Hattie Big Sky

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Curriculet Details
46 Questions
48 Annotations
3 Quizzes

In this 6th grade digital curriculum, annotations include links to songs and videos that depict early 20th century American life in the west, images of the setting, articles that discuss women's roles as homesteaders, and explanations of literary devices such as personification, simile and mood. Interactive videos and text to world connections support understanding of subjects such as World War I, homesteading and farming. The Common Core aligned questions and answers address setting, genre, characterization, story elements and narration which ultimately help students understand this coming of age novel about becoming independent, being true to oneself and taking risks.

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Hattie in the Sky is a historical fiction text. It takes place during World War I when the United States and allied countries fought in Europe against the Germans. Kaiser is a term used to describe the German ruler. 
A simile is a figure of speech that compares two unlike things using the words "like" or "as." 
The author most likely includes the simile "...life was like a catch of biscuits without the baking power..." to show that Hattie 
Please summarize Uncle Wright's letter to Hattie. In your summary be sure to include his purpose for writing the letter. 
The author chose to include dialogue in between each part of the letter in order to show the character's reactions to the news. As you read, consider the ways the author chooses to organize the text in order to better understand the plot. 
A homestead is a house, particularly a farmhouse that a person takes care of. Read the following article about women homesteading in the west. http://www.hcn.org/issues/343/16929Based on this article and Hattie's opportunity to have her own house, Hattie is likely to become 


As she travels west, why is Hattie asking herself these questions? 
Based on this line, we can tell that the setting is beautiful, vast and free of urban entities. 


Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently. Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
The author chose to include this line to show that 
Good readers notice punctuation an author uses to advance the plot or make a point. The author italicized the word "how" to emphasize the fact that Mr. Ebgard is shocked to learn that Hattie is so young. 
Which line from the text best shows that it is unusual and inappropriate for a girl Hattie's age to have a homestead? 
Based on the context, what does the phrase "at an alarming rate" most likely mean? 
Strudel is a dessert. This is what it looks like.  (This annotation contains a link)


The author showed us aspects of the setting like a wagon which reveals this story takes place in a different time period.  
Which line from the text best reveals that Hattie is starting to adapt to her new environment? 
Why was Hattie's new house so dirty? 
Authors italicize character's thoughts to show the difference between dialogue and narration. This thought shows us how Hattie is adjusting to her new situation in a positive way. 
Using details from chapter 4, please explain what Hattie's house looks like.  
Juniper is an evergreen shrub or small tree that bears berrylike cones which can be used as spice. Chase is showing Hattie how to use it. This is what juniper looks like.  (This annotation contains an image)


Hattie used the word "glamour" to describe her new life to Uncle Holt. She used that word to 
"Postscript" today is often written on letters as P.S. It is used to add an additional detail or thought at the end of a letter.  
In this story, Hattie continues to do things that challenge her. "Dashing toward that wolf" shows an act of 
This is what some wolves in the west look like.  (This annotation contains a link)
Watch the following Ted Talk then respond to the question.  http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_turere_a_peace_treaty_with_the_lionsHow could Hattie benefit from knowing about Richard Turere's invention? 


Mattie most likely pronounces "frost bite" as "froch bite" because she is a child and does not have a full range of knowledge when it comes to medical terms. This is what frost bite can look like.  (This annotation contains a link)
This is an example of personification. Watch this video to learn about this literary device then respond to the following question.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMKgLnhelX4Why is the wind described as a "bully?" 
Since the coal is described as precious, we can reasonably infer that coal at that time was 
In these lines, the tone is sympathetic. Based on the way Hattie describes Karl and his physical state, we can tell she cares about him and feels sympathetic toward him. Watch this video to learn more about tone.  (This annotation contains a video)


The snow did not literally turn everything into a "big pen." This is an example of a literary device called metaphor. Watch this video on metaphor or learn more.  (This annotation contains a video)
Watch the following video. This gives us an idea of what it was like for Charlie to write a letter to Hattie from Europe during the war.  (This annotation contains a video)
This is what a prairie looks like.  (This annotation contains a link)
This line reveals that Hattie approaches her homestead life with 
Women often wore bonnets in the early part of the 20th century. By having Hattie wear a bonnet, the author is showing us historical context. This is what a bonnet looks like.  (This annotation contains a link)


Quiz 1 Chapters 1-7 
According to Charlie's letter, what is revealed about Hattie's letters to Charlie? 
The Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance and disaster relief for people in need.  (This annotation contains an image)
"Hun" was a derogatory nickname used primarily by the British and Americans officers during the World War I to describe the German Army. 


What does this line reveal about Mrs. Martin? 
This is what the standard American solider wore in World War I.  (This annotation contains a link)
Why does Hattie check on her meager possessions? 


Traft Martin continually surprises Hattie. Which line best demonstrates how Traft Martin makes Hattie feel? 
If Hattie grew up and lived in the city, she probably would not use this language. Words and phrases characters use reveal much about their personality and background. As you read, notice words and phrases Hattie uses, and see what they reveal about her.  


