Taking a Stand: Shiloh

Lesson 15

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Explain what the statement at the end of chapter 9 shows about Marty and why he feels that way.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  — Ch. 9

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Target Task


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The description “I’m screaming inside” shows that Marty

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Writing Prompt

The chapter ends with the following sentence.

“I’m bent over there in the beam of Dad’s flashlight, bawling, and I don’t even care.”

What does this statement show about Marty?

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Key Questions


  • Ma says that she had her suspicions that Marty was up to something. What are suspicions? What suspicions did she have? 

  • How do Ma's feelings change over the course of her interaction with Marty? 

  • In what ways do Ma's actions speak louder than her words?

  • Read the statement from the text. "I feel like there's a tank truck sitting on my chest; can't hardly breathe." What type of figurative language is this? What does it show about Marty? Why?

  • Read the sentence from page 78. "Then I hear a yelp, a loud yelp, then a snarl and a growl, and suddenly the air is filled with yelps, and it's the worst kind of noise you can think of." What description does the author include? Why? How does it help the reader better visualize what is happening? 





cries or barks quickly



crying very loudly



feelings that someone is guilty of wrongdoing

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.4.3 — Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

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