Crispin: The Cross of Lead - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 6-8

Setting: England, 1300s

Genre: Historical

Page Count: 66 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 10 weeks

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The boy had always been called "Asta's son," but when Asta, his mother, dies, the village priest reveals that his Christian name is Crispin. The priest also gives Crispin his mother's lead cross and promises to reveal what the words etched on its surface mean. But before he can tell Crispin, the priest is murdered and Crispin accused of the crime.
Believing the cross holds clues to his father's identity, Crispin flees, eventually joining up with a traveling juggler named Bear.
Full of surprises, thrills, treachery, contentment, and a hearty dose of what life was actually like in the 14th century, Crispin is also a story of faith, developing maturity, and learning what freedom and manhood really mean.

Progeny Press' Crispin: Cross of Lead Language Arts PDF curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with: 

About the Author: Learn about the life and background of Avi. 
Background Information: Journey to medieval times, exploring the intricacies of timekeeping and the feudal system that sets the stage for the novel.
Vocabulary: Enhance your understanding of the novel's language through activities that improve vocabulary development. 
Literary Techniques: Examine what creates engaging stories by exploring paradox, mood, simile, metaphor, in-context usage, alliteration, foreshadowing, platitude, synonym exploration, identifying turning points, hyperbole, cliffhangers, personification, domino effects, epiphany moments, conflicts, story structure, thematic elements, protagonist analysis, dynamic vs. static characters, contrivance, motif, and various points of view.
Moral Lessons and Character Values:  Reflect on themes such as life and death, judgement, the promise of eternal life, the constant presence of God, finding joy, overcoming worry through prayer, embracing responsibility, recognizing God as the heavenly Father, nurturing faith, and honoring one's convictions.
Activities and Writing Assignments:  Immerse yourself in historical fiction, the Middle Ages, culinary exploration, artistic endeavors, heritage appreciation, celebrating St. Giles and St. Crispin, juggling, life skills development, understanding freedom of religion, engaging in various writing exercises, exploring history, enjoying music, and contributing to mural creation.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Continue your reading journey with a carefully curated reading list featuring more works by the same author(s) and other books that complement, Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi.

All of Progeny Press' language arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview! 

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  • 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 2003 • ALA Notable Children's Book • Publishers Weekly Best-Seller • New York Time Best-Seller

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    1 Reviews

  • Posted by jamweber on 14th Sep 2014


    Excellent, thorough guide

    Excellent, thorough guide. I like that the option is available to have the student work through a PDF file, although we use the old-fashioned print method. My best description of this study guide is that it not only strengthens a child's vocabulary, but also encourages him to think about the significance of all characters, events, and dialogue in the story. The study guide questions not only prompts the student to find straightforward answers, such as characters names, but also encourages the reader to think a little deeper. For example, the guide uses the events in Carry On, Mr. Bowditch to create similar circumstances for the reader in the present time. The the student apply situations to real life. Because the study guide uses scripture in the "Dig Deeper" sections, the student must actively use the Bible to answer questions in the guide. In my opinion, this helps the student better understand and enjoy the book. Thank you also for introducing terms such as "foreshadowing" while the child reads the story, and also using the globe to make the story even more real, pulling a little geography, or setting, into it.