Hattie's response reveals that she is 
Hattie often has do to laborious homestead work, so this experience must feel new and refreshing for her.  
Hattie is at a dance. Listen to the music in the video below. This is an example of the music she may have danced to at the dance. It was very different back then.  (This annotation contains a video)
You have read a lot about Hattie's life so far. The theme is an idea that the author is trying to express to the reader about life or human nature. Explain some of the life lessons you think Hattie has learned so far. 
This video will help you figure out the theme of this story.  (This annotation contains a video)


Hattie believes Traft set fire to Karl's barn to 
Personification is when inhuman objects are given human capabilities or qualities. This sentence is an example of personification because tears are described as having the ability to prick.  


Farmers spend a great deal of time sowing seeds which is the act of scattering seeds over land in order to grow crops. Here is a video demonstrating the process Hattie went through on her farm.  (This annotation contains a video)
This line demonstrates that Hattie is beginning to 
The author most likely used the phrase "wheeled around" instead of "turned around" to 
The author indented Hattie's writing to show that it is a separate section apart from the story. 
What mood does the phrase "the good mood wrapped around me" convey to the reader? 


Lynching refers to the act of killing someone, especially by hanging, for an alleged offense with or without a legal trial. It was a popular method during this time period when people wanted to settle conflicts themselves. 
Use the define feature to look up the word dubious. It reveals another aspect of how Hattie feels about Traft. 
Hattie's dialogue with Traft reveals once again that she is 
This is what a white leghorn rooster looks like. It is a popular bird.  (This annotation contains a link)
Based on what he says in his letters, what is Charlie's attitude toward Hattie? 
Remember, authors often italicize character's thoughts. 
Quiz 2 Chapters 8-14 


"Brandishing a hoe" refers to the act of waving around a farming tool. This is what a hoe looks like. (This annotation contains a link)
Please summarize what happened to Hattie as she was working in the fields. 
This video explains what heatstroke is, what causes it and how to treat it.  (This annotation contains a video)
What does Traft Martin want from Hattie? 


What does this line reveal about Hattie's relationship with Perilee? 
These images show you what Vida Montana looks like. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the context, what do you think "hardscrabble" most closely means? 


The author includes this slogan to show an aspect of 
This is an example of personification because "majestic music" 
In this line, Traft is ___________ Mr. Ebgard. 
The fact Hattie thought to split up an aggressive fight between men validates the claim that she is courageous, strong-willed and is growing up. 


In this excerpt from Hattie's writing, we learn that the war is progressing positively for Allied Forces. 
Which line best shows Hattie has learned a great deal about growing up and being responsible? 
Author use strong, descriptive words to paint images in the reader's mind. This line is an example of strong imagery. Watch the following video to learn about imagery and why author's use it.  (This annotation contains a video)
Once again Hattie is taking Aunt Ivy's advice. However, since Hattie is applying the advice to a different circumstance, she is demonstrating 
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. His most notable accomplishments are abolishing slavery and preserving the union during the Civil War.  (This annotation contains a link)


What mood does the dynamic between Hattie and Traft Martin create on this page? 
Traft's persistent in trying to obtain Hattie's house gives us a clue that Hattie will soon need to come up with a solution to this problem. 
This figurative language is an example of ____________ and reveals how Hattie is feeling. 


The author showed us this is an excerpt from one of Charlie's letters because it is italicized and looks different from the other parts of text. Good readers notice structures like these.  
This line was introduced in the beginning of the story and here it reappears. Uncle Chester most likely wrote this line to Hattie because he 
We are introduced to a new side of Hattie. Throughout the book, she responds to challenges with optimism and action. Here it is clear that she is worried about this conflict over her land.  


Here the author inserts another historical event into the story. We are introduced to a great tragedy known as the Spanish Influenza which affected Europe and America. Watch this video to learn about how devastating this flu was.  (This annotation contains a video)
Use the define feature to look up what "galling" means. 
This line is an example of  
Based on what Hattie says and does, we can infer that she is deeply saddened by Mattie's death. As you read, identify 2-3 of Hattie's actions that show her grief. 


This line reveals that Hattie has changed from 
Typically in a fiction story, when the characters demonstrate pain and hardship, a positive event comes shortly after. Read to find out what that positive event is. 
This line is an example of which literary device? 
Which line best demonstrates that Traft Martin is a sinister man? 
This is another example of simile. This simile was used to show the reader Perilee's excitement and to show us what her eyes looked like when she saw inside the package. 
Which line best demonstrates that Hattie is finally living a fully independent life on her own terms.  


In 3-5 sentences, please explain how Hattie has changed. Use what she says and does to support your assertions. 
Honyocker is an old northwest cowboy slang for a failed homestead farmer. Considering all that she has learned and been through, do you think Hattie is a honyocker? 
Quiz 3 Chapters 15-23