Danger on Midnight River
Twelve-year-old Daniel Martin is a slow learner who escapes his classmates' cruel jokes by spending time in the outdoors. When a van crash plunges them into a river, Daniel could use his survival skills to save himself--or risk everything to try to rescue the bullies, too.
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Based on the details in the highlighted text, what does Daniel NOT like about the "town world"?
Make Connections: Do you know someone like Daniel who other kids call "retarded"? If so, do you suppose they feel like a "no-body" like Daniel does?
Foreshadowing is a literary device in which the author gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story. Foreshadowing often appears at the beginning of a story or a chapter and helps the reader develop expectations about the coming events in a story. Watch the video to learn more about foreshadowing. Do you think the highlighted text is an example of foreshadowing? If so, what do you think will happen next in the story? (This annotation contains a video)
Why do you think the driver is sweating and clutching the steering wheel? Explain your answer.
Personification is a figure of speech in which a thing, an idea or an animal is given human attributes. The non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that we feel they have the ability to act like human beings. Look at the poster below for more examples of personification. (This annotation contains an image)
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?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of tinder. Create a sentence using tinder correctly in context. (Type your sentence below.)
The prefix un- means 'not.' Conscious means 'to be awake; alert." Using the meanings of the word parts, what is the BEST definition of unconscious?
Dialogue is the conversation between two or more characters in a story. Watch the video to see why authors use dialogue in their writing. (This annotation contains a video)
How do you suppose Brandon felt when Daniel told him he was going to have pinecones for breakfast? Would you eat them?
How does Scotty's remark to Daniel differ from the way he was treating Daniel when they first got on the van?
What do you think the boys should do?
Based on Daniel's reaction to what Scotty says, how do you think Daniel feels about splitting up?
Realistic fiction is a type of genre in which the characters and story are made up but there is an element of realism in the events of the story. Watch the video to learn more about realistic fiction. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the details in the highlighted text, what type of animal do the boys encounter under the tree?
Point of view is the mode of narration that an author uses to let the readers “hear” and “see” what takes place in a story. Watch the video to learn more about point of view. (This annotation contains a video)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of fitfully. Based on the definition, what is meant by this sentence?
What do you think Daniel will use the boys' belts for?
How does Daniel know that Troy's leg is broken?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of stretcher. Which definition fits the context of the sentence?
Make Connections: Have you ever broken a bone? If so, was it painful?
Read the poster below for information about rabies. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Scotty ready to get home?
Based on the details in the text, the boys assume that the driver is __________.
Why does Daniel want to tell his uncle Smitty about his adventure? Do you think his uncle will be proud of him?