Resources for “Boss of the Plains”


This week, we are reading “Boss of the Plains in our Houghton Mifflin reading anthology.  Here are some resources to increase your understanding and enjoyment of the story.

Click on “Meet the Author” to learn about the author.

Click on “Meet the Illustrator” to learn about the illustrator.

Click on “PowerPoint” to download and view a slideshow created to support the story.

Click on e-Word Game to practice the vocabulary words.

Click on “Traditional Old West Dress Hatto learn more about the Stetson hat. 

Some say “Boss of the Plains” is a biography.  Others say it is historical fiction.  Let’s look at two sources to help us decide if “Boss of the Plains” is a biography or historical fiction.  Please click on Wikipedia’s John Batterson Stetson to read about him.  Then look at Encyclopedia’s John Batterson Stetson .  Finally, decide on whether “Boss of the Plains” is a biography or historical fiction.

Write at least TWO comments about what you learned and/or accomplished during computers today.  You may use our class email:


68 responses »

  1. I learned that Laurie Carlson thinks that in a biography ”the setting is another character of sorts,” because it presents challenges that a person must overcome.

  2. Today I read the book Boss of the Plains. It is about a man that makes hats. He makes a hat for wranglers. I enjoyed the story Boss of the Plains.

  3. I think ”Boss of the Plains” is a biography because a biography is a story about someone’s life. It can be death, something that happens to that person,or they fall in love in the biography.

  4. I think that the story “Boss of the Plains” is historical fiction because the anthology leaves out some of the parts , like when it says that he tried to make the hats better.

  5. I think “Boss of the Plains” is a biography because a biography is a detailed description or account of someone’s life. A biography presents the subject’s life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject’s personality.

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