EOG Moments April 27-May 1
Monday 4/27 • Questions • What is the significance of the title of this poem? • What do you think the author most likely means in lines 3-4 when he says, “The air is full/Of smells to feel”? • There is so much pollution in the air, he can feel it on his skin. • The smells evoke feelings in him that remind him of fall. • He can feel the breeze whipping across his nose. • He is allergic to many of the smells he’s experiencing, and he will soon begin to feel the effects. • Choose the best word to complete the comparison found in the poem. • suds:plates as haze: • a. Mornings • b. Bees • c. Days • d. Apple peel September By John Updike The breezes taste Of apple peel. The air is full Of smells to feel – Ripe fruit, old footballs, Burning brush, New books, erasers, Chalk, and such. The bee, his hive Well-honeyed, hums, And Mother cuts Chrysanthemums. Like plates washed clean With suds, the days Are polished with A morning haze.
Tuesday 4/28 Questions Why did scientists disguise the plane that led the flock from Wisconsin to Florida? The last paragraph talks about hope. Why do you think the wildlife managers gained hope from this event? Which of the following events happened first? a. Scientists disguised planes to look like adult whooping cranes. b. In 2002, a small flock of “whoopers” migrated between Florida and Wisconsin. c. A small flock of whooping cranes was raised in captivity in Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. 4. What were the people at Necedah Wildlife Refuge most likely feeling in at the beginning of 2002? The Comeback of the Whooping Cranes Excerpted from “Comprehension Connections – Level G” For more than 100 years, wild whooping cranes hadn’t been seen east of the Mississippi River. Then in 2002, a small flock of “whoopers,” as these magnificent birds are called, migrated between Florida and Wisconsin. It was the final, successful step in a 60-year effort to save these birds. Unlike songbirds, which know by instinct how to migrate, cranes learn their migration routes from older birds. The flock that returned to Wisconsin in 2002 had been raised in captivity at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin. There were no older cranes to show them the way south. Scientists solved the problem by disguising ultralight airplanes to look like adult whooping cranes . In October 2001, human pilots led the flock on a journey from Wisconsin to wintering grounds at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge on the west coast of Florida. The migration back to Wisconsin in the spring of 2002 hadn’t been seen for more than a century. For the wildlife managers who watched the whoopers arrive, it was a moment of hope. If the whooping cranes could survive, then other endangered species could be saved as well.
Wednesday 4/29 • Questions • In paragraph 2, what does fisticuffs mean? • What does it mean to cry “Uncle”? What do you think it means happened between the two men? • In paragraph 2, the author says that Strom Thurmond “wasn’t always a frail-looking 92-year-old.” What is the most likely reason the author included that detail? • To compare Thurmond today with Thurmond in 1964. • To show how weak he must have been during his fight. • To make the reader feel sympathy toward Thurmond. • To emphasize the importance of why the men were fighting. Congressional Civility By Bruce Cheney Are politics getting nastier? The newspapers call for a return to the “good old days” when politicians respected each other despite their on-floor differences. But were… [they] really more civil? Strom Thurmond of SC wasn’t always a frail-looking 92-year-old. In 1964, he and Ralph Yarborough of Texas continued a heated debate over a civil rights appointment by engaging in fisticuffs in a Senate hallway. While Thurmond got the better of Yarborough, he could not make him cry “Uncle” before the two were separated. It was an ugly incident but no blood was spilled.
Thursday 4/30 Questions What genre is this selection? What is the main idea of this passage? In the final sentence, what does prowess mean? How do you think Einstein’s teachers most likely felt after he began to make famous science discoveries? An Excerpt from “A Genius in the Making” By Ted Remington When you hear the name “Einstein,” what comes to mind? A brilliant scientist? An amazing mathematician? A genius? If so, you might be surprised to learn that when Albert Einstein was a boy, his parents and teachers worried that he might not have even average intelligence. As a baby, Albert was late in learning to talk. Even when he started school, he kept silent for long periods of time. When he did say something, Albert spoke so slowly that his friends and teachers thought his brain worked slowly, too…Perhaps Einstein never would have realized his true potential if it hadn’t been for two people who recognized the quiet youngster’s prowess in mathematics.