Tuck Everlasting By Natalie Babbitt Chapter 1 Draw a picture of what you think Treegap looks like. Chapter 2 Create a character map of Mae Tuck Lives with her evil step mother and step sisters. Is unhappy working as a Servant, but she is a good person Cinderella Mice help her prepare For the ball. Has a fairy god mother Meets the prince, loses her Glass slipper Chapter 3 What books have you enjoyed reading? Why? Were you able to make a connection to the text? Write about how relating to a book can help you understand the book better. Have you ever felt like Winnie does- like running away? Describe how you felt and how your feelings were similar to Winnie’s. Chapter 4 Foreshadowing is another author’s craft. An author uses foreshadowing to give readers a hint about something that will happen later in the story. This creates tension in the reader’s mind and makes the story more exciting. It also helps tie the story together by relating early events to later ones. (pg. 18?) Whom or what do you think the man in the yellow suit is searching for? After you read Chapter 4 Imagery is language that an author uses to illustrate with words the characters and events in a book. Imagery can include both descriptive language and figurative language. Figurative language can consist of similes and metaphors. Can you find an example of a simile in the text? Chapter 5 A stranger stops at the Foster gate, and he is looking for someone. Winnie Foster thinks about running away. Winnie tells She goes into the her troubles wood. to the toad. The stranger talks to Winnie. He is looking The Wood for a Owned by family. He wears a yellow suit and is “tall and narrow.” Winnie meets Jesse, Mae, and Miles in the wood. the Fosters Ash tree and spring at center Mae Tuck sets out to meet her two sons, Jesse and Miles. Tuck family has looked the same for 87 years. Mae has a music box. Chapter 6 After reading Chapter 7 What do you think about the Tuck’s story? Back up your thinking with examples from the book. If you were Winnie, would you believe them? Why or why not? List some parts of Chapter 7 that are fantasy, and others that are realistic. Chapter 8-9 Character development- It is important not only to look at what a character is like at a particular moment in time, but also to watch how the character changes over time. Have you noticed any changes in Winnie since the beginning of the book? For what reasons has she changed? Chapters 8-9 Winnie is constantly watched and protected by her family. She’s tired of it and wants to do something interesting. She’s determined to run away. Ch. 1 2 3 Winnie realizes she’s afraid to run away, but she has enough courage to sneak off into the wood by herself. After being kidnapped, Winnie feels frightened and helpless. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Chapters 10-11 Comparing and contrasting is a comprehension skill that you can use to understand the story, including setting, theme, and characters. By noticing similarities and differences between characters, you can understand what a character is doing and, more importantly, why the character is doing it. Develop a compare-contrast chart for Winnie and the Tucks home. Chapters 10-11 Compare and contrast Winnie’s home and the Tucks home. How does Winnie feel now? Chapters 10-11 Winnie’s home life Very organized Lots of rules Uncomfortable way of life Limited In a lonely spot Tuck’s home life Very little rules Very dirty house Comfortable Free to do almost anything friendly Chapters 12-13 One theme is the idea that life is a natural cycle. Images of a wheel, hub, or circle recur throughout the text. Make inter-textual connections to other books that you have read or movies that you have seen that employ recurring ideas or images. Chapters 12-13 Story Themes A story theme is repeated images, a major idea, or the point of the story. Do you notice any familiar or recurring images in Chapters 12 and 13? Where in the book have you seen them before? How are they related to the theme of the story? Two recurring elements are: (Ch. 12-13) WaterThe water from the spring that gave the Tucks eternal life Tuck uses the ever-flowing water of the pond to explain to Winnie about the wheel of life. Toads/Frogs-Winnie spoke to a toad outside the fence of her own house, - She noticed the loud croaking of frogs at the Tucks’ pond when she was in the boat with Tuck and then with Miles. Chapters 14-15 Complete 2 quadrants in your notebook for each chapter. After reading Chapters 16-17 Literary Elements: Beginning (Setting, Main characters and problem are introduced) Middle (the characters struggle to solve the problem) Climax- (events lead up to a climax which is the most exciting point in the story) End (the problem is solved/ resolved) What is the central problem or conflict in Tuck Everlasting? After reading Chapters 18-19 Complete 2 quadrants for each chapter. Use strategies that you have not used thus far in the book. After reading Chapters 20-21 A story graph helps students track changes in the story from beginning to end. She gets to the house and goes over to Grandma’s bed. Very happy The woodcutter kills the wolf. Happy Little Red Riding Hood leaves for Grandma’s House. She’s glad to be safe, but her grandmother is gone. The wolf jumps out and threatens to eat her. Not happy Beginning Middle End Story graph Winnie’s feelings change over time Her situation changes over time Your feelings about the story may have changed over time. Now it is your turn to create a story graph for Tuck Everlasting. You can choose which situation or character changes. After reading Chapters 22-23 A theme that emerges throughout Tuck Everlasting is the complex relationship between being responsible and following the law. What are laws? How do the people who live in a community benefit when everyone knows and follows the laws? How important is your responsibility to do what you think is right? How important is your responsibility to obey the law? When your own sense of right and wrong goes against what the law says, what should you do? Why? Chapters 23-24 (Cont.) Predict whether you think Winnie will go back to the spring when she is 17 , and why? Why do you think she should drink the water? Why do you think she should not drink the water. After reading Chapter 24 What is “Point of view”? Stories can be written in first-person or thirdperson point of view. If the character, or narrator, uses the words I and me to refer to himself or herself, the story is written in first-person. If the narrator is outside the story and uses words such as he, she, him, and her to refer to the characters in the story, the story is written in 3rd person. First person Point of View-I clasped my trembling hands thankfully. -One by one I kissed them back. Third Person Point of ViewWinnie clasped her trembling hands thankfully. One by one she kissed them back. What point of view did Natalie Babbitt use to write Tuck Everlasting? In some stories the third-person narrator can describe the thoughts and feelings of only one character. In other stories the third-person narrator can describe the thoughts and feelings of all of the characters. Why do you think that the author chose to limit the descriptions to the thoughts and feelings of Winnie. How did this affect the way readers experience the story? How would the story be different if the narrator described only Jesse’s thoughts and feelings instead of Winnie’s? After reading Chapter 25 Do you think the central problem or conflict in the story has been resolved? The man in the yellow suit is dead, Mae Tuck has been rescued from prison, so the secret of the spring is safe. What questions still remain unanswered? Turn and talk with your partner. Epilogue An epilogue is a short section at the end of a book that often explains what happens to characters after the main action of the story is over. What clues does the author use to reveal when the events of the epilogue take place? How does the author use the gravestone to give details about what happened to Winnie?