Taking a Stand: Shiloh

Lesson 21

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Explain what bargain Marty makes with Judd, and evaluate whether it is a good deal.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  — Ch. 14

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Writing Prompt

What bargain does Marty make with Judd? Based on everything you know about Judd, did Marty make a good deal? Defend why or why not.

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Key Questions


On page 114 Marty says, "standing next to Judd Travers, I feel taller than I really am." Why does Marty feel taller than he really is? How does this influence his actions?
What is blackmail? Is Marty blackmailing Judd Travers?
How does the author show that Marty is acting bravely? (There is a ton of really powerful descriptive language that should be analyzed in order to answer this question.)
Read the sentence from page 116. "But I'm cooking now." What does this expression mean?
Why does Marty say, "I begin to see now I'm no better than Judd Travers - willing to look the other way to get something I want?" Is Marty behaving better than Judd Travers? Why or why not?
Why does Marty want his bargain in writing?
What evidence does the author include to show how Marty is feeling at the end of the chapter? How have his feelings changed?



whirls     (v.)

to quickly move in a circle

bargain     (n.)

something bought or sold for a good price

blackmail     (n.)

saying you will tell secret information about something or someone if they don't do what you want

delight     (v.)

to make someone or something very happy

edgy     (adj.)


intention     (n.)

an aim or purpose

allowance     (n.)

an amount of money regularly given for a purpose

regulation     (n.)

a rule or law of how something should be done

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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).

  • SL.4.1.a — Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

  • SL.4.1.b — Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

  • SL.4.1.c — Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.

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