Sounder is a young adult novel by william h armstrong it is the story of an african-american boy living with his sharecropper family although the family's difficulties increase when the father is imprisoned for stealing a ham from work, the boy still hungers for an education. Sounder, the boy, the father, the mother, the two sisters, the brother, the sheriff, the two deputies, the jail guard, the mean guard, and the teacher characterization (sounder) old coon dog. A black sharecropper's family is poor and hungry the father and his dog, sounder, go hunting each night, but the hunting is poor the family subsists on biscuits and gravy until one morning they wake up to the smell of boiling ham they eat it, but a while later a sheriff and two of his deputies. Prior to his father's arrest by the white men who came to the cabin, life was difficult but pleasant for the unnamed boy who is the protagonist of william h armstrong's sounderthe family in the.
William howard armstrong (1911-1999) is the author of some twenty other books, including sour land, a companion novel to sounder he based sounder on stories told to him by an elderly african-american teacher who worked for his father. Sounder is a 1972 american deluxe color drama film in panavision directed by martin ritt, and starring cicely tyson, paul winfield, and kevin hooks the film was adapted by lonne elder iii from the 1970 newbery medal -winning novel sounder by william h armstrong. The boy's father is a sharecropper, struggling to feed his family in hard times night after night, he and his great coon dog, sounder, return to the cabin empty-handed then, one morning, almost like a miracle, a sweet-smelling ham is cooking in the family's kitchen. A timeless classic, winner of the john newberry medal, and the basis of an acclaimed film, sounder is a novel that tells of the courage and love that bind a black family together despite the extreme prejudice and inhumanity it faces in the deep south.
William h armstrong grew up in lexington, virginia he graduated from hampden-sydney college and did graduate work at the university of virginia he taught ancient history and study techniques at the kent school for fifty-two years. Sounder by william h armstrong the boy's father takes their dog, sounder, out to look for food this classic novel shows the courage, love, and faith that. Sounder this is a novel study for sounder by william h armstrong 56 pages of student work, plus an answer key this novel study divides sounder into eight sections for study each section covers one chapter. Sounder by william h' armstrong a powerpoint presentation by michael ataide - the characters in the book are sounder, the father, the mother, the teacher, the guard- the mean prison guard is the one who put his hands in the boy's cake | powerpoint ppt presentation | free to view.
William h armstrong was born on september 14, 1911 near lexington, virginia (william h armstrong) sounder- a coon-hound dog his master is the father a sharecropper family he and his master go hunter every night but come home empty handed (armstrong 7) after being shot by the sheriff. • sour landby william h armstrong, 1971, continues the story of the protagonist of sounder, who is now called moses walters and is a teacher at an african american school in virginia. Sounder has 116 pages it was written by william armstrong the book is about an african american boy and his dog it won a newbery medal the main setting of this story back in then day deep on. Sounder by william h armstrong 1970 newbery medal winner a novel teaching pack by margaret whisnant with chapter summaries prereading activities. Work, published in 1956armstrong went on to write more than ﬁfteen books on a wide variety of subjects the best known of these is the 1969 classic, sounder, which he wrote based on an.
William h armstrong this study guide consists of approximately 11 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of sounder. Sounder by william h armstrong 38 of 5 stars (paperback 9780060809751) a timeless classic and winner of the john newbery medal, sounder is a novel of courage and love that bind a black family together despite the extreme prejudice and inhumanity the family faces in the deep south. William h armstrong's newbery award-winning novel quickly became a classic as a moving portrayal of resilience and hope in the face of profound human tragedy decades later, the bittersweet story still rings true, as strong-spirited individuals continue to battle the evil of prejudice.
William h armstrong booklist william h armstrong message board detailed plot synopsis reviews of sounder a young african american boy and his family are living in poverty in the south during the 19th century. Characterizaion of sounder and the father in william h armstrong's novel sounder pages 2 words 998 view full essay characterization, william h armstrong, sounder. Who does this story belong tosounder william h armstrong the boy the father william h armstrong's teacher « previous question next question . William h armstrong (september 14, 1911 near lexington, virginia - april 11, 1999 in kent, connecticut) was an american children's author and educator, best known for his 1969 newbery medal-winning novel, sounder.
Why do you think the author, william h armstrong, sought to peg his characters in this way is it symbolic that the only character given a name is the dog, sounder. Sounder is a 2003 television film that originally aired on the wonderful world of disney on abc on january 19, 2003 it was later seen overseas on april 25, 2008 in hungary and june 14, 2008 in sweden.
Sounder a ferocious coonhound dog, fiercely devoted to his masters, the black sharecropper and his family the sheriff's deputy shoots him when he is chasing the wagon that is carrying the father away to jail. William h armstrong, a teacher and writer best known for his 1969 children's novel ''sounder,'' died on april 11 at his home in kent, conn he was 87. Sounder won the newbery award for the best american children's novel of the year, and was a monumental success right from its date of publication it was translated into 28 languages, and was made into a movie, which in turn was nominated for an academy award.