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Ten-year-old Frederika (Fred for short) doesn’t have much faith that the new teacher in town will last very long. After all, they never do. Most teachers who come to their one-room schoolhouse in remote, Alaska leave at the first smell of fish, claiming that life there is just too hard.

But Miss Agnes is different — she doesn’t get frustrated with her students, and she throws away old textbooks and reads Robin Hood instead! For the first time, Fred and her classmates begin to enjoy their lessons and learn to read and write — but will Miss Agnes be like all the rest and leave as quickly as she came?

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The Year of Miss Agnes  Unit Study Lessons

This unit study includes lessons and activities based on the book The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill.

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Zoology: Muskrats
This chapter mentions a muskrat. Muskrats are large, aquatic rodents native to North America. Research the muskrat and learn more about this animal.

Health: Eating Fish
The Alaskan people eat fish made a lot of different ways. Is fish healthy? The fish left behind an oil. Discuss good oils vs. bad oils. Look on the herb aisle and see the different oils they sell: fish oil, omega 3 oil, flax seed oil. Learn more about these oils and write down the qualities of each.


Point of View

This book was written in first person from a 10 year old point of view. Discuss first person with your student (I, me, my). Discuss how the author makes it obvious that it is written from the perspective of a 10 year-old. Ask your student to write an account from two different points of view (you can use anything to try this).

Possible topic: a trip to the ice cream store (from the child’s point of view (maybe a 3 or 4 year-old) then from the mother’s point of view. You could also write it from the ice cream store worker’s point of view. 

Is this book fiction or nonfiction? Discuss.

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