Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlanThis beloved Newbery Medal–winning book is the first of five books in Patricia MacLachlans chapter book series about the Witting family.
Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Annas point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton comes from Maine to the prairie to answer Papas advertisement for a wife and mother. Before Sarah arrives, Anna and her younger brother Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she sing? Will she stay?
This childrens literature classic is perfect for fans of Laura Ingalls Wilders Little House on the Prairie books, historical fiction, and timeless stories using rich and beautiful language. Sarah, Plain and Tall gently explores themes of abandonment, loss and love.
Sarah, Plain and Tall Setting
It explores themes of loneliness, abandonment , and coping with change. The screenplay for each film was written by MacLachlan. The story is set in the Midwestern United States during the late 19th century. Jacob Witting, a widowed farmer who is still saddened by the death of his wife during childbirth several years before, finds that the task of taking care of his farm and two children, Anna and Caleb, is too difficult to handle alone. He writes an ad in the newspaper for a mail-order bride. Sarah Wheaton, from Maine , answers his ad and travels out to become his wife. While Anna is initially apprehensive about Sarah as she still has memories of her late mother, Caleb is excited and deeply hopes that Sarah will stay.
Objectives The student uses a variety of strategies to prepare for writing for example, brainstorming, making lists, mapping ideas, grouping related ideas, keeping a notebook of ideas, observing surroundings, answering questions posed by others. The student uses conventions of punctuation including but not limited to commas in a series, dates, and addresses; beginning and ending quotation marks. The student creates a logical organizational pattern appropriate to narrative writing including a beginning, middle, end. The student knows that the attitudes and values that exist in a time period affect stories and informational articles written during that time period. Preparations 1. Read through the book to become familiar with the storyline.
Sarah, Plain and Tall takes place in the Midwest during the late s. The setting plays into the story a lot because when Sarah comes to meet the Witting family, she's also coming to a completely new landscape that she's never encountered before. It's very different from her seaside Maine hometown:. But the land rolls a little like the sea. The new setting makes Sarah feel lonely and out of place.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. At around 60 pages in most editions, Sarah, Plain and Tall is a fairly short novel, but it would be an even thinner volume if published in the form originally conceived. Not just historical fact, but the personal historical fact of author MacLachlan. The novel was also stimulated by a sense of necessity engendered by a much more intimate sort of personal history. It was a trip to Wyoming and the tactile sensation of feeling what it was like to live in a place where her father had actually been born in a traditional frontier sod house that brought the story of the tall, plain Sarah fully to life in the imagination of MacLachan.
Because MacLachlan does not refer to specific locations or historical events, both the geographic and temporal settings of Sarah, Plain and Tall are difficult to pinpoint. The story is set somewhere on the great American prairie at a time when horses still served as the major mode of transportation, probably in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. MacLachlan, born in Wyoming on the high plains, finds great joy and inspiration in this open country. In Sarah, Plain and Tall, the prairie is a living presence whose weather and seasons constantly shape the lives of its inhabitants. An unseen but important additional setting is Sarah's beloved Atlantic Ocean, which she misses intensely after her relocation to the prairie. Its colors—green, blue, and gray—are essential elements of her world. When, at the end of the book, she drives to town and brings back green, blue