LESSON PLANS & WORKSHEETS

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Note to teachers: I have include some basic questions and quizzes to aid teachers. Please take care not to "worksheet to death" good literature - Students should enjoy and connect with the book, there are many ways to guage comprehension. Your professional judgment is what's required to instill a love of reading.

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Whipping Boy Anticipation Guide - (Mark your opinion then share with a partner.)

Agree = Y  Disagree = N

__ Knights and castles are only in fairy tales.

__ Rich people can get away with breaking the rules.

__ It’s okay to give kidnappers ransom money.

__ It’s hard for rich and poor to become good friends.

__ Back in the day, there were whipping boys who took the punishment for rich kids

__ If someone is spoiled they deserve to learn a lesson.

__ Helping someone you don't know is dangerous.

__ Schooling is a privilege.







STONE FOX - NOTE: Cut and paste into your own document, adjust font size.

Stone Fox: Chapter One

1. Why did little Willy think Grandfather was playing?
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2. Describe Willy and Grandfather's home.
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3. Who is Searchlight?
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4. What year do you think this story is happening? What clues in the story made you pick that year?
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Vocabulary Chapter One
1. Find the word in the chapter.
2. Try to figure out what it means.
3. Look it up or find someone who can tell you the meaning.
4.Write your own sentence for the word.

explanation
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surrounded
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proceeded
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examination
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"healthy as an ox"
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Stone Fox: Chapter Two

1. Why does Searchlight growl at the doctor?
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2. What does the doctor think the family should do?

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3. Why does little Willy think it will all be better after the harvest?

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4. How do Grandfather and Willy communicate?

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5. What does little Willy have to do to get ready for harvest?

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6. How has little Willy paid for groceries since Grandfather's been sick?

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7. How long does it take for potatoes to grow? __________________

Vocabulary Chapter Two
1. Find the word in the chapter.
2. Try to figure out what it means.
3. Look it up or find someone who can tell you the meaning.
4.Write your own sentence for the word.

"overly concerned"
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irrigation
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harvest
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inspected
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hopeless
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Stone Fox: Chapter Three

1. How did Willy prepare for winter?
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2. How does Grandfather feel about questions?
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3. Why do you think school doesn't start till October there?
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4. How does Willy get to school?
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5. What does Willy want to do when he grows up? What does Grandfather want him to do when he grows up?

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6. Grandfather doesn't have much respect for people from the city. What details from the story tell you that?

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7. Why do Willy and Searchlight wait under the clock?

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Vocabulary Chapter Three
1. Find the word in the chapter.
2. Try to figure out what it means.
3. Look it up or find someone who can tell you the meaning.
4.Write your own sentence for the word.

"fresh powder"
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stocked
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purchased
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outskirts
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deposited
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lunged forward
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"city slickers"
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blur
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enabled
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"forged ahead"
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Stone Fox: Chapter Four

1. Why does Searchlight try to attack the visitor?
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2. Why does the man make Searchlight wait outside?
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3. What does the man want?
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4. Where are the letters from the government?
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5. How long has it been since Grandfather paid the taxes? How much do they owe?
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6. What will happen if they don't pay the taxes?
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Vocabulary Chapter Four
Write your own sentence for the word.

derringer
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authority
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mustache
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demanded
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Stone Fox: Chapter Five

1. What does Willy think will happen if he gets the $500.00 tax money?
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2. What does Willy want from the bank?
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3. What does the bank president advise little Willy to do?
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4. What does Grandfather want Willy to do?
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5. What's a Samoyed?
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6. How is Willy going to try to get the tax money?
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Vocabulary Chapter Five


"met the situation head on"
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"Where there's a will, there's a way"
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wrinkles
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recommended
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varied
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Stone Fox: Chapter Six

1. Why does Willy need his college fund money?

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2. The bank president doesn't want to give Willy the money. Why?

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3. Does the Mr. Foster and Mayor Smiley think that Willy can win? Why?

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4. What makes Willy think he can win?
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5. Describe Stone Fox.

