Reading Skill: Theme By Laura Ingalls Wilder Illustrations by Garth Williams Compiled by Terry Sams, Piedmont Summary
Laura loves wading in the creek of her prairie home. But when Ma and Pa take her to the swimming hole, she realizes that she loves swimming even more. Laura knows that she is never supposed to go to the swimming hole without a grownup to take her. One hot day, though, she just can't resist heading for the
swimming hole's cool water. One thing that stops her from going in the water is a fierce badger that snarls at her and frightens her into returning home. Genre: Historical Fiction
Historical Fiction is fiction that takes place in the past. The author makes up the characters and events, but the characters and
events seem real. The setting is important, and the problems and events are based on things that really did or could have happened during the time period. Comprehension Skill - Theme
Theme is the underlying meaning or big idea of a story. Sometimes an author states the theme directly. Sometimes readers have to figure out the theme on their own, using
evidence from the text to support their big idea. Comprehension Review Cause and Effect An
effect is something that happen Ask yourself the question What happens? A cause is something that makes an effect happen Ask yourself Why did it happen?
Click on the words Cause and Effect to practice the skill. Practice Cause and Effect Reread pages 200-201 Cause
The ground was soft. Fish nibbled Lauras feet. Effect
Vocabulary Skill Antonyms Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings. Many writers create sentences in which a
known word may be used as a clue to the meaning of an antonym. Examples : Im not happy, Im distraught. She waded through the shallow creed because it wasnt too deep to cross.
Literary Devices Imagery and Sensory Words TE 212i The author uses words that help the reader experience the way things look, sound, smell, taste, and feel. Example: Each blue flag has three velvet
petals that curve down like a ladys dress. Imagery helps the reader visualize the setting and characters actions. Example: Pa looks all around at prairies stretching to the rim of the sky. Ma and Pa sit in the starlight outside the door.
Writing Assignment Work in groups of 3 or 4 to find sentences that describe how things look, sound, smell, taste, and feel. Write all or part of the sentence on the chart I passed out. The first example
has been done for you. Weekly Fluency Check Read with Expression Students should match the tone of voice to the tone of the piece. In this passage the
tone of the story is light and cheery. But soon the tone becomes more serious when Laura gets dunked. This change should reflect in the readers voice.
Go to pages 203-204, beginning with Everything was watery. . . Review Questions p. 198-205 Why do you think Laura and Mary are told never to go near the hole? 2. How does Laura act at the swimming hole?
What does this say about her character? 3. Do you think Laura really understands why being good could never be as hard as being watched? Why or why not? 4. Why do you think Mrs. Wilder chose the prairie as the setting of her books? 1.
Review Questions p. 206-213 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
What part does the badger play in the story? Why do Ma and Pa not want the girls to go to the swimming hole? What is the theme (big idea) of this story? What troubled Laura the most after returning home after going near the swimming hole?
How does Laura probably feel about her parents? More Good Stuff
Vocabulary Word Search Vocabulary Hang Man Vocabulary Matching Internet Workshop Reading Test Spelling Test ABC Order Spelling Words
Learn About Laura Ingalls Wilder Laura Ingalls Wilder Scavenger Hunt More on Fables Listen to Fables Aesop's Fables More Aesops Fables
Webquest Say It! bristled dugout jointed
naughty punish rushes shallow More Words to Know
badger tableland frightful bristled had one's hair stand up
straight dugout a shelter formed by digging into the side of a hill
Click on the word to see real pioneer dugouts. rushes grasslike plants with hollow stems that grow in wet places
jointed having places where two parts join together; having joints
naughty bad; not behaving well punish to discipline;
cause pain for doing something wrong shallow
not deep badger
a gray hairy animal that feeds at night and lives in a hole Click on the word badger to hear his sound! Give it time to load. tableland
a high plain; a plateau frightful causing
fear or terror Long hair bristled along the animals back. Long hair bristled
along the animals back. Laura lived in a dugout. Laura lived in a dugout.
The jointed rushes swayed in the wind. The jointed rushes swayed in the wind.
The naughty girl slapped William. The naughty girl slapped William. They passed a high,
almost straight-up wall of earth called a tableland. They passed a high, almost straight-up wall of earth called a
tableland. The man said, I will have to punish you for hitting her.
The man said, I will have to punish you for hitting her. The pool is to shallow to swim in.
The pool is too shallow to swim in. That was a frightful experience when I
heard that awful sound. That was a frightful experience when I heard that awful sound.
I waded out into the water where the rushes grew. I waded out into the water where the
rushes grew. Spelling Words Homophones wood their
would there too
theyre two your to
youre Spelling Words Homophones beat
close beet piece break
peace brake thrown
clothes throne This Weeks Word Wall Words Click and type your own
words for this week: Lets review our words. Watch carefully because they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We will clap as we spell the word.
Dont be fooled this week. You have to get the correct homophone in the sentence! throne thrown
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