Swiss Family Robinson, The - Study Guide
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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.
About the Author: Learn about Johann David Wyss.
Vocabulary: Understand words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Characterization, cause and effect, synonym, antonym, allusion, in context, dictionary, anthropomorphism, simile, metaphor, understatement, foreshadow, paraphrase, point of view, conflict, protagonist, antagonist, complications, resolution, theme, literary contrivance.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: God's help, prayer, contentment, Sabbath, work, provision, pride, strength, optimism, pessimism, perseverance, independence, honor parents, encouragement.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Research papers, geography, discussion groups, sailing, botany, journaling, shipwreck project, art, field trip, movies.
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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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. So...be sure you have the recommended W.H.G. Kingston translation and preferably the edition published by Random House.
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