Mosdos Press Literature - Pearl - 6th Grade
With Pearl, sixth graders experience the beauty of language and the imagery and complexity of fine literature. Themes promote thinking and discussion about values, ideals, and behavior. Focused workshop sections — Recognizing Plot, Defining Character, Exploring Setting, and Understanding Theme — thoroughly teach these literary elements. Sixth grade learners will delve into the intricacy of poetry with Pearl’s extensive poetry unit.
The Pearl set consists of the Student Reader, Student Activity Workbook, and two-part Teacher’s Edition. The extra student pack includes only the Student Reader and the Student Activity Workbook.
About Mosdos Literature
Literature cannot be neutral, but will either clash or harmonize with your family’s values. Mosdos Literature is a complete literature program that does not glamorize evil, nor present subject matter that is not age-appropriate. Neither does it portray as normal a cynical disregard for positive values, but reinforces the universal ideals of courage, honesty, loyalty, and compassion.
Nearly 2 decades ago Mosdos Press launched a unique literature series that would teach all of the necessary language arts skills through a curriculum that promotes traditional values. Readings are from both classic and contemporary works that are wholesome, and stress both caring for others, and a concern for the natural world.
Mosdos Literature begins with the Student Reader, which is beautifully illustrated using a generous amount of full color photographs, color drawings, and black-and-white pictures. From the beginning, Mosdos committed to collecting into the Student Readers only the most engaging, morally rich, and intellectually challenging selections of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, the novella, and for the older grades, novels. Before each story in the Student Reader, there is an introduction to the story and an explanation of some facet of literature. That literary focus can include what is a character, theme, internal and external conflicts, setting, climax, foreshadowing, and more. This literary component is developed and illuminated through the stories. Vocabulary words that might be unfamiliar are presented in boxes on the pages where the word first appears in the account. The stories are followed not just by the classic review questions designed to assess reading comprehension, but also by more complex questions that require thoughtful analysis. Every unit – there are several per book – concludes with activities such as writing a short skit, doing a craft, or memorizing a poem. Pick the ones that best suit your child; there are far too many to do them all.
Next is the consumable and engaging Student Activity Workbook that works to expand the value of the Mosdos curriculum. For nearly every story in the Student Reader, the workbook contains corresponding vocabulary, creative writing, or comprehension questions, while also providing extended reinforcement of the literary elements being taught. These assignments help you to evaluate areas of progress in your child and concepts that might require additional work. The advantage of Mosdos Press is that the literature, vocabulary, and writing components all tie together, giving your child a chance to truly understand what was taught by approaching it in a variety of ways. Student Activity Workbooks vary by grade levels. For younger grades there are more word games and puzzles for vocabulary practice, activities that focus on various language arts skills, and brief composition work. In older grades the puzzles and games gradually decrease while increasing the amount of writing.
Each Teacher’s Edition is detailed and well-organized. Through great commentary plus questions and answers, the Teacher’s Edition will make lively discussions with your child possible. Homeschooling parents will appreciate that Mosdos Press did not assume any level of expertise or teaching degree when preparing their Teacher Editions, so whether new or experienced, anyone can teach literature. Each page of the Student Reader is duplicated at a smaller size in the Teacher’s Edition, still abundantly easy to read. Information is arranged in the ample margins around these replicated pages, discussing the literary components found in each story with clear, concise explanations. Of course, the Teacher’s Guide also includes the answers for the Student Activity Workbook. This makes teaching a lot easier for every homeschool parent.
So if you are homeschooling a child in grades three through eight and want a literature program that will encourage wholesome values but you are not comfortable with religious content, Mosdos Press fills this need with academic excellence and thought-provoking selections. The stories are colorful, engaging, and while not religious, they still reflect good precepts.
Download PDF Student Edition Sample.
Download PDF Student Activity Workbook Sample.
Download PDF Teacher's Edition Sample.
Literature Bundle Includes:
Extra Student Pack Includes:
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Spiral-bound in two parts
Publication Date: 2003
Student Activity Workbook
Publication Date: 2003
This material cane seem overwhelming at first but it gives you so much freedom and many different options to choose from to reinforce learning with your child. The real life conversations that stem from this material are priceless!
I was interested when I saw Mosdos in the catalog. The price scared me off a bit, but after much research and debate went ahead and ordered it for my 6th grade son. After 4 weeks of use, I can say that it was a good purchase. He loves the readings and even the workbook activities. The topics are interesting. The activities are varied and we have enjoyed the conversations that they have sparked. The directions are very specific which I feel like is a nice challenge for my son as he prepares for the high school and college years. I like how we are discussing how to analyze literature. This is something new for us. The instructor's guide is the only thing I struggle a bit with. It is for a classroom teacher and a bit tedious to wade through the plethora of material. That said, I have liked what we have pulled out of it. I feel that if a family wanted to save some money, they would be just fine going with the textbook and workbook, especially at the lower grade levels. In fact, for a busy homeschooling parent, life without the instructor's guide might be nice.