Study Guides and Lesson Plans for
Old Yeller by Fred Gipsin: At first, Travis
couldn't stand the sight of Old Yeller. The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal,
too. But he sure was clever, and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas
frontier, especially with Papa away on a long cattle drive up to Abilene. Strong and
courageous, Old Yeller proved that he could protect Travis's family from any sort of
danger. But can Travis do the same for Old Yeller? A sensitive tale that addresses
issues pioneers faced living in the wilderness.
With Old Yeller, author Fred Gipsin secured his place as one
of the finest novelists in America. The book was published to instant acclaim and has
become one of the most beloved children's classics ever written. Since its publication in
1956, Old Yeller has won countless awards, including the 1957 Newbery Honor.
Reading level: Ages 9-12
A Guide to Using OLD YELLER in the Classroom
This resource is directly related to its literature equivalent and filled with a
variety of cross-curricular lessons to do before, during, and after reading the book. This
reproducible book presents an exciting approach to teaching well-known literature! It
includes sample plans, author information, vocabulary building ideas, cross-curriculum
activities, sectional activities and quizzes, unit tests, and many ideas for culminating
and extending the novel. 48 pages.
Old Yeller on DVD and VHS
This classic Disney 1957 film stars Dorothy McGuire as the mother, Fess Parker as the
father, with Tommy Kirk in the starring role of Travis.