A Dog's Way Home

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Daddy says, "Most folks got a north star in their life—something that gives their life extra meaning. Mine is music."

Without even thinking, I say, "Mine is Tam."

Abby knows that Tam, her Shetland sheepdog, is her north star, and she's pretty certain she's his, too. But when an accident separates Abby and Tam, it feels as though all the stars have fallen out of the sky and nothing will ever be right again. As the days between them turn to weeks, then months, dangers and changes fill up Abby's and Tam's lives. Will they ever find their way home to each other?

Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, A Dog's Way Home is an unforgettable tale of the many miles, months, and mountains that divide two loyal friends—but that can't possibly keep them apart.

Curriculet Details
138 Questions
102 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in fourth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining symbolism, vocabulary, and theme. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about point of view and figurative language. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to similes, metaphors, and theme This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Homework #7

Meemaw is another name for grandmother. 
This is a picture of a Shetland sheepdog. As their name suggests, they were used to herd sheep. Shetland sheepdogs are playful and eager to please. This is why they are often trained to be used in agility events. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why do you think the announcer mentions Abby's age? 
Dog agility is a where a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. In the story, Abby is the handler, while her dog, Tam, running through the course. Below is an example of a Shetland Sheep Dog agility competition.  (This annotation contains a video)
When Abby thought to herself that her voice, "sounded like a bothersome mosquito," she is using type of figurative language called a simile. This is when an author compares one thing to another to help the reader better understand the original item (the voice). Her voice is not a mosquito, but the comparison helps the reader think about that high pitched noise mosquitos make. Similes are formed when an author uses the words "like" and "as" between the two items. Another popular type of figurative language is a metaphor. Metaphors also compare two items, but don't use the words "like" or "as" to join them. In this case, if the author had written "voice that was a bothersome mosquito"-- that would have been a metaphor. As you read, keep an eye out for more similes and metaphors. Authors use them to make descriptions more vivid and emphatic.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What does Mama mean by "broaden your horizons"? 

Homework #8

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In the context, what do you think "careened" means? 

Homework #9

White gauze is used to bandage people.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What does the metaphor "[A] fist grabbed my heart and squeezed hard" mean? 
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Why did Abby feel like she had to get Tam? Use at least two details from the story to support your answer. 
A microchip is placed under the skin of a dog (or other animal) as an identifying marker. The chip, about the size of a large grain of rice, uses passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. When an unknown animal is found, vets and animal control workers can scan the animal for a microchip and identify the owner of the animal.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #10

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What does the simile "like a fish hooked on a line" mean? 

Homework #11

The point of view in a story is how the events of the story are observed. When a story is told in the first person point of view, the narrator is the person telling the story and he or she uses "I" to talk about him/herself. When the story is told in the third person point of view, the narrator is looking in on the action and is referred to as he or she. The point of view of a story can switch during the course of a story. Which point of view is this story being told in? (This annotation contains a video)
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Why is the end of Abby's braid wet? 
A guardrail is designed to keep people or vehicles from going into dangerous or off-limits areas. In this case, the guardrail was designed to keep cars on the road. (This annotation contains an image)
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Abby's mom says, "Honestly, Abby. When God handed out the stubborn genes, you got the mother lode." What details in the story support the idea that Abby is stubborn? 

Homework #12

Tam lapped water from the creek. Lap is the word we use to describe how dogs and cats drink water-they use their tongue to lap up the water.  (This annotation contains an image)
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If Abby is Tam's compass, where is he going? 
A compass is a navigational tool that shows directions relative to a set point--usually north. That is, the compass is able to determine which direction is north, which allows a person to figure out the other three directions. In this case, Tam is saying that his north, the direction that he looks for, is Abby. Keep this symbol in mind as you read. Maps and other navigational tools play a role in this story. 

