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Sign of the Beaver, The - Study Guide

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

Newbery Medal Honor 1984, 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.

Through Elizabeth George Speare's exciting book, students will learn:

About the Author: Learn about Elizabeth George Speare.

Background Information: Settlement of Maine early 1600s, local tribes.

Vocabulary 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 the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

Features and Benefits of the study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on the eyes
  • Every question has plenty of whitespace for student’s 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 student’s work
  • Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher!

  CD Format

  • Provides the study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • Our Interactive Study Guide should be opened with the FREE Adobe Readerprogram. With the interactive feature, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress.
    Note: Mobile Devices/Tablets may require alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields.
  • Or choose to conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole guide at once
    • Print single lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire guide for classroom sets
  • Easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete separate answer key file included for the teacher!
Recommended Grade Level:
5-7
Setting:
Maine, USA 1763
Workbook ISBN:
978-1-58609-352-5
CD ISBN:
978-1-58609-568-0
Study Guide Author:
Lisa Leep
For the Book By:
Elizabeth George Speare
Study Guide Page Count:
54 pages