Literature: "Sounder" by William H. Armstrong
These sites are about the book “Sounder” and author William Armstrong. Includes suggested classroom activities, discussion questions for each of the chapters, and descriptions of the characters. Also learn about sharecropping and coonhounds. There are links to eThemes Resources on book activities, story elements, and the Emancipation Proclamation.
Children's Literature Network: Birthday Bios: William H. Armstrong
Read about the author of "Sounder", William H. Armstrong.
An Instructor's Guide to "Sounder" by William H. Armstrong
This guide includes questions for class discussion, topics for research and writing projects, and suggestions for further reading.
Spaghetti Book Club: Sounder
This book review, written by a student, gives a brief synopsis of the book.
Sounder Discussion Guide
Explore the novel "Sounder" by William H. Armstrong with your students with these literature circle questions.
NOTE: This site includes ads.
Reading, Writing, and Sounder Lesson Plan
This lesson goes with W. H. Armstrong's novel "Sounder" and includes journal writing, student-led discussions, vocabulary development and persuasive writing.
"Sounder" Comprehension Questions
Use these comprehension questions for "Sounder" to gauge student understanding of the novel.
Independent Reading: A Guide to "Sounder"
This four page PDF provides background information, plot summaries and post-reading activities for William H. Armstrong's novel "Sounder".
Easy Fun School: Sounder
This site offers a synopsis of the book, vocabulary words, and discussion questions.
Study Guide for Sounder
This 25-page pdf is a study guide for the book. Includes information about the author, prereading activities, vocabulary, chapter questions, and extension activities.
Although not all of the the chapter summaries can be accessed for free, most other pages can be viewed, including the study questions and quiz. NOTE: The site has a link to unmoderated message boards and there are pop-up ads.
Sharecropping at the Turn of the Century
Read this first-person account of what it was like for black sharecropping families in the South. Click on the link to listen to the audio.
Lesson Plans for Sounder
These lesson plans include writing activities for the students.
eThemes Resource: Literature: Story Elements
This resource includes information and hands-on activities about story elements such as setting, characterization, and plot. Also includes activitites about sequencing and cause and effect.
eThemes Resource: Literature: Book Activities
These hands-on activities can be used to supplement almost any book. Includes class activities to increase reading comprehension and vocabulary.
eThemes Resource: Historic Documents: Emancipation Proclamation
These sites contain information about the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. See the actual document and read about its impact on slavery and the Civil War. Includes a timeline with important events. There are links to eThemes Resources on slavery during the Civil War, the slave trade, and the Underground Railroad.
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