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September-1. Who is the protagonist ( and narrator – the person telling the story ) of the novel? What grade was he in? Who is the antagonist? What role did she play in Holling's life? How much support did he get from his father? Why?. September-2.

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September 1

  • Who is the protagonist (and narrator – theperson telling the story) of the novel? What grade was he in?

  • Who is the antagonist? What role did she play in Holling's life?

  • How much support did he get from his father? Why?

September 2

  • At school the next day, what did Holling imagine Mrs. Baker had done to his desk? How did he handle that situation?

  • Who did Holling think was spying on him from a window? Did he actually see her?

  • As the class diagrammed sentences, what did Mrs. Baker do that Holling thought proved that she hated him?

October 1

  • What skill did Holling get good at? What did he do an incomplete job of?

  • Why didn't Holling complain to his father about the chores he was assigned at school on Wednesdays?

  • Instead of going outside at lunch time, where did Holling go? Why?

October 2

  • How had Mr. Hoodhood found out abut the cream puff incident? What was his major concern?

  • Where did Holling intend to buy cream puffs? How much would they cost him?

  • After the incident with the rats, what activity took up the rest of the afternoon?

November 1

  • What did Meryl Lee do that caused herself embarrassment? How did she cause Holling misery too?

  • Who was Holling referring to when he said, "Pied ninny"? Who heard him? What did it actually mean?

  • Why was Mr. Hoodhood so happy? How did his good fortune extend to Holling?

November 2

  • Why didn't the students get to eat the cream puffs that Holling got from Mr. Goldman? How did Meryl Lee and Mai Thi react?

  • What did Holling do that caused Meryl Lee to cry?

  • What magically happened to the five cream puffs Holling bought and brought to class?

December 1

  • Over the P.A., what reason did Mr. Guareschi

    give for students to do well on the upcoming

    state test? What do you think of that reason?

  • What was Holling's biggest concern regarding his part in The Tempest? What was his sister's main concern?

  • What misconception did Holling let the other students believe? In your opinion, could he have handled their questions better?

December 2

  • After Mrs. Baker found out how Holling was doing in the play, how did she help him? How welldid Holling progress while working with Mrs. Baker?

  • Who stayed at school on Wednesday along with Holling?

  • What did they each get from Mrs. Baker? Who had donated the items

  • In the gym, what thrills awaited the boys?

January 1

  • Was Doug a good friend to Holling? What evidence do you have for your answer?

  • How did Meryl Lee help Holling? Did that surprise you? Why?

  • In the morning, what did the radio announcement verify?

January 2

  • What had Holling done that caused him to be in such a good mood during the testing?

  • Who was walking across the street in the path of the bus? What was Holling's immediate reaction? As a result of Holling's action, what happened to him? What happened to the other person?

  • What did Mr. Hoodhood do for Holling at the hospital? Is that what you would expect a parent to do? Explain.

February 1

  • What happened that startled the whole family? Who was the most upset?

  • What were three ways Holling's father showed his anger?

  • What was the next play Mrs. Baker assigned Holling

February 2

  • What did Holling and Meryl Lee talk about while drinking their sodas? How did Holling help Meryl Lee understand what his father was designing

  • How did Holling and Meryl Lee treat each other at school the next couple of days?

  • For what purpose did Holling go to Meryl Lee's house? Was he success

March 1

  • What purpose did Mr. Vendleri come into the classroom with a mallet and ladder?

  • What job was Holling assigned by Mr. Vendleri? How did that go?

  • Was Mr. Hoodhood angry with Holling's sister? Whose viewpoint did Holling side with?

March 2

  • What's the name of Holling's "new coach"? Did Holling heed the new training instructions?

  • Why did Holling run faster and then close himself into the tennis courts?

  • How did Mrs. Bigio make up with Mai Thi?

April 1

  • What news had improved Mrs. Baker's mood?

  • Why did Holling feel Meryl Lee's use of his phrase "Toads, beetles, bats" was exactly right?

  • What did the TV news report say about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? How did Holling's sister cope with that incident?

April 2

  • What standard did Coach Quatrini use for the tryouts?

  • Who came to cheer for the CJH team? In your opinion, who wasn't there but should have been?

  • Whose encouragement did Holling get right before his own race started? What else was in his mind that motivated him a lot?

May 1

  • Of the annoyances that were mentioned, which would you have found the most disagreeable during the bomb drills?

  • Why was Mr. Hoodhood especially quiet during dinner?

  • What did Mr. Hoodhood purchase? Did Holling like it?

May 2

  • How did Holling feel about his home now? What happened to change that?

  • Where was his sister? How much money did she need to get home?

  • Rather than go directly home, what did Heather and Holling do after she got off the bus?

June 1

  • What did Mrs. Baker dislike about camping? In your opinion, why did she continue to take the class there anyway?

  • How had Lt. Baker helped himself keep alive and well in the jungle? Who else helped him?

  • Where did Holling and Heather go together? What was the only bright spot that kept Holling from losing faith?

June 2

  • Which of Danny's fellow class members came to his bar mitzvah? Which of Holling's family came?

  • When Holling says, " - the miracle came after all," to what was he referring?

  • What point was Mrs. Baker making when she talked to Holling about his future?

Vocabulary september
Vocabulary September

nefarious - wicked or evil

stance - a way of positioning the feet while standing

Vocabulary october
Vocabulary October

diction - clarity of spoken words

foiled- prevented from happening

nefarious- wicked or evil

remnants- small remaining parts of something

wafted - moved gently in the air, as by a light breeze

Vocabulary november
Vocabulary November

coagulate - gather together as into one mass

nefarious - wicked or evil

wafted - moved gently in the air, as by a light breeze

reconnaissance - a mission to gain information, usu. for military purposes

remnants- small remaining parts of something

Vocabulary december
Vocabulary December

advent- arrival or beginning

conclude-to bring to end; finish

careen- move wildly while swaying from side to side

seclusion–an act of secluding

exquisite– extraordinary, fine or admiring

insubstantial - not large or sufficient

Vocabulary january
Vocabulary January

careen - move wildly while swaying from side to side

remnants - small remaining parts of something

Vocabulary february
Vocabulary February

dank - unpleasantly moist and cold (Page 31)

contemporary– modern (Page 148)

innovative–something new; technology (Page 148)

Vocabulary march
Vocabulary March

dispatch- promptly send off

plummet – something that weighs down

soothsayer - one who tells of the future

stance - a way of positioning the feet while unscathed- unharmed; uninjuried

vanquished-to conquer or subdue by superior force

diction- clarity of spoken words

Vocabulary may
Vocabulary May

meandered - wandered aimlessly

absolute- complete and without restrictions or exceptions

hawking- offering for sale

Vocabulary june
Vocabulary June

nurturing- supplying care or training

blithe - lighthearted or casual

ascending - moving upward