Homework #13

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What is the point of view of the Abby chapters? 
Lassie is a fictional female collie dog character. Lassie has been featured in movies, on television, and books. She is well-known for being a helpful dog and for always coming home. She, along with her boy, always manages to save the day.  (This annotation contains a video)
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"My heart dropped down to my sneakers" doesn't actually mean that Abby's heart fell. It is an idiom, an example of figurative language. What does it mean in this context? 

Homework #14

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Each chapter either says "Abby" or "Tam." Why does the author do this? 
Asphalt is the material the road is made out of. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does the southern direction pull him? Use two details from the story to support your answer. 

Homework #15

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Why did the two days that Abby has been home feel like twenty to her? 
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Do you think that Tam is going to return? What from the story supports your answer? 
This Little Light of Mine is a song that may have been used as a spiritual sung by slaves to help keep their spirits up as they worked in the fields. It is still popular today as a gospel song, a blue-grass song, and in movies and tv shows.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why might a song about persevering and not giving up appeal to Abby? Support your answer with details from the story. 
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What kind of figurative language is "explode like a volcano"? 
Pay attention to this name. It comes up later in an unexpected place. 
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Why is Abby smiling "as sweet as coconut-cream pie"? 
"You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" is an idiom that means it is easier to persuade someone if you are polite and complimentary than if you are mean and confrontational. Idioms are a type of figurative language.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #16

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Rake has several different meanings. What do you think "raked" means in this context? 
A dog's pads are are on the bottom of his paw.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why might the man by the picnic tables think Tam was a fox? 
Foxes often eat chickens which is why the man calls Tam a "no-good chicken killer"--he thinks Tam is fox. 

Homework #17

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What type of figurative language is "I about melted in a puddle of relief"? 
Abby is planning on going from North Carolina (Asheville) to Virginia.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is Abby having trouble marching? 
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What do the contents of Abby's backpack tell you about her as a character? Use details from the story to support your answer. 
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How does Mama know that Abby said that she was waiting for a relative from Virginia? 
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Abby says to her mother, "It's all your fault." Why does she blame her mother for Tam missing? 
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What type of figurative language is "trembling like a leaf in the fall wind"? 
Meemaw has been compared to a pine several times so far. Pines are often seen as a symbol of enduring strength, shelter, and protection. (This annotation contains an image)
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How is Meemaw protecting and sheltering Abby? Use two details from the story to support your answer. 
A salamander is a type of amphibian.  (This annotation contains an image)
The moon has been mentioned several times so far in this book. As you continue to read, keep an eye out for other moon references. Music is another topic that will continue to come up. Pay attention to what music means to the different characters.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #18

Red sumac is red flowering plant.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What does this description of Tam tell you? 
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Which of the following did Tam NOT have to contend with in this chapter? 
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Which of the following does NOT describe the bear? 
To blot out is to obscure or hid; in this sentence, since Tam is hiding in the tree, when the bear puts his nose by the opening, his head blocks out the sunlight. 
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Why does the bear think that Tam was too much trouble for her? Use at least two examples from the story. 
A thicket is a dense group of trees or bushes. 
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What animal is the smell? 
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Which is a sign of friendship? 

Homework #19

Dogs often wear tags to help identify them if they get lost. Now that Tam has lost his tags, are there any other ways to identify him? (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Abby feel hopeless? 
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Though Abby doesn't know Tam is alive, we as readers know he is. Why would the author do this? 
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Why does the author use the word "flew" to describe Abby as she left the cabin? 
The weather, the seasons, and the setting play a role in the story. In this chapter, there have been several references to both cold weather and Abby being secure and warm inside--details such the fire in the fire place and drinking hot chocolate. Compare this to the descriptions of Tam and how the weather and setting impact him. As you read, pay attention to the words the author uses to describe each character's situation. 
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What type of figurative language is "blue eyes fixed like a laser beam on me"?  
Llamas are a type of animal from the Andes mountains in South America. (This annotation contains an image)
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Is Tam coming home? What do you think? 

