The Wanderer

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"The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in."

Thirteen-year-old Sophie hears the sea calling, promising adventure and a chance for discovery as she sets sail for England with her three uncles and two cousins. Sophie's cousin Cody isn't sure he has the strength to prove himself to the crew and to his father. Through Sophie's and Cody's travel logs, we hear stories of the past and the daily challenges of surviving at sea as The Wanderer sails toward its destination -- and its passengers search for their places in the world.

Curriculet Details
71 Questions
44 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This curriculet, designed around the 6th grade Common Core Standards, gives students the opportunity to explore themes of family, identity, mortality, and letting go. They'll encounter an unreliable narrator and contrasting points of view in this story of a courageous girl with a mysterious past. This free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining point of view, imagery, and theme. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of family, hardship and mortality. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Homework #7

What images or feelings are created by the repeated words in these lines? 
When events in a story hint at what is coming up, this is called "foreshadowing." What is foreshadowed in this short intro chapter? What might be coming up? 

Homework #8

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What does Sophie mean when she says, "My mule-self begged a place aboard a forty-five foot sailboat with a motley crew?" 

Homework #9

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This sentence is an example of 
The Ohio River runs from Pennsylvania to Illinois and is wide and slow-moving. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #10

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How does this detail show a difference between Sophie and her mother? 
A 45-foot sailboat.  (This annotation contains an image)
A crane lowering a boat into the water. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #12

The crew will travel across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to England. (This annotation contains an image)
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The conversation about juggling is 

Homework #13

We learn for the the first time here that Sophie is adopted. How does it change the way you feel about Sophie as a narrator? Do you feel you can trust her? 
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What can you infer about Brian and his father? 

Homework #14

A bosun's (or boatswain's) chair is a small seat with a harness used to safely hang from a mast to fix something. Stays are the ropes connected to the mast, that provide tension for the sail. (This annotation contains an image)
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What surprises Sophie about Cody? 

Homework #15

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Sophie is the only girl on the crew. How do you think this will affect her on the voyage? 
Does it surprise you that Sophie has never met the grandfather she's talked about in her own narration? How does it add to your understanding of Sophie as a narrator? 

Homework #16

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Why does the author repeat some words in this sentence? 
A winch handle is a removable handle used to wind rope. (This annotation contains an image)
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The imagery in this passage intends to make the reader 
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This simile means that Brian 

Homework #18

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"This little island of a boat" is an example of 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
How is Cody's style of teaching different from Brian's? Use evidence from the text in your answer. 
A "shakedown," in sailing terms, is a trial run for a boat, where sailors try to put the boat to the test to make sure it will work in rough weather. 

Homework #19

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Why does Cody say "Now, that ought to be interesting?"  

Homework #20

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Based on the context, which of the following is the best synonym for capricious? 
The poem that Uncle Dock recites is "Fog," by Carl Sandburg. Why would the author of the poem compare fog to "little cat feet?" (This annotation contains an image)
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Sophie uses a lot of specific sailing vocabulary in her narration, like shakedown, aft and sump. The author probably wants to show that 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
In the story so far, what is Cody's main conflict with his family? Use textual evidence in your answer. 

Homework #21

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Sophie is 

Homework #23

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The phrase, "we met his family and swayed around like dizzy clowns" is an example of which literary device? 
Lobster fishermen trap live lobsters in cage-like traps filled with bait. When the lobsters are caught, thick rubber bands are used to keep the claws safely shut. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #24

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The passages where Cody narrates instead of Sophie 

Homework #25

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Given what you know about Sophie's birth parents, why do you think she worries in this passage? 
Clams live under the sand and release air bubbles, giving clam diggers clues about where to dig.  (This annotation contains an image)
Jonah is a character in the Christian Bible who upsets God and causes a great storm. Eventually he is thrown overboard by his companions at sea, where he is swallowed by a whale. Because of this story, there is a common superstition among sailors about the name Jonah. An old British comic featured a sailor named Jonah who always did everything wrong. (This annotation contains an image)
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Names are important in this story. The name "Sophie" means wisdom. Make an inference or a prediction about Sophie based on her name. 

