Wild Girl

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A contemporary and irresistible story from Patricia Reilly Giff Lidie lives in Jales, Brazil, where she's free to ride, to be a wild girl, and to dream of going to live with her father and older brother, Rafael, in New York City. Finally Lidie is 12time to leave Brazil for New York. Meanwhile, a filly is born and begins her journey to a new home. As Lidie's story unfolds, so does the filly's. Lidie's father runs a stable at a famous race track, and Rafael is training to be a jockey. As much as they want to make Lidie feel welcome, they still think of her as the little girl they left behind. They don't even know what a strong rider she is, and that she's determined to befriend and ride the wild filly her father has just bought: Wild Girl. From the Hardcover edition.
Curriculet Details
42 Questions
32 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring horse racing, as well as annotations describing horse racing vocabulary and Portuguese language words. Students will explore the themes of courage, family issues, and finding a home. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1 - Aiken, South Carolina

A foal is a horse that is one year old or younger. A mare is an adult female horse. (This annotation contains an image)
What is happening to the foal in chapter one? 

Chapter 2 - Jales, Brazil

Lidie's family is Portuguese and speaks the Portuguese language. "Tio" means uncle. "Titia" means aunty. "Mamae" means mother. "Pai" means father. 
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? 
Using evidence in the text, what does the word ferro mean? 

Chapter 3 - To John F. Kennedy International Airport

What does Lidie mean when says that she and Tio Paulo are sandpaper against sandpaper? 
A view of Sao Paulo, Brazil from the air. (This annotation contains an image)
Which English word is Lidie trying to say when she says niece? 
A jockey is someone who rides horses in horse racing. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 4 - New York

Lidie is shocked by the cold weather in New York. The average winter temperatures in Sao Paulo, Brazil range from 55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The average winter temperatures in New York City range from 22 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The picture below shows New York as Lidie saw it when she arrived. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Lidie describe the room as being truly warm? 
Using evidence from the text, explain how you think Lidie expected life in New York to be. How is it different from her expectations so far? 

Chapter 5 - Aiken, South Carolina

A filly is a female horse under the age of four. The horse is called a filly before it becomes a mare. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 6 - The Farm

Whirlaway won the Triple Crown in 1941. Horses that win the Triple Crown win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes all in the same year. It is very difficult to do. This video shows Whirlaway's Kentucky Derby win. He is number 4. (This video has no sound.) (This annotation contains a video)
Lidie doesn't want her father and brother to see that she has covered the Snow White mural with pictures because 
What makes Lidie truly realize that her father and brother don't know her? 
The inside of a barn with horse stalls. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 7 - Aiken, South Carolina

Lidie's story is told from the first person point of view, using the words I and my. The filly's story uses the words she and her, making it which type of point of view? 

Chapter 8 - Woodhill School

Horses' heights are commonly measured in hands. A hand is equal to four inches. At seventeen hands high, Gallorette was a particularly tall horse. (This annotation contains an image)
Lidie walks with her head up because she is feeling 
When Lidie says her jacket doesn't belong there, she's really talking about herself. Use evidence from the text to explain why she feels she doesn't belong there. 

Chapter 9 - New York

Why is Lidie disappointed? 
Pole beans are a type of green beans. (This annotation contains an image)
What is suco de laranja? 

Chapter 10 - Near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The filly was transported in a van similar to the one below. (This annotation contains an image)
Using evidence in the text, where has the the filly been taken? 
Chapters 1-10 

Chapter 11 - The Track

Ruffian was buried at the Belmont Park racetrack in New York. Lidie and Rafael are at Belmont Park in this chapter. Ruffian's grave marker is below. (This annotation contains an image)
In these sentences, Lidie seems to have mixed feelings about going back to school. Why do you think she feels that way? What do her mixed feelings tell us about her? 
In this photo, you can see two pairs of goggles around the jockey's neck and one on his face. (This annotation contains an image)
Jockeys wearing their racing silks. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 12 - The Farm

Why would Lidie's dad laugh at her comment about living with Tio Paulo? 
What does the teacher do in this scene that shows that she cares about Lidie and wants her to come back to school? 
A currycomb (This annotation contains an image)
When Lidie talks about the lemon being good for nothing, she could also be talking about 

Chapter 13 - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Who are the creatures? 

