Sign of the Beaver, The - Study 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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Newbery Medal Honor • California Young Reader Nominee • Josette Frank Award • Christopher Award • Booklist Editors' Choice • Horn Book Fanfare • Scott O'Dell Award • ALA Notable Children's Book • ALA Best BookYA • Young Hoosier nominee • NYTimes Best Book 

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.

Check out other titles by this award-winning author:        The Bronze Bow                The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Progeny Press English/Language Arts curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Learn about Elizabeth George Speare.
Background Information: Settlement of Maine early 1600s, local tribes.
Vocabulary: Understand words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Setting, contrast, sharing, synonym, antonym, fact vs. opinion, characterization, cause and effect, conflict, complications, resolution, theme.
Moral Lessons and Character Values:  Hospitality, respect, friendship, truth, criticism, Noah, gambling, do unto others, coming-of-age, Spirit of God.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Mapping, mural, camping, research New England colonies, race relations. 
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!

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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  • 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!

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