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Student Activities:

1. What are Favell’s main points? Name three aspects of frontier life she highlights. Why does Favell choose to highlight these? What else could she have emphasized?

  • 2.

    What do you think is Favell’s goal in writing this story?

  • 3.

    Emmanuel Philipp grew up in Sauk County, and eventually became governor of

Wisconsin. How does his description of his childhood differ from Favell’s? What are Philipp’s main points and what message does he hope to impart to his readers?

4. What are the assumptions behind the selection and framing of both Favell and Philipp’s reminiscences? Are they different? The same? Why?

5. Both Favell and Philipp wrote for a specific audience. How does that determine and/or limit the point of view?

  • 6.

    List several differences between the lives of girls and boys on the frontier.

  • 7.

    Unlike Favell and Philipp who wrote from memory, Sarah Foote wrote about her youth as

she experienced it in a daily journal. How is her experience different from the others? What are her goals and how do they shape the outcome? In what ways do the time and the place in which a document was written affect the end result?

8. Do you learn anything different from a diary than from a memoir? List four differences between the two forms of writing.

9. What would you chose to emphasize in a memoir of your own early childhood? What would you leave out? Why?

10. In that memoir of your early childhood, what activities would be included that are also in Favell’s and Phillip’s (though you probably did them in a different way)? Make a list. What choices did they have to face that you, too, had to face? Make another list.

8th Grade Standards Addressed: 8.1, 8.4, 8.12

12th Grade Standards Addressed: 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4


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