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Chapter One - The Girl Who Saw The Future
The Giant-Slayer is the story of a lonely young girl named Laurie. When her only friend Dickie gets polio, she visits him in the hospital and tells a magical story to him and other victims of polio. Are you familiar with the polio diesase? You will learn a lot about it as you read the story.
Laurie can best be described as an _________ child.
The following video will explain the polio epidemic. You will learn what life was like for polio victims and how the March of Dimes, where Laurie's father works, helped fight this terrible disease. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following is not a polio prevention rule that Laurie is expected to follow?
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?
Describe how Laurie and Dickie become friends, focusing on the things they have in common. Include examples from the text to support your answer.
The highlighted passage explains that the polio vaccine was almost a reality in the spring of 1955. Imagine how Laurie's life will change once the vaccine is available.
Laurie's life is __________ because of her father's fears of polio.
Chapter Two - The Girl in the Iron Lung
Davy Crocket was a19th century American folk hero, frontiersman, solider and politician. "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" was a popular song in 1995. Watch the video below to hear the song. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Laurie think she she has polio?
Weeping willows are trees that have ground-sweeping branches. They are called weeping willows because the branches hang down, so the tree looks like it is weeping. The image below shows a weeping willow tree. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Laurie scared to visit Dickie in the hospital?
In the highlighted passage, Laurie describes what she thinks the polio ward will be like. As you continue to read, think about the ways in which the polio ward is similar to and different from the way she imagines it.
How is Dickie feeling when he sees that Laurie has come to visit him?
Have you read the definition for the word "tomahawk?" The image below shows what a tomahawk looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
Describe the setting of the hospital and the polio ward. Include details from the text.
The highlighted passage is important because it provides information about Chip's background. Think about how Chip looked in the past and how he is described to look now that he has polio.
Miss Freeman can be described as a ________ person.
Since the children in the iron lungs can't go outside or look out the window, they enjoy listening to Laurie describe the surroundings and happenings outside of the hospital. Think about the ways in which Laurie is helping these sick children.
Chapter Three - A Giant-Slayer is Born
What is the meaning of the phrase, "She lived in the stories that she narrated constantly in her head?"
Every story has a narrator or narrators and a point of view, the perspective from which a story is told. The point of view shapes what the reader thinks about the characters. There are two main types of point of view. First-person: The narrator uses first-person pronouns such as “I”, “me”, and “my” to tell the story. The narrator is a character in the story. The following video will explain third-person point of view. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Collosso so terrifying?
Click on the word, "gryphon" and read the definition. The following image shows what a gryphon looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
The story that Laurie is telling is a "story within the story." Laurie is the narrator of the story she is telling to Dickie. Who is narrating the story about Laurie?
Pay attention to the highlighted passage. It reveals why the giant-slayer was born. Think about how Collosso is feeling when he learns that his powers caused his troubles.
Why is Collosso so happy after his visit with the witch?
In the highlighted passage, Carolyn is insulted by Laurie's story. She thinks Laurie is calling her lazy based on Fingal calling his wife lazy in Laurie's story. Did Laurie purposely try to insult Carolyn?
Carolyn believes that the character of Collosso is meant to represent the disease of polio. Describe the ways in which Collosso is similar to polio. Include details and examples from the text to support your answer.
Roy Rogers was an American singer and cowboy actor who was one of the most popular Western stars of his time. The following image is a picture of Roy Rogers. Have you seen any of his T.V. shows or movies? (This annotation contains an image)
Although it is not explained in the text, you can infer that a "hemi" is _________.
Chapter Four - The Story of Carolyn Jewels
As you read, you will be asked to explain what the text says when drawing inferences from the text. The following video will explain how to draw inferences. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does the tax man measure baby Jimmy?
Think about Fingal's words in the highlighted passage. He does not really want the baby to stay with him because Jimmy is a pleasure. Fingal has discovered that baby Jimmy can bring him money because travelers often tip the baby with coins thinking it will bring them good fortune.
Fingal can be best be described as ________.
Laurie and Carolyn have both described doctors as being scary. Can you recall a time when you were faced with a scary medical procedure or doctor appointment. How did you feel?
