This book, Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger Jr., is fictional literature.
Everything About Only an Irish Boy
Below, we give a brief overview of the book and links to where you can read it (some are FREE). We’ve also included our findings online for activities, quizzes, and worksheets related to the book. And don’t forget the links to more encyclopedic information for historical content in the book. All of the work has been done for you, and it’s all here! *Occasionally, we will update the resources for this book; so, check back in, or sign up for the MiniMize Newsletter.
The Pictures from Only an Irish Boy
Before we begin, I would like to point out the pictures in this article.
All were taken from the Internet Archive version of Only an Irish Boy, found here.
Cover art and title page for this edition of Only an Irish Boy were presumably made by the publisher, A.L. Burt Company.
The five black and white illustrations are by J. Watson Davis.
To see all of the pictures found for this book, go here.
Subjects Covered in Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger Jr.
There are two subjects covered by Only an Irish Boy; Or, Andy Burke’s Fortunes.
These subjects are Literature and Social Studies/Good Citizenship.
This book tackles cultural and racial prejudices and helps the reader understand social acceptability.
Reading Level of Only an Irish Boy
Only an Irish Boy; Or, Andy Burke’s Fortunes, by Horatio Alger Jr, is appropriate for Children and Middle-Grade readers.
This means that it can be read from approximately 2nd grade into adulthood; or at around 8 years of age.
However, some readers who haven’t been exposed to rich literature may struggle with vocabulary and need a dictionary while reading.
Placement In the MiniMize Book List
Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger Jr, is book number 31 in the MiniMize Homeschool book list.
This places it in the Elementary Level.
The book is the 5th book to be read during Year 2 of school.
Only an Irish Boy follows Andy, a poor Irish boy, as he tries to improve the life of his family.
Set during the time when Irish immigrants in the U. S. were looked down upon, Andy battles social stigma.
Readers will learn about socially acceptable behavior, personal responsibility, and the virtues that lead to success.
Chapters – Only an Irish Boy; Or, Andy Burke’s Fortunes
Only an Irish Boy contains 36 Chapters. The chapter titles, taken from the Gutenberg book (below), are as follows:
CHAPTER I — ANDY BURKE
CHAPTER II — A SKIRMISH
CHAPTER III — ANDY AND HIS MOTHER
CHAPTER IV — MRS. PRESTON
CHAPTER V — A PROFITABLE JOB
CHAPTER VI — THE TWO OLD MAIDS
CHAPTER VII — ANDY OBTAINS A PLACE
CHAPTER VIII — THE MIDNIGHT ALARM
CHAPTER IX — WHAT FOLLOWED
CHAPTER X — ANDY’S DEBUT AT SCHOOL
CHAPTER XI — A GAME OF BALL
CHAPTER XII — A LITTLE DIFFICULTY
CHAPTER XIII — GODFREY’S REBELLION
CHAPTER XIV — MR. STONE IS CALLED TO ACCOUNT
CHAPTER XV — MRS. PRESTON’S DISCOMFITURE
CHAPTER XVI — THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT
CHAPTER XVII — INTRODUCES AN ADVENTURER
CHAPTER XVIII — RIDING WITH A HIGHWAYMAN
CHAPTER XIX — BAFFLED A ROBBER
CHAPTER XX — HOW THE NEWS WAS RECEIVED
CHAPTER XXI — A MODEL WIFE
CHAPTER XXII — COLONEL PRESTON’S RECOVERY
CHAPTER XXIII — MRS. BURKE HAS GOOD FORTUNE
CHAPTER XXIV — ANDY’S JOURNEY
CHAPTER XXV — THE MERCHANT FROM PORTLAND
CHAPTER XXVI — SPINNING THE WEB
CHAPTER XXVII — THE DROP GAME
CHAPTER XXVIII — THE GUEST OF TWO HOTELS
CHAPTER XXIX — A STARTLING EVENT
CHAPTER XXX — COLONEL PRESTON’S WILL
CHAPTER XXXI — MRS. PRESTON’S INTENTIONS
CHAPTER XXXII — MRS. PRESTON’S REVENGE
CHAPTER XXXIII — ANDY LOSES HIS PLACE
CHAPTER XXXIV — THE WILL AT LAST
CHAPTER XXXV — MRS. PRESTON IS UNPLEASANTLY SURPRISED
CHAPTER XXXVI — ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
Activities for Beric the Briton
Only an Irish Boy, has no existing activities to accompany the book.
