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The Midwife's Apprentice

By Karen Cushman (2)

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In Karen Cushman's historical novel The Midwife's Apprentice, a young girl in bleak circumstances finds a home and trade with the village midwife. Homeless and lacking even a name, the girl has been used to sleeping in the dirt. The sharp-tongued midwife, Jane Sharp, nicknames her Beetle, but the child will one day find a name for herself. Now called Alyce, she gains some rudimentary knowledge of midwifery, developing calves, and one day helping the bailiff's wife with a complicated birth, as the midwife is called away to help a noblewoman with her delivery. Asked to deliver the baby of the bailiff's sister, Alyce nearly botches the complicated delivery, becomes frightened, and runs away. She procures a job at an inn, where she is taught to read. By chance, she overhears her former employer speaking scathingly of apprentices who run away, and Alice becomes determined to get back into the midwife's good graces by finally learning the trade. With vivid depictions of medieval life, Cushman’s novel recreates a distant era for students Grades 5 and up, while her feisty, saucy female characters will make a distinct and ever lasting impression on readers.

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    Saddleback Educational Publishing
    54 Pages, Grades 5 - 12
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    The Midwife's Apprentice (Focus on Reading Study Guide) (eBook)

    Saddleback's Focus on Reading series is your go-to resource for teaching literature to struggling readers. Containing chapter-by-chapter reproducible worksheets that check and deepen students' understanding, this eBook will help students of all reading levels actively engage with your classroom text. Skills developed and practiced include reading comprehension, vocabulary, and the identification of literary elements.

  • Literature Guide: The Midwife's Apprentice (Lit Links series) (eBook) cover

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    On The Mark Press
    64 Pages, Grades 4 - 6
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    Literature Guide: The Midwife's Apprentice (Lit Links series) (eBook)

    Specifically designed to enable students to develop important reading skills, On The Mark Press' Lit Links eBook guides contain numerous creative and cross-curricular activities for increasing students' competency in reading. This guide seeks to strengthen reading comprehension with reproducible chapter-by-chapter questions, comprehension questions, and more - complete with an answer key for educators. Also includes an author bio and story synopsis.This eBook is an entry in the Lit Links series of literature guides from On The Mark Press. Popular titles covered in the series include: Frindle, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Abel's Island; Superfudge; The Cay; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Owls in the Family; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key; A Wrinkle in Time; Fantastic Mr. Fox; The Trumpet of the Swan; Freckle Juice, and many more. All aforementioned eBooks, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.