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Words Aptly Spoken® Children's Literature, 2nd ed

$17.99 (was $19.99)

Delight in this introduction to award-winning literature

Audience Grades 9–12; used in Classical Conversations communities in Challenge levels A and B.

The guide is designed for middle school students (Challenge A and B); however, these timeless literary masterpieces can be enjoyed by all. The questions in the guide range from simple to complex, prompting readers of any age to think deeply.

This guide is designed to give you quality time with your student. By providing great questions and an introduction to key concepts in literature, the guide allows you to relax and learn alongside your child as deep discussions unfold. You need only read the literature, be ready to discuss, and evaluate written work. Learn more from our video below:

Preparation Read the literature.
Ease of use Plenty of space for notes and comments
Page Count 143
Format Paperback
Publication Date Second edition, 2011

General Description

This book guides students through beloved, classic children’s literature, many of them Newbery Award winners, and all carefully selected to capture the interest of Challenge A and B students. Each story is accompanied by review questions to help parents and students talk about characters, plot, setting, theme, and focus for greater clarity and improved comprehension. More complex thought questions develop analytical examination of each story in relation to other works of literature, moral standards, or personal circumstance.

The introduction eases students into the process of in-depth literary analysis by discussing key literary concepts like theme, symbolism, and worldview. This guide also teaches many tools for literary analysis, such as character charts, chronologies, maps, and chapter summaries. Finally, as a bonus, it includes a short biography of each author to provide the historical and personal context behind each story. In short, this companion study guide provides a tool to help students not only enjoy classic literature but also examine the craft of great writing so that they can begin to craft their own masterpieces.

Works studied

The Magician's Nephew, Lewis
The Bronze Bow, Speare
Number the Stars, Lowry
Amos Fortune, Free Man, Yates
The Door in the Wall, de Angeli
The Secret Garden, Burnett
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Latham
Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers, Moody
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Lewis
The Hiding Place, ten Boom
A Gathering of Days, Blos
Where the Red Fern Grows, Rawls
Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Avi
The Phantom Tollbooth, Juster