Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice

Teaching Ideas to use with the Novel Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice

Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice is a historical fiction novel.

After the Removal Act of 1830, the U.S. government hires a man, known as Weasel, to remove the Shawnees from the Ohio Territory. Once all the Native Americans have fled, Weasel stays in Ohio. He then turns on the white settlers.

One of Weasel’s victims is eleven-year-old Nathan’s pa. Nathan struggles between taking the law into his own hands and letting Weasel go,

Read Weasel to see if Nathan seeks revenge or is able to let bygones be bygones.

Weasel Activities

Book Unit Samples

Free Samples from Weasel Book Unit

You will find the following in this novel study sample:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-2
  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
  • Reading Skill Page on Analogies
  • English Lesson on Plurals





Teaching Idea #1 – Great First Lines in Children’s Literature

Great First Lines in Children's Literature

Weasel has a great opening line:

The dogs were dozing in their usual places by the fire when the knock came.

This free set of cards contains 20 cards with great opening lines from children’s literature. Have students sort the cards by type:

  • dialogue
  • question
  • vivid description
  • interesting fact
  • sound effect





Teaching Idea #2 – Bringing Ezra Back by Cynthia DeFelice

Cynthia DeFelice reads from Bringing Ezra Back, the sequel of Weasel. The sequel takes place five months after the book Weasel ends. In the next book, Nathan sees a handbill advertising a show with a ‘white injun.’ Nathan plans to save Ezra from being an exhibit in the traveling show. He sets out from Ohio to Pennsylvania with Orrin Beckwith, a peddler. Along the way, Nathan encounters others who are both helpful and mean.



Hear Weasel read aloud.



Teaching Idea #3 – Comparing Book Covers

Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice Book Cover

Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice Book Cover

Compare book covers for the book Weasel. Have students select the cover that best represents the story. Ask guiding questions such as:

How did the illustrators portray Weasel on the two covers?

What is the main focus of each book cover?

Which cover makes the reader want to read the novel? Explain why.


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Weasel Book Unit

Weasel Novel Study includes vocabulary practice, comprehension questions, constructed response writing, and skill practice.  




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