Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Affordable Novel Studies by Joel Michel Reed

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When you can't find free study questions online, and you don't have time to read your child's book and make up your own study questions, you might want to consider downloading one of Joel Michel  Reed's novel studies. That's what I did for my daughter's book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Novel Studies Overview

There are almost 200 titles to choose from, and each novel study is only $7.50 to download. All novel studies are in alphabetical order making them a snap to find. For each novel, you can see the author of the book, study guide page count, and appropriate grade level. You also have access to a preview of each study guide before you decide to purchase.

These novel studies are SO MUCH MORE than simple comprehension questions. They are presented chapter by chapter or section by section and include the following components:

  • Synopsis of novel
  • List of skills in the novel study
  • Author biography
  • Before you read
  • Vocabulary
  • Discussion Questions (including higher-level thinking)
  • Writing assignments
  • Literary devices
  • Setting 
  • Plot
  • Conflict
  • Character Analysis
  • Parts of Speech
  • Analogies
  • Synonyms/Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Alliteration
  • Crossword puzzles and word searches
  • Research assignments
  • Constructing a storyboard
  • Answer key


I was very happy with our novel study purchase. I thought it was a fair price for all that is included.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler novel study was 48 pages, and not only did my daughter complete various activities like the ones mentioned above, she had to identify different styles of paintings, identify famous statues, research where certain famous works of art are on display, describe how a Vladimir Makovsky painting made her feel, and create a comic strip. Just to name a few!

We opted out of a couple activities for time's sake - preparing a talk show and pretending to be a casting director for a movie.

I will definitely consider purchasing another Reed Novel Study. I noticed they also have novel study packs and even offer some free power point presentations, etc.

If you need to order books, please consider using my Amazon affiliate link: Literature Classics.

Thanks so much!

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