Give Me Liberty - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 6-8

Setting: American Revolution

Genre: Historical, American Literature

Page Count: 60 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 10 weeks

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Nathaniel Dunn is an indentured servant on a colonial Virginia plantation. He is sold to meet his master's debts and bought by a kindly schoolmaster named Basil, who helps him get work with a carriage maker. But as Nathaniel's luck turns for the better, the atmosphere in the country turns for the worse.
Public outcry against the British becomes commonplace, and the call "give me liberty, or give me death" grows into a budding revolution. Amidst a new world of philosophy, books, and the idea of equality, Nathaniel faces new questions and uncertainty . . . should he join this fight against Britain's oppression and taxes?
His old plantation friend, the slave Moses, has joined the British Royal Ethiopian Regiment to earn his freedom. Nathaniel joins the Virginia Regiment.  What will become of either of them, indentured servant and slave in this war? As his mother always taught him from Corinthians, "Love hopes all things."

Progeny Press' Give Me Liberty English/Language Arts curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with: 

About the Author: Examine the life of L.M. Elliott.
Background Information: Research and gain insight into the American Revolution and it's impact.
Vocabulary: Understand words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth. 
Literary Techniques: Discover how engaging literature comes to be through literary techniques employed in Give Me Liberty. Identify similes, allusion, foreshadowing, aphorisms, imagery, synonyms, compare & contrast, metaphors, irony, contextual usage, juxtaposition, antonyms, anthropomorphism, proverbs, motifs, onomatopoeia, anaphora, parallelism, Christ figure symbolism, theme exploration, conflict analysis, structural elements, paradox exploration, characterization depth, and the use of foils.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Examine and reflect on deeper lessons and character values. Explore themes of hope, revenge, the transformative power of loving enemies, serving others, managing anxiety and fear, the pursuit of peace, understanding authority, the impact of our words, practicing self-control, the dichotomy of slavery and freedom, addressing suicide, and the importance of doing what is right.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Complete extra-curricular assignments, from exploring indentured servitude and the American colonies through history studies, writing assignments, and period clothing examinations to creating maps, art, posters, engaging in discussions, delivering speeches, solving crosswords, planning field trips, exploring music, delving into journalism, participating in drama, crafting letters, composing poetry/lyrics, and constructing timelines, these activities enrich understanding and engagement.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Give Me Liberty by L.M. Elliott.

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

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide 

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on Middle School student's eyes
  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for middle school level student answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the middle school student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

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  • Contains the complete study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
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  • PDf files open in the FREE Adobe Reader program.
    Note: Mobile devices may require an alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields and interactive features.
  • Upgraded, fillable form fields allow the student the opportunity to complete their work on the computer, saving you printing costs
  • Conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole ELA study guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire curriculum study guide for classroom sets
  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher to make grading simple!

Formatted with your Middle School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
ALA Booklist and School Library Journal recommended   •   Multiple Award-winning Author!

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
American Colonies, Revolutionary War 1770s
Study Guide Page Count:
74 pages
Study Guide Author:
Carol Clark
For the Book By:
L. M. Elliott
Workbook ISBN:

    2 Reviews

  • Posted by B. D. on 12th Dec 2016


    Very impressed!

    This study guide was wonderful. The study was thorough and sparked great conversations on how to view life events biblically. Thank you!

  • Posted by Shannon L. on 2nd Apr 2016


    Exactly what I was looking for

    This study guide is exactly what I was looking for! It is so thorough, including writing, vocabulary, literature analysis, and questions we are using for discussion amongst my two kids who are using it. It was a great supplement to our Revolutionary War study. I will definitely be purchasing more Progeny Press study guide.