Where the Red Fern Grows - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 5-7

Setting: NE Oklahoma

Genre: Dog Story

Page Count: 50 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 7 weeks



There is nothing Billy Colman wants more than a pair of hunting dogs, but times are tough for farming families in the Ozarks. "Maybe some day when we can afford it, you can have them," Billy's father tells him, "but not right now." Billy doesn't give up. Determined to get a pair of hunting dogs, Billy finds ways to raise the money. With great patience, Billy saves all the money he can, and after two years he is finally able to buy his hunting dogs. Billy works with his dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann, as often as he can, training them to track and tree coons, and teaching them how to avoid "Old Ringtail's" tricks. Though his dogs bring him pleasure, there are trials ahead for Billy as well. Billy learns the value of hard work, patience, and persistence, and eventually sees how God can use all things - even a pair of hunting dogs - to answer the prayers of his family.

Progeny Press' Where the Red Fern Grows Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Learn about Wilson Rawls and the experiences and creative spirit that shaped Rawls's storytelling.
Background Information: Explore the fascinating topic of hunting dogs, their lives, training, and more. Gain valuable context.
Vocabulary: Complete a variety of vocabulary ELA exercises that make learning words both interactive and enjoyable.
Literary Techniques: Dig into the art of characterization, the impact of different points of view, the role of setting within the narrative, and plot development. Explore conflict, the use of expressions to convey emotion, the beauty of similes, personification, artful use of irony, writing style, and the manipulation of mood. Discuss the power of metaphor, the presence of poetic justice, utilize dictionaries, examine the narrative power of flashbacks, and explore the overarching themes.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Reflect on themes such as the importance of hard work, honoring parents, embracing love for neighbors, the power of prayer, the challenging call to love our enemies, the imperative to do good, grappling with death and grief, seeking comfort in difficult times, and navigating when bad things happen.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Expand your ELA experience through a variety of addtionaly activities. Engage in mapping exercises to trace the characters' journey, delve into research to deepen your understanding, and express your thoughts through essay writing that explores the themes and nuances of the novel.  
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We provide a reading list of more books by Wilson Rawls and other books that share similarities with, Where the Red Fern Grows.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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    4 Reviews

  • Posted by Deborah on 30th Nov 2015


    Where the Red Fern Grows

    Excellent source for book, loved the vocabulary & short answer questions for each chapter.

  • Posted by Kim D. on 26th Nov 2015


    We have enjoyed this study

    We have enjoyed this study very much. It was our first of what we plan to be many more purchases. There are common comprehension questions but also character study questions and some Bible verses on topic. All of these combine to give an in depth discussion of the book.

  • Posted by amanda O. on 14th Sep 2015


    NIce to get the guide

    NIce to get the guide immediately

  • Posted by Pam B. on 13th Apr 2015


    Easy to download

    I recently bought "Where the Red Fern Grown-E-Guide". It was so easy to download and it was ready to use in minutes after purchase. I have been using Progeny Press literature guides for many years. The literature guides cover many areas and are very thorough. By the end of the study, the child has a very good understanding of the book. I highly recommend Progeny Press.