Bronze Bow, The - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 6-8

Setting: Palestine, 30 AD

Genre: Biblical, Historical

Page Count: 60 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 9 weeks

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Angry and vengeful at the death of his parents, Daniel bar Jamin joins an outlaw Zealot band pledging to all he can to rid the land of the hated Romans. Daniel's meets Joel and Malthace, two young people with a similar desire to see their land free of the Romans. The three of them make a pact to fight together for God's victory.
Then Daniel learns his grandmother has died and finds he must leave the mountain to care for his sister, Leah. He is torn between the responsibility he feels toward his sister and his hatred against the Romans. To support himself and his sister, Daniel takes over a blacksmith shop belonging to his friend, Simon, who has left town to follow a traveling teacher named Jesus.
Daniel begins to wonder if Jesus is the leader they have all been hoping for, the one who will lead them against the Romans. But Jesus is teaching a very different message from the one Daniel wants to hear.

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Progeny Press' The Bronze Bow English/Language Arts curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Read about Elizabeth George Speare and her inspiration, historical interests, and creative ingenuity that came together to create this timeless tale.
Background Information: Unearth the backdrop of 300 B.C. Israel and Rome. 
Vocabulary: Learn words from the novel with exercises that make learning vocabulary fun and effective.
Literary Techniques: Identify how characterization  breathes life into the narrative, study comparison and contrast, place the story in context of the setting, identify foreshadowing that adds layers to the story, navigate conflicts that shape the protagonist, absorb the mood created by the narrative, consult the dictionary for deeper understanding, unravel overarching themes, and decipher symbolic elements that enrich the reading experience.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Discuss the significance of the Pharisees, the concept of the Messiah, the transformative teachings of Jesus, reliance on God's help, the role of fear, the lesson of the Good Samaritan, the essence of sacrifice, and the command to love one's enemies.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Explore further in the world of The Bronze Bow through engaging activities. Chart the story through mapping exercises, study the historical context of Jews and the Old Testament, engage in crossword puzzles that challenge your brain, express opinion through writing, deliver speeches, and explore epilogue.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Extend your literary journey with a curated reading list featuring more works by Elizabeth George Speare and other books that complement, The Bronze Bow.

All of the 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 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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  • 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:
Newbery Medal Winner 1962

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