Let’s talk literacy. This is such a vast topic and has many facets. It goes far beyond learning and knowing how to read. It encompasses the use and understanding of language as well. When our kids are young, we teach them letter recognition, letter sounds, and how to blend and segment those sounds. From there, we move on to reading fluency, reading comprehension, spelling, and grammar. This actually continues on through college as we learn how to use language to convey meaning through compositions and other literary elements and support or disprove theories of others’ work. All this to say that literacy doesn’t stop once we learn to read, but we continue to develop it through the entirety of our education. That is why I was excited for the opportunity to review Fifth Grade Literature Guide Set by Memoria Press and continue to develop these skills in my fifth grader. We delved right in to The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Literature Guide.
The Product: Fifth Grade Literature Guide Set
The Fifth Grade Literature Guide Set provides both the Student Study Guide and the Teacher’s Guide to 3 excellent works of literature:
- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- Heidi by Johanna Spyri
- Lassie by Eric Knight
As the student reads through the chapter books, they work through the Student Study Guide, building their vocabulary, comprehension, and discussion skills:
- Reading Notes: Learn new words and their definitions found in the text
- Vocabulary: Look up and write the meanings of new vocabulary words
- Comprehension Questions: Answer questions about the story to show understanding
- Quotations: Read quotes from this story or from the author
- Discussion Questions: Discuss deeper meanings and personal thoughts on events or ideas in the story
- Enrichment: Engage further in the main ideas or sub-topics in the story. For example, we researched satyrs and fauns and compared other works of literature to what we were reading. Other suggestions include drawing, reading the Bible, and discussing ‘What would you do in this situation?”
The Teacher’s Manual includes everything you need to help your student understand each story. At the beginning of the Teacher’s Manual, you will find suggestions of what to do before, during, and after reading to help your student get the most from the reading. All the answers to questions in the Student Study Guide can also be found here. In the Appendix, you will find quizzes and their answer keys to test your student’s retention every few chapter as well as a final exam.
My son chose to start with The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This unit study starts with an introduction to the author, C.S. Lewis followed by some simple comprehension questions, including discussing what an ‘allegory’ is. We set our own pace, reading about 2 chapters a week. He would read one chapter one day. The next day, he would review the vocabulary and answer the comprehension questions. The third day we would talk about the discussion questions together and do the enrichment questions and activities. I loved that it actually included a recipe for Turkish Delight! We weren’t able to make it at the time because we are in the middle of moving, but we will definitely come back and make it when we are finally settled! We also liked the maps of Great Britain and Narnia found in the Appendix.
The other literature studies are set up very similarly, and each chapter has the main components listed above. The Heidi Literature Guide also includes a couple poems like “The Nightingale and the Glow-Worm” by William Cowper and “The Pleiades” by Amy Lowell with space to answer comprehension questions and copy the poem. The Lassie Literature Guide includes spaces to draw and a recipe for Yorkshire pudding as well various maps, literary tools, poems, and coloring pages in the appendix.
Have you tried any the Literature Guide Sets from Memoria Press ? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Check out other literature study reviews of different grade levels by the Homeschool Review Crew by clicking the banner below!
Till Next Time,