Monday, February 2, 2015

"The Matchlock Gun" Freebies

I'm still alive and homeschooling, I swear.

I've been missing in action for quite a while, for several reasons.  The most recent, and frustrating, reason is a broken water pipe that flooded our classroom and most of our ground level.  A good New England winter will visit a burst pipe on pretty much everyone eventually, and our number was up.

Luckily, there wasn't nearly as much damage as there could have been.  It has thrown a monkey wrench into our routine, though.  There hasn't been much time for blogging, but I'm tossing out a quickie!

As we studied the French and Indian War, Hunter read The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds.  It's a good book based on true events, and I do recommend it.  Parents should be aware however, that the book was written in the 1940's, and some of the language used in reference to Native Americans and people of color are outdated; we addressed this with some good conversation and turned it into a positive lesson.

These cards can be used as discussion questions or writing prompts.  We found them very useful after Hunter had finished the book.  You can download the whole set for free right here.

I created this worksheet to help Hunter understand the setting and locations mentioned in the story.  You can find a free copy here.

I hope some of you can use these resources in your own studies!  Thanks for your patience as we try to get back on track.

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