Call it Courage

by Armstrong Sperry

Follow the links below to find free resources and book unit samples.


Book Information

Publication Date: 1940

Reading Level: Lexile Measure 830L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level X

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Major Awards: 1941 Newbery Medal

Number of Pages: 117 pages

Approximate Word Count: 39,040 words

Audible Book Length: 1 hr and 57 mins

Book Themes: Courage, Overcoming Fear, Trying Hard to Succeed

Genre: legendary adventure

Setting: Polynesian Islands in the South Pacific (Hikueru Island)

Important Quote: And the voice of the reef seemed pitched for his ears alone; it seemed to say: ‘You cheated me once, Mafatu, but someday, someday I will claim you!

First Line: IT HAPPENED many years ago, before the traders and missionaries first came into the South Seas, while the Polynesians were still great in numbers and fierce of heart.

Point of View: limited third-person point of view

Links to Resources and Teaching Ideas

The interactive quizzes linked below were created a number of years ago. Most of the quiz questions are detail/knowledge level questions. Because of this, I decided not to rewrite them to include in the unit I was creating to sell for Teachers pay Teachers. Instead I am leaving them as they were originally written for your free use. The interactive quizzes pair extremely well with my Call It Courage Book Unit which contains higher level questions in a multiple choice and short answer format as well as constructive response questions.