Students in grades 3-5 will enjoy reading The Beatinest Boy by Jesse Stuart (Curtis Publishing Company, 1952; The Jesse Stuart Foundation, 1980), and you can add to that experience by using the resources available in this book study.
Jesse Stuart's seventy-page book is set in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, as young David and the grandmother who adopted him struggle to survive on her small farm. The book shows farm life in the years before rural electricity and other modern conveniences and would supplement your Kentucky history curriculum.
The author, an avid supporter of conservation, subtly addresses wildlife conservation in this book. Although the climax of the story is on Christmas morning, an exchange of gifts is the only tradition incorporated into the story.
Introduce your students to one of Kentucky's most beloved writers by using Jesse Stuart's The Beatinest Boy: A Book Study Unit containing:
*A teacher's page explaining each component of the unit
*A list of online resources
*An oral reading and discussion guide providing a summary, one or more discussion questions, and vocabulary words for each chapter of the book
*A glossary defining twenty words from the book
*A crossword puzzle matching vocabulary words and definitions
*A vocabulary worksheet using words in sentence context
*A vocabulary test with twenty matching questions
*Comprehension worksheet with thirty-three questions identifying details in the story
*Worksheet identifying kind words and conversations in the book.
*Comprehension test containing ten multiple-choice questions, two discussion questions, and three sequencing questions
*Answer keys are included for all items.
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