By Gloria Whelan
First let’s get into the setting:
What work gets done on a farm?
How do you get food when the
grocery store is a whole day’s trip
School Houses from the 1880s
Vocabulary to think about:
• Every since I learned
the new teacher was
coming to board with
us, I tried to imagine
what she would look
• I’ll get your trunk
from the wagon.
More vocabulary:
• One of Papa’s hands
had a finger missing
where he got it caught
in the combine.
• They threw erasers
across the
schoolroom and didn’t
do their lessons.
They even tipped the
privy over one night.
Gloria Whelan
• Gloria Whelan is the
author of many
books; Hannah is just
one of them.
• She has a gift for
using powerful
language and
creating mind
pictures. Today you’ll
hear chapter 1.
Where is this story taking place?
Typhoid fever
“My husband’s father
homesteaded here.”
In this case, Hannah’s grandfather lived on this land and
farmed it to make money. He had no other source of
income other than growing crops and selling anything he
had that was extra. That means that almost anything he
had, was made by hand or bought with money he earned
through trading or selling crops that his family didn’t need
to eat in order to stay alive.
Well, I don’t know if you’ll have
much time to go walking in the
woods or along the lakes, but it is
pretty country.
Church in the 1880s
For dessert there was
apple pie sweetened with
maple sugar from our
own sugarbush.
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“If it comes to that”, Miss Robbin
told me, “all of us have things we
don’t see. I would guess, Hannah,
that you see some things people
with perfectly good eyes don’t.”
Write down in your log
what Miss Robbin means at
this spot.
Chapters 3 and 4
Wild Aster
• The flowers were
small in my hand.
Each one had tiny
petals and a center
like a little covered
button. Their smell
was dry and sharp.
milkweed pods
• She put something in
my hand that was soft
as anything I had ever
felt. “There are
thousands of soft things
like that,” she said,
“each one with a seed.
They’ll float in the air,
and wherever they
come down there will be
more milkweed plants.”
kerosene lamp
Powerful Language
used to record new and interesting vocabulary.
Powerful language can also be used when we come to a place in our book that
gives a great mind pictures.
Example: I went up the steps with some water.
As I went up the steps my water was sloshing in my glass.
Before I could get away the bus moved.
Before I could get away the bus lurched forward.
I made friends with Bo Haney and I was going to have a good year.
He noticed that the hall wasn’t completely dark. A ray of light came
through the window at the end of the hall and made a small yellow
patch on the floor at his feet. He was going to live.
Author’s use powerful language to make you, the reader feel more, and have
greater understanding about the story in a creative way.
Chapter 5
Today’s thoughtful log response:
My feelings about [the book, characters] changed when…
Have you ever thought one
way about a person and
later changed your mind
about them?
Hannah Chapter 5
Today while you read chapter 5, think about
how your feelings for mama are changing.
Respond this way in your “my thinking.”
What we learned about Hannah:
Powerful Language:
Chapter Hannah can tell who she is talking to by
feeling their hands. She notices how things Privy
feel very easily.
Chapter Ms. Robbin taught Hannah how to pour
her own glass of milk.
Chapter Hannah can feel things. She makes up
great stories. She has a very strong sense
of feeling. Ms. Robbin is teaching Hannah
how to feel her way around the farm so
she can get around by herself.
I knew the sun was shining, because I
could feel its warmth like a wool shawl
all along my arms and shoulders.
Hannah did not like going to school. She
Chapter tried to leave school and got lot.
“Ms. Robbin’s voice was as sharp and
cold as an icicle.”

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