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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
by Rodman Philbrick
Chosen as a Kids Wings Top Flight Book for 2012-2013
2010 Newbery Honor Book

Times were tough enough in the United States in 1862, but for Homer P. Figg, things were about to go downhill fast. It was bad enough that his father died before he was born, but when his mother died when he was 4 years old, all he had left was his big brother, Harold. The two brothers were sent to live with Uncle Squinton Leach, the "meanest man in the entire state of Maine."

Harold was probably the best big brother in the world. Forced to work for their evil uncle, to live in the barn, and never to get enough to eat, Homer clung to his brother for nurturing. Harold shared his mother's faith and wisdom, and tried to teach him not to lie, but, as it turned out, being a prodigious liar was one of Homer's best talents. His ability to stretch the truth saved him often in the turbulent times ahead.

Turbulent times, indeed. Homer's big mistake was getting caught eating a bread crust from the pig slops...he was THAT hungry. Squinton Leach was about to hurt Homer when Harold stepped in and threw his uncle into the mud. What do you think Squinton Leach did to get even? He forced young Harold to join the Union Army by lying about his age! Where did this new path take him?

Homer's life, too, took a series of nosedives into scary places as he followed his brother to try to help get him out of the Army. Praying for strength, he finds himself lying, kidnapped, robbed, abducted, laughed at, arrested, and even embraced along the way ... a way that ends in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Will Homer P. Figg ever find Harold? Will he and his brother survive the unthinkable horrors of war?

Homer's humor and observations sprinkle fun into his storytelling and flavor it with his incredibly entertaining ability to spin extraordinary lies. Only a writer with similar talents can bring this seriously important story to life with a light touch to make it palatable, teeth that make it true, and one that makes even the "things best forgot," memorable.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg puts a face on history... Homer's face ... encouraging readers to scramble to discern the "truth" from the Homer's "lies" and never forgetting the events of the Civil War that are masterfully interwoven into Homer's life. This book, woven in your classroom, will create lifelong of memories through living history with a special character, a courageous friend. Emotional learning at its best!

The 50-page Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic applications, all inspired by Homer's story, the historical fiction, interwoven with historical fact. Included is an interactive Jeopardy-like game that will conclude the study with fun.

Research Links
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
by award-winning author, Rodman Philbrick

Map Comparing the North and South (Click map to change it)
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Gettysburg from the National Parks Service
The Civil War for Kids by Mrs. Huber's Class at Pocantico Hills School
The Civil War for 5th Graders
Civil War Sites
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Read, Write, Think
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American Slave Narratives
The Cultural Landscape of the Plantation
Slavery on the Plantation
The Confederate States

The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery (Scholastic)

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A 50-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools: Dialectical Journals
Becoming a Character
Vocabulary by Chapters
Making Connections: Before Reading Quick Writes and Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Nonstandard and Standard English
Quartet Reading and 15-Second Summaries
Civil War Map
The Lies of Homer P. Figg
Character Studies
The Ballad of Homer P. Figg to the tune of "The Battle Cry of Freedom"
Crossword Puzzle: The Story Begins
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters through Drawing
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters
Research Prompts and Guides
Where in the World? Map Study
Recalling and Analyzing the Chapters, Discuss and Write
Analyzing the Events, Discussion and Writing
Summarizing the Story PUZZLE
Topics for Extended Research
Comparing Books
A Tense Situation
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys

Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game!

Background Music: Civil War Song, "The Battle Cry of Freedom" (Background tune on this webpage)

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg is included in the Kids Wings Reading Out of the Box collection of literature guides for award-winning novels and intermediate-level picture books. This collection comes in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school. It contains 848 pages of activities in 25 titles PLUS a "Jeopardy-type" game for each novel! You can purchase a literature guide individually for around $19.95, but if you order Reading Out of the Box, you can get 25 literature guides for only $35, or less than $1.40 each! This is probably the best bargain in the USA, while quantities last!


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