Sarah, Plain and Tall

Patricia MacLachlan's "Sarah, Plain and Tall" eloquently narrates the tale of the Witting family, led by the widowed Jacob Witting, a farmer in the late 19th-century Midwestern United States, who seeks companionship and a maternal figure for his children through a newspaper ad. Sarah Wheaton from Maine responds, stepping into their lives with grace and uncertainty. This topic pack provides students the opportunity to visually and analytically explore the evolving dynamics within the Witting family as they adjust to Sarah's presence and contemplate their intertwined futures. The exercises encourage students to engage with the narrative's internal and external conflicts, delve into character analysis, and explore the mood and tone, enhancing their understanding of this tender story of makeshift family and hope. Apply the keyword #Sarah, Plain and Tall to access all content from this pack in the Comic Maker, aiding in a deeper appreciation of this heartwarming novel.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Into Reading (K-6)