Homework #26

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How would Cody describe Sophie? 
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Why does Brian call Sophie out on her lies but Cody does not? Make an inference and use textual evidence in your answer. 

Homework #27

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In writing, making a reference to a well-known story, work of art, or familiar character is called an allusion. Why does the author make an allusion to Ulysses in this passage? What does the story of Ulysses have in common with this story? 
Ulysses, also known as Odysseus, is the hero of the Greek epic poem The Odyssey. The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus/Ulysses' long sailing journey home after the Trojan War. He encounters challenge after challenge, making it one of the most famous stories of homecoming ever written. Today, the word "odyssey" is a synonym for "journey." In this painting, Odysseus has been tied to the mast of his own ship by his crew to protect him from the Harpies, dangerous bird-women. (This annotation contains an image)
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Cody also uses a lot of sailing vocabulary. Describe how his usage in phrases like "Commander Compass at your service!" and "Ahoy! Fortress!"  is different from how Sophie uses sailing words. 
Sometimes Sophie just decides not to think about something that's bothering her. How easy is it for you to "turn off" your brain when there's something you don't want to think about? 

Homework #28

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Why does Sophie pretend that she is not adopted? Make an inference and back it up with evidence from the text. 
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Summarize what this passage shows about Brian. 
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Summarize what this passage shows about Sophie. 

Homework #29

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This sentence is an example of what literary device? 
Baptism is a Christian ritual where people are dunked in water by a priest or other religious person to symbolically wash them clean. (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
The idiom "You're such a wet blanket" means 

Homework #30

Does it surprise you that Cody tells this story about his father? How does this detail add to your understanding of Cody? 
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This is the third time that Sophie's story has ended with Bompie getting a whipping and some apple pie. What do you think these two things symbolize? 

Homework #32

"Phosphorescent" means "glowing." Certain kinds of plankton glow at night, and can be seen when the water or sand is disturbed. You can see some phosphorescent plankton glowing in this video. (This annotation contains a video)
Even roomy boats have cramped living quarters. What would be the most difficult thing about being cooped up in a small space with five other people? (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #34

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Which of the following common American sayings is something that Bompie would agree with? 

Homework #35

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What surprises Cody about his dad's lesson on radio code? 

Homework #36

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This conversation between Sophie and Uncle Stew connects to the theme "your job is an important part of your identity."  Which other conversation is connected to this same theme? 
Quiz #1 

Homework #37

A clove hitch. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #38

Tone and mood are two words that refer to the way a story or a scene FEELS. This short video shows the difference between mood and tone. Mood and tone can change quickly in a scene or over the course of a longer story. (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
What conflict do Cody and Uncle Stew have about using the proper names for things? 
This may be an allusion; in Greek mythology, dolphins were considered messengers of Poseidon, god of the sea. Below is an image of a 3,500-year-old Greek mural showing dolphins.  (This annotation contains an image)
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In this chapter, the mood changes  

Homework #39

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What does this detail show? 

Homework #40

Imagine being in a small boat in the middle of the ocean, no land in sight. Often the ocean and sky are the same color, so they can seem to blend into each other and become one thing. (This annotation contains an image)
Whales and dolphins are mammals, not fish, and both are known for their close bonds with their young, called calves. Below is an image of a mother bottlenose dolphin and her baby . (This annotation contains an image)
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What do the dolphins symbolize?  

Homework #41

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Why does Brian mention the orphan animals? 
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List the things that happen again and again in Sophie's Bompie stories. 

Homework #42

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Why do you think Sophie's thoughts about the sea changed in this chapter? 
The galley is a boat's kitchen. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does it worry Sophie when Uncle Dock gets upset? Does it worry you when adults get sad and cry? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Who is Rosalie? 

Homework #43

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What can you infer about Sophie's past from this chapter? Use textual evidence in your answer. 

