The Young Black Stallion
In this prequel to The Black Stallion, we learn the story of the Black before he was shipwrecked with Alec Ramsay. Born in the mountain stronghold of Sheikh Abu Ishak, the colt shows great promise. During a band of robbers&' attempt to steal him, the colt escapes and learns to survive on his own in the high mountains. Will he ever find his way home?
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Many American novelists in the 20th century wrote about adventures in the wild. In keeping with this tradition, this novel was written by American writer Walter Farley. It won the Young Reader's Choice Award in 1944. Farley went on to write other books about horses including the "The Black Stallion" and "The Black Stallion Returns." (This annotation contains an image)
This novel was turned into a movie by Disney in 2003. Watch this movie trailer to get an idea of what the story will be about. (This annotation contains a video)
1. The Old One
The "black one" refers to a black stallion which is a wild horse. Stallion means an uncastrated adult male horse. If a horse is uncastrated, he is typically more wild and robust in nature than other horses which makes for a strong character in a novel. (This annotation contains an image)
According to the descriptions on this page, what is the setting of this novel?
Did you know that you can look up any word in the book or in the questions and answer choices? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Use this feature to look up the word "colt."
Which line from the text best shows that the old man sees the black stallion as special?
The author uses figurative language to convey character personalities, mood and meaning in this text. Watch this video to learn about figurative language. (This annotation contains a video)
What does the metaphor "his words were more of a chant" mean?
The descriptions of the scenery match with the wild and adventurous nature of this text. A pasture is land covered with grass and other low plants suitable for grazing animals, especially cattle or sheep. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Ibn al Khaldun want the old man dead?
2. The Last Cry
What do the old man's actions reveal about his feelings toward the black colt?
What do these violent actions reveal about the tribesmen?
3. Ibn al Khaldun
Based on the context, what does the description "bull neck" mean?
Horse breeding is the process of reproduction in horses where people use selective breeding to result in desired traits for horses. Peruse this website to learn more about the process. (This annotation contains a link)
Good readers summarize a text as they read in order to keep track of characters and events in the story. Watch this video to learn about summarizing. (This annotation contains a video)
In 3-4 sentences, summarize the major events that have happened in the story so far.
Based on this description of the camel's hair and what you have read so far, what is the setting of this text?
The author delves into the physical character strengths of each character. He does this to show that these characters have to be tough in order to withstand their environment and line of work. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on this paragraph, which theme is emerging?
People read literature to be entertained and to learn. Authors often develop themes through plot events. Watch this video to learn more about theme. (This annotation contains a video)
5. The Cat
What do the descriptions of Ibn al Khaldun in this paragraph reveal about him?
The author has borrowed real life scenarios about buying Arab horses. Watch this video to learn about horse buying in Arab countries. This will help you understand horse buying as a profession. (This annotation contains a video)
A dune is a mound or ridge of sand formed by the wind, especially on the sea coast or in a desert. This language reveals aspects of the setting. Notice other aspects of the setting that the author reveals to you as you read. (This annotation contains an image)
What do these lines reveal about the setting?
6. The Ibex
Good readers notice narration and from which point of view a story is being told. Watch this video to learn more then respond to the following question. (This annotation contains a video)
What point of view does the author use in this text?
What does this behavior reveal about the black colt?
This is another example of the colt's ability to adapt to his environment in order to survive.
7. The Ruins
What is Rashid's purpose for being in the mountains? Explain your answer using details from the text.
This description reveals that Rashid is in deep thought. Notice other character actions as you read and think about what those actions reveal about the character.
Watch this video about how authors structure a text then respond to the following question. (This annotation contains a video)
8. The Leopard
Leopards are some of the most revered animals in the wild. A leopard’s body is built for hunting. They have sleek, powerful bodies and can run at speeds of up to 57 kilometres per hour. They are also excellent swimmers and climbers and can leap and jump long distances. (This annotation contains an image)
The descriptions of this page about the leopard bring a sense of _________ to the story.
Which topic does Rashid's encounter with the leopard represent?
Listen to this video to hear what a Leopard's growl sounds like. Put yourself in Rashid's shoes. How do you think he feels? What is he thinking? (This annotation contains a video)
Which line from the text shows that the colt is skeptical of Rashid?
"Date" is an example of an English word that has more that one meaning. In this context, a date is fruit which is popular in Arab countries. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the define feature to learn what a crypt is.
Considering the context, what does the word "footing" mean?
Rashid is relying on the stallion's instincts in order to find him again. Watch the first three minutes of this video to learn about animal instincts. After watching, ask yourself if Rashid made a strong plan. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the plot events, has Rashid been successful so far at his mission? Use details from the text to support your answer.
This sentence shows that the wind has
Since the weather is changing, we can reasonably predict that there will be a change in the story. Read to find out what happens.
It is rumored that when people are in the desert or in barren places for too long, they start to see a mirage. Use the define feature to learn what a mirage is.
What mood do these lines bring to the story?
12. Drinker of the Wind
The handlers are trying to restrain the stallion. Watch this video about capturing wild horses then compare it to the descriptions in the text. How is the capture attempt similar or different? (This annotation contains a video)
What does the stallion's escape reveal about horses?
What do the sheikh's actions reveal about his character?
It appears that the horsemen have won and fulfilled their mission of retrieving the horse. Is this true? Read to find out what happens as we near the end of the story.
Based on what is happening to the horsemen, why did the author title this chapter "Ambush"?
The horsemen are willing to kill each other over the horses. This action shows how valuable the horses are to them.
You have learned that horses can have sensitive ears. Watch this video to learn how to handle a horse with sensitive ears. Based on the video and the descriptions in this text, we can tell that Mansoor is not taking care of the stallion. (This annotation contains a video)
Shetan "struck out fighting" because of
In adventure tales like Disney movies, the villains often use animals to keep track of the protagonists. Watch this clip from Aladdin then respond to the following question. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on this conversation, how is Mansoor's relationship with the falcon similar to Jafar and Iago?
14. The Storm
A swarm of locusts can be very dangerous. Watch this real life video to get a sense of what the characters are going through in the storm. (This annotation contains a video)
What does the word "curtains" mean in this sentence?
The stallion most likely follows Mansoor despite his strong will because
Rashid is plotting to steal back Shetan. This action reveals that he is brave and clever. Do you think he will succeed?
What does this reaction to the money reveal about Aswad's mood?
This comparison between the wad and the fist, show that Mansoor had a large amount of money. It also shows how valuable the stallion is to the horse traders.
15. The Drake
A gangplank is a movable plank used as a ramp to board or disembark from a ship or boat. The traders plan to use it to transport the stallion. What do you think will happen when they make this attempt? (This annotation contains an image)
Even though the stallion is badly injured, what do these rebellious actions reveal about his current state?
"Allah" is the Arabic word for God. This shows the speaker is Muslim.
What warning does the old man give Rashid?