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The Incredible Journey
Novel Study Guide
Answer all questions in sentence form.
Vocabulary: sprawling, concessions, virgin, amphibious, solitude, migratory, austerely, domestic, accord, sapphire, translucent, profile, irrepressible, contrition, scandalized, stealthily, reproof, sybaritic, parody, reprieve, enticed, assented, sedately, aloof, hearth, appalled, prelude, languished, incessant, moped, stolidly
Enrichment: Create a title page for your notebook. Illustrate a bookmark to use with your novel.
Write a short biography about Sheila Burnford. Why might she have chosen to write a story about animals? What are some of the other books that she has written?
Vocabulary: solitary, muzzle, conveyed, gesture, adjacent, receding, wistfully, placid, consoled, brittle, gait, flagging, verge, acute, wary, instinct
Enrichment: Pretend that the animals can talk. Write a short conversation involving all three of the animals.
Conduct a mini debate as to whether dogs or cats make the best pets.
Vocabulary: carcass, ravenous, gullet, retched, appease, trio, concealed, reassurance, daintily, withered, heredity, ancestors, abhorrent, vermilions, derelict, tottering, plaintive, undaunted, indignity, transfixed, dislodge, adversary, distraught, tactics, stanch, galvanizing, convulsive, grotesque, harlequin, succulent
Enrichment: Research how to protect yourself during a bear attack. Locate stories on people who have actually been attacked and survived. Invite someone into your classroom who has actually experienced a bear attack.
Vocabulary: forage, droppings, gashes, lunge, ambling, silhouetted, immersion, squelch, tantalizing, somber, ruddy, parched, chaff, eddy, stern, grimace, rebuked,crestfallen, paroxysms, strident, mirth, fretted, derision, impassioned, skeptical, mortal, succored
Enrichment: Locate some Indian folktales and share them with your classmates. Write one of your own native folktales.
Be a storyteller. Tell a native folktale to a group of your classmates without relying on any props. What are the characteristics of an accomplished storyteller? Act out or dramatize a particular scene from one of these stories.
Vocabulary: endurance, disposition, famished, skitter, lodestone, nomadic, debonair, compensate, Michaelmas, flourished, clamorous, complacent, marauding, bracken, connoisseur, hobbled, deference, chided, fastidiously, decreed, diffusing, plumage, furtively, amicably, debris, flanks, requiem
Enrichment: Describe the various ways that animals prepare for winter.
Write a short character sketch of the eccentric old man who befriends the animals.
Depict a scene from one of the chapters in the book.
Research Michaelmas. What is it and who would celebrate it?
Vocabulary: encroaching, hewn, frugal, Finnish, solitude, heralded, bedraggled, betraying, frail, dishevelled, spasm, pulsate, vivid, kennel, incongruous, vantage, harrow, undeterred, vigilance, mosaics, lustred, bequeathed, zealous, regal, condescension, pungent, enigma, sinuous, impulsively, desolation, wraith
Enrichment: Research Siamese cats and make a short presentation to the class.
Vocabulary: apparition, avowed, feline, capitulated, sallied, tolerant, homage, conquerors, initiate, slain, vulnerable, elongated, apprehensively, voraciously, arrogantly, reptilian, dervish, incredulously, culprit, jaunty, insolence, morale, outcroppings, molybdenum, pliant, barbed, embedding
Enrichment: Make a large "missing" poster of the animals. Display the posters in your classroom.
Assume one of the roles of the characters in the story (even one of the animals) and after thoroughly researching the role, field questions from your classmates.
Vocabulary: detested, baleful, scrutiny, inquisitive, obscurity, disdain, loping, excreta, poseur, bobtail, wanton, malicious, venomously, perilously, impetus, saplings, malevolent, tawny, engrossed, parallel, contempt, meandered, raucous, questing
Enrichment: Write a rhyming poem describing the wanderings of the animals. Draw an illustration to accompany your poem.
Vocabulary: intact, unscathed, gaunt, sublimely, hamlet, implicit, primeval, merged, mutinous, porcine, defiantly, hideously, overtures, baffled, pedestals, cornucopias, artillery, ingratiating, gargoyle, proffered, bland, pretext, sinister, indefatigable, disreputable, recumbent,iridescent, tableau, punctures, travesty, emboldened, skirmishes, lair, dispersed, replete, doting, kneaded, laggard
Enrichment: Research various types of retrievers and then make a short presentation to your classmates.
Animals must be specially trained to act in movies or films. Research how these animals are trained and what special techniques are involved. Relate your own experience, if any, training a pet to obey basic commands or do special tricks.
Vocabulary: panorama, reunion, bleak, despair, disparate, immense, rationally, oppressive, grieving, stricken, forlorn, gallivanting, ominous, dismay, despondent, dejectedly, diffidently, recluse
Enrichment: Conduct a pet day with the permission of your teacher and principal. Bring your pets to school for a couple of hours and discuss proper care of domestic pets. If this isn't possible arrange to visit a local humane's society facility or even a pet store.
Discuss various organizations responsible for the care and protection of animals. Debate which are more important-- humans or animals.
Should animals be used for medical research which benefits humans?
Vocabulary: coincidental, harvesting, distressed, surly, conjured, unrepentant, unquenchable, tactful, penitent, truant, pored, qualms, dreading, accustom, precarious, stubble, martyrdom, diligent, poignant, humiliation, subtly, discordant, ecstatic, inarticulate, vestige, pandemonium, rebuff, wending, prised, surreptitiously, nautical, tangle, agile
Enrichment: Write a book review for your school library. Your may even wish to submit it to your local community newspaper.
Pretend you are writing a letter to Sheila Burnford. What questions would you like to ask her about the story? What would you like to tell her about your own experience reading the story?
Write a different ending for the story or add a chapter of your own.
Write a one or two sentence summary for each chapter. Study from this when preparing for your novel test.
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