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CLASSWORK Tuesday, October 11, 2011

1. What are you good at?
2. How do you feel when you're doing the thing you're good at?
3. How would you feel if people wouldn't let you do the thing you're good at?

HOMEWORK Tuesday, October 11, 2011

finish reading chapter 1

CLASSWORK Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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!).
2. Predict the resolution of each conflict.

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:

HOMEWORK Wednesday, October 12, 2011
read chapter 2

CLASSWORK Thursday, October 13, 2011

Answer the questions below
Chapter 2
1. Why wasn't the wolf eating?
2. What was the resolution of the wolf's problem?
2. Tao entered the slough. Why was this a good idea? Why might this be a bad idea?

HOMEWORK Thursday, October 13, 2011

Read Chapter 3

CLASSWORK Friday, October 14, 2011

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.

CLASSWORK Monday, October 17, 2011 Read Chapter 4

HOMEWORK Monday, October 17, 2011 Read Chapter 5

CLASSWORK Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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.

Answer the following questions
Chapter 5
1. Which two animals does Tao try to draw?
2. Which is easier for him and why?

HOMEWORK Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Read Chapter 6

CLASSWORK Wednesday, October 19, 20111

Answer the following questions
Chapter 6
1. Graybeard realizes that Tao has broken two taboos of his clan. What are they?
2. Which taboo doesn't he know about yet?
3. Graybeard describes Volt differently than we have. What aspects of Volt's character is Graybeard acknowledging?

HOMEWORK Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Read Chapter 7

CLASSWORK Thursday, October 20, 2011

Write your reaction to the last paragraph in the chapter.
1. Do you agree or disagree with Graybeard? Explain your answer.
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.

HOMEWORK Thursday, October 20, 2011

Read Chapter 8

CLASSWORK Friday, October 21, 2011

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?

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

HOMEWORK Friday, October 21, 2011

Read Chapter 9

CLASSWORK Monday, October 24, 2011

Chapter 9
Why do you think Graybeard changed his mind?
What does this tell you about his character?

With the class, write a paragraph exploring the reasons why Graybeard might have changed his mind. Use evidence from the text to support your argument.

HOMEWORK Monday, October 24, 2011

Read Chapter 10

CLASSWORK Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chapter 10
1. What are the "mountains-that-walk"?
2. What almost happened to Tao?

HOMEWORK Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Read Chapter 11

CLASSWORK Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chapter 11
Do you think Graybeard is a good teacher? Why?
Would you like to have been taught a skill by him? Why?

HOMEWORK Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Read Chapter 12

CLASSWORK Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chapter 12
1. Name some of the ingredients used to make paint. Which surprised you most?
2. Why is Tao afraid at the end of the chapter?

HOMEWORK Thursday, October 27, 2011

Read Chapter 13

CLASSWORK Friday, October 28, 2011

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.
2. Predict what will happen next. If you've read ahead, invent an alternate scene.

HOMEWORK Friday, October 28, 2011

Read Chapter 14

CLASSWORK Monday, October 31, 2011

Chapter 14
1. Why does Tao cross the river?
2. What decision does Graybeard reach?

HOMEWORK Monday, October 31, 2011

Read Chapter 15

CLASSWORK Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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

HOMEWORK Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Read Chapter 16

CLASSWORK Thursday, November 3, 2011

Chapter 16
Look at the website of the Laxcaux Caves: 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 Thursday, November 3, 2011

Read Chapter 18

CLASSWORK Friday, November 4, 2011

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.