Mother Fletcher's Gift/Outline
6th Grade Reading – UNIT 1, Story Two
Mother Fletcher’s Gift by Walter Dean Myers
GENRE: Realistic Fiction – tells the story of ordinary characters in everyday situations. However, all characters and events are imaginary.
Skill: Analyze characters to improve comprehension. Hint: Pay attention to the details the narrator uses to describe the characters in the story. You can also understand the character by their words and actions and the way other characters act toward them.
Character – a person or animal who takes part in the events of a story
Skill: Summarize to understand characters’ actions and ideas. Hint: In one sentence summarize Mother Fletcher’s character. (She is sharp and sassy.)
Skill: Fact and Opinion
A statement of fact can be can be proved true or false.
A statement of opinion can be valid or faulty.
Skill: Infer or Inferential – What can you conclude of the characters by their words or actions in the story.
apparently - seemingly; with the appearances of
fixtures – things put in place to stay
flimsy – easily torn or broken; not strongly made
subscribe – to give your consent or approval; agree
survive – to continue to exist; remain
hassle – bother; trouble
patrolman – a policeman who keeps a watch over a certain area in a city or town
tousled – put into disorder; made untidy; mussed
SPELLING WORDS (Short vowels)
1. damage 8. legend 15. dungeon
2. gentle 9. clumsy 16. fender
3. injury 10. message 17. fantastic
4. palace 11. modify 18. dignity
5. cottage 12. ruffle 19. property
6. honesty 13. glimpse 20. cannon
7. mustard 14. strict
21. reconcile 23. lozenge 25. glamorous
22. hippopotamus 24. insulation
Root Word – English words that are based on words taken from older languages such as Latin or Greek.
Recognizing a root word and it’s meaning can help you figure out the meaning of our English words. For example,the root word “viv” comes from the Latin word “vivere” and means “to live”. Would you describe a vivid color as bright or dull?
Subject and Predicate
Complete Subject – is the part of a sentence that tells whom or what the sentence is about.
Simple Subject - is the most important word that tells whom or what the sentence is about.
Predicate – is the part of a sentence that tells what the subject is or does. (action)
Simple Predicate – is the one or two verbs describing the action.
VOCABULARY WORDS – Advanced
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