Drinking Gourd, The – Study Guide



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When Deacon Fuller sends his son, Tommy, home early from church for misbehaving he goes to the barn to visit the horses. There he discovers a family of runaway slaves hidden in the hay. Having escaped from a plantation in SC, they are following the drinking gourd, a constellation in the northern sky that points the way to freedom in Canada. Tommy learns what freedom is worth as he helps his father protect the family from discovery and waits to see if his father will come home safely

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Through F.N. Monjo’s exciting story of the Underground Railroad, students will learn:

Author Biography: Learn about F.N. Monjo, and his historical fiction for children.

Historical Background: Slavery and the Underground Railroad.

Before-You-Read Activities: read-a-loud, folk songs, astronomy, maps, fugitives.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques: In context, dictionary usage, illustration analysis.

Moral Lessons and Character Values: Leadership and character, behavior, consequences, truth, justice, Golden Rule, do good to others.

Activities and Writing Assignments: Hidden Message activity, creative writing, star gazing, crafts.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Drinking Gourd by F.N. Monjo.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!

Features and Benefits of the study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5×11 format is convenient to read and easy on the eyes
  • Every question has plenty of whitespace for student’s answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
  • Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher!
Recommended Grade Level: 1-3
Setting: 1700-1800s South Eastern USA
Workbook ISBN: 978-1-58609-300-6
CD ISBN: 978-1-58609-538-3
Study Guide author: Colleen Schreurs
for the book by: F. N. Monjo
Study Guide Page Count: 33 pages

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × .5 in