Little Women - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 8-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: New England, US Civil War, 1860s

Genre: American Literature

Page Count: 92 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 12-13 weeks

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Little Women, a beloved literary classic, was originally published in two volumes between 1868 and 1869. In the United Kingdom, the second volume bore the title Good Wives. However, in 1880, both volumes were combined into a single volume titled Little Women. Our comprehensive study guide provides a thorough analysis of this complete novel.
Based on the author's personal 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 development of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—who find solace and strength in their mother's unwavering love. Though each sister possesses a unique personality, their deep bond unites them as they strive to maintain their best behavior while their father serves in the American Civil War.
Jo, an independent and literary-minded tomboy, forges an extraordinary friendship with the boy next door. Meg, the eldest sister, embarks on a quest to find true love. Beth, known for her affectionate nature and delicate health, brings the gift of music into their home, while Amy, the youngest sister, longs for beauty as an artist. Despite their limited material wealth, the March family cherishes an abundance of love, friendship, and creative talents that have enraptured readers for more than a century and a half!

Progeny Press' Little Women English/Language Arts 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.

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

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Printed Workbook Format

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  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

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  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher!

Formatted with your High 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 refines 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!

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Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
New England, USA, 1860s, American Civil War
American Literature, Historical Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
111 pages
Study Guide Author:
Carol Clark
For the Book By:
Louisa May Alcott
Workbook ISBN: