Lesson 22


Defend in what ways Marty opened his eyes.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  — Ch. 15

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

Read the quotation from page 137. 

“But the good part is I saved Shiloh and opened my eyes some. Now that ain’t bad for eleven.” 

It what ways did Marty open his eyes?

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Key Questions


  • At the beginning of the chapter, Marty has a "smile from ear to ear." What does this idiom mean? What does it show about Marty?
  • What does it mean to lie by omission? Does Marty decide to tell the truth? Or does he lie by omission?
  • Dad says that "Shiloh sure enough feeds our spirit." What does he mean by this?
  • Describe what happens when Marty starts working for Judd. How does Judd treat Marty? Why?
  • What is a witness? Why does Judd say he needs a witness? How does this make Marty feel? Why?
  • How does Marty show courage and perseverance in his interactions with Judd?
  • What evidence does the author include to show how Marty wins over Judd Travers?
  • What evidence does the author include to show that the family loves Shiloh?



omission     (n.)

something that is left out

jubilation     (n.)

a lot of happiness

pitiful     (adj.)

deserving or causing feelings of pity or sympathy

disgusted     (adj.)

to be angry or grossed out by something 

preach     (v.)

to make a speech in public about something you think is good

witness     (n.)

a person who sees something happen

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.4.3 — Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

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