Saturday, March 17, 2012

Progeny Press

Progeny Press

From their website:

Progeny Press has over 100 study guides for literature, covering kindergarten through high school. Progeny Press study guides concentrate on critical thinking, comprehension, literary analysis, and Christian application. Our 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!

Feel free to check out their full
Progeny Press Catalog, and take a look at an Interactive Sampling of their Study Guides.

We were priviledged to review 2 different levels:

Julius Caesar
Study Guide by Michael Gilleland,
for the play by William Shakespeare

Grade Level: 9-12
Setting: Rome

Take a peek inside - sample pages

Looking for more than activity sheets or a who-did-what series of questions?
Want to dig into the essence of the novel?

This study guide provides easy-to-use, reproducible lessons on literary terms, comprehension and analysis, critical thinking, related scriptural principles, vocabulary, and activities, plus a complete answer key.

This study guide is available in 4 formats.
  1. As a printed and bound booklet - $21.99
  2. On a CD in .pdf format - $18.99
  3. As the same .pdf file as an e-mail attachment - $18.99
  4. CD & Booklet combo - $27.99

My 8th grade tester at the Bentz Test Laboratory has completed Progeny Press Literature Guides in the past.  He was very excited to have the opportunity to do another, and was quite impressed that he could now do them on the computer!  The guides are interactive, allowing them to type directly into the PDF on your computer.  (you can still opt to print and have them write out the answers, but, why?)

These guides are very comprehensive - they introduct the literature's author, give a brief synopsis, provide helpful background information and even have ideas to do before reading!

The "meat" of Progeny Press Study Guides are the vocabulary and questions.  These are not your general - "what was the book about", "what did you like", who was... kind of questions!  The questions are designed to make your student interact with the literature, use critical thinking skills and increase their ability to communicate.

My favorite part - classical literature is taught and examined from a Christian Perspective!  Progeny Press Study Guides will be a vital part of our high school program.

Progeny Press is not just for High School...  With 100 titles to choose from, all grades - you can follow your children's interests as well.

The Bentz Test Laboratory was also reviewed

The Cay 
Take a peek inside sample pages.

Grade Level: 5-8
Setting: Caribbean, World War II

Study Guide by Lisa Tiffin
for the novel by Theodore Taylor

This Guide is available in 4 formats:

1. Paperbound booklet (reproducible) - $18.99
2. PDF file on CD (opens with Adobe Reader, interactive files can be completed on computer or printed) - $16.99
3. PDF file emailed directly to you (opens with Adobe Reader, interactive file can be completed on computer or printed)- $16.99
4. Booklet & CD Combo - $21.99

All formats include full student text and complete answer key.

Each guide is designed to take from 8-10 weeks to complete. 

I highly recommend checking into Progeny Press Study Guides for your literature program!

See what the other members of the TOS Review Crew thought here.

I was given complimentary Guides in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the TOS Review Crew.

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