Taking a Stand: Shiloh

Lesson 22

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Defend in what ways Marty opened his eyes.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  — Ch. 15

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Writing Prompt

Read the quotation from page 137. 

“But the good part is I saved Shiloh and opened my eyes some. Now that ain’t bad for eleven.” 

It what ways did Marty open his eyes?

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Key Questions


At the beginning of the chapter, Marty has a "smile from ear to ear." What does this idiom mean? What does it show about Marty?
What does it mean to lie by omission? Does Marty decide to tell the truth? Or does he lie by omission?
Dad says that "Shiloh sure enough feeds our spirit." What does he mean by this?
Describe what happens when Marty starts working for Judd. How does Judd treat Marty? Why?
What is a witness? Why does Judd say he needs a witness? How does this make Marty feel? Why?
How does Marty show courage and perseverance in his interactions with Judd?
What evidence does the author include to show how Marty wins over Judd Travers?
What evidence does the author include to show that the family loves Shiloh?



omission     (n.)

something that is left out

jubilation     (n.)

a lot of happiness

pitiful     (adj.)

deserving or causing feelings of pity or sympathy

disgusted     (adj.)

to be angry or grossed out by something 

preach     (v.)

to make a speech in public about something you think is good

witness     (n.)

a person who sees something happen

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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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