"Sign of the Beaver"

By

Elizabeth G. Speare


     Write the meaning of each word as used in the "context of the sentence" of the novel and discussed in class.        Add page numbers. This is to be used for chapter quizzes.

Chapter 1
Vocabulary:
      puncheon pg.3
     daubed pg.3
     fetch  pg.2                      

       mite pg.5
      ruefully pg. 5
      blunderbuss  pg.4

Journal Activity:
1.
Why was Matt’s father willing to leave him alone in the wilderness for seven weeks?

 

Chapter 2
Vocabulary:
      chinking pg. 7
     coaxes pg.8
     blazed  pg.9     
      proprietors pg. 9
     stock pg. 9
     hemlock pg. 10

Journal Activity:
2.
In modern times what could happen to a twelve-year old boy left by himself for seven weeks?     make a T comparison.

                                                   Boy in 1768                                        Boy in 2007

Chapter 3
Vocabulary:

       passal pg. 13
     expedition pg. 16
     hunch pg.18
     burly pg.18

 Journal Activity:
3.
Why was the loss of the gun so important?

Chapter 4
Vocabulary
     deprived pg. 19
    nippy pg. 19
    shambles pg. 20
    pewter pg. 20

 Journal Activity:
4.
Matt made two big mistakes that limited his food supply. What were they?

Chapter 5
Vocabulary:

       boggy pg. 23
     endure pg. 22

 Journal Activity:
5.
Why do you think the Indians were so kind to Matt?

 

Chapter 6
 Vocabulary:

       hobbled pg. 27
     pesky pg. 28
      defiance pg. 31
     incomprehensible pg. 31

 Journal Activity:
6.
What does the word treaty mean?

 

Chapter 7
 Vocabulary:

       disdainfully pg. 33
      rigid pg. 33
      finicky pg.33
      grudgingly pg.34

Journal Activity:
7.
If your were Matt, how would you begin teaching someone to read?

Chapter 8
 Vocabulary:

      scornfully pg.38
    savage pg.38
    adz pg.38

 Journal Activity:
8.
Explain why you think Matt’s strategy of teaching by reading Robinson Crusoe was a good one?

 

Chapter 9
Vocabulary:
    
    pouch pg.41
        snare pg.40
        splice pg.40
        nonchalantly pg.41
         resigned pg.41
        scorning pg.41
        devised  pg.41     
         mercilessly pg.42
        stockstill pg.42

 Journal Activity:
9.
Matt had not thought anything about Robinson Crusoe's slave until Attean was offended. Why was Matt troubled?

Chapter 10
Vocabulary:

          suspicion pg.45
       intently pg.46
       impressive pg.47         
        resentment pg.50
       scorn pg.50
       pondering pg.50

 Journal Activity:
10.
Fill in the lines on the organizer with words you know about each character. Add lines if needed.  (Character attribute web.)

                           Attean                                       Matt

Chapter 11
 Vocabulary:

        misshapen pg.52
      wary
      disdainful pg.54
      puny pg.57
       disgruntled
      gingerly

  Journal Activity:
11.
How are Attean and Matt like Robinson Crusoe and Friday?

 

Chapter 12
 Vocabulary:

      envious pg.59
     stalking pg.59
     chagrined pg.60
     flimsy pg.61

     fray pg.62

  Journal Activity:
12.
Make a list of things Matt learned from Attean. What do you think Attean learned from Matt?

                                   Matt Learned                          Attean Learned

 

Chapter 13
 Vocabulary:

       indignant pg64
     defiant pg.65
     goaded  pg.65           
      shrewdly pg.66
     improvise pg.66
     verily pg.67

 Journal Activity:
13.
Why did Attean hate the iron trap?

Chapter 14
 Vocabulary:

       inspiration pg.68

 Journal Activity:
14.
Where did Matt get more stories for Attean?

Chapter 15
 Vocabulary:

          magnificent pg.71
       immense pg.72
        solemness pg.73
       resentful pg.75

 Journal Activity:
15.
How did Matt help Attean kill the bear? Do you think this was enough for Attean to consider Matt a hero? Was this a way for Matt to win respect?

 

Chapter 16
 Vocabulary:

          hideously pg.76
       barred  pg.
        wavering pg.78
       pungent pg.78

         array pg.78
        dignity pg.
       boisterous pg.
       narrative pg.
        contortions pg.

Journal Activity:
16.
What to you think was strange about the feast?

Chapter 17
Vocabulary:

     awesome pg.85
    ramshackle pg.85
    discarded pg.85
    alternately pg.85

     taggle pg.86
    wampum pg.87
    lamely pg.87
     bounty pg.88

Journal Activity:
17.
Why did Attean's grandmother not want Matt to be at the feast?

Chapter 18
Vocabulary:

          detected pg.91
       warily pg.91
       ferociously pg.92
        placid pg.93

         frenzied pg.93
       flaunting pg.93
       substantial pg.94
       gaunt pg.94
        relenting pg.95
       intricate pg.96

Journal Activity:
18.
How did Attean's grandmother show approval of Matt?

Chapter 19
 Vocabulary:

        forfeit    pg. 101
      retorted   pg. 103
       ordeal    pg. 104

 Journal Activity:

19. What did we learn about Attean's grandmother? How is she like your grandmother?

Chapter 20
 Vocabulary:

        manitou pg.107

Journal Activity:
20.
How did Attean prepare himself for his manitou?

Chapter 21
Vocabulary:
         
reproach pg. 110
         unhampered pg. 113
         boisterous pg. 114

 Journal Activity:
21.
What great honor did Saknis offer Matt?

Chapter 22
Vocabulary:

         medabe pg.117

 Journal Activity:
22.
Attean gave Matt the special farewell present of his dog. What very special farewell present would you give your best friend?

Chapter 23
Vocabulary:

        shucked  pg. 120
      ventured  pg.122
      prowess   pg. 122
      feat pg. 123
      scant pg. 124
      trenchers pg. 125   

         

 Journal Activity:
23.
Matt stayed very busy. How did he prepare for winter?

Chapter 24
Vocabulary:
      knack   pg. 128 
     floundered pg. 128

Journal Activity:
24.
Why was Matt happy in a lonely cabin?

Chapter 25
 Vocabulary:

        clamor  pg. 131
       fend  pg. 133
       jerky pg. 134

 Journal Activity:
25.
What do you think Matt's family would think was the best story Matt would tell?       Why?

Quizes: Work and turn in your score.

On-line Comprehension Quiz - I

On-line vocabulary Quiz - II

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