Sign of the Beaver, The - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 5-7

Setting: Maine, 1763

Genre: Historical

Page Count: 48 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 7 weeks

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Twelve year-old Matt and his father have come to Maine territory to clear land and build a home for their family. After the two of them build a log cabin, Matt's father returns to Massachusetts to bring back the rest of the family: Matt's mother, his sister, and a new baby. While his father is gone, Matt stays alone in the cabin to guard their home and care for the corn. Matt knows that he will get lonely without his father and his family, but he expects to enjoy his independence and freedom. What he does not expect, however, is the arrival of a white stranger who is both friendly and treacherous. When the stranger disappears - along with his father's gun - Matt now faces much greater danger, and discovers the challenge of acquiring enough food for himself without a gun. After a series of mishaps leaves Matt dependent on the tribe of neighboring Indians, he discovers the problems of communicating with, depending upon, and understanding people from a different culture. The Indian boy, Attean, will teach Matt ways to survive and what true friendship is.

Progeny Press' Sign of the Beaver Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Learn about Elizabeth George Speare.
Background Information: Journey to the early 1600s settlement of Maine, where local tribes add cultural depth to Speare's storytelling.
Vocabulary: Boost your comprehension of the novel's language through a variety of activities.
Literary Techniques: Analyze literary techniques such as setting, contrast, sharing, synonyms, antonyms, fact vs. opinion, characterization, cause and effect, conflict, complications, resolution, and theme.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Discuss lessons of hospitality, respect, friendship, truth, dealing with criticism, embodying the spirit of Noah, navigating the complexities of gambling, adhering to the golden rule of "do unto others," experiencing coming-of-age, and recognizing the presence of the Spirit of God.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Participate in a selection of activities, from mapping key locations to creating murals that depict the essence of the story, engaging in camping experiences, researching the New England colonies, and exploring race relations through thoughtful discussions
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, Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare.

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

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    1 Reviews

  • Posted by melanie m. on 26th Dec 2016


    The Sign of the Beaver

    This is such a wonderful guide. I have appreciated the organization of the chapters as well as the sections that go deeper with Biblical principles.