Carry On, Mr. Bowditch


About the story

This award-wiinning true story of diligence and courage tells “the inspirational story of a bright young boy who seems to have all his dreams dashed as he grows up. But by ‘sailing by the ash breeze’ and pursuing his intellectual passions whenever he has a spare moment, he becomes one of the most famous marine navigation experts of all time — and saves countless lives as a result of his work.”  (Goodreads review by a modern Nathaniel).  There’s so much to learn from this seafaring tale of early Salem: science, character, writing, vocabulary, and so much more! But this is no dry textbook — Mr. Bowditch’s well-lived life makes a gripping, inspiring story.

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience Carry On, Mr. Bowditch with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can double the Cape with the persevering, problem-solving Mr. Bowditch as they sing sea chanties, create their own log books, dine on ship’s rations, and design artful instruments to guide them on their way. They can also choose to be naysayers (or not), rewrite a page from the Old American Practical Cat Caretaker (a LitWits publication), learn a little Latin, 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

From the LitWits Kit for CARRY ON MR. BOWDITCH by Jean Lee Latham - LITWITSThe LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshops on Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. 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 Carry On, Mr. Bowditch 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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