The author's purpose of writing Little Blog on the Prairie is to entertain readers. This story is realistic ficiton and contains elements that make it life-like and entertaining. Gen's way of writing text messages are familiar to you, making the story entertaining due to the connection you make with Gen.
Use the sentence frame for #1: The narrator in the story is / is not a character in the story. I know this because ...
(pg. 11) Is the narrator of the introduction a character in the story? Yes / No
Explain how you can tell? Use the sentence frame: The narrator in the story is /is not ...
The story begins with a list of modern conveniences to show _____________________________________________.
(pg. 11) Why does the story begin with a list of modern conveniences?
What are some conveniences that people in the 1890's wouldn't be able to take advantage of that your famliy may take for granted?
(pg. 12) Describe what each person experiences on the first morning of his or her summer camp adventure.
Gen's family is learning that life in the 1890's _________________, _______________, _________________.
(pg. 12) What is Gen's family learning about life in 1890's?
The word "splayed" is on page 12. Using your context clues, figure out what "splayed" means.
(Pg. 14) Paraphrase what Gen thinks. What type of mood is Gen in? Write complete sentence(s).
(Pg. 14) Compare and contrast Gen's attitude about the camp with her mother's attitude about the camp.
(Pg. 15) How does the author use dialogue to help you understand how the characters feel?
(Pg. 16) What context clues in the sentence can help you figure out or clairfy the meaning of the word bellows?
(Pg. 17) How does the author create tension between Nora and Gen?
(Pg. 18) Gen is not happy at camp, but you've never seen her in her life at home. What happens on page 18 that brings up the image of home for Gen?
(Pg. 19) Why does Gen stare at her mom after she hears the list of chores?
(Pg. 20) Have students compare and contrast Gen's phone fixation with her brother's candy fixation.
(Pg. 20) Why do you think the dad looks at each member of the family after he says "I'm telling you...?"
(Pg. 22) What has happened in the story to show that Gen is adjusting to life at camp?
(Pg. 22) Do you think Gen's perception of camp is changing? Is Gen changing? Support your answer with details form the text to complete the End section of our charts.
(Pg. 22) Gen is singing "Beat It" out loud. Gavin's reaction to hearing the song was "Yeah, the '80's!" What makes the lyrics of "Beat It" that Gen sings both funny and yet appropriate to the situation?
(Pg. 22) What does the word warbly mean? Identify the context clues to figure out the meaning of the word.
Think / Pair / Share ... How have Genevieve's experiences at camp given her a new perspective on the life she left behind in the city?
Use the text evidence in Little Blog in the Prairie to answer the essential question. How do new experiences offer new perspectives? According to the text LIttle Blog in the Prairie, ...
Write a summary of the important events that helped Gen's perspective in lIttle Blog on the Prairie. Include character, setting, plot (beginning, middle, end).
Write a summary of the important events that helped Gen's perspective in lIttle Blog on the Prairie.
Use the following sentence frames to organize your text evidence.
The author uses dialogue ...
Gen's point of view ...
Having this perspective allows readers to ...
How does the author help you understand how new experiences can change the way we think?
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