Created by Brian Thornton
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Student Study Guide
Answer all questions in sentence form.
Vocabulary: balmy, smeared, quivers, patience, undisturbed
Enrichment: Compare the seasons in both hemispheres. Are there any differences? Do you think that weather and seasons affect people's moods? What is your favourite time of year? Explain why.
What is a prologue and what purpose does it serve? Why not simply begin the story with the first chapter?
Vocabulary: trod, tangent, ambled, fringes, meadow, blurred, tranquil, bovine, contemplation, infinite, veered, dissolved, oppressive, meager, forlorn, humbly, accessible, isolation, core, axis
Enrichment: This chapter discusses the concept of land ownership. Describe the author's feelings about it and then express your own feelings concerning land ownership. Discuss some alternatives to the present form of land ownership. How did the aboriginal peoples treat the ownership of land? Outline the problems we might face if the concept of land ownership was suddenly revoked or disallowed by the government.
Design a title page for your notebook. Create and illustrate a book slip or cover for your novel. Create and illustrate a bookmark for Tuck Everlasting and use it.
Vocabulary: melancholy, creases, tolerantly, petticoats, bosom, tarnished, rueful, brim
Enrichment: Create a newspaper about the book. Add a new article for each chapter. Share the newspaper with a friend.
Design a poster promoting your novel and request permission to post it in the school library.
Vocabulary: bristly, stationary, hysterical, gnats, suspended, intrusions, grimace, plucking, heave, cooped, exasperated
Enrichment: Form a small discussion group and come up with solutions as to how a child can handle over-protective parents. Create some actual scenarios and then act them out with some of your classmates.
Vocabulary: strolling, intent, retorted, jaunty, self-deprecation, marionette, remnants, melody
Enrichment: Find a jar and go out on a warm evening with an older sibling or parent to catch some fireflies. Research fireflies and make a short presentation to your classmates explaining why they appear to glow in the dark.
Vocabulary: galling, disheartened, venture, consolingly, timidly, interlacing, splotches, self-absorbed, pruned, self-assurance, arching, spurt, irrelevantly, primly, bleak
Enrichment: Have you ever threatened to run away from home? Do you think you would be afraid? Explain. What are some of the real dangers? Where do you think you would go if you decided to run away from home?
Vocabulary: bridle, troupe, burly, moustaches, perversely, goggled, abruptly, comprehend, dismay, implored, distractedly, faltered
Enrichment: Write a short biography about Natalie Babbitt making sure to mention other books she has authored.
Have Winnie keep a diary of events in the story. Add one entry for every chapter in the story.
Vocabulary: populated, gypsies, clearing, source, tension
Enrichment: What is a fountain of youth? Research the explorer Ponce de Leon and the fountain of youth. If given the opportunity would you drink the water? Explain your actions.
If you had to remain one age forever, what age would you choose? Defend your choice.
What methods do most doctors suggest for slowing down the aging process? Interview some elderly people to learn their secrets to longevity.
Vocabulary: scornful, parson, shawl, elated, shimmered, receded
Enrichment: Pretend you are Winnie and write a letter to your parents describing your experience with the Tuck family.
Write an imaginary letter to the author, Natalie Babbitt, telling her what you thought of her book and asking her for advice on how to write. Have another student in the class, who has researched Natalie Babbitt, answer the letters.
Vocabulary: vivid, vanity, brink, hoarding, reservoirs, revived, colander, displaced
Enrichment: Make some puppets and scenery and then portray a scene from the book.
Conduct a mini debate in your own classroom as to whether or not the spring is a good or bad thing.
Vocabulary: pitiless, scoured, submission, fortress, indomitable, eddies, camphor, mirage, disarray, revolutionary, loft, cluttered, emerging
Enrichment: Write a short story of your own creation using Natalie Babbitt's techniques to make inanimate objects come to life.
Describe how you might react if someone in your community didn't appear to age. What would you think if you had never read this story?
Vocabulary: parlor, wobble, surge, supremely, savior, decisively
Enrichment: Devise various methods that the Tucks might employ to keep people from drinking the spring water.
Write an imaginary letter to Ms. Manners expressing concerns about the Tuck's dining habits. Have one of your classmates write a response to your questions and concerns.
Vocabulary: silty, dimpled, skittering, caroled, silhouettes, stern (boat), willy-nilly, blurted, rigid, anguish, hunched,lapped
Enrichment: Write a short scene from the section in chapter twelve where Tuck explains the situation to Winnie. Perform the scene in front of your classmates.
Enrichment: List any clues the author gives that can reveal the time period of this novel.
Vocabulary: exhausted, flapjack, lingered, rumpled, adored, earnestly
Enrichment: Take a survey in your class to see how many students would want to drink from the spring. Conduct a second survey to see at what age students would choose to drink from the spring. Place your results on a graph and display on a bulletin board.
Vocabulary: barbarian, crinkling, illiterates, constable, ordeal
Enrichment: Form a small group to discuss the stranger's tactics in dealing with the Foster family. Make sure to touch on the ethics of this situation.
Vocabulary: wheezed, roust, courteous, cahoots, foothills, slumped, gallows, cantering, flanks, gander
Enrichment: As scientists (geneticists) continue to learn more about genes and what they do in the human body, they hope to exploit this knowledge to cure gene-related diseases including diabetes, heart disease and different forms of cancer. Pretend you have been appointed to a government committee to oversee decisions about genetic research and cures. With other committee members (classmates) draw up a list of guidelines that you believe scientists should follow while conducting their research.
What are genetically modified foods? Conduct your own research at local foodmarkets and stores finding out if any of them sell genetically modified (GM) foods. Make sure you talk to the produce manager. Ask a geneticist about the dangers of genetically modified foods.
Conduct a debate on the pros and cons of either genetically modified foods or genetic cures.
Vocabulary: grated, peril, teeming, searing, persisted, blotter, barbed
Enrichment: How has Winnie become more mature as a result of her short stay with the Tuck family? Explain.
Vocabulary: fondly, strewn, surveyed, poised, fleeting, alien
Enrichment: Place the Tuck family on trial for kidnapping. Select both a prosecuting and defense attorney. The teacher may act as the judge. Appoint twelve jury members who will have to deliberate at the end of the trial to decide the fate of the Tuck family. Both the prosecuting attorney and the defence attorney should file pretrial reports outlining what strategy they will use in the case.
Vocabulary: tarnation, mantel, hearth, soothing, devote, metaphysics, tension, grimly, petulance, rave, ghastly, stock
Enrichment: Pretend you are selling the spring water from the Tuck woods. What would you tell people about your product and how would you convince them of its authenticity?
If Winnie had the use of a cellphone to call her parents, what might she say? Write a one-sided telephone conversation from Winnie's perspective as she calls home. Would she reveal the Tuck secret?
Why does Natalie Babbitt never give the man in the yellow suit a name? Discuss.
Vocabulary: sprawled, resentfully, unflinchingly, entranced, envious, rump, coarse
Enrichment: Choose one of the characters in the book and do a character sketch. Make sure to include physical, emotional and personal characteristics of the individual in your description.
Vocabulary: babbling, murmurs, reliably, insistent, acrid
Enrichment: Pretend you are Winnie and retell the story from your point of view. From Winnie's point of view what things can you tell the reader that they wouldn't have found in the novel? You may wish to work on this project with a friend. Present your findings to the rest of the class.
Vocabulary: exertion, perspiration, gingerly, parched, mingled, paled, anxious
Enrichment: Why do you think people enjoy reading fantasy even though they realize it isn't actually true? Research the fantasy genre including fairy tales and discuss why it may be so popular with young people.
Vocabulary: ponderous, remorseless, plaintive, lapse, gentility, prostrate, gratitude, poised, notch
Enrichment: Peruse your local newspaper to see if it contains book reviews. Submit your own book review to the local newspaper but have your teacher edit it first.
The author describes the sweet smell of rain. Conduct some research about the sense of smell. More specifically investigate if it is possible to smell rain.
What are Roman numerals? Write the numbers from one to twelve in Roman numerals. Next examine a clock or watch which has Roman numerals on its face. Can you explain the unusual or odd thing that you notice?
Vocabulary: accusations, detached, gloom, prying, ebbed, protruding, flailing, exultant
Enrichment: Write a poem about one of the characters or even one about a woods with a magical spring. Put the poetry to music and sing it to the class with some of your classmates.
Create a collage that you feel is representative of the story. Include characters and concepts from the novel.
Vocabulary: arc, pod, host, departure, grateful, perversely, constricted, apprehension, comical, accomplice, custody, wistful, staunchly, prissy, gait, revulsion, loped
Enrichment: Give a book talk about Tuck Everlasting to some of your classmates or students in another class. Don't reveal too many details from the book.
Vocabulary: blacktopped, accustomed, lounged, proper, catholic, linoleum, wrought-iron, imposing
Enrichment: What is an epilogue? What purpose does it serve?
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