Sarah, Plain and Tall - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 4-6

Setting: Prairie Lands, Maine, USA

Genre: Historical

Page Count: 42 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 6 weeks

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Answering an ad in the paper for a wife, Sarah agrees to come visit for one month before agreeing to marry Papa, writing "I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall," and "Tell them I sing."
But Sarah misses her old home in Maine. Will she leave, or will she stay and bring song and laughter to their prairie home?

Progeny Press' Sarah, Plain and Tall Language Arts PDF download curriculum will provide your Primary Elementary grade student with:

About the Author: Discover the captivating life of Patricia MacLachlan, the creative mind behind the literary masterpiece Sarah, Plain and Tall.
Background Information: Read about pioneers and prairie living, gaining a deeper understanding of the historical context that serves as the backdrop for MacLachlan's storytelling.
Vocabulary: Enhance your word knowledge with a variety of engaging activities designed to stimulate retention and growth. Uncover the novel's language through dynamic exercises that make learning an enriching experience.
Literary Techniques: Explore literary techniques such as synonyms, setting, compare and contrast, in context, simile, metaphor, paraphrase, and character analysis. Unravel the layers of storytelling to appreciate the artistry within the narrative
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Go below surface analysis and study themes of honor, recognizing God as our perfecter, fostering a positive work attitude, and embracing love for one another as central tenets of character development
Activities and Writing Assignments: Choose from a range of activities, from mapwork and history reports to dynamic discussions and captivating read-aloud sessions. Stimulate your mind with word searches and crosswords, and explore the heart of prairies and step-families through art projects, science exploration, movies, and cooking.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Expand your library with our thoughtfully assembled reading list, featuring more works by Patricia MacLachlan and other books that complement or mirror the themes found in Sarah, Plain and Tall.

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

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  • 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 Primary grade Upper Elementary student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into simplified writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and continue building and refining their analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study PDF download accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools for over 30 years!

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Book Awards:
Newbery Medal Winner 1986 • Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction • Golden Kite Award •  NY Public Library Book of the Century 

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    3 Reviews

  • Posted by Lori on 14th Nov 2015


    Complete study that has been enjoyable

    We have been using this unit with our 9 year old. She really has enjoyed this product. It is a relatively self-guided study for her. We used some of the pre-reading activities and then she read the book all the way through. She then went back to work through the questions. She is almost done with all of the questions and has enjoyed it a lot. When asked recently about some of her favorite products and studies this year, this was her top favorite of the year! *We received a copy of this unit to review for TOS Review Crew. We were not required to leave this review and all opinions are our own.

  • Posted by jamweber on 25th May 2015


    Thorough and thought-provoking

    The Sarah, Plain and Tall E-Guide, as with all the other guides that I‰ŰŞve used from Progeny Press, is outstanding. My favorite section to read after my child has completed it is the Dig Deeper section, as I have the opportunity to learn how my child has grown spiritually through reading the assigned scripture passages. I especially always love the vocabulary section, as it allows the student to first write his own definition of a word depending on its context, and then verify or discover its meaning using the dictionary. Thanks once again, and keep those study guides for great books coming!

  • Posted by Krystel M. on 13th Nov 2014


    Love the Biblical integration

    Love the Biblical integration for the story. Very well written and thorough!