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