The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Performance Outcomes and Deliverables

Students focus on themes and conflicts, examine imagery and dialogue, identify literary devices and dramatic situations, role-play, and analyze characters. A section of the unit is dedicated to making comparisons with The Red Pony. Supplementary materials include optional activities and a test with answer key.

Price: $19.95 


Literary Form

American Novel

21st-Century Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership and responsibility


The Yearling is a poignant tale of a young boy, Jody, and his longing for a pet. This story about a boy and a deer he finds in the wilderness is set in the author’s beloved Florida scrub country. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for literature a year after the novel’s publication in 1938. Adults had a book reminiscent of childhood and one that they could read to their children; children had a story they could enjoy for its action, humor, and adventure.