Chapter 14 - Outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Lidie is used to seeing a large number of birds. In Sao Paulo, where Jales is located, there are 600 different types of birds around the Atlantic Forest. This Green-Headed Tanager is one type of bird she might have seen. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Lidie frustrated with her father and brother? 
This old horse is another example of how Lidie's father and brother 

Chapter 16 - The Barn

To give a horse its head means to let them gallop by lengthening the reins held by the jockey. In shorter races, horses can use more energy to gallop harder. In longer races, jockeys make horses run slower to save energy for a burst of speed at the end of the race. 
The post position is the position of the stall from which a horse starts the race. The stalls are numbered, as in the picture below. Post positions are randomly drawn before each race. (This annotation contains an image)
How are Pai and Rafael feeling about Lidie when she talks about the horse races? 
What does Lidie really want? 

Chapter 17 - The Barn

Remember Cavalo's owner, the farmer, told Lidie that horses love peppermint because it reminds them of the mint in the fields. The peppermint is reminding the filly of the fields here. 

Chapter 18 - The Exercise Track

An antonym is a word that means the opposite of another word. Which of the words below would be an antonym for exciting that Lidie might use to describe her school? 
What do you think might be causing Rafael to look or feel sad when Lidie tells him he is born to ride? 

Chapter 19 - Woodhill School

Being able to show the class that she can do hard math makes Lidie feel 
Biblioteca is the Portuguese word that means library. The photo below shows the Library of Sao Paulo, Brazil. (This annotation contains an image)
Native Dancer traveled with a cat, whose name was "Black Cat." She lived in his stall in the barn, and even gave birth to a litter of kittens there. (This annotation contains an image)
Lidie wants to get Wild Girl a cat to make her happy, but she doesn't know that Wild Girl 

Chapter 20 - The Stall

Lidie said before that a horse with ears pricked forward was happy to see them. What does that tell us about Wild Girl here? How is she changing? 
Chapters 11-20 

Chapter 21 - The Farm

Why do you think Lidie runs away from the woman who also spoke Portuguese? 
Peppermint has a calming and numbing effect. It has been used to treat upset stomachs, headaches, anxiety, and digestion problems. The picture below shows a peppermint plant. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 22 - The Race

A race horse wearing a face mask and socks (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Lidie think Rafael looks so different in his racing silks? 
A topknot is a hairstyle in which hair is arranged in a knot on the top of the head. (This annotation contains an image)
Which story theme do you see in this chapter? 
Watch the video below on theme before you answer the next question.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 23 - The Stable

Seabiscuit with "Silent Tom" Smith (This annotation contains an image)
Using evidence from the text, explain why Lidie ran. 

Chapter 24 - The Barn

Who is the creature mentioned here? 

Chapter 25 - The Diner

Lidie was upset that her father didn't remember the lemon, which was important to her. Now she is the one who isn't remembering things that Rafael felt were important. Think about that as you continue reading. 
If Pai needs time to calm down, it means he is feeling 
Jockeys have to be small to meet the weight requirements that their horses can carry. The minimum weight requirement in the US is 116 pounds. That's the average weight of a 14 year old boy. 
Using evidence from the text, describe how Lidie feels about her brother. How is their relationship with each other? 

Chapter 26 - Woodhill School

Why is Lidie crying? 
Lidie feels that because Pai forgot about the lemon, it means that he also forgot about her. Her feelings are hurt because she feels like she isn't important to him. 

Chapter 27 - The Training Track

The video below shows two jockeys exercising racehorses. Notice how the jockeys start the horses at a slow pace before they let them "stretch out" (run very fast). (This annotation contains a video)
What does Lidie think her father was thinking as he watched her ride? 

Chapter 29 - The Beach

Jones Beach in New York (This annotation contains an image)
Is Lidie similar to her father, brother and uncle? Use evidence from the text to explain how she is similar or different. 
What makes Lidie recognize that her father was the same father she remembered from when she was little? 

Chapter 30 - Home

What has made Lidie, Rafael, and The Horseman finally feel like a family? Use evidence from the text in your answer. 
Did Lidie get everything she wished for in her essay? Use evidence from the text in your answer. 

Chapter 31 - Home

Chapters 21-31 
What is the theme of the filly's part of the story?