Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express

by Eleanor Coerr
Reading Level 2.7

Setting:The Old West in 1860
Characters:Buffalo Bill Cody, Pony Express Bosses, and Riders
Plot:Bill must endure many problems and dangers as a rider.
Solution:Bill uses quick wit and training as a young man to be successful.
Summary:In this chapter book about young Buffalo Bill Cody, Bill, seeking adventure, wants to be a rider for the Pony Express. At age sixteen, he proves he can do the job and is hired. The book tells about the dangers and adventures of riding in the Wild West.

ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA SPECIALISTS

Schema

Ask the students the following questions:

What can you tell me about horses?

What do you know about the country west of the Mississippi River? (Point out the region
on a map.)

Have you ever been to a museum, a western ranch, or a house that was built in the Old West?


Predicting

Ask students: What kinds of dangers and challenges might have awaited a lone rider in the Wild West?


Visualizing

Ask students to do the following exercises: Picture yourself riding a horse as fast as you can and imagine how you would feel after riding all night long.

Think about a time when you have been outside in a thunderstorm. What did that feel like?


Library Skills

Ask students: Do you think this is a true story? Why or why not?

Explain to the students that Buffalo Bill Cody was a real person and that some of the
events in the story could have happened, but some events may not be true. We call this
type of book historical fiction.

Discuss other works of historical fiction.

Where would one look to find a true (nonfiction) book about Buffalo Bill Cody?

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • And I Mean It, Stanley 1
  • Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery 5
  • Aunt Eater's Mystery Vacation 9
  • Biscuit Goes to School 13
  • The Boston Coffee Party 17
  • Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express 21
  • Cave Boy 25
  • Chang's Paper Pony 29
  • Crocodile and Hen: A Bakongo Folktale 33
  • Danny and the Dinosaur 37
  • Five Silly Fisherman 41
  • The Golly Sisters Go West 45
  • The Great Snake Escape 49
  • The Horse in Harry's Room 53
  • Ice-Cold Birthday 57
  • Little Bear 61
  • Little Bear's Visit 65
  • Mouse Tales 69
  • The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost 73
  • No Fighting, No Biting! 77
  • No Mail for Mitchell 81
  • No More Monsters for Me! 85
  • Oliver 89
  • Oscar Otter 93
  • Owl at Home 97
  • Porcupine's Pajama Party 101
  • Pretty Good Magic 105
  • R Is for Radish 109
  • Sammy the Seal 113
  • Scruffy 117
  • Sleepy Dog 121
  • Small Pig 125
  • The Smallest Cow in the World 129
  • Stanley 133
  • Three by the Sea 137
  • Appendix 141
  • Index 143
  • About the Author 149
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