Prince Horace, nicknamed Prince Brat, constantly creates mischief. But because of the custom of the time, he does not receive punishment. A whipping boy steps in to receive the whipping. Prince Horace becomes bored with his circumstances, so he forces his whipping boy Jemmy to run away for a little adventure. A couple of cutthroats who want a ransom from the king capture the boys. Read this novel by Sid Fleischman to find out how Prince Horace and Jemmy survive in the hands of these cutthroats.
Activity #1 ~ Anchor Charts
The day before beginning The Whipping Boy, I displayed the following anchor charts in the classroom. These stayed up for the duration of the novel. As students read, we added character traits. Once we had read approximately half the book, the characters’ main problems were added. At the end of the novel, the solutions to these problems were also added.
Activity #2 ~ Scholastic
Check out two activities from Scholastic. Extension Activity includes two writing prompts. The Whipping Boy Discussion Guide contains a printable with 15 discussion questions ranging in Bloom’s Taxonomy from Knowledge through Evaluation levels.
Activity #3 ~ Appalachian State
You’ll find great discussion questions, vocabulary exercises, and character traits at the Appalachian State website. The book is divided into three sections with activities for each. Click the links below to go to each section.
Activity #4 ~ Movie
Watch the movie created in 1995. Compare the movie to the novel.
Activity #5 ~ Comparing Book Covers
Activity #6 ~ Book Unit Samples
This free download contains vocabulary practice, a comprehension quiz, and a constructed response question for Chapters 1-2.
The Whipping Boy Book Unit
The Whipping Boy Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, constructed response writing, and skill practice.