This book, Sam’s Chance and How He Improved It, by Horatio Alger Jr., is a juvenile fiction novel.
Everything About Sam’s Chance
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 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 Sam’s Chance and How He Improved It
Before we begin, I would like to point out the pictures in this article.
All were taken from the Internet Archive version of Sam’s Chance, found here.
Cover art, illustration, and title page for this edition of Sam’s Chance and How He Improved It was presumably made by the publisher, New York: A. L. Burt.
No other illustrator is listed.
I’d like to thank the Boston Public Library for making this book and its illustrations available online to the public.
To see the images for this book, click here.
All other pictures were produced by Amazon as links to copies available for purchase.
Subjects Covered in Sam’s Chance, by Horatio Alger Jr.
There are two subjects covered by Sam’s Chance, and How He Improved It.
These subjects are Literature and Social Studies/Good Citizenship.
This book describes bad habits and the process of overcoming them.
Reading Level of Sam’s Chance and How He Improved It
Sam’s Chance, 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 7-8 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
Sam’s Chance, by Horatio Alger Jr., is book number 33 in the MiniMize Homeschool book list.
This places it in the Elementary Level.
The book is the 7th book to be read during Year 2 of school.
The adventure follows Sam Barker, a delinquent, when he moves to Boston.
Sam realizes the error of his ways when he finds a job and decides to become a new person.
Readers will encounter descriptions of smoking, theft, and gambling and Sam’s struggle to change. It will be important to discuss this with your students.
Chapters – Sam’s Chance and How He Improved It
Sam’s Chance and How He Improved It contains 32 Chapters. The chapter titles, taken from the Gutenberg book (below), are as follows:
I. — SAM’S NEW CLOTHES.
II. — SAM’S FIRST DAY IN BUSINESS.
III. — SAM FINDS A ROOM.
IV. — FIRST LESSONS.
V. — SAM’S FINANCES.
VI. — SAM’S LUCK.
VII. — TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS REWARD.
VIII. — AN UNEXPECTED OBSTACLE.
IX. — RESTORING THE RING.
X. — SAM’S INVESTMENT.
XI. — HENRY BECOMES A MERCHANT.
XII. — HOW SAM SUCCEEDED.XIII. — HENRY’S GOOD FORTUNE.
XIV. — THE SAVINGS BANK BOOK.
XV. — SAM IS FOUND OUT.
XVI. — SAM LOSES HIS PLACE.
XVII. — TIM IS UNMASKED.
XVIII. — THE FALL RIVER BOAT.
XIX. — MUTUAL CONFIDENCES.
XX. — TOO LATE FOR THE TRAIN.
XXI. — ARRIVED IN BOSTON.
XXII. — FIRST EXPERIENCES IN BOSTON.
XXIII. — SAM FINDS A ROOMMATE.
XXIV. — AN UNPLEASANT SURPRISE.
XXV. — IN PURSUIT OP A PLACE.
XXVI. — ABNER BLODGETT AGAIN.
XXVII. — SAM IS INITIATED INTO A COLLEGE SOCIETY.
XXVIII. — BROWN’S PLAN.
XXIX. — ARTHUR BROWN.
XXX. — HOW IT WAS ARRANGED.
XXXI. — TWO YEARS LATER.
XXXII. — CONCLUSION.
Activities for Sam’s Chance and How He Improved It
There are no known activities directly related to this book.
We tried searching for “Sam’s Chance Book Test.”
Then, we tried test, quiz, activities, reading guide, study guide, and other combinations of words.
Unfortunately, we didn’t find any activities for the book.
A MiniMize Worksheet
There is hope, though.
The MiniMize Life is creating a fill in the blank worksheet for Sam’s Chance, by Horatio Alger Jr.
This worksheet will contain 3 pages with 32 days of activities and a total of 32 questions in all.
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 Sam’s Chance, 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, write the name of the Chapter in the lines provided, 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.
The 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 Sam’s Chance, by Horatio Alger Jr.
If you just can’t wait to read Sam’s Chance, 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 Sam’s Chance, and How He Improved It, 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 may 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 Sam’s Chance and How He Improved It works perfectly for many eReaders and devices.
The FREE e-book from gutenberg.org 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 use the data no matter which operating system they may be using.
*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.
Watch for missing pages, though. We try not to recommend any books with this issue, but sometimes with these old books, it is unavoidable.
You can read a FREE scanned copy of Sam’s Chance 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.
Sometimes, you just want to touch and smell a real book, right?
That’s what Amazon’s for!
If 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 Sam’s Chance already bound and printed, you can purchase a copy on Amazon, here.
We love Kindles! They’re so easy to use.
We just point, click, buy, and read.
If you want this convenience, too, go here to get the Kindle version.
Sam’s Chance and How He Improved It, by Horatio Alger Jr.
That’s everything so far.
Remember, though, we will be updating this information from time to time.
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Looking for another Horatio Alger Jr. book? Try reading Only an Irish Boy.