Homework #20

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What DOESN'T the coyote smell of? 
A hemlock is a type of tree.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is Tam disappointed?  
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"The current caught Tam like a piece of discarded paper, swirling and plunging his body downstream." What type of literary device is this? 
Notice the reference to summer. 
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What do we learn about the coyote in this chapter? 

Homework #21

An animal shelter is a place involved in the care and rescue of homeless animals. Often when people find a stray animal, they call the animal shelter to pick up the animal. Do you think Tam will end up at an animal shelter? 
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Why would the author use the song "The Water is Wide here"? What is its significance in terms of what happened in the last chapter? 
"The Water is Wide" is a traditional English folk song. Listen to the lyrics. What is the song describing? (This annotation contains a video)
The north star, otherwise known as Polaris, is due north. Ancient navigators, before the time of maps, used the north star to navigate. Abby's dad is alluding to the idea that people have something in their life that they move toward; something that is very special to them. As long as you go towards your north star, you will won't get lost.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Who else in the story is following his north star, either figuratively or literally? 
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What does Abby wish for? 
Civics is the study of being a citizen including the rights and responsibilities. 
Peace of mind is the the absence of stress or anxiety. What is Abby's mom stressed about?  

Homework #22

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From which point of view are the Tam chapters written? 
Relieve in this context means to go to the bathroom. 
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Is the coyote trying to hurt Tam? What details from the story support your answer? 
To flush out is to reveal something that is hidden. In this context, by digging into the rabbit's den, Tam forced the rabbit to come out into the open. 
Roanoke Valley, Virginia (This annotation contains an image)
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Which word does NOT describe Tam? 

Homework #23

An atlas is a book of maps. 
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What happen in the past that might make Olive have a sad smile? 
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Do you think that Abby is able to see Tam's journey? What details from the story support your answer? 
Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee. It is known for music, especially country and bluegrass music.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 1 

Homework #24

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How is the coyote able to be successful living outside? Which of the following details DOES NOT describe her? 
Think about how the coyote and Tam would have to attack the porcupine. Why doesn't Tam know about the dangers of a quills?  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does the coyote help Tam get rid of the quills? 
Often, from a distance, farms and the countryside look like they are put together like pieces of a quilt. (This annotation contains an image)
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Who is the other girl he is remembering? 

Homework #25

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Why is Abby upset? Use details from the story to support your answer. 
Friendship is an important theme in this story. Why is it so difficult for Abby and her mother to leave their friends? Abby says good-bye to the trees, creek, and the pond. How were they friends to her? 
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Why does Abby feel "as low as bug's butt"? What does this mean? 
Why does Abby feel like she is going off to undiscovered and uncharted territory? Have you ever felt like you were going somewhere you didn't know anything about? How did that make you feel? How does Abby feel? 

Homework #26

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Which detail explains what "food is scarce" means? 
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Why does Tam protect the coyote? 
A rabid dog is a dog affected with rabies. Rabies is a disease that affects animals and humans. When animals have rabies, they act in unusual ways and tend to be overly aggressive. Why would the human think Tam had rabies? 

Homework #28

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"My mouth felt dry as crackers." What type of figurative language is this statement? 
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Why does Abby's mother's face turn red? 
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"I wanted a big ol' hole to open up in the floor and swallow me up." Why does Abby think this? What details from the story support your answer? 
A doodad is a small ornament or gadget. People often refer to something as a doodad when they can't remember the name of it. What kind of doodads do you think Madison has on her backpack? 
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What is NOT found on Abby's schedule? 
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Why did realizing that she had not thought about Tam for eight hours make Abby sad? 
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Who does Abby want to email? 

