Sarah, Plain and Tall is a short historical novel by Patrica MacLachlan. It is set in the prairie states during the nineteenth century. Sarah answers an ad from Jacob who is looking for a mother for his children after his wife passes away while giving birth to his youngest child Caleb. Sarah leaves her Maine home to travel to Jacob’s farm. She brings music, fun, laughter, and love to this family who grows to love Sarah in return.
Sarah, Plain and Tall Teaching Ideas
Homophone and Homograph Games
Your students will love playing these trail games! The games practice homophones or homographs using sentences from Sarah, Plain and Tall. To play the games, students roll a die and move around the game board. They read the homophone or homograph [depending on the game] they land on. Next, the player covers a sentence from the book in the center of the board that uses the word. My students love playing these games and really learned a lot.
A homonym is a word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not.
A homophone is a special type of homonym. It is a word that is pronounced the same as another but is different in meaning. It must have a different spelling.
FOCUS –> Spelling [must be spelled the same]
A homograph is a word spelled the same as another but different in meaning whether pronounced the same way or not.
A heteronym is a special type of homograph. You pronounce them differently from other words, and they are different in meaning. It must have the same spelling.
Book Unit Samples
- Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1
- Comprehension Questions for Chapter 1
- Constructed Response Question
- Chapter 1 Activities
Sarah, Plain and Tall Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities. Vocabulary, comprehension, constructed response writing, and skill practice are all included.