Monday, April 22, 2013

Progeny Press Beowulf Study Guide



Hey Neighbors!

At the Fence had a chance to review the Beowulf Interactive Study Guide ($18.99) from Progeny Press.  You can also purchase the study guide as a physical book from Progeny Press.  This study guide is designed for High School students.  Progeny Press has over 100 study guides for literature that are done from a Christian perspective.  They have study guides for all grade levels from elementary to high school.  The study guides do not include the book for reading, so you would have to purchase your own copy of Beowulf, also available from Progeny Press, or you can get it at your local library.  Beowulf was also available as a download, which you can find by searching online.


The Mission of Progeny Press:

"To teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on the scripture for truth and values, and enjoy themselves while they do it!"
At Progeny Press we are committed to teaching good cultural literature, examined from a Christian perspective. We believe in the equation "Biblical Truth + Cultural Relevancy = Effective Christians." Take away biblical truth and Christians become no more than a religious subculture-salt without saltiness. Take away cultural relevancy and Christians become isolationists with no impact on the world-lights hidden under bushels. We believe in looking at the world clearly and openly with the Bible firmly in hand.
Our purpose is not to bring you only "safe" fiction, but to teach literature that is well-written and that will help students develop and refine how they deal with man's philosophies in relation to God's word. Progeny Press examines literary terminology and technique in good, cultural literature to equip students for understanding the craft of writing and to enhance their joy of reading. With these things in mind, we promise to bring you good literature, provide good literary analysis, and measure it by the light of scripture.


The Beowulf study Guide is based on the Beowulf by Seamus Heaney.  They suggest your child read it in it's entirety before actually beginning the study guide.  They can then work through a few pages a day at their own pace.  It is suggested that the finishing the study guide should take 8-12 weeks.  The study guide download is designed so it can either be printed off or opened and your child can actually type the answers in online.  Perfect for students who don't like to write.  You may only print off for your own personal use.

One of the prereading activities is to draw a map of the Scandinavian regions where Beowulf is set.  Once they begin there are sections on vocabulary, literary techniques, optional activities, etc. One of the optional activities is to create a mask or illustration of Grendel.  The vocabulary sections include word searches and crossword puzzles.  The questions asked in the study guide will encourage your child to dig deeper into the meaning of the writings.  I personally find that sometimes children have a tendency to write quick, short answers and this study guide encourages them to do more.

Be sure to check out what other Crew Members had to say about the Progeny Press Study Guides that they reviewed!

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