- Recommended Grade Level:
- Vermont, USA, 1920's
- American Literature
- Study Guide Author:
- Andrew Clausen
- For the Book By:
- Robert Newton Peck
- Study Guide Page Count:
- 48 pages
Click here for a sample section of the guide!
Through Robert Newton Peck’s funny but moving tale of coming-of-age on a farm in Vermont, students will learn:
Author Biography: Learn more about Robert Newton Peck.
Background Information: Learn about who Shakers really were and are.
Before-You-Read Activities: Learn about Vermont geography and production, Shakers, research paper about 1930s agriculture, pig breed research, as-you-read topic “to be a man”, birth and death themes.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: include in context, dialect expressions, diagramming, foreshadowing, mood, contrast, grammar, characterization, author’s tone, comic scenes, conflict, theme.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: helping/caring for animals, rewards, value of a man, material possessions, true riches, confession, adultery, judging others, pride, fairness, death, wealth, love and forgiveness, coming-of-age.
Activities and Writing Assignments: including units of measure, capstan research, following Shaker beliefs, linking of birth and death.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, A Day No Pigs Would Die.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!
Learn More about the Book
Read the story summary of A Day No Pigs Would Die and get the book HERE. Note: Mild Language and mild mature content
I wish the catalog would have disclosed the cursing in the book. Our school is very conservative and would not have chosen this book if given that information. The guide itself is laid out well and the student's discussion has been good. I like my students to experience different cultures, life lessons, and thinking outside the box, which is provided with thus selection.