Lost on a Mountain in Maine

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When twelve-year-old Donn Fendler gets tired of waiting for his father and brothers to join him on the summit of Maine's highest peak, he decides to find his own way back to camp. But Donn doesn't count on a fast-moving fog that obscures the path. He doesn't count on falling down an embankment that hides him from sight. And he doesn't count on taking a turn that leaves him alone to wander aimlessly for nearly two weeks in the empty mountain wilderness.

Curriculet Details
13 Questions
18 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum designed for 6th grade students contains interactive videos exploring topics such as internal conflict, characterization, and different forms of figurative language. In addition, you will find annotations describing text structure, inference and author's traits, which encourage students to dig deeper into elements such as imagery and author's purpose among others. Students will explore topics such as perseverance, the power of faith, and survival. 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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1. My Adventure Begins

Left click with your mouse for a couple seconds or press with your finger (touch screens) to use the define feature or leave your own annotations. 
This is a true account of the author's experiences lost on a mountain. He never gave up hope even though most of the rescue parties assumed that he was dead and that they were searching for a body and not a person. 
The author uses similes to describe the setting and his own actions. What does he compare in the highlighted text? 
The author uses figurative language such as a simile and personification to enhance the imagery so that the reader can picture in his mind what it was like to be standing alone and cold on top of the mountain. He compares the rocks to ghosts (simile) and gives the cold, wet cloud a human quality (personification) when he describes it wrapping him in an icy blanket. Click the link below to watch a video clip explaining some common types of figurative language.  (This annotation contains a link)

2. Plumes of Pamola

Which word(s) in the text indicate that this true tale is told in first person point of view? 

3. Sharp Rocks and Sleet

It appears clear already that perseverance is going to be a central idea or theme in the text. The author describes himself as perseverant. His actions and thoughts support this inference about his personality.  
In the highlighted paragraph, how does the author use text structure and punctuation to build suspense?  Mention specific details from the text to support your answer. 
It looks like the speaker is going to rely on his faith for strength and emotional support. 

4. Ghosts on the Mountain

Where does the black automobile go? 
It looks like the author's conviction or faith has increased because of his circumstances. This is a common occurrence; people often neglect their relationship with God until they are in a situation where they really need Him. 
Quiz 1 

5. Blackflies Are No Fun

The author exaggerates the number of mosquito bites, or uses hyperbole for emphasis. See the video below for a more detailed explanation of hyperbole. (This annotation contains a video)

6. I Hear Footsteps

According to the text, what did the narrator never imagine? 
Even though the narrator has been lost for several days, he still remains optimistic as the highlighted text illustrates. 

7. Bears Are Not So Bad

The highlighted text contains an example of which type of figurative language? 
The author purposely uses brief sentences to describe his initial encounter with the bear. This helps convey his shock and panic. 

8. I Find a Cabin

The highlighted text illustrates an internal conflict. The narrator wants to take the blanket, but he is hesitant because he thinks the blanket may belong to the mouse. View the video below for a more detailed explanation of internal conflict. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz 2 

9. I Hear an Airplane

Why does the author use the word "died" to describe the plane disappearing over the trees? 
It seems a little strange that the narrator would be happy to see a giant bear that he readily admits could easily kill him with the current condition of his legs and feet. Is he losing hope of being rescued, or is he just supremely confident in his ability to not disturb the giant beast? 

10. Ever See a Swink?

Which context clue helps the reader infer the meaning of the narrator's "blood turning cold"? 
This is another point where the author starts to feel discouraged about his potential rescue. He keeps going, though, fighting through tremendous obstacles. 

11. Soldiers in a Swamp

The author never explicitly states that there are leeches on his legs. Instead, he uses the word "bloodsuckers," so that the reader can better relate to his panicked state. (This annotation contains an image)
The reader can infer that the hands that lift him belong to _________? 
It seems likely that the loss of part of his toe contributed to his thoughts about doughnuts. The author appears to be delusional. This could be triggered by pain or food deprivation.  

12. Journey's End

Based on the first and second things that the narrator prays for, what can we infer about his character? 
The reader is left wondering if Mr. McMoarn is shaking his head in disbelief that the narrator was able to survive by himself in the wilderness, or was he shaking his head because the narrator put himself in such a precarious situation? 
Quiz 3 


The afterword gives details about what was going on in the outside world while Donn was lost on the mountain. 
The highlighted text employs figurative language to help the reader understand the harshness of the _______. 
It truly is amazing that Donn was able to survive for so long by himself overcoming such rugged conditions. 
According to the text, who never gave up hope searching for Donn? 
Donn's survival story epitomizes the struggle between man and nature 
Why would mothers be the only ones not to give up hope on finding Donn?