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Day No Pigs Would Die, A - Study Guide

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A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck, unit study guide lesson plans for literature and reading from a Christian worldview with Biblical integration. Teacher resource curriculum, hands on ideas, projects, worksheets, comprehension questions, and activities.



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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!

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Note: Mild Language and mild mature content

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Recommended Grade Level:
Vermont, USA, 1920's
American Literature
Workbook ISBN:
Study Guide Author:
Andrew Clausen
For the Book By:
Robert Newton Peck
Study Guide Page Count:
48 pages