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Sailing Home. Created by: Kristi Goggans Unit 5 Week 1. Genre – Historical Fiction. Historical fiction is based on real events in history, but it is a story to which the author has added details from his or her imagination. Vocabulary Strategy – Homonyms/Homographs.

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Sailing Home

Created by: Kristi Goggans

Unit 5 Week 1

Genre – Historical Fiction

  • Historical fiction is based on real events in history, but it is a story to which the author has added details from his or her imagination.

Vocabulary Strategy – Homonyms/Homographs

  • Homonyms are spelled and pronounced the same, but they are words with different meanings and histories.

  • Homographs are spelled the same but are pronounced differently and have different meanings.

Comprehension Skill – Author’s Purpose

  • An author might have more than one reason for writing a story. Four common reasons are to persuade, to inform, to entertain, and to express ideas and feelings.

Comprehension Strategy –Predict

  • Good readers think about the author’s purpose of a story. Before you read an article or a story, look it over to predict the author’s purpose so you will have an idea of how to read the piece.

  • While you read, use the author’s purpose to predict what he or she might write next.











  • Front or forward part of a ship, boat, or aircraft


  • Loads of goods carried by a ship, plane, or truck; freight


  • Of the sky or outer space; heavenly


  • Directed; managed


  • Being noble or stately


  • Skill or process of finding a ship’s or aircraft’s position and course


  • Shook; shivered; trembled


  • The rear or back part of a ship or boat

When the ship carried coal, the children lived ashore because the coal -

  • Was a very dangerous cargo

  • Filled every room of the ship

  • Took a long time to transport

Which of these events happened last in our story?

  • The family had picnics in Japan

  • The youngest child Ena was born

  • Albert began skipping school

The children probably got their animals -

  • As gifts from family members

  • From countries they visited

  • As payment for doing their chores

How were Albert and Miss Shipman alike?

  • They were strong-minded

  • They were hard-working

  • They were kind-hearted

Which of these events happened first in the story?

  • The storm in the China Sea damaged the ship

  • Miss Shipman and the children sat on the floor

  • The children helped tie the furniture to the railing

The mother in this story can best be described as --

  • Practical

  • Foolish

  • Lonely

Which of these happened after Captain Masden became a steamship captain?

  • The governess came aboard to be the teacher

  • The children lived on land all the time

  • The mother gave birth to baby Ena

What happened when the John Ena “quivered a strange quiver and slowly righted herself?”

  • The boat shook and then straightened up

  • The boat sped through the water and then stopped

  • The boat rocked to one side and then the other

In what way was the crew like a family to the children in the story?

  • They watched over the children to make sure they did not get hurt

What is the most likely reason the Madsen family chose Hawaii for their home?

  • It was surrounded by the ocean.

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