Homework #44

This image shows the cold Labrador Current (the blue arrow) and where it meets the warm Gulf Stream (the red arrow). All storms are a result of cold (air or water) meeting warm (air or water). (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
What character trait of Cody's makes him a natural at radio code? 
A rubber (inflatable) dinghy. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #46

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What is the author's purpose in making this chapter so short and without complete sentences? 

Homework #47

The image below shows some of the parts of a sailboat. The main boom is the swinging rod at the bottom of the main sail. (This annotation contains an image)
A reefed sail, rolled up and tied at the bottom to make it smaller and safer in high winds. (This annotation contains an image)
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From the language in this passage, we can infer 

Homework #49

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The best way to describe the mood in this chapter is 

Homework #50

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Why does the author include so many references to code? 

Homework #51

A safety harness in sailing is a set of chest straps and a belt that ties a sailor to her/his boat in bad weather.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Given the context, what is the best synonym for pulverize? 
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What word is Brian about to say in this passage? 

Homework #54

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Why do you think Cody says he hasn't been a good son? Use textual evidence in your answer. 

Homework #55

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Why did the entries get so short? 

Homework #57

The Beaufort Scale is used to measure the force of a storm. The highest level is 12. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #59

This line is from a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson called "Ulysses." It's about the same character from the Odyssey. 
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The crew is 

Homework #60

The dodger is a fabric covering which keeps water out of the cabin of a ship. (This annotation contains an image)
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The crew is experiencing a truly terrifying storm. Think back to Bompie's belief that struggle builds character. Do you think the crew is being strengthened by this experience? Why or why not? 

Homework #63

When looking for the theme, or central message, of a story, ask yourself, "What did the main character learn?" This video shows some examples of how to find theme. (This annotation contains a video)
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This "Bompie story" shows which theme of the book? 

Homework #65

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The mood of this passage is  

Homework #66

This animation shows how a sextant uses the position of the sun to help a sailor find the angle of direction. (This annotation contains a video)
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Why does the author capitalize The Wave? 

Homework #67

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Why do you think Sophie is scared to see Bompie? Use textual evidence in your answer. 

Homework #68

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Which of the following choices best summarizes what storytelling does for Sophie? 

Homework #69

Uncle Stew talks about his philosophy of parenting in this chapter. The following image was used in an article for parents about how to let go when their children leave for college. Why do you think the writers chose this particular image? (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #70

Quiz #2 

Homework #72

This epic poem, written in 1797 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is about a sailor who goes to a wedding and tells a long, dramatic story about a sea voyage. This dramatic image was from an 1897 printing of the poem. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #73

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Brian and Cody's dads are fighting in this scene. Which idiom means "children are like their parents?" 

Homework #74

A person on a boat for a long time gets accustomed to constantly keeping balanced on a moving surface. When the person goes ashore, the change to solid land can feel really unstable for a while! 
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"The sea, she claimed the real one--" is an example of  

Homework #75

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What is Cody finally understanding about Sophie's stories? 

Homework #76

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This phrase is an an example of 

Homework #78

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Why is Brian bothered by the way that Sophie changes details and stretches the truth? 

Homework #80

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Do you think that Brian and Cody do have a "right" to know about Sophie's past? Why or why not? Support your answer with examples and explanation. 
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Why do you think the author chose to have Sophie's family tell her story as the story of a nameless "little girl?"   

Homework #81

Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, England. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #84

When a narrator doesn't always give the whole story or changes the truth, this is called an "unreliable narrator." In this short clip, Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, tells how his character Greg Heffley is sometimes an unreliable narrator.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What has become clear about Sophie's stories? 

Homework #86

Does it surprise you that Rosalie doesn't stay with Uncle Dock? Why do you think the author made this choice? 
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What theme of the story does this detail support? 

Homework #87

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Uncle Mo gives each member of the crew a gift, and Cody drew one for his father. Choose one of the gifts and explain the symbolism and significance of the drawing for that particular character. Use textual evidence in your answer. 

Homework #88

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What is the significance of this line? Use textual evidence in your answer. 

Homework #89

Quiz #3 
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Choose two of the characters and briefly describe how they have changed from the beginning of the story.