The Good Master


About the story

Jancsi, who lives on a horse ranch on the Hungarian plains, is excited about his cousin Kate’s arrival from Budapest. But headstrong, willful Kate proves to be more than anyone can handle—except for Jancsi’s father, the “good master.” Once she’s learned a few things, Kate and Jancsci have fun horseback riding and attending country fairs. But when Kate breaks the rules yet again, she’s kidnapped by gypsies! Newbery Honor winner The Good Master gives us a vivid look at Hungary and its people, and helps us understand the value of being “broken.”

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience The Good Master with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can be the before-or-after Kate, listen to Hungarian gypsy music, watch costumed dancers performing the csardas and horsemen galloping over the plains, taste the nutritious foods that made Kate strong, make a Hungarian treat from felt, try their hands at a slippery craft, learn the meaning of puli and other mysterious words, write about industrial monsters, 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 THE GOOD MASTER by Kate Seredy - LITWITS

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Good Master by Kate Seredy

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshop on The Good Master. 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 The Good Master 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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