Mosdos Press Literature - Jade - 7th Grade
The Jade Student Reader is an outstanding book that has captivated seventh graders across the nation. Originally printed in 1999, Jade has gone through twelve printings and has been used by over 25,000 students worldwide. Unusual for the seventh grade level, Jade is replete with literature that spans several centuries and is drawn from regions across the globe. The curriculum, original art and design, and excellent literature has established Jade as Mosdos Literature’s most popular anthology.
The Jade 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: 2007
Binding: Spiral-bound in two parts
Publication Date: 2007
Student Activity Workbook
Publication Date: 2007
review by Family, Faith, and Fridays
”All in all, we are quite pleased with Mosdos Press Literature and are thankful we have had the chance to explore it. It is a positive change to our year and one we will continue to use.”Read the Review
review by My Three Girls
”This is absolutely able to be a stand alone curriculum and will cover everything a literature curriculum should. You can also use this very easily as an enjoyable read-aloud together, or independent read and workbook for your student. The beauty of this is it can be so easily implemented either way.”Read the Review
My son is in 7th grade. We enjoy this literature program. It can be overwhelming, but as we have worked through the school year, I have been able to determine what works for us. We do not do everything listed in the book, I like being able to choose. The short stories are great and keep his attention.
So far we have enjoyed this program. I like that you can do as little or as much as you choose with so many options for learning choices with the stories.
It’s overwhelming when it comes with 4 large books. 2 teachers books, the literature book, and a workbook. It requires a lot of work from the parent. The literature itself is great. Great choices in all genres. It is challenging for my son. I have to break up the readings into small chunks and work on it every day. The essays and themes are also pretty challenging. That’s where the teachers books come in handy. It is very in depth and challenging for middle schoolers. But it will give him a good education in literature.
Im so glad I chose this literature for my 12 year old son. There are a lot of teacher references and activities to do. The readings are manageable short stories. My son gets overwhelmed when he has to read too many pages. These short stories are worthwhile and everything is laid out in weekly lessons. It’s engaging enough for middle schoolers without being overwhelming or boring.
I love these books. It’s a bit overwhelming at first (for the parent!) because there are two teacher books. The stories are well written and hood for 7th graders. It separates it into manageable lessons.