The students have already formed some strong opinions about the use of whipping boys while reading "The Whipping Boy" by Sid Fleischman. I have found that often when the students have strong opinions, they enjoy writing about their opinions and proving why they feel the way they do. We will be writing an opinion on whether or not whipping boys should have been used to punish young royalty.
To begin our lesson, we will read the "Note" at the back of "The Whipping Boy." This note explains that the novel is fictitious, but that whipping boys were actually used to punish some royalty. We will then review the Wikipedia article found HERE that explains what whipping boys were. We used this same article earlier in this unit to build background knowledge. The article touches on some positive aspects of whipping boys that I will be sure to point out, knowing that most of the students feel strongly that it is cruel that the royal families would use whipping boys.
Fleischman, S. (2003). The Whipping Boy. New York, NY : Greenwillow Books
Сьюзан набрала полные легкие воздуха и задала неизбежный вопрос: - И где же теперь этот канадец. Стратмор нахмурился: - В этом вся проблема. - Офицер полиции этого не знает.