What is the meaning of the highlighted phrase?
The comic book that Dickie is reading, Two-Gun Kid, is a comic about two Western fictional cowboys published by Marvel Comics from 1948-1977. The image below shows the cover of one of the books. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter Four is titled, "The Story of Carolyn Jewels." Summarize what you have learned about Carolyn's background and explain why she often has a bad attitude.
A Wishman is a man who can grant wishes, similar to a genie in a magic lamp.
Why is Fingal skeptical of the Wishman?
The highlighted passage is significant because it reveals that Fingal's wish to keep baby Jimmy from growing could also prevent him from living a long life. Fingal has been described as being mean and stingy, and those character traits are revealed in the passage. He is risking his son's life because he wants him to remain small so people continue to leave coins.
What is the meaning of the phrase, "dine and dash?"
Chapter Five - The Saddest Wish of All
Chip is anxious for Laurie to continue telling her story. Do you think she will make the Wishman real or fake? Make a prediciton.
As Laurie continues to tell her story, you can infer that ________.
Have you read the definition for the word, "minstrel?" The image belows shows what a medieval minstrel looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
Can you summarize the story that Laurie is telling, focusing on important events in the story?
Read the defintion for the word, "changeling" and look at the image of a changeling below. Do you thiink JImmy resembles a changeling? (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Jimmy's mother go to see the Swamp Witch?
Genghis Khan was Mongolian warrior and ruler who created the largest empire in the world, the Mongol Empire, by destroying individual tribes in Northeast Asia.
Chapter Six - The Man Who Hunted Unicorns
How does Miss Freeman feel when she hears the children excitedly talking about Laurie's story?
There are a variety of unique characters in both stories, the original story and the story that Laurie is telling. As you read, think about the traits of each characters. The following video will explain how to identify characters traits. (This annotation contains a video)
Describe the character of Dickie and explain why he identifies with Khan the hunter. Include details from the text to support your answer.
The highligthed passage reveals how polio has taken a toll on Dickie and how he no longer recognizes himself.
Carolyn's attitude about Dickie's parents returning for a visit can be described as _________.
As you read the highlighted passage, think about Jimmy's feelings toward Khan. It is obvious that he is fascinated by Khan. Do you find Khan to be an interesting and intriguing character?
Why does Jimmy refuse to take advantage of Khan by encouraging him to leave coins?
Jimmy is very fond and respectful of Khan. The highlighted passage reveals Khan's feelings toward Jimmy. Do you think they will remain good friends?
Read the highlighted passage. Explain what Fingal means when he claims he has "gotten the better of the Wishman."
Chapter Seven - The Tax Man Returns
Debbie Reynolds is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She was born in 1932 and is still alive today. If you are a Star Wars fan, her daughter is Carrie Fisher, the actress who plays Princess Leia. Below you can see an image of Debbie Reynolds. (This annotation contains an image)
From the highlighted passage you can infer that _________.
The phrase, "lock, stock and barrel" means all/total/everything. The main parts of a gun are the lock, the stock and the barrel, and together they make up the entire weapon.
Why is Fingal blaming Jimmy for the the tax man taking his riches?
Read the definition for "manticore." The image below shows what a manticore looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
Describe the setting of Jimmy's journey along the Great North Road, including details about the sights and sounds along the way.
The man Jimmy encounters is afraid of him, thinking he is a gnome. In what ways is Jimmy similar to a gnome. The image below shows what a gnome looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Laurie name the witch Jessamine?
Chapter Eight - The Last Words of Smoky Jack
Have you noticed any themes developing in the story? The following video will explain how to identify a theme in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
How is a Tellsman different from a Wishman?
What do you know about Gypsies? Read the definition and view the image below to see what a Gypsy camp looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
Describe how the Gypsies treat Jimmy and why they are so fond of him.
Pay attention to the highlighted passage because it explains all of the reasons why Jimmy is determined to see the Swamp Witch. Do you think he should continue on to see her or stay away from her?
The Gypsies try unsuccessfully to persuade Jimmy to ________.
