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From the hidden teacher an essay by loren eiseley

From: “The Hidden Teacher” an essay by Loren Eiseley


From the hidden teacher an essay by loren eiseley

"The Hidden Teacher.“ from an essay by Loren Eiseley

. . I once received an unexpected lesson

2. from a spider. It happened far away on a rainy

morning in the West. I had come up a long gulch looking for fossils, and

there, just at eye level, lurked a huge yellow-and-black orb spider, whose

web was moored to the tall spears of buffalo grass at the edge of the

arroyo. It was her universe, and her senses did not extend beyond the

lines and spokes of the great wheel she inhabited. Her extended claws

could feel every vibration throughout that delicate structure. She knew

the tug of wind, the fall of a raindrop, the flutter of a trapped moth's

wing. Down one spoke of the web ran a stout ribbon of gossamer on

which she could hurry out to investigate her prey.

Curious, I took a pencil from my pocket and touched a strand of the

web. Immediately there was a response. The web, plucked by its

menacing occupant, began to vibrate until it was a blur. Anything that had

brushed claw or wing against that amazing snare would be thoroughly

entrapped. As the vibrations slowed, I could see the owner fingering her

guidelines for signs of struggle. A pencil point was an intrusion into this

universe for which no precedent existed. Spider was circumscribed by

spider ideas; its universe was spider universe. All outside was irrational,

extraneous, at best raw material for spider. As I proceeded on my way

along the gully, like a vast impossible shadow, I realized that in the world

of spider I did not exist.


From the hidden teacher an essay by loren eiseley

Vocabulary

In line 3, highlight the noun that refers to adeep,narrow ravine, especially one marking the course of a stream ortorrent.

In line 3, highlight the noun that names anyremains,impression,ortraceofalivingthingofa former geologicage,asa skeleton, footprint,etc.

In line 4, highlight the verb that means tolieorwait in concealment,as a person in ambush; remain in or aroundaplacesecretlyorfurtively.

In line 4, highlight the name of the spider that is known for it’s recognizable webs and these spiders come in bright colors, different sizes, and several shapes.

In line 5, highlight the verb that describes something that has been fixedfirmly;secured.

In line 6, highlight the noun that names asmallsteep-sidedwatercourse with a nearlyflatfloor.

In line 6, highlight the noun that names sight,hearing,smell,taste,or touch, which humansandanimalsperceivestimulioriginating from outside or inside the body.

In line 7, highlight the adjective that describes a place that is occupied;livedinoron .

In line 8, highlight the adjective that describes something as being fragile;easilydamaged.

In line 10, highlight the adjective that describes something that is bulkyinfigure;heavilybuilt.

In line 10, highlight the noun that names somethingextremelylight,flimsy,ordelicate.

In line 11, highlight the noun that names ananimal hunted or seizedforfood,especially by a carnivorous (flesh eating) animal.

In line 14, highlight the adjective that describes the “occupant”.

In line 14, highlight the verb that describes when something movestoand fro or up and down quickly and repeatedly; quivers; trembles.

In line 16, highlight the verb that means captured,snared,trapped.

In line 17, highlight the noun that means awrongfulentry.

In line 18, highlight the noun that refers to something that servesasaguide such as a tradition or a rule to go by.

In line 18, highlight the verb that means encircled, enclosed withinbounds;limited orconfined.

In line 19, highlight the adjective that describes something lacking reason, judgment, logic.

In line 20, highlight the adjective that describes something as comingfromwithout;notbelonging or proper to a thing; external;foreign.

In line 21, highlight the noun that names a small valley or ravine originally worn away by running water andservingasadrainage wayafterprolongedheavyrains.


From the hidden teacher an essay by loren eiseley

Loren Eiseley - from his essay called "The Hidden Teacher."