Homework #29

Moonshine is used to describe home-made alcohol, especially alcohol made illegally. 
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To whom is Ivy going to feed the bread crumbs? 
A cardinal is a bird found in North and South America. (This annotation contains an image)
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Who do you think Ivy is going to find at the river?  
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What does this scene tell you about Ivy? 
Matted hair is hair or fur tangled into a mess.  
An abscess is a collection of pus, which causes swelling and inflammation around it. It occurs when an area of tissue becomes infected and the body's immune system tries to fit it. To get rid of the pus, Ivy lances it, which means to poke a hole in the pus with a needle and to drain out the pus. 
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"Snow scratched hungrily at the windowpanes" is what type of figurative language? 

Homework #30

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Which of these is NOT a comment Abby makes about the kids at her new school? 
Hillbilly is a term for people who dwell in rural, mountainous areas. It is often used as an insult, implying that people who are hillbillies aren't as good as other people. 
"Kids moved out of her way, like Moses parting the Red Sea" is an allusion to the Bible. In the Bible, Moses is leading his people out of Egypt and he gets to the Red Sea. Instead of going around the Red Sea or taking a boat across it, Moses is able to raise his staff, and the Red Sea splits into two sides so that Moses and his people can walk down the middle. After they pass, the water returns to its place, and the Egyptian army, which is chasing Moses, is covered by the returning water. In this case, Cheyenne is able to walk through a crowd of students and they just move for her like the Red Sea did for Moses. 
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What does this tell you about Cheyenne's character? 
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Why does Abby feel sorry for Cheyenne? 
Disposition means a person's attitude or mood. Why is Abby's mom sad most of the time? 
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What does Abby know about being lonely? 
To sashay is to walk in a casual but showy way. Why might Cheyenne sashay when she walks? Does this mean she is stuck up? Does this mean she is lonely? What kind of person do you think she is? 
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"She smiled like a cat fixing to eat a mouse" is a ... 

Homework #31

A turkey baster is used to baste a turkey (cook a turkey in its own juices). While the turkey is cooking, a person uses a turkey baster to periodically suck up turkey juice into the baster and then drip the juice over the top of the turkey. (This annotation contains an image)
A stray is a domestic animal found wandering without its owner or an animal that is homeless. 
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What is the significance of Doc Pritchett not being able to come and see Tam? 
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Why does Ivy think that someone is looking for Tam? Use details from the story to support your answer. 

Homework #32

The Newbery Medal is awarded each year by the Association for Library Service to Children to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Past winners include Old Yeller (another dog book, mentioned by Abby), The Tale of Despereaux, Bud, Not Buddy, Holes, Number the Stars, and The Giver. 
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What does this sentence reveal about Abby? 
This is an allusion to the movie, the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy is the main character, and she goes to find the wizard so that she can get home. When she visits him, there are flashing lights and a magical floating head (which make the wizard seem magical), but when Dorothy goes behind the screen, she learns that the wizard is just a man. In this case, by comparing herself to Dorothy, Abby is alluding to the fact that she now hows what happens behind the scenes when someone is recording a song. Allusion is a common literary element. See below for what she sees behind the curtain: (This annotation contains an image)
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What type of figurative language is this sentence? 
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Why wouldn't Abby want to read a book where the dog gets killed in the end? 

Homework #33

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Who is the sick friend that Ivy is referring to? 
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Why would Tam have a preference for bluegrass music? 
A dog biscuit is a treat for dogs.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What happened to Tam's old identification tag? 

Homework #34

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What does "listening to their own private music" mean? 
Dodgeball is a game where there are two teams and each team tries to hit the other team with a ball while trying not to get hit themselves. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why do you think Miss Bettis said, "Good job" to Abby? Use two details from the text to support your answer. 
Eased out in this context means to move slowly and carefully. 
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What does "[b]ig ol' storm clouds gathered above Mama's eyes" mean? 
"The Wayfaring Stranger" sung by Johnny Cash (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #35

