Very thorough and comprehensive novel study for the novel, By the Great Horn Spoon
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comprehension questions, vocabulary activities, reading strategies, literary analysis. literary devices/author's technique, characterization, conflict, culminating projects, writing & more
over 70 pages!
1. Describe Praiseworthy’s appearance and tell why it is so unexpected.
2. Why are people of such varied backgrounds going to California?
3. Why must Jack and Praiseworthy go to the gold fields?
4. What does Praiseworthy mean when he says, “We shall unmask the scoundrel”?
5. How did PW earn his new nickname?
6. What is meant by the statement, “After a week in the diggings, there was little of the butler left to be seen in Praiseworthy?”
7. Jack has mixed feelings about the man who saved him. Discuss both sides of his feelings and explain why he feels this way about the man.
8. Predict what will happen at Shirt-tail Camp when Cut-Eye Higgins is confronted by Jack and PW.
Vocab Activities: crossword, matching, cloze, etc.
Character Study: Physical appearance, personality, actions & thoughts, multiple perspectives
Quotation Analysis such as ‘By grabs, here’s a lad with stuffings. He doesn’t want an easy berth. Wants a man’s job.’
What does the author mean by this?
Sample short essay response:
1. How has Praiseworthy changed as a result of his experience in the gold fields? Be sure to describe what he was like before and after. Provide specific examples from the story!
Use the transformation chart included to track his changes!
Look at conflict such as self vs. self and person vs. nature, etc.
Analyze similes, metaphors, alliteration, foreshadowing, theme, personification etc!
Sample: A simile is a figure of speech in which two unlike objects are compared using the words ‘like’ or ‘as.’ For example: …Her (Lady Wilma’s) smokestack stained the frozen winter sky like ink. What is being compared and what is the effect of this comparison?
Practice reading strategies such as cause and effect, inference making, sequencing, noting details, etc.
Sample: Use a bubble map to provide details about the Lady Wilma's trip around South America
Practice Word Analysis
Read this sentence- “I’m ruined!” he wailed, pacing the hot decks.
Which word is a synonym for wailed?
a. whispered b. yelled c. praised d. applauded
End of Novel Projects- postcard writing, newspaper page, & Lady Wilma descriptive paragraph
HIGHER LEVEL QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
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