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  1. Amazing Alice from Coast to Coast with Alice Genre: Historical Fiction Author’s Purpose: Entertain Skill: Summarizing By: Patricia Rusch Hyatt Compiled by Terry Sams, Piedmont

  2. Summary Hermine Jahns, a 15-year-old girl, has the chance of a lifetime!  It's 1909, and she's going cross-country by car with Alice Ramsey and Alice's sisters-in-law.  Alice Ramsey is the first woman to ever try such a feat.  The women have many adventures.  Without reliable road maps, it's hard to find their way.  When a bolt falls out, Alice Ramsey repairs the car with baling wire and hairpins.  They almost get swamped by flash floods in Utah.  Despite these setbacks, they make it to San Francisco in a record-breaking 59 days!  

  3. Genre: Historical Fiction • Historical Fictionisfiction that takes place in the past. • The author makes up the characters and events, but the characters and events seem real. • The setting is important, and the problems and events are based on things that really did or could have happened during the time period.

  4. Comprehension Skill: Summarizing • A summary give the main ideas of an article, or it tells what happened in a story. • A summary is short , and it does NOT include unimportant details. • A summary will help you recall and organize information. • What is a Summary? What are the differences among quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing?

  5. Comprehension Skill Review –Graphic Sources • Authors sometimes include graphic sources to explain the information included in their writing. • Examples of graphic sources can be maps, photographs, and captions for the photographs. • What are some of the graphic sources in the story of Alice?

  6. Practice –Graphic Sources where they are in each journal entry, large map show travel route what people and place look like information about photographs

  7. Vocabulary Skill Review :Synonyms • Words with similar meanings are called synonyms. • You can often figure out the meaning of an unknown word by finding a synonym in the words or sentences around it. Click Here to practice synonyms

  8. Weekly Fluency Check -Read with Appropriate Phrasing • Students should read with appropriate phrasing. • Phrasing makes the reading in Alice more conversational. • Journals often use interjects, for example, “Great Golliwogs!” This makes the writing more like personal conversation rather than a formal writing. • Go to pages 471 - 473, beginning with “August 6, 1909.”

  9. Figurative Language – Simile and Metaphor • Figurative language is a language that goes beyond the ordinary meanings of words. Similes and metaphors help make the images in the story richer and clearer. • A simile uses words like or as to compare two things that are not alike. Maggie hopped over the railroad ties like a jackrabbit. • A metaphor also compares two things that are not alike but it does not use any words of comparison. This Iowa is a bathtub of mud.

  10. Review Pages 458-465 • What is the setting of the story? • The story is told by whom? • Who travels on the cross- country trip? • How is Alice different from other women? • What problems do the women have with the Blue Book?

  11. Review Pages 466-474 • What is comical about the women having to get a permit to cross the bridge? • Summarize the events as they happened in Wyoming. • How does Alice fix the tie rod when it breaks? What does this say about Alice’s character?

  12. SummaryAmazing Alice Write a summary of this story. Include each of the following points. • Setting • Characters – include how Alice is different from other women • What were the women trying to do? • Problems with the Blue Book • Were they successful? • End with your opinion of what these women did and if you think you could have done the same thing.

  13. Fun Stuff to Do • ABC order the spelling words • Vocabulary quiz • Spelling Hangman • Type in a word to find rhymes, synonyms, definitions, and more: • Practice Same or difference • Synonym Matchup • Synonym Test • History of the First Car • Stagecoaches • Reading Test Download Shockwave to play same or difference

  14. Say It! blacksmith crank dependable forge ravines telegraph

  15. More Words to Know chaperones contraptions odometer tiller trestle

  16. blacksmith • an ironworker

  17. crank a part of a machine that sets it in motion (handle on a machine)

  18. trestle a framework used as a bridge to support railroad tracks or a road

  19. dependable reliable; able to be counted on

  20. forge a blacksmith's shop

  21. ravines deep, narrow valleys

  22. telegraph A device used to send coded messages over wires

  23. chaperones people responsible for other people's behavior

  24. contraptions devices or gadgets

  25. odometer a gauge used to measure distance traveled

  26. tiller a handle used to steer a rudder

  27. Hayden sent the message over the telegraph.

  28. Hayden sent the message over the telegraph.

  29. The trestle on the bridge was damaged when the train hit.

  30. The trestle on the bridge was damaged when the train hit.

  31. The ladies when along to act as chaperones.

  32. The ladies when along to act as chaperones.

  33. Marty was busy at work in the forge making a new crank for her car.

  34. Marty was busy at work in the forge making a new crank for her car.

  35. The new blacksmith will work in our shop.

  36. The new blacksmith will work in our shop.

  37. That was quite a contraption they used to start the engine of the car.

  38. That was quite a contraption they used to start the engine of the car.

  39. The man anxiously turned the crank to get the plane started.

  40. The man anxiously turned the crank to get the plane started.

  41. The car used a handle called a tiller as a steering wheel.

  42. The car used a handle called a tiller as a steering wheel.

  43. I will use Tammy as my babysitter because she is very reliable.

  44. I will use Tammy as my babysitter because she is very dependable.

  45. The women traveled across the treacherous landscape that includedravines.

  46. The women traveled across the treacherous landscape that includedravines.

  47. Ben Franklin invented the odometer to tell how far something has traveled.

  48. Ben Franklin invented the odometer to tell how far something has traveled.

  49. My uncle, Jim, works as a blacksmith at Dollywood.

  50. My uncle, Jim, works as a blacksmith at Dollywood.