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6. Why does Stone Fox refuse to speak to white men?

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7. Why are only nine sleds entered in the race?

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Vocabulary Chapter Six

entrance fee
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handkerchief
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amateurs
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stunned
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"felt ten feet tall"
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cunning
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Stone Fox: Chapter Seven

1. Why doesn't Willy ask to have some of the doctor's cake?
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2. What makes Willy stop at the old barn?

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3. Why do you think Stone Fox and his dogs are there?

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4. Why does Stone Fox hit Willy? DO you think he had the right to do that?

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5. What do you think will happen tomorrow? Why do you think that?

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Vocabulary Chapter Seven

scribbling
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beamed
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rooting
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treacherous
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admire
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courage
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departing
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motionless
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massive
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Stone Fox: Chapter Eight

1. Why does Willy try to hide his black eye from Grandfather?

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2. What is Willy thinking about as he leaves the house that day?

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3. "Not one red cent had been bet on little Willy and Searchlight." Why? Who does everybody think will win this race?

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4. Why did Willy lie to Lester about how he injured his eye?

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Vocabulary Chapter Eight

swollen
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property
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slingshot
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abrupt halt
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turnout
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abreast
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route
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tension
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contestants
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Stone Fox: Chapter Nine

1. Who is in the lead at the end of the first page?

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2. Why does Stone Fox start off so slowly?

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3. There are some advantages to having only one dog! How does that help Willy?

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4. What would be some disadvantages of having only one dog?
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5. What does Willy see when he goes by his own house?
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6. Who is winning at the end of the chapter?
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Vocabulary Chapter Nine

"dead last"
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"hot pursuit"
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permitted
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disqualified
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"lead increased"
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"close the gap"
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indicated
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glimpse
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effortlessly
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Stone Fox: Chapter Ten

1. Oh no! What happens 100 feet from the finish line?

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2. Why do you think Stone Fox stops, instead of going right past?

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3. Why doesn't any of the townspeople come out to help?

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4. What causes Stone Fox to speak for the first time?

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5. Why do you think Stone Fox gave up $500.00 for Willy?
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Vocabulary Chapter Ten

instantly
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finish line
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motionless
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challenger
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"victory within his grasp"
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approached
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Name___________________________________ Date______________________

 

1.     Who was the gentleman at grandfather's home?

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2.     What is a derringer?

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3.     Where were the letters kept that the state of Wyoming had been sending grandfather?


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4.     How much money did grandfather owe? 

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5.     Mr. Snyder was dressed as if he was going to a

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6.     Grandfather had been paying his bills except for

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7.     How many years had grandfather not been paying the state of Wyoming?

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8.     Who is Mr. Foster?

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9.     What was Mr. Foster's suggestion to do with the farm.

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10.     What does palm up mean?

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11.     What does palm down mean?

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12.     Little Willy talked to several people what was their advice to do with the farm?

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13.     What did Lester pry off the wall of the General Store and give Willy?

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14.     How much money would the winner of the Dogsled Race get?

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15.     Who did Lester tell Little Willy that was going to run in the race this year?

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16.     What was the reaction of Grandfather when Little Willy told him of his plan?

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17.     Mr. Smiley is the town's

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18.     Why did Willy go see Mr. Smiley?

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19.     How much was the entrance fee?

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20.     What was the money in the savings account for?

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21.     Why did Stone Fox not speak to Little Willy?

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22.     What was Stone Fox going to do with the money if he won the race?

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23.     Stone Fox was from what Indian tribe?

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 24.     How many races had Stone Fox lost?

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25.     Why did Little Willy go see Doc. Smith.

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26.     What did Doc Smith think about Little Willy entering the race?  She thought

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27.     Lester gave Little Willy a big bottle that looked like?

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28.     What did Willie find in the barn?

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29.     What did Stone Fox do when he found Little Willie in the barn?

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30.     What is a Samoyed?

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31.     Could Little Willy sleep the night before the race?

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32.     What did Doc Smith offer Little Willy when he came to get some medicine for Grandfather?

