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A Day No Pigs Would Die Lesson Plan
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Teachers: Get the most from your time in the classroom when you use this lesson plan for the popular coming-of-age novel A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck. In addition to providing comprehensive character analyses, this lesson plan will help you and your class explore the novel's primary themes, including the idea of free will. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Why did the narrator in A Day No Pigs Would Die hate Edward Thatcher? Edward had made fun of the narrator's clothes and Shaker ways.
- What was the first problem the narrator noticed with Apron? How did he help her? (List the things he did, in order.) Apron was a Holstein cow who was trying to give birth, but the calf was stuck. The narrator took off his pants and tied one leg around the calf's head. Apron started running again, and he followed her. When she stopped, he tied the other pants leg to a tree. Then he hit and stoned Apron until she started forward, which finally made the calf come out.
- What was the second problem the narrator noticed with Apron? How did he help her? (List the steps in order.) Apron could not breathe. He put his hand down into her throat and felt a hard ball. He pulled on it. The cow bit the narrator's arm and started running. Then the narrator blacked out.
- What was the narrator's name in A Day No Pigs Would Die? What was his father's name? The narrator was Robert Peck (also the author.) The father was Haven Peck.
- Who found Rob? Benjamin Tanner, a neighbor, and the owner of the cow, found Robert.
- Describe Rob's condition, and what his parents did to help him in A Day No Pigs Would Die. He was very bloody. His father pulled the blanket away from his bloody shoulder. His mother sewed up his arm. Then his parents put Robert to bed.
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