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Hi all,

Aussie here, I am planning out our new school year which begins this month and am in need of 4 recommendations for literature studies. I have planned out their main curriculum and each child has 10 weeks left over that will not be covered by their major year long studies. This will be broken into 4 literature study units at the end of each of our 4 school terms of between 2 and 4 weeks.

Ideally I am thinking of doing each literature selection as a 2(ish) week long literature inspired unit study.


My requirements are:

Each book appropriate and appealing for grades 4 and 6 (both girls), they will be doing these literature units together

Literature guide OR unit study available for each book which covers both discussion questions and written assignments. Ideally a guide I can get as a digital product but not a requirement.

We will have between 2 and 4 weeks per book so something achievable in this time period.

Secular guide.


What books and guides would you recommend? Thanks!



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I really like the Glencoe Lit Guides and they're both pdfs, like you want, and free:



Assuming your 4th grader is a reasonably strong reader, some titles on there that would be good for those grades might include...

Bridge to Terebithia


Island of the Blue Dolphins

Julie of the Wolves

Number the Stars


The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Tuck Everlasting

A Wrinkle in Time

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If the literature guide is an important aspect, I would probably start with which literature guides you like and choose from their selections. Lit guides can vary quite a bit. 


This company is a digital resource seller. The website can be tricky to search at times, but if you decided which books, this might be a good place to find downloads. http://www.currclick.com/index.php


I like these guides, but there are only a few. http://www.garlicpress.com/literature


My next favorite are these. These require a student and teacher book, but the student book is reproducible within in family.




I like these guides as well. 




I lead a book club for six years, and here are some of my favorites for that age range. Some are easier than others, but I don't think a book has to be a challenging read to be valuable. In fact, I think if you really want to dig into a story and learn from it, shorter and easier to read makes the analysis easier. I usually began my book club with analysis of picture books. 



A Cricket in Times Square

The Railway Children 

The Secret Garden

Tuck Everlasting

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

My Side of the Mountain

A Long Way from Chicago

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler








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