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In this context, where's his heart? 
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Which is NOT a scent of home? 
Kettles (usually used to make hot water for tea) whistle because of the speed at which steam is funneled through the spout as the water reaches boiling point.  (This annotation contains an image)
Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia. One of the symptoms is the loss of memory. 
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"It hit her like a freight train" is what type of figurative language? 
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Why is this label, Whistler Farm Specialty Fibers, significant? 
Dry kibble is a type of dog food.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #36

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Has Tam been okay? Summarize what has happened to Tam in the last couple of chapters. 
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Why is her heart hammering? 
A ruckus is a disturbance or commotion.  
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What does "like I'd dropped out of the sky from an alien spaceship" mean? 
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Why is Abby so shocked that Cheyenne thanked her and started to cry? Use at least two details from the text to support your answer. 
Camelot is an allusion to a mythical place where King Arthur was supposed to have lived. When Camelot and King Arthur are talked about, it is often as if they were perfect. In this allusion, Cheyenne is comparing her and Abby's time together to Camelot, implying that the time together is perfect and peaceful. 
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What does "purred" mean in this context? 
Did Cheynne actually step into another universe? This exaggeration is a type of figurative language called a hyperbole. By suggesting that Cheyenne's bedroom is another universe, what is Abby saying?  (This annotation contains a video)
"Hiss" is an onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia refers to words that sound like the actual sound they represent. So a "hiss" sounds like "sssss" and a "buzz" sounds like "zzz." 
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Why does Mama give Abby a ferocious hug? 

Homework #37

In this context, "cocked his ears" means to tilt his ears in a particular direction. 
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Why doesn't Tam want to show himself to the tall, dark man? Use two details from the text to support your answer. 
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What does bewilderment mean? 
Note the reference to a needle on compass. The author has used a couple of different navigation symbols in this story (compass, the north star); why is this appropriate? 
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"The wind had packed the snow as hard as concrete" is a _____________. 

Homework #38

"You could have heard a pin drop" is an idiom. It is used when there is complete silence usually because people are surprised or interested in what will happen next. Idioms are a type of figurative language since you can't actually hear a pin drop.  
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Why does Abby swap sides? 
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What type of figurative language is "stick my foot in my mouth"? 
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Why did Mr. Katz think that the band needed to have a make-over? 
To Kill a Mockingbird is a well-known novel by Harper Lee. It is considered an American classic and is often taught in middle and high schools. There is also a well-known movie based on the book. 
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What type of figurative language is "the size of China"? 

Homework #40

The "very fingertips of March" uses a literary device called personification. Personification is when non-human items, animals, and ideas are given human characteristics. March doesn't actually have fingers, but the use of the phrase, "the very fingertips of March," creates an image of a bit of spring coming to the mountains. 
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Why does the eagle also want the rabbit? 
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What does "cower" mean in this context? 
The theme of a story is the foundation of the story and it links the story together. In addition to an overarching theme, there are often smaller themes. What is the overarching theme of this story? What holds the story together? Think about the theme as you continue to read. (This annotation contains a video)
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What is significant about Ian Whistler and Doc Pritchett meeting? 
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Why did Abby's father get goose bumps when he read the flyer? 

Homework #41

Cartography is the study and practice of making maps. Cartographers communicate spatial information effectively through maps. 
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The word, pluck, has several meanings. What does it mean in this context? 
Abby's father is traveling through many of the large cities in the South-Eastern part of the United States. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why would Abby describe her mom and her as a "two-legged dog"? What does she mean? 

Homework #42

This simile shows how thin and delicate the ice is by comparing ice to fine lace.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How does the moon connect Abby, her father, her mother, and Tam? 
The word, bay, has many meanings, but in this context, it means a deep howl or growl. Often, the word is used in this way when talking about dogs and wolves howling/baying at the moon. 
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Why does the woman call Animal Control? 
Racket in this context means a loud unpleasant noise. Why would Tam bark and howl all night? 
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Why doesn't Tam have any tags? 
The scanner is able to read the information put onto the microchip. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is she is surprised that Tam has a microchip? 
At the Animal Shelter, each dog has his or her own kennel to stay in. (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 2 

Homework #43

A cat that's swallowed a canary is an idiom for a person who looks very satisfied.  
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What does "sudden lightning flash" mean? 
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What is the problem with Meemaw showing up in Nashville? 
Do you think that it looks like Batman's head?  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does this make Abby frown? 

