The Midwife's Apprentice, by Karen Cushman Lit Link Grades 4-6
- Author : Stanford, Frances
About the Novel: A homeless waif, who knows no name but Brat, happens upon a dung heap and crawls in to spend the night because of its warmth. Jane, the village midwife, sees a chance to use the girl's hunger to her advantage, calls her by the name Beetle, and makes her an apprentice. It's not a soft life; Jane is a hard woman with a sharp glance and a sharper temper. But Beetle secretly watches Jane work and learns some of the skills Jane tries to hide. One day she fails at an important assignment and runs away believing she is too stupid to be of use to anyone. Is she Brat, a know nothing, or is she worthy to be a midwife's apprentice, and someday a midwife?
Powerful themes of self-esteem and perseverance is the face of ill-fortunate and mistreatment will impact and encourage your students while the activities in our lit link guide their learning.
Chapter-by-chapter questions and additional activities in vocabulary, word study, and personal development are designed according to research-based education principles to improve literacy skills in communication, critical thinking, social studies and more. A story summary, author biography, and answer key. 64 pages.
- To introduce the students to the writings of Karen Cushman.
- To introduce the students to stories about medieval times.
- To further develop the student’s ability to think and write creatively.
- To provide students with reading experiences that will invite them to discover new experiences and to develop their own imaginations.
- To provide students with opportunities to examine ideas critically.
- To summarize and explain main ideas, draw conclusions, retell the story, and apply what has been read.
- To discover new vocabulary and examine the way the words are used.
Novel by Karen Cushman.