Using Prior Knowledge to Make Predictions. PLOT. Reading Skill: Making Predictions. Predicting means making an intelligent guess about what will happen next in a story based on the details in the text. You can also use prior knowledge to make predictions.
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By: Joseph Bruchac
In “The Bear Boy”, a man neglects his son and does not teach him the ways of Pueblo life. One day, the boy follows some bear tracks. He meets and becomes friends with bear cubs and is adopted by their mother. The bears teach the boy how to be confident and live in a community. When the boy’s father tries to rescue the boy, he learns several lessons. Both learn to appreciate the bears and the importance of caring for one’s own family.
Animals in Native American Folk Tales
In early times, Native Americans depended on animals for food, clothing, and shelter. As a result, Native Americans felt gratitude toward animals and included them as important characters in their oral stories. “The Bear Boy” is a Native American story that focuses on a mother bear and her cubs.