Ox-Cart Man is a simple and rhythmic story of a man who fills his ox-cart with all the goods his family has produced over the last year and takes them to market. After selling everything, including his cart and his ox, he buys a few items and walks home. The book traces a year in the life of a New England farm family in the 1800's. The values of hard work, patience, family, and contentment are woven throughout the story.
Through Donald Hall's charming story, students will learn:
Historical Background: Learn about the early American colonies and the New Hampshire Turnpike and about the daily life of an early American farmer.
Author & Illustrator Biography: Learn about Donald Hall and Barbara Cooney, their lives, and their other works.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Synonyms.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Work as if for God, be industrious not lazy, doing things when the time is right, good advice from parents, planning ahead.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Mapping, seasons, farm products and crafting, storytelling, monthly jobs, weather journaling, wordsearch, cooking, art, weaving.
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, Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!