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I. Vocabulary: Define and use in a sentence.
- Breeches (p.2)
- Ransacked (p.8)
- Palisade (p.13)
- Lame (p.14)
- Musket p.15)
- Sentry (p.16)
- Indentured (p.22)
- Blacksmith (p.99)
- Sabbath (p.121)
- Pox (p.151)
II. Questions to Discuss:
- Why was the Fort at No. 4 built?
- Describe how the Fort’s location made it a target for Indian raids.
- What happened to English captives taken by Native Americans?
- The term “savage” is used throughout the book by colonists, what is Phineas Stevens’ opinion of that term and how does Rebecca’s opinion of it change? (p.153)
- Why does Isaac consider the Abenaki his “true family”?
- If your family lived at the Fort, do you think they would have left for safer land? Why or why not?
- If you were Isaac, would you have returned to the Abenaki or waited for your relatives from New York? Explain your answer.
A Peek into the Past
- Before the American Revolution, how many New England colonists were taken captive?
- What effect did English settlers have on Native Americans?
- What did the French and Indian War teach the colonists about themselves?
III. Extended Research Options
- Visit the Fort at No. 4 website at www.fortat4.com and gather information about the capture of the Johnson family. How does this novel add to your understanding of the Johnson’s experience?
- Write a summary of the major historical events that happened in New England in the 1750s.
- Write a biography of Captain Phineas Stevens from Fort at No. 4.
- Write a report on how taking captives affected the lives and economy of the English, French, and Native Americans
- Sketch a picture of No. 4; label the Great Chamber, all the houses and the Connecticut River.
- Read Susanna Johnson’s full account of her captivity in A Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Johnson (A Heritage Classic, 1990).
- Write a report about the major events and historical figures of the French and Indian War (1754-1763).
- In what ways does this fictional novel help you learn about historical events and people?
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