Big Wave, The - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 3-5

Setting: 19th Century Japan

Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Historical

Page Count: 44 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 6 weeks

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Kino is a young Japanese boy who lives on a farm high on a mountainside. His best friend, Jiya, lives below in the fishing village at the seashore. Life is filled with hard work and fun moments with his friend. The lives of Kino and Jiya are changed forever when the unthinkable happens: a great tsunami wave crashes against their island and takes Jiya's entire family. 
Jiya struggles with his loss, but with the help of his friend Kino his heart heals and he learns that life is stronger than death, we are brave because we must be, and there is much in this life that is wonderful.

Progeny Press' The Big Wave English/Language Arts curriculum provides your Elementary School Primary grade student with:

About the Author: Read about the life and works of the author, Pearl S. Buck.
Background: Study the culture and geography of Japan, exploring the impact of tsunamis and their context for the novel.
Vocabulary: Improve your understanding of vocabulary used in the novel, completing a variety of activities designed to enhance comprehension.
Literary Techniques: Explore how engaging stories are created using literary techniques like synonyms, setting, similes, personification, distinguishing fact vs. opinion, compare and contrast exercises, exploring imagery, analyzing elements in context, recognizing repetition, identifying turning points, and analyzing foreshadowing, themes, and main characters.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Build higher level thinking and analyze some of the deeper messages within the story. Examine fear and anxiety, grief, death, belief in God, how to enjoy our life, recognizing ourselves as children of God, understanding loneliness, and acknowledging God is with us during troubled times.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Choose from activities such as mapping, artistic crafts, weaving, examining and learning about fish, science, going on field trips, researching and understanding natural disasters, the role of missionaries, writing exercises, solving a wordsearch, emergency planning, learning first aid, studying speech, crafting letters, gardening, fishing, and cooking.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by Pearl S. Buck and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Big Wave.

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

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy for Elementary students
  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for primary 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 Elementary school student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

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  • Contains the complete study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
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  • PDf files open in the FREE Adobe Reader program.
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    • Print the whole ELA study guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • 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 Upper Elementary grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that build and strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and establishes 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:
The Child Study Association's Children's Book Award choice   •   written by the Pulitzer and Nobel prize winning author, Pearl S. Buck

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