The Whipping Boy
Age 7-9: Concept 4 - Relationships: Unit 2

In this unit, you will read the tale of Jemmy, the Prince's whipping boy, who ends up running for his life and, worst of all, getting stuck with Prince Brat.

You will learn about the feudal system and what life was really like for a commoner in the kingdom, and you'll get to design your own family crest! Through the lessons, you will begin to recognize and practice using figures of speech, including similes, idioms, metaphors, and hyperbole. For the final project, you'll write and act out a monologue from the perspective of both of the main characters.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Medieval Times (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Jemmy and Prince Brat
  • Lesson 3: The Plot Thickens
  • Lesson 4: A Note to the King
  • Lesson 5: Disagreements
  • Lesson 6: In the Woods
  • Lesson 7: The Rescue (2 Days)
  • Lesson 8: Friends
  • Final Project: A Monologue

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Choose and adapt spoken language appropriate to the audience, purpose, and occasion, including use of appropriate volume and rate. (Language Arts)
  • Clarify and support spoken messages using appropriate props. (Language Arts)
  • Connect experiences and ideas with those of others. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss meanings of words and develop vocabulary through meaningful/concrete experiences. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss similarities and differences in events, characters, and concepts within a text. (Language Arts)
  • Explain and describe characters in own words. (Language Arts)
  • Gain increasing control of grammar when speaking, such as using subject-verb agreement, complete sentences, and correct tense. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the musical elements of literary language, such as rhymes. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the setting of a story. (Language Arts)
  • Increase oral and written vocabulary by listening, discussing, and composing texts when responding to literature that is read and heard. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret information from diagrams, charts, and maps. (Language Arts)
  • Plan and make judgments about what to include in written products. (Language Arts)
  • Present dramatic interpretations of experiences, stories, poems, or plays. (Language Arts)
  • Read aloud with fluency and expression. (Language Arts)
  • Recall the main idea, facts, and details from a text. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize and comprehend figurative language. (Language Arts)
  • Use oral communication to identify, organize, and analyze information. (Language Arts)
  • Use personal experiences and knowledge to interpret written messages. (Language Arts)
  • Write structured, informative presentations and narratives when given help with organization. (Language Arts)
  • Compare similarities and differences among cultures in various communities. (Social Studies)
  • Compare the roles of government leaders. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how governments establish order, provide security, and manage conflict. (Social Studies)
  • Identify functions of governments. (Social Studies)
  • Identify multiple roles performed by individuals in their communities. (Social Studies)
  • Locate several sources of information about a given period or event. (Social Studies)
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