Mosdos Press Literature - Ruby - 4th Grade
Ruby builds on the knowledge base a fourth grader brings to the study of language arts and literature. Thought-provoking selections by authors including Elizabeth Friedrich, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Carol Fisher Saller provide the foundation for building strong language, reasoning, and writing skills. The book explores themes like courage, loyalty, compassion, and fair play. An innovative extensive poetry unit comprised of six dynamic lessons introduces fourth grade learners to the pleasure of understanding poetry and its complexity.
The Ruby 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.
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Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Spiral-bound in two parts
Publication Date: 2009
Student Activity Workbook
Publication Date: 2009
My daughter loves reading, this has put her above and beyond with really being able to take apart the stories through the literary components. I love that they break it down so well making her think deeper. The character building in the stories is a plus.
I've used both the Ruby and now the Opal books through Mosdos and found this to be challenging and thorough. We came from an easier reading curriculum (AAR), and went from AAR 4 into Mosdos 4 (which is Ruby). We did this because I could tell this was a much more difficult reading program than AAR. Although, at first we struggled, I have learned that we don't need to do EVERYTHING outlined in the teachers manual, student reader and workbook. My 4th grader usually does 1 chapter a week as follows: 1st day - Lesson in Literature from reader and Vocabulary from the workbook, 2nd day - Main story from reader and Comprehension from the workbook, 3rd day Graphic Organizer, 4th day poetry reading from reader. This curriculum has a lot of room for variation and that definitely overwhelmed me at first. I thought we had to do everything, but I feel like it would have taken forever and a day to do all the questions outlined in the teacher's manual, all the review and all the workbook. Overall we really enjoy this curriculum and I plan to continue through the 8th grade level at this point.
We have been really struggling when it comes to finding a literature curriculum for our son. We gave this one a try because it is included in the full package for the fourth grade curriculum. This set is very much what you would find in any typical classroom and that is definitely not our style. It caused a lot of tears and arguements with just the first couple of lessons and we have opted to exclude this from our daily routine. As of now we are just reading books and discussing them but hope to find something that is a better fit in the future. If you have a more hands on learner I would keep looking for a better fit.
We enjoy this program. This is our first year trying Mosdos and I’ve found it’s definitely a hands on approach for mom as a Literature curriculum. My 4th grader loves to read but is not so keen on written comprehension. Mosdos Ruby allows for verbal comprehension recap by means of guided conversations and open discussions that are given in the teacher workbook. The stories are thought provoking for this age group and allows them to see how they connect with the world around them. The student workbook does a nice job of mixing it up with vocabulary practice, some reading comprehension questions and personal application projects. The teacher workbooks (2) are huge, which can be intimidating, but I’ve found once you get into the swing of how it works, it’s a nice resource to use to help your student get the most out of the lesson. Overall we have enjoyed this curriculum and will order it again for next year.
Beautiful pictures and clear format. We are using Mosdos for a 2nd year, this is one of favorite parts of school! Workbook is more difficult, we do half together and half on her own. We read stories out loud together, it is a time my daughter and I look forward to. She enjoys the stories enough that she enjoys retelling the stories to family. Hands on project options are fun, there is a lot to cover, we choose activities to fit my daughters interest.