The highlighted passage includes a detailed description of manticores. Do you find them to be the most frightening creatures in the story? Why or why not?
Why must Jimmy remain still when encountering manticores?
Think about the description of the humongous wagon that Jimmy finds in the forest. Despite it's size, the highlighted passage describes how small the seat is. Why do you think it's so small? What kind of person or creature do you suppose used to drive it?
Jimmy has encountered many obstacles on his journey to see the Swamp Witch. Describe the obstacles he faces and include details from the text.
Chapter Nine - The Magic in the Charm
Read the definition for the word, "bulrushes." The image below will show you what bulrushes look like and give you an idea of what the setting of the swamp looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
What saves Jimmy's life as the alligator is attacking him?
Think about the highlighted passage. Jimmy feels important when he learns he was born to slay a giant. Can you recall a time when you felt important?
What is the meaning of the highlighted phrase?
The highlighted passage reveals that Jimmy's mother never made it to see the Swamp Witch. From this you can infer that something bad has happened to her.
In the highlighted passage, Mrs. Strawberry's tone is __________.
As you read Carolyn's description of the storm that caused a power outage at the hospital, you get a feeling of how frightening it was for her. Have you ever experienced a big storm? How did you feel?
Which of the following sentences is an example of third-person point of view?
Chapter Ten - The Gnome Runners
The highlighted passage reveals how more and more children in the polio ward want to hear Laurie's story. Not only is her story entertaining and exciting, but it provides a distraction from the pain and suffering of the children with polio. Think about the ways in which stories have the power to lift you up and raise your spirits when you are feeling down, which is a theme in the story.
The highlighted passage is an example of the difficulty of Jimmy's journey as he trudges on to slay the giant. Explain how the theme of bravery is evident in both stories and include an example of bravery from each of the two stories.
The highlighted phrase, "Scratch our backs, we scratch yours, means if you help us, we'll help you.
What do gnome runners do?
As you read the highlighted passage, think about what Jimmy knows about gnomes and how he feels about them.
Why do Meezle and Jiggs think Jimmy will be good gnome runner?
Jimmy sees gold, silver and other jewels in the gnome house. Think about the reasons why he doesn't tell Meezle and Jiggs what he sees.
Explain what Jimmy means when he says he "feels the greed of Fingal" when he's in the gnome house.
The highlighted passage is significant because it reveals how gnomes are very different than Jimmy had expected. He had always been told that gnomes were mean and scary, but now that he has gotten to know them he realizes they are kind and friendly.
Jimmy's experiences with the gnomes reveal the theme of _______ in Laurie's story?
Chapter Eleven - The Return of the Hunter
In the highlighted passage, the children speculate which characters in the story represent them. Do you agree that they share character traits with their respective characters in Laurie's story?
Why do the guards make Jimmy the "boss gnome?"
In Chapter 11, Khan returns and saves Jimmy from his life as gnome slave. What theme does this reveal?
How does Khan feel about the prospect of Jimmy killing Collosso?
In the highlighted passage, we learn that Jimmy plans to free his gnome friends. Think about the character traits that this reveals.
How does Jimmy feel about his destiny to kill Collosso?
Read the definition for the word, "drover." The following video will show you a man performing the job of oxen driving. (This annotation contains a video)
Explain why Collosso is no longer staying in his castle and has returned to terrorizing people.
Think about Jimmy's attitude in the highlighted passage. Can you recall a time when you were determined to do something that others said you couldn't do?
Flanders can be described as ________.
The following video shows the April 1955 news announcement about the polio vaccine. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Carolyn react to the news about the polio vaccine?
Chapter Twelve - The Castle at The Edge of The World
The term "Polio Pioneer" refers to children who were given test vaccines to test the effectiveness of the polio vaccine.
Describe the ways in which James's family life resembles the family life of Jimmy the Giant Slayer.
Read the highlighted passage. Do you think Jimmy's methods of slaying the giant will be effective?
Choose the adjective that describes the mood of the townspeople when they learn that Jimmy and his companions are off to slay Collosso.
Pay attention to the description of what Collosso looks like. Does he look similar to or different from the way you picture him in your mind?
