A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon

  • Sumo

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