Willy and his grandfather live on a farm in Wyoming where they grow potatoes. One day Grandfather will not get out of bed or even speak. Willy runs to get Doc Smith, who examines Grandfather and can find nothing wrong with him. She tells Willy that Grandfather has just given up on life.
When Willy goes to town, he sees a poster advertising the National Dogsled Races. The prize for winning the race is $500! With the state of Wyoming threatening to take the farm for back-taxes, Willy decides to enter the race, convinced he and his dog, Searchlight, can win. But an Indian named Stone Fox also enters the race, and he's never lost. Can Willy and Searchlight beat Stone Fox and save the farm - and Grandfather - before it's too late?
Through John Reynold Gardiner's coming-of-age adventure, students will learn:
About the Author: Learn about John Reynold's Gardiner.
Background Information: Jackson, Wyoming and Shosone Indian Reservation
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Synonyms, antonyms, fact vs. opinion, characterization, similes, metaphors, proverbs, repetition, point of view, cause and effect, story structure, conflict, theme, foil, setting.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Comfort, honor your parents, advice, risk, turn the other cheek, racism, compassion.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Mapping, calculations, wordsearch, puzzle, essay idea, research paper, dogs. Wyoming, multi-media news, Iditarod and dog sledding, potatoes, sign language, service project, depression.
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, Stone Fox by John Reynold Gardiner.
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!
I am so far pleased with the Stone Fox Study Guide.