1. What is the setting for this story?
2. Describe the stranger who has just ridden into town.
3. What is the stranger doing that causes a chill to run through Bob despite the warm sun?
4. Who is telling the story?
5. What happens when the Joe and Marian Starrett ask Shane about his background?
6. How does Joe Starrett feel about the future of ranching?
Vocabulary: sideboard, corral, ford, alien, parlor, fraternity.
Enrichment: What purpose might it serve for the author to reveal so little about Shane?
1. Why did Marian Starrett think that Shane might be from Tennesse?
2. How old was Shane when he left home?
3. Why do the Starretts tell Shane that he should stay on for a while?
4. What does the expression "millstone round my neck" mean?
5. What is Ledyard attempting to sell to Joe Starrett?
6. How does Shane intervene in the negotiations?
7. What does the stump symbolize?
Vocabulary: flapjacks, Sabbath, quizzical, millinery, conserve, frippery, sorrel, feuding, intangible, serene.
Enrichment: Bob describes a white-haired ***** travelling with Ledyard "who acted like he was afraid to talk without permission". Explain why the man might be afraid to talk. What was the status of most blacks in the United States in 1889?
Tuesday, September 17, Homework: Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 Questions
How did the two men react when Marian asked them about her hat?
Why is Marian standing on the box peering out the little window?
Shane and Joe do not talk to one another while "battling" the stump? Why?
Why do they decide to remove the stump with manpower rather than "horsepower"?
What does Shane mean when he says, "Yes. That's the best piece of stump I ever tasted"?
Vocabulary: perky, mussed, chiming, flushed, wavering, bole.
Enrichment: Research how farmers normally removed stumps from their fields. How long would it take to clear a farm?
1. Why were Bob's mother and father more alive with Shane living on the farm?
2. What had happened to the previous hired man who had worked for Joe Starrett?
3. Bob felt that Shane would never be a farmer. Explain.
4. According to Bob, why is it so important for Shane to sit in Joe's chair at the table?
5. Why was it peculiar that Shane never carried a gun?
6. Describe Shane's gun?
7. Why does Joe Starrett caution Bob not to get liking Shane too much?
Vocabulary: solitude, vibrant, allegiance.
Enrichment: Research pioneer guns and rifles. How were they different from modern guns and how were they the same? Also describe the ammunition used in these guns.
Wednesday, September 18, Homework: Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 Questions
1. Was Shane a first name or a last name?
2. Why does Bob stop playing with the gun when he notices that Shane is watching him?
3. How can the reader tell that Shane is very experienced with a gun?
4. What does Shane suggest to Bob is a good way of shooting?
Vocabulary: loft, corral, conjured, inherent.
Enrichment: Examine the two phrases: "He was back somewhere along the dark trail of the past" and "…he dragged himself back into the present". We are never told about his past so use your imagination and describe what you think his past might have been like.
1. Who was Mr. Fletcher?
2. Why did he say that the homesteaders would have to go?
3. Where did the nearest marshal live? Why might this be a problem?
4. Describe the town.
5. Give a very brief description of the following characters: Lew Johnson, Henry Shipstead, James Lewis, Ed Howells and Ernie Wright.
6. What did Joe Starrett think would be Luke Fletcher's first move?
7. How does Chris, Fletcher's man, try to antagonize Shane?
Vocabulary: querulous, drought, whittling, sallow, chaps.
Enrichment: What did Grafton mean by the phrase, "He wasn't afraid of Chris. He was afraid of himself"?
Thursday, September 19, Homework: Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 Questions
1. Why was Ernie Wright upset?
2. What happened in the fight between Chris and Shane?
3. What do you think will happen as a result of their altercation?
4. Why was Marian worried about Shane?
Vocabulary: shrewd, ford, insolent, impartial, contempt, serenity, sarcasm, tote.
Enrichment: Why does fighting seldom solve a problem? Can you think of another way to encourage the ranchers and farmers to get along?
1. According to Bob, how had Shane changed?
2. Why does Marian want to talk to Shane alone?
3. What promise does Shane make to Marian at the end of the chapter?
Vocabulary: nuzzled, discerning, buck.
Enrichment: Why does the author have a young boy, Bob, telling the story?
Friday, September 120, Homework: Chapter 9 and Chapter 10 Questions
1. Why did Joe and Shane always work together?
2. Bob asks Shane to leave the saloon because trouble is brewing. What does Shane tell Bob?
3. Why does Joe Starrett intervene in the fight?
4. Why does Joe Starrett ask his wife to leave Grafton's?
5. What is the end result of the fight?
Vocabulary: bartering, endured, savored, melee, contorted, lithe, arc.
Enrichment: Early in the story Bob says, "I think that was the happiest summer of my life". Why do you think he feels that way? How does young Bob feel about Shane? Why do you think he feels that way?
1. Why might it have "hurt" Shane to see the Starretts in the barroom?
2. Describe how Joe Starrett carries Shane?
3. What does Mr. Grafton mean when he says, "I'm marking this to Fletcher's account"?
4. What does Joe Starrett mean by the question, "Do you think I don't know Marian"?
Vocabulary: sodden, tremor, reviving.
Enrichment: What underlying theme do we become aware of in this chapter? Did anything in previous chapters allude to it?