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Preachers Boy

by Kathrerine Patterson

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Ten year old Robbie is the son of a preacher in Vermont who suddenly decides to give up being a Christian so he can better enjoy life before the world comes to an end. The story is filled with conflict as Robbie gets into trouble because of his new attitude. Set in 1899 this book tells of the strong moral tone of the time, especially in small towns.

Person against Self and Society are the primary elements of this book. The unique way that societal norms can be challenged and argued by a child will help young readers relate to the text. Robbie often feels that adults do not take him seriously, an enduring attitude among many young people.

One extension I would do for this book is to have students create two different collages, one showing people doing things that are acceptable in today’s society, and another showing people doing things that are not considered acceptable. We could take the collages and compare what is normal in our society with other cultures and times.

Another extension for this book could be for students to create a cause and effect chart showing Robbie and how his decision has created conflict with his parents, friends, neighbors, and other relatives.
  mkeenan | Jun 18, 2008 |
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