We tried the terms test, quiz, activities, reading guide, study guide, and other combinations of words.
Unfortunately, we only found links to e-books and used booksellers.
However, I did discover that there was a Horatio Alger musical called Shine! Listen to some of the Roger Anderson & Lee Goldsmith – Topic soundtracks, here.
A MiniMize Worksheet
There is some hope, though.
The MiniMize Life is creating a fill in the blank worksheet for Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger Jr.
This worksheet will contain 4 pages with 36 days of activities and a total of 36 questions in all. There’s one question for each chapter.
An Answer Key is also attached at the end of the worksheet.
How the Worksheet Works
This worksheet will guide a student through reading the book and prompt them to complete a simple activity.
The student will begin each day by reading the day’s first question and the corresponding chapter.
Next, they will find the sentence in the chapter and fill in the missing words.
Instructions on the MiniMize Worksheet for Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger Jr., state the following.
Number 1, below, is a sentence from Chapter 1, number 2 from Chapter 2, etc. Read the entire chapter, then find the sentence, below, in the Chapter. In the blanks, write the missing words.
Where Can I Get the MiniMize Worksheet?
The MiniMize Worksheet described above is currently in production.
This worksheet has been developed and is awaiting editing and copyright processes.
When these have been completed, The MiniMize Life will release the worksheet and make it available here.
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Read Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger Jr.
If you just can’t wait to read Only an Irish Boy, The MiniMize Life has found it in multiple formats for you!
Below, you will find links to e-books, audiobooks, and other formats for free and for purchase.
We all LOVE free stuff!
Below, are the MiniMize recommended e-books for Only an Irish Boy; Or, Andy Burke’s Fortunes, by Horatio Alger Jr. While free isn’t always better, we want to make sure that you can homeschool no matter what your financial situation might be.
Each section explains a little about the version and gives you a link to the FREE BOOK.
You must know, Gutenberg.org is all about free, open-source, and public domain.
This version of Only an Irish Boy works perfectly for many eReaders and devices.
The FREE e-book from Gutenberg can be found here.
A word of caution: the audio readings offered by Gutenberg sound a bit robotic. This is on purpose so that anyone can listen to the book no matter which operating system they use.
*This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org.
The most beautiful collection of e-Books, Internet Archive, specializes in scanned versions of actual books.
Just be careful about missing pages. No matter how much we try to avoid this issue, sometimes it’s unavoidable with these old books.
You can read a FREE scanned copy of Only an Irish Boy at Internet Archive, here.
If you like to keep your books in a Google Play account, then Google Books is for you.
You can find the FREE e-book on Google Books, here.
Want an audio version of the book?
They’re especially helpful on long car rides!
Check out the following source.
Audible, by Amazon
While Audible books are not usually free, they are affordable and are typically of better quality.
Find Only an Irish Boy on Audible, here.
Sometimes, you just want to touch and smell a real book, right?
That’s what Amazon’s for!
When printing and binding the book yourself from one of the choices above doesn’t sound appealing, here’s the alternative.
If you prefer to buy Only an Irish Boy already bound and printed, you can purchase a copy on Amazon, here.
We love how easy Kindles are. Just point, click, buy, and read.
If you need some of that convenience in your life, you can get the Kindle edition of this book, here.
Only an Irish Boy; Or, Andy Burke’s Fortunes, by Horatio Alger Jr.
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