Little Women, originally published in two volumes between 1868 and 1869, is a beloved literary classic. In the UK, the second volume was known as Good Wives. In 1880, both volumes were combined into a single novel titled Little Women. Our comprehensive study guide provides an in-depth analysis of this complete novel.
Based on the author's own childhood experiences, Little Women remains a timeless masterpiece that continues to resonate with readers even after 150 years. This captivating narrative follows the lives and growth of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—who are nurtured by their mother's unwavering love and strength. Although each sister possesses a distinct personality, their deep bond unites them as they strive to uphold their best behavior while their father serves in the American Civil War.
Jo, an independent and literary-minded tomboy, forges a remarkable friendship with the boy next door. Meg, the eldest sister, embarks on a journey to find true love. Beth, characterized by her affectionate nature and delicate health, brings the gift of music into their household, and the youngest sister, Amy, possesses an artist's longing for beauty. Despite their limited material wealth, the March family treasures an abundance of love, friendship, and creative talents that have captivated readers for more than a century and a half!
Progeny Press' Little Women English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:
English/Language Arts Credit: This High School level literature curriculum offers a one-quarter credit for students.
Author Biography: Learn about Louisa May Alcott and the fascinating history behind the author and novel to provide valuable insight and context.
Vocabulary: Understand words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Dig into a wide variety of techniques and their uses such as slang, similes, metaphors, foreshadowing, proverbs, allusions, motif, parallelism, allegory, maxims, idioms, juxtaposition, asides, anthropomorphism, antithesis, irony, mood, comic relief, alliteration, in context, foil, aphorism, jargon, sarcasm, tongue-in-cheek humor, extended metaphor, euphemisms, cause and effect, epiphany, poetic justice, flat and round characters, dynamic and static characters, dramatic structure, theme, point of view, coming-of-age.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Analyze the moral lessons throughout the book, including studying God's word, focusing on our appearance, burdens/troubles, fear, pride, anger, self-control, encouragement, balancing work and rest, power of words, friendship, sacrifice, God is with us, quiet times, growth, character qualities, praise and criticism, love of money, The Golden Rule, live at peace with others, focus on what is good and uplifting, standing up for your belief in Christ, take up one's cross, pain and suffering, depression, helping the needy.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Conduct research assignments, activites and more! Research Pilgrim's Progress, class discussion on culture, research American Civil War, art, letter writing, natural science, cooking, planning, peer pressure, clubs, newspapers, outings, imagery, synonyms, haircuts, dreams and aspirations, gardening, fundraising, timelines, fashion, creative writing, crossword, calligraphy and illuminations, travel, money management, map work, biographies, foreign languages, costuming, martyrs, historical research, dance, kites, plays, multiple optional essays and projects!
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books and movies that tie in with, or are similar to, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
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