How Angel Peterson Got His Name: And Other Outrageous Tales about Extreme Sports

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WHEN YOU GROW up in a small town in the north woods, you have to make your own excitement. High spirits, idiocy, and showing off for the girls inspire Gary Paulsen and his friends to attempt: Shooting waterfalls in a barrel The first skateboarding Breaking the world record for speed on skis by being towed behind a souped-up car, and then . . . hitting gravel Jumping three barrels like motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel, except they only have bikes Wrestling . . . a bear? Extreme sports lead to extreme fun in new tales from Gary's boyhood. ANew York TimesBestseller
Curriculet Details
16 Questions
19 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 7th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining word choice, figurative language and point of view. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about theme and onomatopoeia. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of character development, main idea, and conflict. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Keep this statement in mind as you continue reading. This book is a collection of stories from Gary Paulsen's childhood. Why do you think he added this conversation in the foreword? 

Chapter 1

What can you infer, or guess, about how not having television is an important detail for readers to understand? 
Way before laptops, the internet and cable tv, news and entertainment were delivered through radio shows. Families gathered together to listen to, not watch, their favorite programs.  (This annotation contains an image)
What can you infer about Carl Peterson based on this statement? 
Not only is Gary Paulsen setting you up for how the ski challenge started but he is also dropping hints to how it ends. This statement impacts your concept of Carl's decision making because it leads you to think of all the things that could go wrong.  
Keep the idea of "healthy scientific curiosity" in mind as you read each story. This idea motivates the boys and in turn develops the idea of adventure and friendship as themes.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following predictions could happen based on the setting and the information in this staemnet? 
Do you think Carl's clarity stems from confidence or fear? Keep an eye on how the boys react to fear and what is revealed in those moments. 
What conclusion can you draw from the description of Carl's eyes filling the goggles? 
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? 
Can you imagine Carl launching out of the skis? In comparing Carl to a rock being skipped across a pond, Gary Paulsen captures a clear image for the reader. This is also an example of simile, which is a comparison that uses like or as.  
What is the main difference between Gary Paulsen's reaction and Alan's reaction to Carl skiing? 
Explain the importance of Alan's presence of mind in this moment. How does Alan's question relate to Carl becoming Angel?  

Chapter 2

DC-3 planes revolutionized commercial air travel after World War II and, as Gary Paulson mentions, they are still used today. (This annotation contains an image)
"Tight with a nickel" is a saying used to refer to a person who would rather save money than spend it. 
The red circles aren't actually meatballs. The image on the kite replicates a Japanese fighter plane. American fighter pilots practiced with this image during WWII.  (This annotation contains an image)
How does calculating the amount of work needed to earn eleven dollars relate to Emil's "tight with a nickel" label? 
Keep your eyes peeled for more words that look like they sound. This is called onomatopoeia.  (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 1-2 Quiz 
How does Emil's decision to hold on to the kite relate to his "tight with a nickel" status?  

Chapter 3

Notice how Orvis has adapted to the situation and how he has also gained from the experience.  
Explain how the stories might be different if the boys had television or ways to entertain themselves at home. What parts of the story wouldn't have happened? 
Elaborate on another reason why Orvis decided to say his name was Archie Swenson. How does this relate to Orvis's history of being bullied? Use text evidence to support your response.  
Do you see how repeating a letter sound adds depth to the statement? Would Archie's wrath sound as scary if it was just described as pay back or confrontation? The repetition of words starting with the same letter or sound is called alliteration.  
What motivates the boys to strip their bikes of all the fancy attachments and safety features? 
Not only are the boys entertaining themselves but they are also strengthening their friendship. With each obstacle, the boys learn from their mistakes (maybe) and grow closer as they create new stories to share. 
Gary Paulsen uses __________ to describe the sound of Wayne's labored breathing. 

Chapter 4

Can you recall why Gary Paulson is asking to touch Wayne's television? 
Did you catch that? Do you really think sweaters got their name because they make you sweat?  
This statement also ties back to the Foreword and the advice Gary Paulson gave his son. How has this idea shaped the plot of each story? 
What does this look usually lead to? 
Think about what motivates Orvis to stay in the ring and how that motivation is impacted by the bear using more strength. It makes sense that the bear would win, but Orvis is only thinking about impressing the girls and losing isn't an option. 
What is unusual about Orvis's interaction with the girls? 
Chapters 3-4 Quiz 

Chapter 5

Explain how the boys thinking they are clever is related to the dangerous situations they get in. Use text evidence to support your response.  
This is what the boys are doing. Can you see why going over coarse gravel would really hurt? (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 5 Quiz 
This idea represents more than breaking speed records or wrestling bears. Relating it back to theme, this idea helps the boys navigate challenges, and in turn, learn about themselves and each other.