Carry on, Mr. Bowditch - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 5-7

Setting: Massachusetts, 1700s

Genre: Sailing, Biographical

Page Count: 58 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 10-11 weeks

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Nathaniel Bowditch loves to work with numbers. School is Nat's favorite time. Unfortunately Nat must give up his dream to go to Harvard when he must quit school to work for his father. Later, he becomes an indentured servant, working in a ship's chandlery. In spite of his situation, Nat continues his education by teaching himself, working all day in the chandlery and in the evenings he fills his notebooks with everything he wants to learn. Nat's diligence pays off. When Nat's nine-year indenture is through, he is given the opportunity to go to sea where the things he has learned may be put to use. Sailing is dangerous, not only because of enemies on the high seas, but because - Nat discovers - many of the books and tables sailors use for navigation have errors - errors that cost lives. With the same diligence he used to teach himself, Nat begins to compile information for a new book to correct these errors and give every sailor knowledge of navigation.

Progeny Press' Carry On, Mr. Bowditch English/Language Arts curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author and Illustrator: Read about Jean Lee Latham and John O'Hara Cosgrave II.
Background: Explore the fascinating world of sailing ships and the age of exploration.
Vocabulary: Identify and study words throughout the novel with engaging activities, promoting retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Reflect on writing techniques such as synonyms, characterization, foreshadowing, and exploring elements in context. 
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Uncover deeper lessons, including God as our anchor, perseverance, following God's plans, encouragement, processing grief, embracing the Golden Rule, and the rewards of diligence.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Choose from a number of addtional activities, including mapping exercises, delve into topics like indentured servants and slavery, explore Harvard, engage in Bible study, refine writing skills, delve into astronomy, and unravel the complexities of the French Revolution through research.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Expand your literary horizons with a curated reading list featuring more works by the same authors and others that complement or resemble, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham.

All of Progeny Press' language arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Formatted with your Middle School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
Newbery Medal Winner 1956

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