Uncle Jed's Barbershop - Study Guide

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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.

Additional Resource: Check out some of the songs from the award-winning musical adaptation, JED

Progeny Press' English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your Primary Elementary grade student(s) with:

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: Understand 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 Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

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