Shiloh

Lesson 13

Objective

Explain why Marty is feeling “as happy right then as you can get in your whole life” and what happens right afterwards to change the way he is feeling.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  — Ch. 8

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Target Task

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Multiple Choice

Read the three details from chapter 8 below.

“When dad tells us that piece of news at dinner, my whole body goes cold.” (p. 66)

“Having Shiloh a secret is like a bomb waiting to go off.” (p. 66)

Whomp, whomp, whomp. That’s my heart.” (p. 69)

What do these details suggest about Marty?

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Writing Prompt

Read the sentence from the end of the chapter below.

“The breeze is blowing cool air in from the west, and I figure I’m about as happy right then as you can get in your whole life.”

Why is Marty feeling that way? What happens right after that changes the way he is feeling?

Mastery Response

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Key Questions

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  • At multiple points in the chapter, Marty feels nervous. What descriptive details and words does the author include to show that Marty is feeling nervous?
  • On page 66 Marty says, “Having Shiloh a secret is like a bomb waiting to go off.” What is the name for this type of figurative language? What does Marty mean when he says this? Why might the author include this description instead of just telling us how Marty felt?
  • How are Marty’s lies impacting his family?

Vocabulary

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snoop     (v.)

to look for secret or private information

remedy     (n.)

the solution to a problem

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.4.3 — Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

Spiral Standards

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L.4.4

RF.4.3

RF.4.4

RL.4.1

RL.4.10

RL.4.4

SL.4.1

W.4.10