Sarah, Plain and Tall
"Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna."Every-single-day," she answers. "Papa too."
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Sarah, Plain and Tall is a Newberry Medal winning novel by Patricia MacLachlan. Here is an interview with Patricia. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Caleb want to know about the songs?
This novel is written in the historical fiction genre. Watch this video and see which elements of historical fiction you find in Chapter One of Sarah, Plain and Tall. (This annotation contains a video)
What clues in Chapter One let you know this novel is historical fiction?
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?
This letter inspires the title of the novel, "Sarah, Plain and Tall".
What are the childrens' attitude towards Sarah coming on a trial basis?
When reading, it is important to determine the point of view from which the story is told. This video explains the different points of view in a novel. (This annotation contains a video)
Sarah, Plain and Tall is written in which point of view?
Quiz for Chapters 1-3
Caleb and Papa are trying to learn some of Sarah's expressions so she feels more comfortable with them.
Use the Define feature and read the definition for rustle. Based on the definition, which of the objects below do the cows sound like as they walk through the grass?
Sometimes you are asked to write a summary of a chapter or book. Here is a video explaining what a good summary inlcudes. (This annotation contains a video)
Wrtie a summary of Chapter Five.
Caleb "ran like the wind". This is an example of a simile. A simile is a type of figurative language that compares two things using the words 'like' or 'as'. In this case, Caleb's running is being compared to the wind. That means Caleb is running very fast, since the wind is very fast when it blows. As you read, look for more similes in this novel.
When Anna tried to swim she "...sank like a bucket filled with water...". This is an example of what form of figurative language?
Quiz for Chapter 4-6
When reading, it is important to understand what the words in the story mean. This helps you make a picture in your head, or visualize, the story. If you cannot pronounce the garden items Sarah and Maggie are talking about do not worry. As long as you know they are the names of flowers you can visualize the scene. Do your best with the pronunciation. You can also use the 'Define' feature. It gives you the pronunciation guide for the words.
Compare and contrast Sarah's life in Maine with her life on the farm. Include details from both places in your answer.
Sarah is confronting Papa on several issues. She wants to ride a horse, learn to drive the wagon, and fix the roof with him. These details give you some insight into Sarah's character. This video will tell you some more about characters' traits. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Sarah tell Jacob she has squalls in Maine?
No one is around to hear Anna's question, but she does not understand why Sarah needs to leave. She is doubtful Sarah will come back.
What is the most important event in the story and why?
Quiz for Chapters 7-9