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Back
1.     Clifford Snyder

2.     A gun

3.     Strongbox

4.     $500

5.     Wedding

6.     Taxes

7.     10 Years

8.     President of the bank

9.     Sell the farm and pay the taxes.

10.     Yes

11.     No

12.     Sell the farm

13.     Poster

14.     $500

15.     Stone Fox

16.     Tear rolled down and filled his ear or he cried

17.     Mayor

18.     Sign up for the race

19.     $50

20.     College Education

21.     Because of treatment his people had received from the white man.

22.     Buy land back

23.     Shoshone

24.     None

25.     To get medicine for Grandfather

26.     He was a darn fool

27.     Dirty milk

28.     Five Samoyeds

29.     Hit Little Willy with his hand

30.     A dog or a dog that pulls a dogsled

31.     No

32.     Cinnamon Cake


Because of Winn Dixie Ch. 8 - 13 Quiz

1. When Winn Dixie smiled he _____ .
a) coughed
b) sneezed
c) put a pebble in his happy wagon
d) giggled

2. When Opal walked into the pet store what did Gertrude do?
a) squawked "dog" and landed on Winn Dixie's head
b) fell asleep
c) what pigeons do
d) pecked Winn Dixie's head

3. What did Sweetie Pie invite Opal to?
a) to sleep over
b) to her cook out
c) to her birthday party
d) the Rick James concert

4. What did Glory Dump feed Winn Dixie every time she saw him?
a) peanut butter
b) dog food
c) onions
d) ham

5. What did Gloria Dump and Opal plant?
a) flowers
b) a tree
c) Little Willy’s potato crop
d) a vegetable patch

6. What was Winn Dixie afraid of?
a) thunder storms
b) people
c) Mr. Teacher's beard
d) cats

7. What did Otis do to calm the pets in the store?
a) yoga for housepets
b) sang to them
c) rubbed their backs
d) played his guitar

8. Why would Opal's father NOT want her to work at the pet store?
a) Otis, the store clerk, had been in jail.
b) Opal was suppose to be in church at the time the store was open.
c) He thought Opal was too young to work.
d) He was afraid Opal would spend her money on flashy chains.

9. What were the names of the boys that liked to pick on Opal?
a) Billy and Cody
b) Malt-o-meal and the Original G
c) Dunlap and Stevie
d) Zero and Caveman

10. What was Gloria Dump's yard like?
a) a jungle
b) neat and tidy
c) a Southwest desert
d) prize winning
“Because of Winn Dixie” Quiz 3         name:



1. What was Gloria Dump's physical problem?
a) She had trouble walking.
b) She had trouble hearing.
c) She had trouble staying in her seat.
d) She had trouble seeing.

2. What did the bottles hanging in Gloria Dump's tree represent?
a) everything she had done wrong
b) everything she had done right
c) one bottle for each pet she had throughout her life
d) one bottle for each family member who had died

3. What happened to Amanda's brother?
a) He broke his leg.
b) He drowned.
c) He had a fatal car accident.
d) He died in a plane crash.

4. What war was Franny Block's great-grandfather in?
a) World War I
b) Revolutionary War
c) Civil War
d) Korean War

5. What did Franny Block's great-grandfather do after the war?
a) built a candy factory
b) built a hotel
c) built a restaurant
d) built a shelter in the Canadian wilderness

6. What did the Littmus Lozenge taste like?

a) buttered popcorn
b) sad and sweet
c) spiced peaches
d) bitter grapes

7. What book did Franny recommend for Opal to read to Gloria?
a) Johnny Tremain
b) My Brother Sam is Dead
c) Gone with the Wind
d) Skeleton Man

8. What bad name did Opal call Stevie?
a) barf bag
b) block head
c) cry baby
d) bald headed baby

9. Why was Otis sent to jail?
a) drinking and driving
b) playing his guitar on the street and hitting a policeman
c) interrupting Mr. Teacher during “The Agenda”
d) writing bad checks

