The student work is organized by every 12 chapters, and is a mix of sequencing, multiple choice, short answer, vocabulary work, and creative activities. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. Sounder is about a poor family who cant afford to support themselves with enough food and supplies to live. I recommend it highly for those with a soft spot for dogs. There were only two things in this story i did not like very much. Winner of the newbery medal and an acknowledged landmark in childrens literature, sounder traces the keen sorrow and abiding faith of a poor africanamerican boy in the 19thcentury south. All content included on our site, such as text, images, digital downloads and other, is the property of its content suppliers and protected by us and international laws. The boys father steals a ham to feed his hungry family, and a few days later an angry sheriff and his deputies come to arrest the father. Sounder, was named for its bark because people could hear the bark louder and richer than any other dogs bark. Armstrong is a book about a young slave boy who loses everything to gain more then he imagined. Its what got me to read the book in the first place.
Armstrong did eventually name his young hero in his sequel, sour land 1971. Sounder, the dogs name, is the only character name used in the book. Lesson plans and resources for sounder inclass introduction this lesson is designed to provide students with a oneclass introduction to the book. He finds an old book in a trashcan and carries it with him. The guards smash a gift the boy delivers to his dad in jail, men are beaten on the chain gang, one guard smashes the boys hand with a piece of thrown iron, a dynamite explosion kills some of the. But even with the little they bring back, there is still never enough for the family to eat. Its one of those rare films that can communicate fully to a child of nine or ten, and yet contains depths and subtleties to engross any adult.
The book begins with the image of the father standing on the porch, petting sounder. Author of more than a dozen books for adults and children, he won the john newbery medal for sounder in 1970 and was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree from hampdensydney college in 1986. The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the depressionera south after his father is imprisoned for stealing food. The mangled body is described graphically, as is the death of a bull. The boy, his son, asks the man how he got sounder, and the father explains that sounder came to him on the road as a pup. The first edition of the novel was published in january 1st 1969, and was written by william h. Sounder and me must be about the same age, the boy said, tugging gently at one of the coon dogs ears, and then the other.
They are taken from the family at the same time, and they both eventually find their way back after having sustained serious injury. A young african american boy and his family are living in poverty in the south during the 19th century. This is the official page for the novel sounder by s. But soon, the sheriff and his deputies come to the house and take the boys. Although the familys difficulties increase when the father is imprisoned for stealing a ham from work, the boy still hungers for an education. Night after night, he and his great coon dog, sounder, return to the cabin emptyhanded. Read a plot overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter summary and. Armstrongs sounder explores the life struggles of an african american family during the turn of the century. Each night, the boys father takes their dog, sounder, out to look for food and the. When the boy awakens one morning to a sweetsmelling ham on the table, it seems like a blessing. Sounder tripped while running to the wagon and hit his head on a stone.
Sounder quotes showing 16 of 6 one day might be different from another, but there aint much difference when theyre put together. Three small children, none as high as the level of the latch, were peering out into the dark. In all of these settings there is a profound picture of human spirit and tenacity in the novel. Words that clutter and all that is unnecessary are removed.
The young boys father is a sharecropper and the family is struggling through hard times. Sounder was a great book to read because it really invested me in the story. Angry and humiliated, the boy has no choice but to begin a difficult transition to adulthood. The family dog, sounder, is a beloved member of the family who helps them during troubled times by hunting and being a loyal companion. Look at all of the boys teachershis mother, father, dog, teacher and. Early in the book and for the whole rest of the book his father was arrested. The family exhibits a strong religious faith that was rendered in a very gentle way that i enjoyed. The main characters of this fiction, historical story are. Horn book fanfare the newbery medalwinning classic novel about the courage and faithand the love of a dogthat give a family strength in the face of inhumanity. Sounder may be a bleak book, but it speaks honestly about cruelty, suffering and enduring love silvey, 31.
Get even with the family for pretending that his father robbed them. With cicely tyson, paul winfield, kevin hooks, carmen mathews. The book begins by introducing us to a young boy, his family and their incredible dog sounder who was named by his iconic howl. The film was adapted by lonne elder iii from the 1970 newbery medal winning novel sounder by william h. Sounder discussion guide scholastic books for kids. For all of these reasons i will highly recommend this book with five out of five stars. Suddenly the boy must grow up fast in a world that isnt fair, keeping hope alive through the love he has for his fathers faithful dog, sounder. It is a dirty, dusty mess, but sounder is nowhere under the cabin. A book like sounder by nature of its classic statusdemands to be supplemented and surpassed by other works, specifically by the works of black writers.
