Prewrite
1. What are you good at?
I am good at dividing when it comes to mathematics.
2. How do you feel when you're doing the thing you're good at?
I feel good when I divide in math because it inspires me to learn more and more about divisible numbers,fractions,and decimals.
3. How would you feel if people wouldn't let you do the thing you're good at?
I would feel unhappy,because I like to divide, a lot.

Chapter 1

1. What problems or conflicts are presented in chapter one? Tao needing to find a rabbit is an obvious one; identify at least two more (not having anything to do with the rabbit!).
One problem was that Volt,the leader,was a mean person,especially to Tao.
Another problem was that the wolf was starving,which is odd because the wolf didn't want to eat.

2. Predict the resolution of each conflict.
I think that the resolution will be that Volt will be a little more nicer to Tao,I also think that the wolf wouldn't go hungry anymore.

Example:
sample conflict : Tao needs to find a rabbit.
sample predicted resolution: He will find the one he lost.

conflict 1: Tao was painting on the walls, which is a taboo.
predicted resolution 1:I think that the taboo will be over.

conflict 2:Tao went into the slough.
predicted resolution 2:I think that Tao will come out of the slough with the rabbit.

Answer the questions below
Chapter 2
1. Why wasn't the wolf eating?
The wolf wasn't eating because it had a sliver bone that was jammed into it's upper jaw.
2. What was the resolution of the wolf's problem?
The resolution was that Tao saved the wolf,letting it eat again.
2. Tao entered the slough. Why was this a good idea? Why might this be a bad idea?
This was a good idea because he might find some food to eat there. But, this also means that there can be dangerous animals,because when there's a prey,there's the hunter.

Answer the questions below
1. In chapter 1, what does Tao really want to learn to do?
A. draw
B. hunt
C. make a flint knife
D. control fire

2. In chapter 2, what is stuck in the wolf's jaw?
A. food
B. A bone splinter

C. part of a tree
D. a flint knife

Chapter 3

3. What do Tao and Ram learn to do together?
A. walk on a leash
B. swim the river
C. hunt
D. escape Volt

4. What decision does Tao tell Volt?
A. he is going to hunt with the dog
B. the dog's name is Ram
C. he is going to look for his parents since he doesn't know who they are
D. he is going to hunt alone but bring back food to the camp

5. Look at Tao's decisions and actions from Volt's perspective. Pretend you are Volt. Write a first person paragraph explaining how you feel.
I would feel mad at Tao,but I do it for my people. For example,the time that Tao forgot the rabbit. That was the only way my people,including myself,could have food. But I know that I'm cruel or mean inside my heart.

Chapter 4
In a good paragraph, describe Tao's mother. What are the qualities of her character? List 3 qualities. Find evidence in the chapter to support your ideas.
Tao's mother Vedra, was a great woman. Her qualities were caring, brave, and artistic. I know that she was caring because she would always protect Tao. I also know that she was brave because I have a citation from the book,which is,"She fought like a cave lion screaming,biting,refusing to give up Tao."Her last quality was being artistic,she made many designs such as necklaces,head bands,and much more.So,this evidence supports the fact that she was a great woman.


Answer the following questions

Chapter 5

1. Which two animals does Tao try to draw?
He tried to draw the wolf dog,and a horse.
2. Which is easier for him and why?
The wolf dog was easier to draw because he's seen the wolf dog in person.


HOMEWORK Thursday, October 15, 2009 Read Chapter 6

CLASSWORK Friday, October 16, 2009

Answer the following questions
Chapter 6
1. Graybeard realizes that Tao has broken two taboos of his clan. What are they?
The two taboos that Tao broke was that he hunted with the wolf. Another taboo that he broke was that he painted on the walls of the caves.
2. Which taboo doesn't he know about yet?
He doesn't know that Tao went into the slough.
3. Graybeard describes Volt differently than we have. What aspects of Volt's character is Graybeard acknowledging?
That he knows that he is cruel with Tao, but he is a good person too, by helping his people by eating and finding food.

