Whipping Boy, The - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 3-5

Setting: Medieval

Genre: Children's Stories

Page Count: 44 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 6-7 weeks



When the prince is a brat and you aren't supposed to punish him because he is 'royalty,' what is a king to do? Call the whipping boy; he takes the whippings the prince's guardians aren't allowed to give to 'Prince Brat.'
This high-paced story begins with the prince making trouble - again. Jemmy, the whipping boy, is called for and receives the prince's punishment - again. This becomes the pattern for every day: the prince refuses to learn his school lessons and Jemmy gets punished. The prince pulls a prank, and Jemmy gets punished. Jemmy decides, however, that as long as he is there he might as well learn proper manners and how to read and write, even if the prince won't. Then, one fateful night, the prince decides to run away and needs someone to carry his basket. Jemmy is drafted, and a grand chase begins that will change both of them forever!

Progeny Press' The Whipping Boy Language Arts PDF download curriculum will provide your Primary Elementary grade student with:

About the Author: Learn about Sid Fleischman and the events that shaped his storytelling style.
Background Information: Traverse the cobblestone streets of a bygone era, where castles loom large, and the echoes of royal intrigues set the stage for this timeless tale.
Vocabulary: Examine words and language used in the novel, using practical and engaging activities to improve retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Study the use of words in context, consult dictionaries for deeper understanding, immerse yourself in the mood created by the author, identify synonyms and adjectives, analyze points of view, do comparisons and contrasts, conduct character studies, unravel themes, and appreciate the carefully crafted settings that transport readers to another time.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Identify and reflect on lessons such as trusting in God, finding happiness, nurturing a relationship with the divine, embodying the principle of "do unto others," honoring parents, discerning between foolishness and wisdom, cherishing friendships, avoiding snap judgments based on appearances, and embodying faithfulness.
Activities and Writing Assignments:  Study castles, express your thoughts through writing, create a visually appealing bulletin board, expore the history and impact of rats, engage in discussions that deepen understanding, experiment with cooking inspired by the narrative, express your creativity through art, construct Venn diagrams to compare and contrast, bring the story to life through a dramatic retelling, and enjoy the challenge of a word search.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include a carefully curated reading list of more books by Sid Fleischman and other books that share themes, or are similar to, The Whipping Boy.

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

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    2 Reviews

  • Posted by Pamela L. on 6th Sep 2014


    Great curriculum.

    Great curriculum.

  • Posted by Christi C. on 17th Apr 2014


    The Whipping Boy

    Excellent resource and a great book for my fourth and fifth graders!