Taking a Stand: Shiloh

Lesson 3

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Describe why Marty was feeling so upset by using specific details to describe a character, setting or event in detail.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  — Ch. 2

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

Which word best describes how Marty acted toward Judd Travers?

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Which detail from the text best supports the answer to Part A?

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Writing Prompt

Read the quotation from the end of chapter 2.

“I swallow and swallow, and all the way home I can’t speak a word, trying to hold the tears back.”

Why is Marty feeling this way? Make sure to include details about Shiloh, Judd and Marty’s dad.

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Key Questions


How does Ma feel about Shiloh?
In the car Marty says that "his dream sort of leaks out like water in a paper bag." What type of figurative language is this? What does it mean? What dream did Marty have? Was his dad supportive of his dream? Why or why not?
Why did Marty not like Judd Travers, even before the incident with Shiloh?
Marty's dad tells Marty that "'this here's a dog, not a child, and it's not our dog. I want you to quit going on about it.'" Why does Marty's dad say this? Do you agree or disagree?
Do Marty and his dad have the same perspective on Shiloh? Why or why not?



ticks     (n.)

a small insect that attaches itself to animals or people to withdraw blood

flustered     (adj.)

upset or nervous

dusk     (n.)

early in the night when the sky gets darker

impatient     (adj.)

wanting or eager to do something without waiting

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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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