Critical Thinking Chapter Questions: Ana • What evidence revealed that Kim and Ana lived in a poor neighborhood? • What has happened to Ana’s neighborhood since she was a child? Why did Ana stay in her old neighborhood? • What does a lima bean represent versus a pair of binoculars?
Studying Figurative Language:Wendell • How does the garden itself become a metaphor for what happens among its member? 1 paragraph Explain your answer with text evidence • Explain what the phone symbolize in Wendell’s life and why. • Create a summary: S.W.B.S.T. (paragraph form)
Understanding Connotation:Gonzalo • “The older you are, the younger you get when you move to the United States.” Explain his point of view and support your answer-1 paragraph • Describe how discrimination has occurred in the novel thus far and why. • Elaborate why “TV” is so important to Gonzalo. Support your answer with text evidence. • How did Gonzalo’s mother demonstrate that she understood Tio Juan’s needs? • What caused Tio Juan to change from a “baby back to a man”?
Practicing Cause and Effect: Leona • What caused her granny to not trust doctors? • What was the purpose of Granny placing “Goldenrods” at the grave site? • Why did Leona compare the Public Health department to snakes? • What was the purpose of bringing the garbage bag to the meeting and infer what happened afterwards? • How does Leona affect the course of the narrative and the purpose?
Making Connections: Sam • Why did the idea of a garden remind him of “paradise”? • How does the weather conditions compare to Houston’s weather, last summer? • Explain what is happening with the neighborhood and how does it relate to “The War of the Wall.” • In what ways are some of the characters working around language barriers to communicate and why?
Explaining Symbolism: Virgil • How is the running rat similar to Virgil’s father? Explain your answer • Miss Fleck, the teacher, represents…, because… • The lettuce:_______::The Locket: Hope. • List some of the problems that the gardeners encounter. How do they help each other deal with these obstacles?
Analyzing Occasion: Sae Young • How does Sae Young’s experiences influence her perspective about life and people? • How does the garden help her overcome her tragic experiences in America? • Explain how Sae Young relates to Johnny, from “The Outsiders.” • If the robbery situation was to happen now, how would the situation be similar or different? • Explain the significance of the funnel.
Supporting Point of View: Curtis • Support how the statement, “You don’t know what you got till it’s gone” relates to Curtis’s situation. • How does tomatoes represent “deeds.” • Predict what will happen to Lateesha’s attitude after witnessing the sign. (support your answer) • After reading, how can you describe Curtis, as a person?
Identifying Purpose: Nora • What does Mr. Myles demonstrate by working in the garden? • Present how Nora’s statement, “a mind altering drug we took daily” explains the purpose of the garden. • How are the neighbors like seeds in the garden? • How do Royce and the gardeners help one another and their attitudes?
Clarify the Subject: Maricela • Identify the main topic of this chapter and its significance to the novel. • How does the storm illustrate irony. • Imagine and explain how would Maricela’s life would be different if she did not join the special program. • Sam likes to spend his time “sewing up the rips in the neighborhood.” What are some of the ways he does this in the garden?
Observe the Tone: Amir • Justify how eggplants built courage. Explain • Define the statement, “dirty immigrant” and explain why was it said. • What did the garden help him realize about people and how did his attitude change? • “The garden’s greatest benefit, I feel, was not relief of the eyes, but to make the eyes see our neighbors.” What does Amir mean when he made this statement? Provide Text Evidence
Evaluate the THEME: Florence • Explain how Florence’s chapter reveals the importance of the book and the reason for the chapter. • “Be Not Solitary, Be Not Idle” teaches… • If you could rename the novel, what would it be and why? • Choose a word to describe the novel and explain your answer. 1 paragraph • Unity • Diversity • Healing • Adversity