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We invite you to evaluate the quality of our books by looking closely at their companion study guides, which you can download free of charge. Prepared by the author, with the intention of helping parents to teach the contents of the stories to their children, these guides give you a very accurate idea of what each volume contains. They demonstrate the purposes for which the story was written, the issues raised by it, and the literary questions a parent can have her child put to the text. Just glance at the example below, and, if you like it, go to one of the links on the right to download it so that you can study it at your leisure.

Jody's Michigan Adventure Study Guide

Click on any of these links to open up a downloadable study guide for any of the books in the Kevin Murphy series:

Sophie reading The Upper Peninsula

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Reading historical fiction, and complementing it with history books, not only allows the student to see the differences between history and fiction, but also gives rise to lively debates about politics, religion, morals, and power. Download our complete guide to teaching history with historical fiction.

Here are activities for using historical novels to teach history and language arts:

  • Read the appropriate novel for the age-group and unit you are studying.
  • Have the child describe the ten most interesting facts, ideas, or events they came across in the novel. A large-scale, detailed map or diorama of the novel is suggested to enhance the student's presentation, and
  • Have the child write a ten-page missing chapter, where the characters in the novel interact during an event that wasn't covered in the novel. This last assignment requires the child to read history books to see what the novelist left out, and it also requires that he assess the artistic reasons for eliminating incidents from the book.

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