Day No Pigs Would Die, A - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 9-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: Vermont, 1920s

Genre: American Literature

Page Count: 42 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 7-8 weeks

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Wandering about on the ridge above his family's farm, Robert Peck comes across a neighbor's cow having difficulty giving birth. Acting quickly, Rob is able to help, and two bull calves are born. He is rewarded by their neighbor and owner of the cow, Mr. Tanner, with a piglet of his own to raise. Rob names the pig Pinky. Putting all his energy into caring for her, he dreams of the day she will become a brood sow and provide his family with a litter of pigs. Rob is the only surviving son in his family, and his four older sisters have all married and left home.
Rob's father, Haven Peck, is a quiet, gentle man who butchers pigs, a job he does not enjoy but performs so he can provide for his family. Mr. Peck cannot read or write, but stresses the importance of education to his son. Although the family is not rich, Mr. Peck teaches them that they are rich in the things that truly matter: they have each other, they have land to work, and they have God's creation to enjoy. However, tough times bring wrenching decisions when slaughtering season comes. Told from a boy's perspective, this story is both funny and moving, as Robert learns about life, love, and death, and what it means to be a man.

Content Warning: Mild Language and mildly mature content. 

Progeny Press' Day No Pigs Would Die English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts credit: This is a one-quarter credit high school level Literature curriculum.
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: Understand words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: 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: 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 by Robert Newton Peck.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Extra Information

Brand:
Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
9-12
Setting:
Vermont, USA, 1920s
Genre:
American Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
48 pages
Study Guide Author:
Andrew Clausen
For the Book By:
Robert Newton Peck
Workbook ISBN:
9781586093600
CD ISBN:
9781586096014