While I love to read, reading is not my 9th grader’s strength. He struggles with comprehension so we look for material to make reading fun, interesting and to help him with comprehension. One such program is Progeny Press. We have reviewed for them in the past (you can read that review here) and were thrilled for the opportunity to review The Silver Chair E-Guide.
Progeny Press is a faith-based company that offers literature guides and interactive E-Guides for students from lower elementary through high school. There are a variety of titles to choose from in each grade level. While there are paper copies of the guides available, for the purposes of this review, we received The Silver Chair E-Guide, which is intended for students in grades 5-7. Since I have a struggling high school reader, we chose this level so as not to overwhelm him.
This e-guide is 61 pages long (which includes the answer key) and includes the following:
- Background on the authors and story
- Prereading suggested activities
- Vocabulary activities related to the story
- General content questions
- Literary analysis and terminology questions designed to give students a good understanding of writing technique and how to use it
- Critical analysis questions designed to help students consider and analyze the intellectual, moral, and spiritual issues in the story and weigh them with reference to scripture
While the books are not included, we happened to have ours. You can also find books at the library or half priced retailers.
You will of course need internet access to download and save the guide. It is also recommended that your student have on hand:
- a good dictionary
- a thesaurus
- a Bible
- a topical Bible or concordance.
You can either print out the pages your student is working on, or you can record your answers right on the interactive e-guide. But if you do that, remember to save a copy of your file otherwise you will lose your answers. (I found this out the hard way!)
Although Progeny Press recommends the student have already completed reading the book before working on the guide, it is much easier for my son to read a few chapters and follow along in the guide because of his comprehension issues. The key for us is to always avoid frustration.
There are several pre-reading activities that you can choose from. My son opted to do some research on caves using various internet searches as well as YouTube videos.
My son worked in the E-guide about 3 days a week. He really struggled with answering the questions as it related to the story, so we are actually still working on most of the guide. However, he did well with vocabulary and other aspects of the guide that were easier. Here are a few of the pages he’s completed.
As a parent, I love these study guides. I cannot say the same for my son, but he struggles with reading in general. Even though we obtained a lower level, we could have gone even lower to assure he would not struggle as much with the comprehension. Even though he was able do to the vocabulary exercises using a dictionary, it is clear he’s not understanding the higher level words.
I love that Progeny Press has so many different titles to choose from in various levels. We are sure to obtain more titles as we go along in our homeschooling efforts.
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