CLASSWORK Monday, October 12, 2009

Prewrite
1. What are you good at?
A. I am very good at physical science, because I really love it.
2. How do you feel when you're doing the thing you're good at?
A. When I study or learn about science it makes me feel good because I think I'm ahead of every one else.
3. How would you feel if people wouldn't let you do the thing you're good at?
A.If people didn't let me do science I would be very sad, because to me it's fun.

HOMEWORK Monday, October 12, 2009

read chapter 2

CLASSWORK Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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!).
A. Some of the problems in the story are that Volt, the chief of the tribe, was mad at Tao, the whole tribe was starving and there was a hungry wolf dog.
2. Predict the resolution of each conflict.
A. I think that Tao will get a bigger animal so Volt won't be mad at him,the whole tribe won't be as hungry, and the left over will be given to the wolf dog

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

conflict 1:
predicted resolution 1:

conflict 2:
predicted resolution 2:

CLASSWORK Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Answer the questions below
Chapter 2
1. Why wasn't the wolf eating?
A. The wolf dog wasn't eating because he had a bone splinter stuck in his upper jaw.
2. What was the resolution of the wolf's problem?
A. The solution to the wolf dogs problem is that Tao pulled out the bone splinter in the wolf dogs jaw.
2. Tao entered the slough. Why was this a good idea? Why might this be a bad idea?
A. This might be a good idea because he'll get food for himself and the dog ,but it also might be a bad idea because if anybody caught him he could be banished.

HOMEWORK Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Read Chapter 3

CLASSWORK Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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.
A. My name is volt I am the leader of this clan Tao is a child that disrespects our laws. He is a very selfish child.He does not understand that my people are starving .

CLASSWORK Wednesday, October 14, 2009 Read Chapter 4


HOMEWORK Wednesday, October 14, 2009 Read Chapter 5

CLASSWORK Thursday, October 15, 2009

Answer the following questions
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.
A. Tao's mother Vedra was very brave, some examples of her being caring is when Kala said that Taos mother fought like a cave lion screaming, kicking refusing to let you go she was also very caring when the book said "But your mother will not let you go."She was also very artistic, she was always making things for people.

Answer the following questions
Chapter 5
1. Which two animals does Tao try to draw?
A. He tries to draw a horse and a wolf dog
2. Which is easier for him and why?
A. The wolf dog is easier to draw because he can actually look at him instead of going by memory.

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?
A. The two taboos that tao has broken that graybeard KNOWS about are hunting with a wolf dog and going into the slough
2. Which taboo doesn't he know about yet?
A. Graybeard does not know that Tao draws in his secret cave
3. Graybeard describes Volt differently than we have. What aspects of Volt's character is Graybeard acknowledging?
A. Graybeard sees Volt from a different perspective in this citation "I know your leader well, he is a good man but to often dreams of spirits and demons."

HOMEWORK Friday, October 16, 2009

Read Chapter 7

CLASSWORK Monday, October 19, 2009

Write your reaction to the last paragraph in the chapter.
1. Do you agree or disagree with Graybeard? Explain your answer.
A. I disagree with graybeard because Tao is just doing what he loves to do, and if you think about it there is no harm done. He isn't close to the valley so he won't make any spirits "come" and harm the valley people.
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.
A. If people didn't let me conduct science experiments I would disagree , because I love it and it great for medical research and other things

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?
A. I imagined that a boy from cuba wanted to become a soccer player, but had to become a doctor because he was chosen to become one. I think that he should follow his dreams because he won't be happy if he has to become a doctor instead of a soccer player. And in that society if you went against the law you would be killed.

In the situation you imagined, should the person follow his or her dreams or should they follow society's expectations? Give your opinion.
" No," I think that he should follow his dreams instead of following the society's expectations because if he does do it others will have courage to do the same.

HOMEWORK Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Read Chapter 9


CLASSWORK Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Chapter 9
Why do you think Graybeard changed his mind?
A. I think that graybeard changed his mind because he was Tao's friend and he wanted t help him; he was also kind of selfish because he was old and wanted a successor when he died.
What does this tell you about his character?
A. he was very caring and also kind of selfish.

HOMEWORK Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Read Chapter 10

CLASSWORK Thursday, October 22, 2009

Chapter 10
1. What are the "mountains-that-walk"?
A. The mountains-that-walk are another way of saying wooly mammoth.
2. What almost happened to Tao?
A. Tao was almost stepped on or trampled him while ram was fighting with the baby mammoth.

HOMEWORK Thursday, October 22, 2009

Read Chapter 11

CLASSWORK Friday, October 23, 2009
Chapter 11
Do you think Graybeard is a good teacher? Why?
A. "Yes," I don't think that graybeard is a good teacher because he pushes Tao (not literally) to become a great cave painter, like Mr.Rojas.
Would you like to have been taught a skill by him? Why?
A. "Yes," because he would continue to tell me don't give up; keep trying.

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?
A. They used egg whites,black charcol,red earth
2. Why is Tao afraid at the end of the chapter?
A. Tao was afraid at the end of the chapter because he was scared for his freind,graybeard, proubaby scared for him because Tao thought graybeard was dieing.

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.
A. I think that it was a good idea because volt and the hunters are watching they could see how well the Ram was trained and how he never gave up on trying to kill the beast(deer).
2. Predict what will happen next. If you've read ahead, invent an alternate scene.
A. I think that Ram will swim back from the other side of the river and go back to the Tao's cave and wait for him there.

HOMEWORK Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Read Chapter 14

CLASSWORK Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Chapter 14
1. Why does Tao cross the river?
A. He goes across the river in search of Ram, and ends up running into the mountain people.
2. What decision does Graybeard reach?
A. He reached the disicion that Tao must go into the secret cavren and and paint when the sun left the sky,and Tao would pain the long horns and when graybeard got up to the cavren he would show the hunters how good he was and they would accept him as a cave painter.

CLASSWORK Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chapter 15
What problem does Tao have by the end of the chapter?
A. Tao had trouble going into the secret cavren because he couldn't see where he was going.

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.
A. I can't beleive that Tao actually defeated saxon, it was very of suspensful to picture Tao facing a giant bull on a field with no cover and the fact that at any moment saxon could charge Tao and leave him dead was very exciting. To be honest I didn't think that he would face saxon at all and if so I never would have guessed that he would defeat saxon.

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?
A. He fels that he needs to go to the mountain people because he needs to prove himself.