Fever 1793 - E-Guide

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First published in 2000, Fever 1793 is a harrowing but hopeful story of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, yellow fever outbreak of 1793. Fourteen-year-old Mattie helps run the family coffeehouse with her mother, grandfather, and coffeehouse cook Eliza, when rumors start circulating of a fever rising in Philadelphia. As the sweltering heat of summer continues, the yellow fever epidemic rages through Philadelphia and Mattie is separated from her family. Mattie faces great hardships and pain, but also great kindness, strength, and determination. And when Mattie is reunited with Eliza, and the epidemic ends and her mother returns, Mattie finds she is a much more capable and strong young woman than she had imagined. 

Progeny Press' Fever 1793 English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts Credit: This High School level literature curriculum offers a one-quarter credit for students.
Author Biography: Learn more about the life of Laurie Halse Anderson and gain valuable context and background.
Background Information: Philadelphia as the United States capital and the effects of Yellow Fever.
Before-You-Read Activities: Write a research paper on yellow fever, dig into the demographics and geographical information of Philadelphia in the 1790s, and follow the characters' journeys on a map to gain contextual insights.
Vocabulary: Master words from the novel, engaging in a variety of activities designed to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Explore a wide array of literary techniques, understanding their applications and significance. Encounter concepts like antonyms and synonyms, the power of repetition, onomatopoeia, vivid imagery, thought-provoking maxims, overblown hyperboles, the art of irony, paradox, comparison and contrast. Learn the beauty of similes and metaphors, the humanizing touch of personification, juxtaposition, idioms, enlightening allusions, rhythmic alliteration, assonance, anthropomorphism, and so much more.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Analyze the moral situations throughout the book including misfortune, wisdom from God, howt to treat others, positive mental focus, prayer, seasons in life, rumors and dissension, discerning truth, despair, sensitivity and kindness, and hope.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Conduct research assignments, activities, and more.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Continue your reading journey with an in-depth reading list of books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Fever 1793.

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

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Book Awards:
ALA Best Book for Young Adults winner and a Junior Library Guild selection   •   CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book   •   California Young Reader Medal Nominee   •   Children's Literature Choice List   •   ILA Teachers' Choices   •   Maud Hart Lovelace Award Master List (MN)   •   NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing   •   NYPL Best Books for Teens   •   Storytelling World Award   •   Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Master List (FL)   •   Texas Tayshas High School Reading List

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
1793 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
American Literature, Historical Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
92 pages
Study Guide Author:
Michael S. Gilleland
For the Book By:
Laurie Halse Anderson
Workbook ISBN: