Old Yeller By Teacher Jasmine Big Question How can we help protect those we love? Setting Time and place in which a story takes place. Setting Determines some events Influences behaviors of characters Plot Is the pattern of events in a story, including a conflict, rising action, climax, and a resolution. http://www.glencoe.com/sec/literat ure/course/genre/shortstory/cs13/plot.html P. 22-23 Vocabulary Words Lunging Nub Romping Rowdy Slung Speckled P.24-25 Lunging Ways moving forward. Walking, inching, leaping Nub A small amount of something Slice, sliver, bit Romping Ways of playing Frolicking, running, cavorting Rowdy Describe behavior Calm, loud, polite Slung Ways of throwing Hurled, flung, tossed Speckled Patterned with round markings Spotted, dotted, freckled Explore Why do people have dogs as pets? When a dog is well trained, what can you expect from him or her? Do you have or know a dog? If so, what is the dog like? Historical Fiction Is realistic fiction that takes place in the past. Historical fiction is a combination of imagination and fact. Characters are placed in a factually accurate setting to act out a fictional plot. Picture Walk Preview the title of the story and the illustrations. Predict what you will find out in this story. Guide Questions What is the setting of the story? What personal and physical characteristics would a person need to survive on Texas frontier in 1867? On page 29, Travis relates that he spent more than a week teaching Arliss to kill snakes. How does this plot even fit with the story’s setting? From what point of view is this selection told? What effect does point of view have on the way readers experience the story? Guide Questions What words in pages 30-31 sounds as though it may be a lie? What inferences can you make about the boys’ mother based on her reaction to Travis? Guide Questions In paragraphs 2-5 on page 32, how does the author help you visualize Travis’s actions? Visualize the last two paragraphs on page 33. What do you see and hear? What happens on pages 32-33 that dramatically alters the plot of the story? What two things are compared in the last line of the second paragraph on page 33? What does the smile suggests about the way Travis is running? Guide Questions What causes Travis to feel a chill clear through to the marrow of his bones? What adds to Travis’s fear and desperation? Reread paragraph 2 on P. 34. How does Travis’s description help readers visualize how fast he is running? Travis thinks Arliss wouldn’t let go of the cub’s hind legs because he was to afraid. Based in what you know about little Arliss, do you agree with Travis? Guide Questions Use your background knowledge and as many senses as possible to visualize the action in paragraph 5 P. 36. What do you see, hear, feel, and smell? Based on what you already know about Travis and what you learn about him from his behavior on P. 36, what conclusions can you draw about the kind of person he is? How does Old Yeller respond to the bear’s threat, despite his smaller size? Guide Questions How might the story have ended differently? What do Old Yeller’s action tell about his character? Compare and contrast the way the mother bear fights with the way Old Yeller fights? How successful is the author at writing a story to entertain?