A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon

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Lesson Plans:

  • Create a booklet on the ABC’s of the Orphan Train — Students use the letters of the alphabet to create acrostics using words that describe the Orphan Train.
    EXAMPLE:   Careless children
    Hiding
    In streets
    Lying
    Down dirty
    Rejected
    Endlessly
    Numbers going west
  • Create a diary of Frances Mary, include in your diary different encounters that she may have experienced on her journey west. ¬†Students could also write letters beck to the orphanages telling of their experiences in their new homes.
  • Create a caricature of Frances or one of the other characters in the book.
  • Create a Haiku poem that describes the experiences that the children may have felt being abandoned by their parents and then sent away to a totally different environment.
  • Vocabulary Words to Know:Family_Apart
    Adoption
    Orphan
    Orphanage
    Balusters
    Precariously
    Frontier
    Tentatively
    Rebellious
    Abandonment
    Freight
  • Keywords / Themes:
    Underground Railroad
    Placing-out
    Historical Society
    Children’s Aid Society
    Charles Loring Brace
    Missouri River
    St. Joseph, Missouri
    Bounty Hunters
    Shoe-shining Kits