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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.








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