Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls

Where the Red Fern Grows statue

Grade 6  Mrs. Schweer and Mrs. Hughey
As you read this novel, you will explore sites for information about the author, Native American legends, types of hunting dogs, and ownership and care of pets.
Wilson Rawls
Children's Author/Illustrator Bios
W. Wilson Rawls
  1. What book inspired Rawls to be a writer?
  2. How did his father encourage him?
  3. Why did no one ever see his work?
  4. How was Rawls’ wife helpful in getting him to rewrite an earlier story?
  5. What was the title of his second book?
  6. Where and when was Red Fern first published?
  7. What were Rawls’ two favorite hobbies?
  8. How did he feel about the movie version of his book?
  9. Where is the memorial statue located?  (Be sure to look at the pictures.)
Native American Legends
Native American Tales
Native American Lore

Read at least 4-6 of these legends to determine common characteristics. Answer the following questions to help you discover a pattern in them. Write the title and characteristics of each legend you read.

  1. What parts of the legend seem unrealistic?
  2. Are there any parts that are realistic?
  3. What does the legend attempt to explain?
  4. Do any of the characters display supernatural powers?
  5. Why would a group of people tell legends?
  6. What common elements can you infer from the legends you read?

Scenthound Breeds

Coonhound Breeds
Hunting Breeds
  1. What are 3 of the major coonhound breeds?
  2. What specific traits are most admired for hunting?
  3. Tell some (4-6) qualities of the Redbone Coonhound.
  4. Read about other hunting breeds. Tell which 1-2 you like the best.

Ownership and Care of Pets

Dog Lover's Page
  1. What are some important points to keep in mind concerning ownership and care for a dog?
  2. Which type of dog is best for you? Why?
Thinkquest: Where the Red  Grows
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