10. List all of Opal’s friends: ___________________________________________________________________

Essay: On the back of this paper compare Opal to Stargirl. How are they alike? How are they different?
(5 sent. minimum)

Because of Winn Dixie Quiz 4        name:

1. What food did Glory and Opal fix for the party?
a) bologna sandwiches
b) peanut butter sandwiches
c) egg salad sandwiches
d) turtle eggs

2. What did Otis bring to the party?
a) pickles
b) eggs
c) candy bars
d) sodas

3. What happened during the party?
a) an earthquake
b) hail
c) snow
d) a thunderstorm

4. Where did Winn Dixie go during the storm?
a) He ran under the house.
b) He ran all the way home.
c) He hid under Gloria Dump's bed.
d) He ran to the pet store.

5. What time of year did the story take place?
a) summer
b) winter
c) autumn
d) spring

6. How many things did Opal list that she knew about Winn Dixie?
a) 2
b) 20
c) 5
d) 10

7. How did the people at the party find Winn Dixie?
a) He coughed.
b) He sneezed.
c) He ran into the room.
d) He snored.

8. What would be a good name for this book?
a) Stone Mutt
b) A Summer of Friends
c) The Death of a Friend
d) Winco Wins the Race

9. Put these events in order. Put “1” for the first event and so on.
___ Opal gets a part-time job

___ Opal learns ten things about her mother

___ Opal saves and names Winn-Dixie

___ Opal and The Dewberry boys get along

10. What is the Preacher thankful that his wife left behind?____________________________________________

ESSAY: Sometimes we make friends right away, other times it takes some time. On the back of this paper, describe some friends of Opal’s that “took some time.” Tell why. (5 sent. minimum)



Lesson Plan for "Active Read-aloud" AKA Thought-squares - Hatchet

Objective: To engage students in an active reading strategy to increase comprehension
Materials: Book(In this case, Hatchet) or class set, paper or small white-boards
Opening: Tell students that they will be learning an active reading strategy called Thought-squares - Instruct them to divide their paper into 4 squares. Explain that at different points in the reading, you will give them a cue about what to do during the class read-aloud.

Begin reading Hatchet Ch.9. When Brian hears the noise from within his shelter at night, model an "I wonder" question, then instruct the students to draw a simple prediction of what could be making the noise in box 1, after a minute allow pairs to share with each other. Solicit a few predictions from the class.

Continue reading about how the porcupine attacks Brian. Ask the students to write four words down that could describe how Brian is feeling in box 2.

Read about how Brian flings the hatchet against the wall and sparks fly. Ask the students to draw a prediction about why this is important or write a question they have in box 3.

Read about Brian struggling to make fire. Have the students write a "This reminds me" sentence to extend their understanding and share with a partner.


After this initial activity, students can be guided to fill-out the squares during a read-aloud or individual reading (you can give set guidelines such as Box 1 - Questions I have, Box 2 - Answers I found, Box 3 - Mental Picture, Box 4 -Written response. The instructions you give can be tailored to the active reading strategies you want to teach - the examples I gave with Hatchet or just one idea. A student who begins to picture, question, predict and respond to wil be one their way to strong comprehension. It should be brief and enjoyable, with the emphasis on enjoying the book.






Lesson Plan for Bud, Not Buddy - Word Sort

Wordsort template

Objective: To activate or supply basic prior knowledge prior to reading
Materials: copy of wordsort, copy of novel

Instruct students that they will be reading the hilarious, sad, action packed Bud, Not Buddy but before they dive in the will try a little challenge.

Ask the students to help classify the terms below into categories of setting, character, and key event. (these terms can be refreshed by giving examples from past shared stories)

This can be done in pairs or as a small class. Sometimes a term can lend itself to more than one category, allow students to explain their thinking.

When students are complete as them to write a five sentence prediction about the story and share it with the partner. After some class sharing and help from you in terms of pronunciation the class will go into reading with a grasp of key characters and setting and a hint of events to come (be judicious, don't give it all away just whet the appetite) You can easily develop this for any novel.