featured in the book. This is a great way to expand the lessons as well and a place to find other projects that bring the story to life for your student.
The Scavenger’s – eGuide is extremely thorough as are all the guides from Progeny Press. The cost for this guide is $18.99 and worth the cost. There are more guides available for other books as well. There is a sample of this guide available on the Progeny Press website for you to view before purchase as well.
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