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By the Great Horn Spoon Comprehension & Discussion Questions

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Common Core Aligned Comprehension and Discussion questions for ALL CHAPTERS in the novel BY THE GREAT HORN SPOON

JUST PRINT AND GO! Or you can project them up and have students work together!

Keep your students engaged with these rigorous and stimulating questions!

The questions go chapter by chapter or every 2 chapters. The questions are formatted to get students familiar with common core language and to practice supporting their thoughts with text evidence.

Some sample questions are below:
Compare the Captain’s goal on the voyage to that of the other travelers. Do they have the same worries? Explain.

Why is the chapter called "Saved by a Whisker"? Provide text evidence to support your thinking.

Do you think it is wrong for Jack not to tell his aunt the truth about being robbed when he writes to her? Explain.

Underline the provisions that Jack and Praiseworthy returned with. “Their arms were loaded with exotic fruits never seen at home in Boston- bananas and pineapples and guavas."

How are Praiseworthy and Jack lucky in this chapter? Provide a specific example from the story.

What does Jack suggest in order to help Mr. Azariah Jones and Monsiuer Guant? What does this tell you about him?

Underline the word that describes how Jack is feeling. “He refused to give in to a lurking homesickness, but he found himself thinking of his two younger sisters, Constance and Sarah.” What does this feeling mean?

“Her paddlewheels churned and her smokestack stained the winter sky like ink.” What two things are being compared in this simile and what effect does this simile have?

What kind of relationship do you think Jack would like to have with Praiseworthy? Provide text evidence to support your thinking.

Underline the metaphor and explain what it means: “When all of these passengers were in the cabin at once and the same time it seemed to Jack that the walls would burst. At night the chorus of snoring and snorting was a sea-going grand opera. Jack learned to fall asleep with his fingers in his ears.”

In the beginning of the chapter, which sentence best shows that the seasons are changing?
a. The days grew shorter.
b. They watched the crew tighten the riggings.
c. The gold-seekers put away their straw hats and dug in their sea chests for woolen underwear.
d. A and C only
e. All of the above

Find the paragraph describing Praiseworthy and Jack’s room and its view. What makes this so descriptive? Provide several details to support your thinking.

When Praiseworthy lost his hat, he seemed lost without it. Why was the hat so important to him?

What statement supports the conclusion that Praiseworthy’s barbering was successful?
a. I’m thinking of your Aunt Arabella.
b. He had made a list of the gold camps the miners had bandied about.
c. There was gold dust left over and PW had poured it into the little finger of his left white glove for safe keeping.
d. Jack saw Indians for the first time in his life.


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