Eye of the Storm (Expository Nonfiction) Study Guide
The main idea of the story is that storms are caused by certain weather patterns.
During which months does Warren chase tornadoes?
(April, May and June)
The first thing that Warren does to photograph a hurricane is to look at satellite ____________ and listen to weather _____________.
We know that Hurricane Andrew was dangerous because parts of __________ and _____________ were flying through the air.
Warren’s hurricane photos and his photos of other storms are different because the hurricane photos show things as they are being ________________.
_______________ sometimes cause a storm surge.
Facts are statements that are true and can be proven.
Opinions are statements based on someone’s feelings about something—can not be proven.
The storm chasers thought that hurricane Andrew had changed directions because it took (a shorter time, a longer time) than expected to reach land.
____________ causes the most damage during a hurricane.
The author wrote this passage to inform (tell) people on how storms are photographed.
The main purpose of the calendar in the book was to show when Warren was able to photograph each type of storm.
destruction- great damage; ruin
expected – hoped something would probably come or happen
forecasts- statements of what is coming; to guess a prediction
platform built on the shore from which ships can load and unload
felt a longing or desire for
Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path Comprehension Questions
Genre/Setting 1. What is the genre and setting of this story?
2. Name 2 statements of fact that author makes about Jim on pages 666-667.
3. Jim’s mother gave him a nickname that meant “Bright Path”. What was this nickname? (667)
4. What does the author mean when he writes, “Jim took to it all like a catfish takes to a creek?” What figurative language is this an example of? (667)
5. The teachers hit Jim with a ruler whenever he spoke Sac at school because they weren’t allowed to do what? (669)
6. What happens to Charlie while he is at the boarding school? (670)
Compare and Contrast
7. All of the students were Indians at both Agency Boarding School and Haskell Institute. What were some of the things that the Indian students had to do at Haskell. Name 3. (671)
Cause and Effect 8. Why did Jim think that studying electricity would be the “path” he was supposed to follow? (673)
9. Describe what amazing thing happened to Jim one day while on his way to play a game of scrub football with his friends. (675)
10. What happens to Jim Thorpe at Carlisle? How does this change his life? (676)
Vocabulary Rewrite the Sentences and fill in the blank with the correct word from the box.
dormitory endurance boarding school reservation manual
1. The long-distance runner had ________________ and was able to run for a long time.
2. A student who goes to a _____________ ___________________ actually lives at the school.
3. The Indian Agency that oversaw the Indian __________________ forced Sac and Fox children to be cut off from everything that made them Indians- their language, their traditions, even their families.
4. “Hands-on” ____________ labor was mixed with classroom studies that would teach the Indians trades useful to white society.
Compare and Contrast/Venn Diagram
Read the following characteristics and write them in the proper spot on the Venn Diagram comparing brothers.
The cruelty and injustice in the world has been going on for many ________________ of years.
Sequencing Read the following events that happened in the story and decide which happened first, second, and so forth. Put a “1” beside the first event, a “2” beside the second event, and so forth. Write the order in your reading notebook. Ex. Sequence 4, 2, 1, 3
_____ M.L. learned to play a few songs on the piano.
_____ M.L. went to play with his playmates but was told they could no longer play with them.
_____ M.L. gave many speeches and led numerous marches.
_____ M.L. and his siblings sat and listened to stories of places in the world.
My Brother Martin
Opinion: A belief that someone has about a certain topic.
Fact: A factual statement that can be proven.
The author wrote this passage to describe the ______________ of a famous person.
The main idea of the story is that the King children grew up when laws kept ____________ and _______________ people apart.
The King children and their friends were alike because they didn’t care about the color of people’s _____________.
Losing their friends caused the King children to begin to understand the _________________________ that the blacks faced.
___________ promised his mom that one day he would “turn the world upside down” because he didn’t like the way he was treated.
The King children played with two ___________ boys and didn’t care what color their skin was.
The salesman at the shoe store would only serve blacks in the __________ of the store so Martin’s father ___________ to buy the shoes.
The last fact written about in the selection was that M.L. gave numerous _______________.
Martin and his father both spoke out against bigotry and ___________.
Think about the following questions and be prepared to write a detailed sentence about each.
How does the last picture in the selection show the changes that M.L. made in the world?
What was the dream that M.L. had?
What did the author mean when she said the stories her parents told “were as nourishing as the food that was set before us”?
Read the narrative nonfiction story on pages 536-537 about William Pinkney and the “Afterword” information on pages 532-533 about the Madsen’s family.
Draw this Tree Map in your reading notebooks and write 3 things in each column about each person’s life at sea.
Life at Sea Life at Sea with the MadsenLife at Sea with William Pinkney ______________________ ___________________________
Sailing Home Study Guide
The author most likely wrote this story to entertain the reader with an interesting tale about _____________ who grew up on a _____________.
When the ship carried _________________, the children lived ashore because it was a ________________ cargo.
3. The event that happened late in the story was that Albert began ______________ ___________________.
The children probably got their animals from the ________________ that they visited.
Miss Shipman and Albert are alike in the way that they are both very _______________ minded.
When the John Ena “quivered a strange quiver and slowly righted herself” it meant that the boat _____________ and then straightened back up.
The first event that took place in the story is that the children helped __________ the _________________ to the railing.
The mother in this story can be described as being a practical and sensible person.
An important theme from the story is that ___________ can be happy growing up in many types of places.
After Captain Madsen became a steamship captain the children lived _________________ all the time.
Look up these questions and prepare to answer them on the selection test.
*In what way was the crew like a family to the children in the story?
*What was the author’s purpose for including the “Afterword”?
*What is the most likely reason the Madsen family chose Hawaii for their home?
cargo- load of goods carried by a ship, plane, or truck; freight
bow- the forward front part of a ship, boat, or aircraft
celestial- of the sky or outer space; heavenly
conducted- directed; managed
dignified- having dignity; noble; stately
navigation- skill or process of finding a ship’s position and course
quivered- shook; shivered; trembled
stern- the rear part of a ship or boat