Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1 Before Breakfast Abstract
* Fern sees her father with an ax and finds out he is planning to kill the runt of the recently born litter of pigs.
* Fern pleads for the runt's life.
* She is allowed to keep and raise the baby pig.
* She nurses the...
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