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Uncle Jed's Barbershop - Study Guide

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Click here for a sample section of the Uncle Jed's Barbershop Study Guide!      Check out the E-Guide version, available immediately!       Get the book Uncle Jed's Barbershop HERE 

Coretta Scott King Honor Book 1994, ALA Notable Children's Books, Horn Book Fanfare, CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Book in Social Studies, ILA Children's Book Award Honor, Reading Rainbow book

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Uncle Jedediah is Sarah Jean's favorite relative. He visits once a week to cut her daddy's and granddaddy's hair, and pretends to cut Sarah's hair, putting good smelling lotion on the back of her neck. Uncle Jed has a dream that he shares with Sarah - Uncle Jed wants to open his own barbershop. Living in the South in the 1930s, this dream is regarded as impossible by his friends and relatives. Poor sharecroppers don't open their own businesses. Despite setbacks - from little Sarah's sickness, which only an expensive operation can cure, to the banks failing in the Great Depression just when he'd saved enough money - Uncle Jed never gives up.

His admirable character and hard work to achieve his dream can inspire all of us to dream a dream - and then to work for it.

Through Margaree King Mitchell's inspiring story, students will learn:

Author and Illustrator Biographies: Learn about Margaree King Mitchell and her works. Learn about James E. Ransome and his art.

Historical Background: The Great Depression.

Before-You-Read Activities: Sharecropping, barbershops, mapping.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques: In context, character traits, critical thinking, information analysis (money).

Moral Lessons and Character Values: Money, God is with us, hard work, perseverance, joy, dreams, God's plans are good, equality, fairness.

Activities and Writing Assignments: Cost comparisons, quilting, art, bookmark, dogs, horses, creative storytelling, heritage/interview, service project, mystery word activity.

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, Uncle Jed's Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

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
  • 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 answer key file included for the teacher! 
Recommended Grade Level:
K-3
Setting:
American South, 1930s-1960s
Workbook ISBN:
978-1-58609-480-5
CD ISBN:
978-1-58609-542-0
Study Guide Author:
Rebecca Gilleland
for the book by:
Margaree King Mitchell
Study Guide Page Count:
33 pages