Progeny Press study guides concentrate on critical thinking, comprehension, literary analysis, and Christian application. Their goal is to teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on scripture for truth and values-- and enjoy themselves while they do it!
These Study Guides deal with literature as works of art and philosophy as they explain and use literary terms; deal with plot construction; dig into character studies; and bring attention to themes and ideas the author has crafted.
The questions are probing, in depth and analytical. This helps develop higher level thinking and allow the students to really come to grip with the text.
Easy-to-use lessons include vocabulary, comprehension, analysis and critical thinking exercises, questions on related Biblical principles, activities
A complete answer key is included.
Middle & High School guides take approximately from 8 to 10 weeks to complete often culminating in an essay.
In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne travels alone to America to prepare a home for herself and her husband. In her husband's long absence Hester commits adultery and gives birth to a child. In accordance with the town's strict biblical law, Hester is punished, though leniently for that time in history. She is sentenced to stand for several hours on the town's scaffold exposed to publish shame and to wear a scarlet "A" for the rest of her life. Hester's partner in sin, a prominent member of the community, remains silent about his own guilt, and Hester refuses to reveal his identity.
Meanwhile, Hester's long-absent husband, Roger Chillingworth, returns on the very day Hester must endure her public humiliation. He decides to remain silent concerning his own identity but determines to seek revenge on Hester's lover. He discovers the guilt-ridden man's identity, and by posing as a physician draws close to his victim and undermines the man's health and will to live. In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne mixes Puritanism with the birth of Romanticism as he examines sin, guilt, vengeance, and redemption.
Grade Level: 9-12
Setting: Massachusetts, 1640s
9 sections including pre-reading, The Custom House, and final essay section.
Also recommended for further reading about the human condition, sin, our need for forgiveness, our need to forgive and love others, and the consequences when we don't.
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A Christmas Carol
Uncle Tom's Cabin