I'm in the same boat... middle gal is in 1850MOD. I've been pouring over the PP website... titles... I know, I know.. I know....it doesn't have to match the history study. I know... I know... my oldest didn't worry about that stuff b/c she was in 7th/8th before marie made selections and mfw sold stuff..... and it was all good.... in theory... just pick 2 of the MFW tested guides that you didn't otherwise use in 7th grade. don't worry if isn't matching historical fiction... honest... it's ok... but if you want those MFW tested and works guides..
so.... from looking at those titles on PP site for middle school, and might be related to 1850MOD...
anyone have any experience with the book or guides for :
I recently read The Cay
. it was listed as wwii era.. didnt' like the book enough to study it.... I wouldn't bother with that one.
Out of the Dust
. 1930's oklahoma dust bowl. the synopsis sounds so depressing.... miscarriages, pregnancies, hardships... depression... but the ending and conclusions could be nice. haven't read it... the study sample looks nice quality and is listed as 7th-9th, which tends with PP guides to have a little more, but each guide is sooooooooo different....
update.... I just read Out of the Dust. interesting... in poetic journal form. ends with note of hope and forgiveness.. don't know if the PP guide is good... story was quick read
Out of the Dust can be classified as freestyle poetic story telling. I encourage you to preview this book for suitability before getting the pp guide.
Most of the book is very depressing and very harsh. The character who writes the journal in FREESTYLE verse accidentally causes the death of her mom and unborn baby brother with a horrible accident, that also leaves her with injuries. She also ends up running away and returning. townswomen judge her harshly without knowing the facts and no one offers compassion to a child whose mother has died? really really didn't like this story or plot...
It's very quick read and glad I'm done with it..... quick as in... I zipped to the library during this original thread and read the book the same day and posted (that means I zipped to the library around 8pm on Monday and had it finished before I went to bed at 10 and I'm not that fast of a reader and I value my sleep). I'm still wondering how PP has a 7th-9th grade guide for this book....
it ends with her beginning to try to forgive herself for the accident and almost being able to forgive her dad for leaving a pail of kerosene by the stove in the first place. yes... the samples of the guide talk about the "poetic style"... and how the words play to the senses..
just saying... read the book before you buy the guide. I'm thinking hmmm... PP guides in MFW context are there for taking up plenty of time in English.... might need another guide to meet that part of your time in class.
I don't remember Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry
, from my own jr. high or high school days..... that's Mississippi, during Great Depression.....
at library... also got Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry..... (with audio.. so I got that one done too) still not sure all depends on the study guide, you know?
also got Holes
by Louis Sachar... sounds like fun adventure... quick read for me once the audio was going.. LOL
Number the Stars
was mentioned.... if I recall, that's a book basket title.. so that might work depending on the guide itself (which lists as 5th-7th.... and might be young or not... haven't seen it)
We liked Redwall
book and guide. did that one in 7th grade with oldest..
got to love these extreme hot days in this part of the world.... nothing to do but sit in a/c.
everyone is different on books and all of that...