Through Barbara Brenner’s inspiring true story, students will learn:
Historical Background: Learn about the 1862 Homestead Act and post-Civil War black settlers.
Author Biography: Learn about Barbara Brenner.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: In context, fact vs. opinion, compound words
Moral Lessons and Character Values: God fills our needs, sharing with others, helping the needy, people can do more together, do not fear
Activities and Writing Assignments: maps, slavery and Civil War, Kansas, crossword puzzle, cooking, art, music, prairie fires, gardening prairie plants and flowers.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner.
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!