Swiss Family Robinson, The - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 7-9

Setting: Uncharted Island, 1800s

Genre: World Literature

Page Count: 68 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 9 weeks

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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.

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

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    5 Reviews

  • Posted by Dawn Tuller on 16th Apr 2019


    PP Study Guides

    We love PP - so much easier on a child that would rather type then hand write - makes teaching much easier.

  • Posted by Jennifer E. on 25th Feb 2016


    Worked well

    We have used a few Progeny Press guides and they worked quite well for us. The kids are able to work through the book systematically and independently.

  • Posted by Cayla R. on 2nd Sep 2015


    Great guide!

    Great guide!

  • Posted by caealday on 27th Oct 2014


    Check your book edition carefully!

    The original story has been translated and adapted many times. Before purchasing the guide I was unaware that they base it off the Kingston translation of the text. However, even that translation can have differing chapter divisions. The book I already had in my home is not this translation and it is virtually impossible to know where my student should start and stop reading for each guide division. Unfortunately, since I purchased the e-guide, I can not do a return. sure you have the recommended W.H.G. Kingston translation and preferably the edition published by Random House.

  • Posted by Bonnie S. on 29th Apr 2014


    Swiss Family Robinson

    We haven't used it yet...I'm preparing for summer and next year's curriculum. I purchased five different unit studies, have reviewed them and I am so excited to work on them in the months to come! They are exactly what I was looking for for our children. The time and detail put into these unit studies are truly a blessing. Thank you so much for sharing your hard work and effort to give moms like me, who don't have the time to do this myself, the opportunity to ensure for my children a full and well rounded unit study! I definitely recommend your products! God Bless!