Soldier's Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers
Gary Paulsen introduces readers to Charley Goddard in his latest novel, Soldier's Heart. Charley goes to war a boy, and returns a changed man, crippled by what he has seen. In this captivating tale Paulsen vividly shows readers the turmoil of war through one boy's eyes and one boy's heart, and gives a voice to all the anonymous young men who fought in the Civil War.
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One: June 1861
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Steel is in reference to
Fort Sumter is best known as the site upon which the shots that started the American Civil War were fired, at the Battle of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. (This annotation contains an image)
Two: Fort Snelling
The description of the uniform is used to convey the condition for the soldiers. It hints at the challenges Charley will face.
Charley writing about the food serves to show
Three: Toward Manassas
Watch the video below about pacing. Consider how you would describe the pacing for the story so far. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does the author include such pleasant details about Charley's trip on the train? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.
Quiz #1: Chapters 1-3
Four: Bull Run
The First Battle of Bull Run was the first major battle of the American Civil War. The Union forces were slow in positioning themselves, allowing Confederate reinforcements time to arrive by rail. Each side had about 18,000 poorly trained and poorly led troops in their first battle. It was a Confederate victory followed by a disorganized retreat of the Union forces. (This annotation contains an image)
This chapter starts in the middle of a battle. Watch the video below about a scene starting out in the middle of action. (This annotation contains a video)
The "blade cutting grain" is used to describe
Below is a video with more information about the first battle of Bull Run. (This annotation contains a link)
The author describes the light as fireflies in the highlighted sentences to
A scabbard is a sheath for the blade of a sword or dagger, typically made of leather or metal. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Charley's internal conflict at this moment? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.
Notice how brief Charley's letter is to his mom. Consider why he decides not to tell her any details about his first battle and what this reveals about his character.
The highlighted paragraph contributes mainly to
Notice that Charley uses profanity here. This indicates a change of character since he was so opposed to it in an earlier chapter.
A synonym for volleys is
Below is a video on how to load and fire a Civil War era rifle. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is this scene between Charley and Nelson so important to the story's purpose? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.
Quiz #2: Chapters 4-6
Seven: Town Life
Watch the video below about character development. These details show Charley developing more as a character. (This annotation contains a video)
This highlighted chapter shows Charley's
Here the author adds another layer to the idea of war with Charley and the rebel soldier bonding over farming.
A theme at the end of chapter 7 is
The author is building the tension of the story by saying how close the Rebel soldiers are.
In this highlighted paragraph the author mainly
How are the graphic details effective in this moment with Charley in the tent? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.
A lee is shelter from wind or weather given by a neighboring object, especially nearby land. In this case the dead men act as a lee. Notice how easily Charley can sleep next to the dead men. This is further evidence of change during war.
Ten: June 1867
The Battle of Gettysburg was fought on July 1-3 1863. Notice how much time has passed between chapters 9 and 10. (This annotation contains an image)
In these highlighted sentences , the word "old" refers to Charley's
At the end of chapter 9, Charley believes he is dead. Is this any way true with where he is in chapter 10? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.
Quiz #3: Chapters 7-10