Describe the setting of the forest surrounding Collosso's castle. Include details from the text.
The highlighted passage is significant because it reveals that the Swamp Witch is really a phony and it explains how she went from a gypsy girl to supposed swamp witch.
Which of the following is not an example of Carolyn's life resembling the life of the Swamp Witch?
Read the definition for the term, "moat." The image below shows what a moat looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
How does Collosso feel when he learns the Giant-Slayer has arrived?
Chapter Thirteen - The Witch Who Rode an Alligator
The highlighted passage reveals the destruction that Collosso has caused. Think about the ways in which Collosso and polio cause destruction and damage.
Summarize the events that take place as Jimmy and his companions try to slay Collosso.
Think about Laurie's symptoms in the highlighted passage. What do you think is happening to her? Make a prediction.
What is the cause of Laurie's sudden illness?
As you read the highlighted passage, analyze the ways in which Chip and Flanders are similar.
Why do the children decide to continue Laurie's story?
The phrase, "None of your beeswax" means none of your business.
Read the highlighted passage. Do you think Laurie is happy that the children want to finish her story, even if the ending is different? Why or why not?
Mr. Valentine is feeling guilty that he arranged for Laurie to have one of the first polio vaccines and it made her sick. This a true event that happened to some of the children who received the first vaccines, due to a mix up in a lab.
Chapter Fourteen - The Man Who Showed The Way
Which of the following characters do not act as narrator of Laurie's story.
Are you familiar with the word, "ramparts?" It is also a word that you hear in "The Star Spangled Banner." Read the definition, and see the image of ramparts below. (This annotation contains an image)
What type of therapy are the children with polio receiving?
What do you think Jimmy should do with the charm? Keep it, wear it, or destroy it?
How does the life map that Laurie draws correspond with her life in The Giant-Slayer story that she tells? Refer to details and examples from the text to support your answer.
Jimmy, Khan and Flanders are very brave for going after Collosso to slay him. The children with polio have also been brave when faced with a terrible disease. The theme of bravery is evident in both stories.
How does the charm help kill Collosso?
Earlier in the story, Jimmy said that he would kill Collosso "in a flash. " Since the lightning in the charm helps kills Collosso, Jimmy really did "kill him in a flash."
What is the reason Jimmy's mother never returns home after she sets off to see the Swamp Witch?
Popeye the Sailor Man was a popular character in cartoons and comic books in the mid 1900's. (This annotation contains an image)
How do the gnomes thank Jimmy for setting them free?
What do you think is the one wish Jimmy, his mother and the Swamp Witch all want granted? Make a prediction.
Which character in Laurie's story is your favorite? Why? Include details and examples to support your answer.
Chapter Fifteen - The Shadow of The Stick
The highlighted passage reveals how the children are hopeful and content as they await the ending of the story. This is an example of the theme of the power of stories.
Based on Dr. Wishman's words, you can infer that _______.
Since "The Giant Slayer" consists of a story within a story, two genres of literature are present, both fantasy and historical fiction. Fantasy commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomenon in the plot, theme or setting. Many stories within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic and magical creatures are common.The following video will explain the genre of historical fiction. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the meaning of the phrase, "A dream can fool anyone?"
Read the highlighted passage and think about the wish. As you read you will see how the wish comes true.
How does Marla know that the Swamp Witch is her sister, Jessamine?
The highlighted passage is significant because it reveals how Jimmy's life turns out at the end of the story.
Summarize how the wish of Jimmy, Jessamine, and Jimmy's mother comes true and they each live happily ever after.
Now that Carolyn is finally going home to her family, think about the ways in which her happy ending is similar to Jessamine's happy ending.
How is Carolyn's family similar to a Gypsy family?
Frontierland is one of the themed lands at Disneyland theme park. Look at the image below and think about the ways in which it's a perfect place for Dickie to visit. (This annotation contains an image)
Read the highlighted passage. What theme is revealed?
Can you recall a time when you were lonely and missing a friend who moved away, like Laurie is missing her friends?
Read the Author's Note and think about the events in the story that were non-fiction. Describe something that happens in the story that also happened in real life.