Christian Heroes Then & Now Unit Study: Gladys Aylward
While I was reading the book on Gladys Aylward that this curriculum guide is for, I perused this guide. I was very impressed! I liked the comprehension questions for each chapter, the essay questions, creative writing topics, and activity suggestions. One thing that was interesting was when one of the essay questions suggested something that wasn't in the book. The question asked about dyslexia. It would explain a lot about her struggles in Bible school and I wish that the authors talked about it in the story, but they don't. They don't talk about it because it isn't certain, but I like how the question is written in the essay questions. They don't claim it is true, but instead encourage the student to examine how her life fits the profile of someone who has dyslexia and how it could affect her. On the curriculum guide, there is also information about the authors and the series of books. It is interesting and helpful to hear what their perspective is and how they've done their research.
If your children enjoy the YWAM Christian heroes books, I highly recommend the curriculum guides. I actually love the guide even more than the book because it really brought a lot of life to the book for me and I look forward to using it with my children.
In the guide, there are comprehension questions for each chapter, essay questions, creative writing assignment ideas, and end of book project ideas. I liked all of it!
For reluctant readers, I think these would be wonderful teaching resources. You can either discuss the comprehension questions verbally or have them answer them on paper. The pages you want can be printed out from the disk on your computer.
I can imagine using these books and the curriculum guides for multicultural studies, social studies, English, as Unit Studies, or as part of your Bible curriculum and discussing what it means to be a missionary. I do think it's also important to help your children understand that we can be missionaries write where we are and love the people in our communities. My plan is to read several of these books with my children when they are in grades 4-8 and contrast the lives of the missionaries with our own lives. As a culture, we have an idealized view of the past and expect there to be less suffering than there is. In the past, people expected life to be hard. It's reflected in their writings. These books and guides don't idealize the past and will hopefully help our children that God didn't promise that life would be easy.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this guide from YWAM for review.
April 18, 2011