Taking a Stand: Shiloh

Lesson 16

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Analyze why Marty thinks that he still has time and whether this is the right decision.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  — Ch. 10

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

Why does Marty’s dad tell him to “open his eyes?”

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Writing Prompt

Read the sentences from the end of chapter 10.

“There’s still time, I’m thinking. Shiloh’s still alive, and I ain’t licked yet.”

Why does Marty think this? Is he being too optimistic? Defend why.

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Key Questions


What decision does Dad make? What does this show about dad?
On page 83 Marty says, "I got to start practicing the truth sometime." Why does Marty say this? Why is he changing?
Marty's dad says, "You've got to go by the law. The law says a man that pays money for a dog owns that dog. You don't agree with the law, then you work to change it." Does Marty agree with his father? Why or why not?
What agreement do Marty and his father make? Why?



trousers     (n.)


tremble     (v.)

to shake because of fear

stumped     (v.)

when you are unable to answer something

licked      (v.)

to be defeated

obliged     (adj.)

thankful or grateful

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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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