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.
The Whipping Boy Activities
The Whipping Boy Book Unit Samples
This sample contains vocabulary practice, a comprehension quiz, and a constructed response question for Chapters 1-2.
Teaching Idea #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.
Teaching Idea #2 ~ Book Covers
Have students compare different book covers to determine which best represents the story. This webpage shows six different covers for comparison.
Teaching Idea #3 ~ The Whipping Boy – Full Movie on YouTube
Teaching Idea #4 ~ On the Web
On the RIF website, you’ll find memory games, crossword puzzles, and word searches. These interactive activities are great fun for students and greatly improve vocabulary skills.
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.
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The Whipping Boy Novel Study includes vocabulary practice, comprehension questions, constructed response writing, and skill practice.