My Side of the Mountain Character Traits

My Side of the Mountain Character Traits
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My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Lesson Plans by Lauren Ayube

The Newbery Award winning novel My Side of the Mountain is about a teenage boy named Sam Gribley. Tired of city life in an overcrowded apartment, Sam decides to find the family land in the mountains and live on his own. Sam’s adventure is one of courage, survival, and independence.


My Side of the Mountain

Storyboard Description

Students can identify the character traits that helped Sam survive in My Side of the Mountain.

Storyboard Text

  • INTELLIGENT
  • COURAGEOUS
  • Well, I made it...
  • RESOURCEFUL
  • One of Sam's traits is that he is very intelligent. One example of this is when he reads all about falcons and learns how to train Frightful. Training a wild bird is not an easy thing to do!
  • Sam is also very courageous. He decided he wanted to try living in the woods on his own. Even though he had no idea exactly what to expect, he did it anyway.
  • Sam used all of the resources around him in order to survive in the wilderness. One example is when he made salty flavoring by boiling hickory sticks.
  • Sam's Character Traits
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