It is one of the most compassionate and truthful of movies, and theres not a level where it doesnt succeed completely. Writer and teacher william armstrong wrote celebrated childrens books including the newbery medalwinning sounder, about an african american sharecropper family with a loud and loyal hound. All of the main characters, the boy, his mother, his father, and sounder, all showed a great deal of determination in the face of adversity. Readers who enjoy timeless dog stories such as old yeller and where the red fern grows will find much to love in sounder, even as they read through tears at times. In 1956, at the request of his school headmaster, he published his first book, a study. The heaviness of the atmosphere that day, the unresolvable sense of guilt and pity not subsumed into a recognition of the protagonist. Light rubbing to nearfine dust jacket, top corner of front flap clipped. From a parental standpoint, i think this book has some wonderful messages to convey to kids. Emi music publishing, cmrra, and 1 music rights societies. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of sounder. With harold sylvester, ebony wright, taj mahal, teddy airhart.
A family with a dog in the state of lousiana, in the depression era, an africanamerican family was living in the forest with their dog sounder. The boys father is a sharecropper, struggling to feed his family in hard times. Sounder by william h armstrong, james barkley, paperback. School library journal beautiful writing, moving storytelling.
While his mother cautions him not to be all hope, the boy searches for the dog every day for weeks. Hope is probably the emotion evoked most by sounder the hope of the parents that the school will free their bright and capable son from the dead end of sharecropping. Sounder is a 1972 american deluxe color drama film in panavision directed by martin ritt, and starring cicely tyson, paul winfield, and kevin hooks. List of characters the author has chosen not to name his human characters. Jan 08, 2017 mop top and jill present sounder by william h.
It is the story of an africanamerican boy living with his sharecropper family. Sounder is about a young africanamerican boy who lives in the south with his family and dog, which is named sounder. We just want to pet sounder, the three all said at once. His coon dog sounder, tries to rescue him, but gets shot. Before being shot, sounder is the most vocal member of the entire family, announcing his presence with a gigantic bark and howl that rings across the valley. Sounder eventually returns emaciated, battered, but still devoted and so does the boys hope. Sounder eventually returns emaciated, battered, but. Lesson plans and resources for sounder free library of. Sounder is a quick read that probably could be done in a days time or less. Free download or read online sounder pdf epub book. The boy looks for sounder s body over the course of the next few days but cannot find the dog. The only character to bear a name is the family dog, sounder. Questions have varying levels of rigor and are at all. So the father tries to steal a pig, but gets caught and sent to jail.
Armstrong, was an extremely good and exciting story. A few years ago, i taught sounder in a college class. Sounder limps off into the woods, and rebecca holds tight to earl and josie mae as david follows the wounded dog, but cannot locate him. He lives with his mother, father, siblings, and his beloved coon dog, sounder. Sounder may be a bleak book, but it speaks honestly about cruelty, suffering, and enduring love. Poor black sharecroppers band together to build a school for their children. Young brusquely arrests nathan for stealing the ham from a neighbors smokehouse, and leads him off to jail in handcuffs.
The boy wants his father to come home and to find sounder. When sounder, barking loudly, follows the truck, the deputy shoots him. This is a 72 page comprehension and vocabulary packet for sounder, by william h. The boy loves sounder, especially now that he does not go to school. The boy, the boys father, the boys mother, sounder, the teacher, the jail guard. That same night sounder is shot and left for dead in the middle of the road. The lesson can be used to start off a class reading of the text, or to encourage them to read it independently. Move to the city so he can start a business of his own. The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 128 pages and is available in paperback format. Sounder free pdf, doc, rtf, txt free download ebook. He learns to read, and with that skill comes the beginning of greater understanding. The book sounder tells of a young africanamerican boy who searches for his lost and injured dog, sounder, after it chases after the police officers who arrest the boys father for theft. Set in the nineteenthcentury south, sounder is the story of a poor african american boys struggle to carry on when his father is jailed. After teaching, building an uncoursed stone wall to stand as long as time gives me greatest pleasure.
The author notes prisoners were hauled in muledrawn wagons, and the mention of chain gangs places an upper limit to the story of 1955 when the. This is a beautifully written story that tugs at the heartstrings. Sounder sounder, in many ways, is living a life parallel to the boys father. The family exhibits a strong religious faith that was rendered in a. The walk is too fareight miles each wayand, in the winter, is. Newbery medal sticker and publishers sticker affixed to dust jacket. The author refers to the various characters by their relationship or their role in the story.413 1061 514 1319 1314 661 936 236 240 1541 502 309 825 452 1584 195 632 27 10 657 1390 1041 218 822 564 479 865 493 1059 985