Marven of the Great North Woods. Compiled by Terry Sams PES & Latonia Wolfe DES. Author: Kathryn Lasky Illustrated by: Kevin Hawkes. Study Skills. Genre: Biography Comprehension Skill: Fact and Opinion Comprehension Strategy: Monitor and Fix up Comprehension Review Skill:
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Compiled by Terry Sams PES & Latonia Wolfe DES
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Illustrated by: Kevin Hawkes
Marven was only ten years old
when his great-aunt died of influenza. To protect him from the disease, his family sent him far away from the city, up to the Great North Woods. There he kept the books at a logging camp. Marven was scared of the big, grouchy lumberjacks, especially Jean
Louis, a “jack” whose feet were as big
as skillets. But he was even more scared when he skied into the woods-and
thought he saw a grizzly bear.
A statement of a fact can be proved true or false by looking in a reference book, asking an expert, or using your own knowledge and experience.
A statement of opinion cannot be proved true or false. It is a belief or judgment.
An opinion often contains words such as best, should, or beautiful. It may begin with words “In my opinion” or “I believe”.
Please describe the steps you use to find the meaning of a word in a dictionary.
Remember that some words have multiple meanings, and you must choose the meaning that makes sense for the context in which the word appears.
Use a dictionary to determine the meaning for drifting as it is used on page 213.
If you don’t understand or remember what you have read, you may need to reread part of the selection more carefully or scan it to locate specific information.
You may need to look for judgment words to help better identify facts and opinion.
Let’s practice by rereading p. 227 paragraph 1 and distinguish between statements of fact and opinion.
1. Describe the steps Marven took to organize the chits? What are chits?
2. If Marven gave you his word that he would do something, would you trust him? Why or Why not?
3. How is this selection like other biographies you have read? How is it different?
4. Marvin has a problem about what to eat at breakfast. (p. 224) What would you do to understand why he has this problem?
5. The author describes the lumberjacks as “biggest and wildest” (p. 218). What else does she tell you about them to prove her point.
A unit of measurement for measuring wood.
List of persons to be paid and the amount that each one is to receive.
Sudden helpless fear of what is about to happen or what has happened.
A large gray or brownish bear of western North America.
Very large; huge; vast
Person whose work is cutting down trees and sending the logs to the sawmill.
Dark images; outlines against a lighter background.
The silhouettes of the girls’ profiles looked beautiful against the dark background.
Thesilhouettes of the girls’ profiles looked beautiful against the dark background.
Click and type your own words for this week:
Watch carefully because they will flash on the screen for just a moment.
We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.