Isabel’s Secret by Jan May

Study guide covers vocabulary, comprehension, and extended discussion questions, as well as a variety of literature-based activities.

  • A life motto
  • Character, settings, plot
  • Friendship bracelet craft
  • Word searches and crossword puzzles
  • Native American focus
  • Teepee treats

Young middle grade girls (ages 8-11)

Hunger Winter

A study guide for a language arts literature unit that includes vocabulary, comprehension, and extended theme from the book Hunger Winter.

Extended lessons include:

  • figures of speech
  • history games
  • poetry
  • hands-on activities
  • faith-based digging deeper questions
  • and more

Light of Mine by Allen Brokken

A four-week homeschool study guide takes kids through this allegorical fantasy story by Allen Brokken, Light of Mine.

Use the Light of Mine Unit Study for questions and answers in a classroom setting or as a devotional study during family reading time.

  • 3rd to 5th grade
  • Allegory
  • Classic comparison: Pilgrim’s Progress

The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix

“Biographies of key figures from WWII are plentiful in kids books, but Hendrix’s captivating account of the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a standout . . . A poignant, compellingly presented, and timely account of a brave individual who lived his life with true conviction.” —Booklist

7th Grade and up

Biography, heavily illustrated Classic Comparison: The Hiding Place

Thick as Thieves by Susan K. Marlow

A six-week unit study that covers vocabulary, comprehension and “digging deeper” questions as well as writing skills. Also explores topics related to the 1880s ranching in California:

  • Geography
  • Foaling and foal training
  • Leeches and bloodletting
  • 1880s arithmetic and schooling
  • Canyons
  • Farriers
  • Cattle rustling then and now
  • Dime novels
  • And more!

Middle grade (ages 11 and up)

Theme: friendship, accepting others

Classic comparison: Little House meets Bonanza

The Long Shadow Study Guide

A study guide for an eight-week language arts literature unit including vocabulary, comprehension, and extended lessons on themes from the book, The Long Shadow.

Extended lessons include:

  • Civil War
  • The Roaring 20’s
  • Hopping Freight Trains
  • Haiku
  • Hypothermia
  • Oak trees
  • and more
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An Unexpected Adventure Study Guide

A six-week unit study including vocabulary, comprehension, and extended lessons on related themes from the book:

  • Thundereggs
  • Wildfire Safety
  • Rogue River Jetboats
  • Scientific Method
  • Ratios
  • Geography
  • Reading Maps
  • Amethysts
  • Understanding News Sources
  • Predators
  • Writing