Yesterday, this paper turned up in one of my old blog binders. I had used the back of it to do some planning.
BLACK BEAUTY was in the classroom library when I was in grade two, and I loved it. One of the things it taught was not to be cruel to animals.
The questions I developed can be used in a variety of ways. A teacher could read the book to a class. Alternatively, of course, a child could read the book alone. For parents, however, I would recommend, reading with the child. Take turns reading aloud. Then do these questions:
1. The main idea in Chapter 2 was:
(a) A hare was killed.
(b) A hunt in which people riding horses that followed dogs was described.
(c) Black Beauty’s mother was upset because a horse was killed.
2. There are still hunts in England where people ride horses and follow hounds chasing a fox. These people enjoy hunting as a sport. Other people say it is cruel. What do you think? Why?
3. Put numbers in front of the following sentences to show in what order events happened.
---- People were riding in all directions: to the doctor’s, to the farrier’s, and to Squire Gordon’s.
____ The colts heard hounds.
____ A terrified hare went by the colts.
____ A black coach went by.
____ The colts saw the hounds.
____ A huntsman held up the dead hare.
____ The horsemen went by.
____ A gun went bang.
____ The dead man was taken to the house.
I was a school librarian for ten years
collaborating with teachers (Betty Balon on the left).
Then, I asked for a classroom and was a teacher for over twenty years.
Reading was always my passion and I developed novel study after novel study so that my students could have an individualized program – each kid reading a good book at his/her own level.
The questions were designed to check comprehension and to develop different skills such as identifying main ideas and making judgements.
I sent some of them to Rainbow Publishing in North Battleford and received a lump sum; no royalties. These are still available if you’re interested. Just google:
P.S. The BLACK BEAUTY questions were among the many novel studies I never got around to sending to the publisher.