THE NOTORIOUS BENEDICT ARNOLD! THE STORY OF ADVENTURE, HEROISM, AND TREACHERY by STEVE SHEINKIN
“Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing American Revolution battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale from history.”
"My name shall be carved in stone alongside the great traitors: Lucifer, Judas, and Arnold."
The words "Benedict Arnold" have become synonymous with "traitor and villain." What caused this American patriot who could well have been one of the Founding Fathers to become a turncoat?
As a child, the sixth in his family with the name, Benedict Arnold, he became known as a bright student, an athlete, a prankster, a show-off, and a daredevil who would take chances just for the trill of it. As the son of the town drunk, he was determined to make more of himself.
As a young man, Benedict Arnold succeeded in making his fortune in the shipping trade. He married well and had three beautiful children. But when the British slapped high tariffs on goods, things began to change for him.
Arnold was respected by George Washington, became a General in the American army, one of America's first action heroes, a genius in strategy and leadership, but it was hot temper, ego, and insatiable thirst for recognition that eventually became his undoing.
The Notorious Benedict Arnold puts a face on the American Revolution, showing that not everything is black and white, and that the choices that were made were crucial to history.
If YOU see yourself in Benedict Arnold, hopefully you will be inspired to weigh your own actions and judge which choices you can make to create a better place for you in history.
The Kids Wings Literature Guide by master librarian Dixie West and master teacher Suzy Red comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for ease in projection and printing. The activities include:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
Getting Ready to Read Nonfiction
Readers’ Theater Introduction
Instruction Page for Vocabulary and Predict-Read-Confirm Pages
1741-1775, Pages 1-23
Difficult Beginnings, Pages 1-23
June 1775-April 19 through June 19, 1775, Pages 24-48
Figurative Language in the Story, Pages 24-48
July 1-November 8, 1775, Pages 49-79
Reading the Map, Pages 49-79
September 1775-Feb. 1776, Pages 80-103
Troubles for All, Pages 80-103
Examining Illustrations of Historic Events
Jan. 1776-Nov. 1776, Pages 104-140
Battles Continue, Comprehension, Pages 104-140
Readers Theater: Andre in Pennsylvania, Pages 104-109
Misery and Distress, Crossword Puzzle
Nov. 1776-Aug. 1777, Pages 141-165
Comic Book Summary, Pages 141-165
Aug. 1777-April, 1778, Pages 166-197
What if...? How Choices Affect History, Pages 166-197
April 1778-May, 1779, Pages 198-229
Troubles with Love, Troubles with War, Pages 198-228
May 1779-September 1780, Pages 230-268
Bad Choice, Good Choice, Pages 230-268
Enemies All Around, Crossword Puzzle
1780-1804, Pages 269-307
No Turning Back, Pages 269-307
Daily Life in the Time of Benedict Arnold
Picturing the Events of Benedict's Life
Making Connections, Questions I would ask the author
Benedict Arnold's Timeline
Break Benedict's Code
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint!
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