. . . I once received an unexpected lesson

2. from a spider. It happened far away on a rainy

morning in the West. I had come up a long gulch looking for fossils, and

there, just at eye level, lurked a huge yellow-and-black orb spider, whose

web was moored to the tall spears of buffalo grass at the edge of the

6. arroyo. It was her universe, and her senses did not extend beyond the

7. lines and spokes of the great wheel she inhabited. Her extended claws

8. could feel every vibration throughout that delicate structure. She knew

9. the tug of wind, the fall of a raindrop, the flutter of a trapped moth's

10. wing. Down one spoke of the web ran a stout ribbon of gossamer on

11. which she could hurry out to investigate her prey.

Curious, I took a pencil from my pocket and touched a strand of the

web. Immediately there was a response. The web, plucked by its

14. menacing occupant, began to vibrate until it was a blur. Anything that had

15. brushed claw or wing against that amazing snare would be thoroughly

16. entrapped. As the vibrations slowed, I could see the owner fingering her

17. guidelines for signs of struggle. A pencil point was an intrusion into this

18. universe for which no precedent existed. Spider was circumscribed by

19. spider ideas; its universe was spider universe. All outside was irrational,

20. extraneous, at best raw material for spider. As I proceeded on my way

21. along the gully, like a vast impossible shadow, I realized that in the world

22. of spider I did not exist.


From the hidden teacher an essay by loren eiseley

For summary…

In line 1, highlight what the author received.

In line 2, highlight from whom the author received the lesson.

In lines 3 and 4, highlight where this lesson occurred.

In line 4, highlight or underline what the author was looking for.

In line 5, highlight what was “just at eye level”.

In lines 6 and 7, highlight whose universe it is, and how far it extends.

In line 8, highlight or underline what her great claws could feel.

In lines 8-10, highlight what “she” knew.

In line 11, highlight what she would do on the ribbon of gossamer.

In line 13, highlight what happened when the author touched a strand of the web with his pencil.

In lines 13 and 14, highlight what the spider did to the web, and what the web did afterwards.

In lines 15-16, highlight what would happen to anything would brush against the web.

In lines 16 -17, highlight what the author sees “the owner” do.

In line 17, highlight what was an “intrusion” into the spider’s universe that was unrecognized by the spider.

In line 19, highlight whose universe it is.

In lines 21-22, highlight what the author realized from the experience.


From the hidden teacher an essay by loren eiseley

"The Hidden Teacher.“ from an essay by Loren Eiseley

. . I once received an unexpected lesson

2. from a spider. It happened far away on a rainy

3. morning in the West. I had come up a long gulch looking for fossils, and

there, just at eye level, lurked a huge yellow-and-black orb spider, whose

5. web was moored to the tall spears of buffalo grass at the edge of the

6. arroyo. It was her universe, and her senses did not extend beyond the

7. lines and spokes of the great wheel she inhabited. Her extended claws

8. could feel every vibration throughout that delicate structure. She knew

9. the tug of wind, the fall of a raindrop, the flutter of a trapped moth's

10. wing. Down one spoke of the web ran a stout ribbon of gossamer on

which she could hurry out to investigate her prey.

Curious, I took a pencil from my pocket and touched a strand of the

web. Immediately there was a response. The web, plucked by its

menacing occupant, began to vibrate until it was a blur. Anything that had

brushed claw or wing against that amazing snare would be thoroughly

entrapped. As the vibrations slowed, I could see the owner fingering her

guidelines for signs of struggle. A pencil point was an intrusion into this

universe for which no precedent existed. Spider was circumscribed by

spider ideas; its universe was spider universe. All outside was irrational,

extraneous, at best raw material for spider. As I proceeded on my way

along the gully, like a vast impossible shadow, I realized that in the world

of spider I did not exist.


From the hidden teacher an essay by loren eiseley

Writing a summary…

On the lines provide on the back of the text you’ve highlighted, write a 4-6 line summary of what you’ve just read and highlighted. You may refer back to the text as needed.


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