Crispin: The Cross of Lead - Study 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 English/Language Arts curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with: 

About the Author: Learn about the persistant and determined author, Avi. 
Background Information: Travel back through time to medieval Europe, exploring the topics of timekeeping and the feudal system, providing useful context and background for the unit study.
Increase your vocabulary with engaging and varying activities that make learning fresh and effective.
Literary Techniques:
Explore beyond basic reading comprehension with 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 multiple points of view.
Moral Lessons and Character Values:
Learn life lessons from literature, covering subjects like 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: Dig into historical fiction, the Middle Ages, culinary delights, artistic assignments, heritage studies, celebrating St. Giles and St. Crispin, the skill of juggling, developing life skills, understanding freedom of religion, conducting various writing exercises, learning history, listening to period music, and completing a mural creation.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Continue reading with more works by the Avi, and other books that share lessons, setting, or style with, Crispin: The Cross of Lead.

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 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!

CD Format

  • Contains the complete study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • PDf files open in the FREE Adobe Reader program.
    Note: Mobile devices may require an alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields and interactive features.
  • Upgraded, fillable form fields allow the student the opportunity to complete their work on the computer, saving you printing costs
  • Conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • 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 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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