Homework #44

Brisk, in this context, means cold but fresh air; air that is invigorating. 
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Why is Tam digging under the fence? Use two details from the text to support your answer. 
Note the name--who are the Clear Creek Boys? It says that they are out of Nashville. Do you think that Abby's father and his bandmates would agree? 
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What might have happened if Tam hadn't run away? 
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Tam knows he is not welcome and so he does what? 
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The setting of this story is very specific. How would it have been different if it had been set in a city? 
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Why is Tam excited to see the coyote? 
Cowering is when you crouch down in fear. Why would Tam be afraid? 

Homework #45

The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music concert in Nashville, Tennessee.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What does this sentence mean? 
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What type of figurative language is "waved his arms in the air like he was trying to fight off a bunch of angry bees"? 

Homework #46

Mount Mitchell is part of the Black Mountains in North Carolina. (This annotation contains an image)
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What doesn't Tam avoid? 
A bobcats are the most common wildcat in North America.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which is NOT a reason that Tam is moving slowly? 
Craggy Gardens is a mountain range in western North Carolina. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #47

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Why do you think the author chose to have the white patch on Tam's head look like a star? What details from the story support your answer? 
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469 mile long road connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. (This annotation contains an image)
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What do you think Abby is going to do when she finds out that Tam has already left the Animal Shelter? 
Are there movies that end like this? How do you think this story will end? 
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This paragraph talks about one of the themes in the book. What is it? 

Homework #48

Heath balds are typically found along narrow ridges and mountain crests, and consist of dense evergreen shrubs. Craggy means that the rocks are rough and uneven. 
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"Fog's as thick as pea soup" is an idiom that means what? 
SInce the family and Tam are in a state park, there is a ranger there. Rangers do a variety of jobs including making sure everything is okay, working at the Visitor Centers, and keeping the park clean and safe. 

Homework #49

What do you think the map looked like? Below is an image of a roll of butcher paper. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Cheyenne feel like a bird in the sky? 
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Do you think that Abby's parents will take her to Craggy Gardens? What from the story makes you think that? 

Homework #50

Each state has a Fish and Wildlife Department. They are part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Their role is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. 
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Who is Mrs. Whistler? 
Chortled means to laugh in a gleeful way. The crow is laughing at the ranger for catching a raccoon. 

Homework #51

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Which of the following does NOT describe Tam at this point in the story? 
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Who owns a limo? 

Homework #52

Lora Jean Graham actually caught an opossum rather than a possum. Possums only live in Australia and the surrounding areas. Opossums, on the other hand, live in the Northern hemisphere including the United States. Still, many people call the animals that live in the US "possums." Both animals are marsupials--mammals that have pouches.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #53

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What does the idiom "skin you alive mean"  in this context? 
"I reckon" is an informal way of saying "I guess so" or "I believe so." 

Homework #54

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Which of the following doesn't Tam dream about? 

Homework #55

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What type of figurative language is "a zillion degrees"? 
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Is Abby correct? Is it time for her to find Tam? 
A hairpin turn is a bend in a road with a very acute inner angle, making it necessary for an oncoming vehicle or person turn almost 180° to continue on the road or path. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why wasn't the ranger at the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center? 
Here is a picture of the Rhododendron Tunnel in Craggy Gardens.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #56

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Why is Abby's voice compared to a compass needle? 

Homework #57

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Based on the context, what kind of light is dim light? 
A whimper is a series of low, feeble sounds expressive of fear or pain. Why would Tam be whimpering? 

Homework #58

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