A Matter of Life or Death.

It's 1849, and twelve-year-old Lucas Whitaker is all alone after his whole family dies of a disease called consumption which has swept through the community. Lucas is grief-stricken and filled with guilt. He might have saved his mother, who was the last to die, if only he had listened to news of a strange cure for this deadly disease.

Unable to manage the family farm by himself, Lucas finds work as an apprentice to Doc Beecher: doctor, dentist, barber and undertaker. Doc amputates a leg as easily as he pulls a tooth, yet when it comes to consumption he remains powerless, unwilling to try the cure he calls nonsense. Lucas can't accept Doc's disbelief, and he joins others in the dark ritual they believe is their only hope. The startling results teach Lucas a great deal about fear, desperation, and the scientific reasoning that offers hope for a true cure.

Essential Questions
What distinguishes childhood from adulthood?
How are acts of courage revealed in writing?

Lucas Whitaker Chapter Questions:

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Lucas Whitaker Questions Entire Book
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Notes Ch 3

Chapter 4 questions

Chapter 5 Questions

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Chapter 7 Questions

Chapter 8 Questions

Chapter 9 Questions

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Chapter 10 Questions

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Chapter 11 Questions

Chapter 12 Questions

Chapter 13 Questions

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2014 Essay Format

Essay Notes

Option # 1 Notes
1) Intro. 4-6
2) Family Dying (7-9)
3) Pulling Daniel's Tooth (7-9)
4) Clem Buell's Leg (7-9)
5) Performing the Superstitious Cure (7-9)
6) Conclusion (4-6)

Past Essays Options
Past Essay Options

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2012 Essay Notes

7th Hour Essay Grading Notes

2011 Student Guides
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Student Guides
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Teacher Rubrics:
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Vocab Lists:
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2013 CD Project

Computer Lab Projects:
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