A Christian Classic!
A Swiss family is traveling to a new colony when their ship is blown off course in a six-day storm and runs aground near an uninhabited island. The father, mother, and their four sons escape the wrecked ship and make their way ashore to find that they are the only survivors of the wreck. Salvaging what resources they can from the wreck, the family begins carving out a solitary existence on the island, uncertain when or if a rescue ship will ever arrive. Despite dangerous animals, torrential monsoons, and the loneliness of isolation, they face all their hardships with energy, ingenuity, and the knowledge that God is always with them.
Teacher's Note: Swiss Family Robinson written in German by Johann David Wyss. It was translated in 1813 by Isabelle de Montolieu and subsequently to English by William H. G. Kingston, first published in 1879. We have written the guide based on the Yearling edition published by Random House. Alternative publications may vary.
Progeny Press Swiss Family Robinson English/Language Arts PDF curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with:
About the Author: Get to know Johann David Wyss, the creative mind behind Swiss Family Robinson.
Vocabulary: Increase your understanding of the novel by mastering key words through a variety of engaging activities designed to stimulate retention and vocabulary growth.
Literary Techniques: Navigate and understand various literary techniques, including characterization, cause and effect analysis, synonyms and antonyms, allusions, contextual understanding, dictionary usage, anthropomorphism, similes, metaphors, understatement, foreshadowing, paraphrasing, different points of view, conflicts, protagonists, antagonists, complications, resolutions, themes, and literary contrivances.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Journey into moral lessons and character values presented in the novel, such as seeking God's help through prayer, finding contentment, observing the Sabbath, valuing hard work and provision, avoiding pride, embracing strength and optimism, overcoming pessimism through perseverance, fostering independence, and honoring parents while providing encouragement.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Embark on a range of captivating activities and writing assignments that bring Swiss Family Robinson to life, including research papers, geographical explorations, discussion groups, sailing, botany studies, journaling, creative shipwreck projects, art projects, enriching field trips, and movie suggestions.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books and movies that tie in with, or are similar to, Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss.
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