Adam of the Road


About the story

This Newbery winner is the kind of book that makes kids fall in love with history and literature. Adam of the Road is about an 11-year-old minstrel’s journey through medieval England, on a quest for his missing dad and stolen dog. “A road’s a kind of holy thing,” his father had told him. “That’s why it’s a good work to keep a road in repair, like giving alms to the poor or tending the sick. It’s open to the sun and wind and rain. It brings all kinds of people and all parts of England together.” And so does this story,  where important history facts and character lessons are naturally conveyed in beautifully written description and dialogue.

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience Adam of the Road with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can follow Adam Quartermayne through the narrative arc, artify his perspective, practice a little Latin, munch on comfits, belt out minstrel tunes, “petrify” a theme on road stone, listen to medieval chants and check out Gothic architecture, write “showing” scenes, design heraldic shields, inhale spicy herby story smells, explore cultural, literary, and historical points galore, and so much more! 

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are private web pages that include creative and academic downloadables. This lesson planning resource is ideal for ages 8-12, but it’s highly adaptable. Scroll down to get more details and a free idea with template.



Product Description

The LitWits Kit for ADAM OF THE ROAD by Elizabeth Janet Gray - LITWITS

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshop on Adam of the Road. It’s packed with hands-on ways to get into the characters’ shoes. When kids see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they understand more. Better yet, they want to read more.

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages packed with downloadables—templates, activity aids, academic handouts, and more. (Here’s a sample, for a different book.) Because our guides live online, we can link you to useful info and audiovisuals. And you’ll always have the very latest updates!

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Adam of the Road  includes:

  • sensory prop suggestions, with photos
  • creative project and activity ideas, with photos
  • printable templates, excerpts, and activity prompts
  • takeaway topics, to fuel meaningful conversations
  • printable handouts for creative writing, the narrative arc, setting, and more
  • research and audiovisual links, for one-stop prep and homework help
  • great quotes from the book, where copyright allows

This guide is adaptable to a wide range of ages. (See the Ways to Use tab for classroom and homeschool uses.) We find 8-12-year-olds consistently “ready to LitWit,” but you know best what your kids are ready for, interested in, and capable of.

Common Core Alignment
The LitWits experience of this book is jam-packed with carefully integrated lessons — but they’re embedded in FUN, so kids don’t feel “taught.”  At a bare minimum, the use of this guide helps meet these Common Core goals:

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Explorer’s Guides are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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