Across Five Aprils - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 5-9

Setting: Illinois, American Civil War

Genre: Historical, American Literature

Page Count: 64 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 7-8 weeks

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Times are uneasy for the Matthew Creighton family, tensions rising between the north and the south as war between the states approaches. When war finally does break out, two of the grown Creighton sons, and the town's young school teacher and friend of the family, join the fight. They are expecting an easy victory for the Union, but it quickly becomes clear that victory will neither come easy nor soon. Then the last grown son, Bill, also leaves; but he does not join the Union. When word gets out that he has joined the south, the Creighton family finds the war in their own home, and division and strife rise between them and their neighbors. Nine-year-old Jethro is now the only son still at home. Soon after, his father suffers a heart attack, and it is now up to Jethroas the only remaining 'working man' in the familyto do the work of five or six grown men to support the women and children left behind. They live from letter to letter and for each newspaper with accounts of the fighting.
Young Jethro discovers that a man's good character can be stronger than a gun and lasts much longer than a war.

Progeny Press' English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your middle school grade student with:

About the Author: Read about the life and works of Irene Hunt.
Background Information: Journey into the American Civil War, its hardships and historical impact, giving additional context to the novel.
Vocabulary: Increase your mastery of the english language through various activities that boost retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Unravel the artistry of Hunt's writing with an exploration of literary techniques such as context, setting, similes, idioms, characterization, synonyms, personification, foreshadowing, mood, hyperbole, themes, metaphors, and more.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Talk about compassion, peer pressure, setting aside revenge, hardships, growth, coming-of-age, authority, mercy, submission, forgiveness, peace, responsibility, and maturity. 
Activities and Writing Assignments: Go beyond standard ELA studies with hands-on activity. Complete map work, examine slavery and Civil War battles, practice letter-writing and persuasive essays, study Bible passages, explore the Gettysburg Address, and going on enriching field trips and biographical research.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on Middle School student's eyes
  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for middle school level student answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the middle school student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

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    • Print multiple copies of the entire curriculum study guide for classroom sets
  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher to make grading simple!

Formatted with your Middle School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
1965 Newbery Honor book   •   1966 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award   •   1965 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award   •   1964 Charles W. Follett Award   •   1965 Clara Ingram Judson Memorial Award

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  • Posted by Patricia R. on 8th Dec 2015


    Looks good

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