HOMEWORK Friday, October 16, 2009

Read Chapter 7

CLASSWORK Monday, October 19, 2009

Write your reaction to the last paragraph in the chapter.
My reaction to the last chapter is that Tao did something wrong.
1. Do you agree or disagree with Graybeard? Explain your answer.
I disagree with Graybeard because, this would help Tao feel better, he knows cave painting is a taboo but it's the only way he can express himself.
2. What about if someone today told you about the thing you most love to do that, "It is taboo. Whether you believe in it or not makes no difference. It is taboo. It is the rule of our society and you must live by it." Would you agree with them? Explain your answer.
I will be sad because I like to play video games, and I wouldn't agree with them, because it's almost the only way I can have fun.

HOMEWORK Monday, October 19, 2009

Read Chapter 8

CLASSWORK Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Chapter 8
An important theme in this novel is that people should follow their dreams and do what they believe is right, even if they don't follow their society's expected ways. The author examines this theme in a stone age setting.
Imagine a similar situation today. Imagine a young person who wants to do something with their life that is different from what is normally expected in our society.
What situation did you imagine?
I wanted to run the restaurant with my dad when I was little. But my parents said I wouldn't make a lot of money. Instead, they told me to become a doctor. Then I decided that they are probably right.

In the situation you imagined, should the person follow his or her dreams or should they follow society's expectations? Give your opinion.

HOMEWORK Tuesday, October 21,2009

CLASSWORK Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Chapter 9
Why do you think Graybeard changed his mind?
I think Graybeard changed his mind because he is a very honorable and kind person.
What does this tell you about his character?
This tells me that Graybeard probably likes Tao as a great friend and student.

HOMEWORK Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Read Chapter 10

CLASSWORK Thursday, October 22, 2009

Chapter 10
1. What are the "mountains-that-walk"?
Some kind of monster or creature.
2. What almost happened to Tao?
He almost got hurt by the herds of mammoths, antelopes, and more.

HOMEWORK Thursday, October 22, 2009

Read Chapter 11

CLASSWORK Friday, October 23, 2009

Chapter 11
Do you think Graybeard is a good teacher? Why?
I think Graybeard is a good teacher. I think he is a good teacher because he taught Tao how to draw.
Would you like to have been taught a skill by him? Why?
Yes, because he is an amazing drawer. I know this because he corrected Tao from his mistakes.

HOMEWORK Friday, October 23, 2009

Read Chapter 12

CLASSWORK Monday, October 26, 2009

Chapter 12
1. Name some of the ingredients used to make paint. Which surprised you most?
Some of the ingredients that were used to make paint were red earth, yellow clay, and limestone powder. I was surprised that they used yellow clay as one of the ingredients.
2. Why is Tao afraid at the end of the chapter?
He was afraid that something bad would happen to Graybeard.

HOMEWORK Monday, October 26, 2008

Read Chapter 13

CLASSWORK Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chapter 13
1. Even if Ram had succeeded in hunting the deer, do you think it was a good idea of Tao's to "show off" his dog's ability to hunt? Explain.
No, because no one likes a show off, besides maybe a hunter might kill the wolf. Or they might command the wolf to hunt for them.
2. Predict what will happen next. If you've read ahead, invent an alternate scene.
I predict that Ram will hunt on his own from now on, he will finally be free.

HOMEWORK Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Read Chapter 14

CLASSWORK Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Chapter 14
1. Why does Tao cross the river?
Tao crosses the river because he wants to be with Ram, free in the valley.
2. What decision does Graybeard reach?
Graybeard decides to show Tao how to draw because

HOMEWORK Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Read Chapter 15

CLASSWORK Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chapter 15
What problem does Tao have by the end of the chapter?

HOMEWORK Thursday, October 29, 2009

Read Chapter 16

CLASSWORK Friday, October 30, 2009

Chapter 16
Look at the website of the Laxcaux Caves: http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/arcnat/lascaux/en/ Find a picture that resembles the one Tao is painting. Copy it as your answer to this question.

Read Chapter 17 together in class (not for homework)

Chapter 17
Wow! What a chapter! What was your reaction? Tense? Surprised? You predicted it? Write a paragraph describing your reaction.

HOMEWORK Friday, October 30, 2009

Read Chapter 18

CLASSWORK Monday, November 2, 2009

Chapter 18
Why does Tao feel he needs to go to the Mountain People?

Extra Credit
Write a narrative describing what happens next. Make sure your plot has a conflict, a climax, and a resolution. You can add new characters if you want.