Drinking Gourd, The - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 1-3

Setting: Southeastern USA, 1851

Genre: Chapter Book, Historical

Page Count: 32 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 6-7 weeks



When Deacon Fuller sends his son, Tommy, home early from church for misbehaving he goes to the barn to visit the horses. There he discovers a family of runaway slaves hidden in the hay. Having escaped from a plantation in SC, they are following the drinking gourd, a constellation in the northern sky that points the way to freedom in Canada. Tommy learns what freedom is worth as he helps his father protect the family from discovery and waits to see if his father will come home safely

Progeny Press' Drinking Gourd English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your Primary Elementary grade student(s) with:

Author Biography: Learn about F.N. Monjo, and his historical fiction for children.
Historical Background: Explore the challenging yet crucial themes of slavery and the Underground Railroad.
Before-You-Read Activities: Complete a variety of interactive activities, including read-aloud sessions, exploration of folk songs, a journey through astronomy, map studies, and insights into the lives of fugitives. These activities set the stage for an enriched reading experience.
Vocabulary: Enhance your vocabulary through a variety of activities designed to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Explore the literary techniques employed in The Drinking Gourd, including understanding context, effective dictionary usage, and thoughtful analysis of illustrations. Uncover the layers of meaning embedded in the narrative.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Discuss moral lessons and character values woven into the novel. Explore themes of leadership, behavior, consequences, truth, justice, and the Golden Rule, and doing good to others.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Wrap up your study with a variety of activities, from a Hidden Message activity to creative writing exercises, star gazing adventures, and crafts. These activities encourage creativity and provide a hands-on approach to understanding the novel.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Discover more literary treasures with a curated reading list featuring additional works by F.N. Monjo and other authors. Explore books that complement or share similarities with The Drinking Gourd, expanding your literary journey.

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HarperCollins I Can Read level 3
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    3 Reviews

  • Posted by Ginger on 20th May 2019


    Excellent Study Guide

    The study guide for The Drinking Gourd is the first study guide I have used from Progeny Press. My boys, who are in 4th grade, were able to work through the guide on their own. The questions were thoughtful and were great starters for conversations. I will definitely choose Progeny Press study guides for future book studies!

  • Posted by Michael M. on 24th Oct 2016


    The Drinking Gourd

    The questions were thoughtful and well-written. I wish there had been more activity/project ideas.

  • Posted by Raising S. on 15th Jun 2016


    Versatile E-Guide

    Disclosure: I received a complimentary E-Guide through Progeny Press as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, in exchange for a honest review. Progeny Press makes book study easy with their The Drinking Gourd E-Guide! This E-Guide is 33 pages long, and is based on the book, The Drinking Gourd by F. N. Monjo. The E-Guide is intended for grades 1-3, and includes fill in the blank sections for answering reading comprehension, vocabulary, matching, word unscrambles, a United States map for a geography lesson, astronomy lesson of introducing the Big Dipper, Answer Key, and also suggestions for further reading and after reading activities. It is suggested to have access to a Bible, Dictionary and Thesaurus to enhance these lessons. The Drinking Gourd is a historical fiction book for young elementary children. It is about The Underground Railroad, and how people used this and the Big Dipper (aka The Drinking Gourd in the story) to escape to Canada so they could be free. The story starts out with a young boy causing mischief at church, who is sent home and discovers people hiding in his family's barn. He meets a family trying to escape to freedom, and later finds out they are there because his Dad is part of The Underground Railroad. It is a Level 3 reader and six chapters long, but has colorful illustrations and is written in a way that children can understand. The Drinking Gourd E-Guide does a wonderful job of breaking down the chapters into smaller segments, so we read two chapters at a time and then did the activities for the corresponding chapters. One of the first activities was drawing where The Underground Railroad was located on a United States map, and which states were free and those that were not. This was a fun lesson, because it was something my youngest could participate in also. The E-Guide also gives information on the time frame in history this was. This was an interesting lesson for my sons because they didn't quite understand why people of a different skin color would be treated differently. I think this is a hard concept to teach to children, but this E-guide and story do a great job of explaining that this was done in the past, and how wrong it was. My sons also learned what a Deacon of a church is, as the main character's father was a Deacon in the church. My father-in-law is a Deacon, so it was fun having the boys describe what a Deacon was once I said Grandpa was one. Another lesson, we worked on was Vocabulary. There was a sentence from the story, and there was a question asked as to what the child thinks the word meant. I had my son guess, and then he had to find if he was correct in the Dictionary. We also worked together on filling out the reading comprehension questions. He knew the answer to the reading comprehension questions and he filled in the questions as best as he could, but I did need to help him with spelling some words. The story also had some words he didn't know yet, so we took turns reading. He would read as many words as he could, and then I would help him pronounce the other words. He just finished first grade though, so he did very well in knowing many of the words in the story. It took us about two weeks to finish all the lessons in The Drinking Gourd E-Guide, but we did take our time with it as it was part of our summer learning. It was a wonderful story to read, and probably not one I would have thought to read if it weren't for Progeny Press introducing this book to us. I am excited to look at the other E-Guides available, and would definitely recommend this E-Guide to any homeschool parent or classroom teacher. The Drinking Gourd E-Guide is for Lower Elementary students, but Progeny Press also has guides for Upper Elementary, Middle School and High School so be sure to read the other reviews by my fellow Schoolhouse Review Crew members to learn the differences between these levels. The middle school and high school E-Guides can take about 8 to 10 weeks to complete.