This historical fiction story is a sequel to Patricia MacLachan's first novel Sarah, Plain and Tall. Visit this site to learn more about this award-winning author. (This annotation contains a link)
What concern is facing Papa at the beginning of this story?
In the first book "Sarah, Plain and Tall" you learn that Anna and Caleb's mother died after giving birth to Caleb. Sarah came to their farm in the Midwest from her home by the sea in Maine. Caleb and Anna are always worried that Sarah will leave them and return to Maine.
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?
What does Sarah mean when she says "Sometimes, what people choose to write down on paper is more important than what they say"?
The area where this story is taking place is in a severe drought. The setting of this story will play a major role in this novel. Here is a video reviewing setting. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the setting of this story?
Here is a poem "The Colors of a Drought" by Dennis Lange. Think about how he describes a drought. (This annotation contains a link)
Compare "The Colors of a Drought" poem to the story "Skylark". How are they alike and different? Use information from both passages in your answer.
Sarah wants Caroline and her family to stay. She does not want any family to leave. Hard work will not help in this case. The town needs rain.
Use the Define feature and read the definition for sighed. Which
of the feelings was Caleb having when he sighed?
When a character remembers events that happened in the past it is known as a flashback. Caleb is having a flashback to events that happened in the first book. This video will give you another example of flashback. (This annotation contains a video)
Character traits are words that describe a character's thoughts, actions, and feelings. What trait below would describe Sarah?
The wells are drying up. Now the river is almost dry as well. Things are getting increasingly worse for the town. Below is a picture of a dried up river. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Maggie compare Sarah to a prairie lark?
Sarah is usually very strong. This is the first time she has broke down and cried. She is not just crying for the coyote needed water, but for all of them. She is upset that she can do nothing to fix the situation.
Below is a video showing a phonograph playing music. Imagine all of the people dancing to the music for Sarah's birthday. (This annotation contains a video)
"Caleb spitting streams of water in the air like a whale." This is an example of what type of figurative language?
When you are reading, it is important to make inferences about what you read. This video will explain how to do this. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Maine green and the Witting's farm brown?
Aunt Lou enjoys animals and does not follow traditional norms. Aunt Harriet enjoys cooking and has many different kinds of goodies waiting for the children. Aunt Mattie tries to 'keep the peace' in the house. Which aunt would you be most like? Identifying with a character in reading is called a text-to-self connection.
What is Caleb enjoying about Maine?
Letter writing is the Witting family's only form of communication with Papa. You can infer from his letters that he misses the family greatly and is still very concerned about the drought.
Caleb and Anna dream about ________________.
Skylark is a poem that was made into a song. Listen to the song lyrics as Sarah Fisher sings in this video. (This annotation contains a video)
Think about the lyrics in the song Skylark. Compare them with Sarah's thoughts and actions.
When reading a novel it is important to determine the theme, or underlying message. This video will explain theme. (This annotation contains a video)
What is a theme for this novel?
Papa's appearance is a surprise to everyone. There was no way of letting the family know he was coming, other than writing a letter. Letters take much longer to arrive than the train ride. Caleb's mood went from depressed to exuberant the second he saw his father.
Anna's mood went from excited to concerned. Why?