The Penderwicks at Point Mouette
When summer comes around, it's off to the beach for Rosalind . . . and off to Maine with Aunt Claire for the rest of the Penderwick girls, as well as their old friend, Jeffrey. That leaves Skye as OAP (oldest available Penderwick)-a terrifying notion for all, but for Skye especially. Things look good as they settle into their cozy cottage, with a rocky shore, enthusiastic seagulls, a just-right corner store, and a charming next-door neighbor. But can Skye hold it together long enough to figure out Rosalind's directions about not letting Batty explode? Will Jane's Love Survey come to a tragic conclusion after she meets the alluring Dominic? Is Batty-contrary to all accepted wisdom-the only Penderwick capable of carrying a tune? And will Jeffrey be able to keep peace between the girls . . . these girls who are his second, and most heartfelt, family? It's a rollicking ride as the Penderwicks continue their unforgettable adventures in a story filled with laughs and joyful tears!
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One: Going, Going …
Jeanne Birdsall, the author, based the Penderwick series on people she has known in her life. This is the third book in the series of five about the adventures of the Penderwick sisters.
Why is Skye wet?
Adjectives are used to describe a character’s personality. As you read think about what a character does, says, and what other characters say about him to find the appropriate adjective. Learn more about character traits in the video below. What adjective would you use to describe Rosalind? (This annotation contains a video)
Which sister writes books about love?
From what you know about Rosalind so far, you can describe her as
Plot is the pattern of events as they are told in a story, which can be categorized into five sections. Learn how to identify the details included in each section of the plot in the following video. What other characters besides the sisters are introduced in the exposition? (This annotation contains a video)
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. Try it right now to look up the word piteously.
Which word is an synonym for calamity?
Skye is not optimistic about her ability to take care of Batty, but Aunt Claire is
Authors use imagery to appeal to the five senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Good readers notice the imagery to picture in their mind the scene the author is describing. The description of the ocean and sky appeal to your sense of sight. Can you see it?
A good reader uses clues to figure out things that are not exactly stated in the text. Learn more about how to make inferences in the following video. You can infer that Skye does not really like Jane's long speeches because she is hoping it is over. (This annotation contains a video)
Which excerpt from the text indicates that Skye does not enjoy rescuing the dog?
Three: The End of the List
The point of view in a book refers to who is telling the story. The three types of point of view are described in the poster below. Which point of view do you think this story is told? (This annotation contains an image)
From which point of view does the author tell this story?
Every story fits into a category, or genre. As you view this video about realistic fiction, think about how this book fits the genre. (This annotation contains a video)
Which event does NOT indicate that the genre of this book is realistic fiction?
Which word in the description of the golf clubs leads you to infer the meaning of the word loathed is intense dislike?
Four: A New Song
Good readers make connections to the text. Have you ever felt like Batty, scared of monsters lurking in a closet?
When you make an inference, you must use proof from the text to support it. This is called using text based evidence. You can prove that Batty thinks Hoover is a special dog because the text says, "Batty was impressed with Hoover." Learn more about text based evidence in the following video. (This annotation contains a video)
Which textual evidence proves that Skye is not confident in her ability to take care of Batty?
Which statement from the text is an opinion?
Batty sees a double decker bus on the postcard from England like the one pictured here. (This annotation contains an image)
A good reader can summarize main points in a story. View the following video to learn which details are important in a summary. The next question will test your knowledge of summarizing. (This annotation contains a video)
Which statement would most likely be included in a summary of this chapter?
Five: An Accident
"Taps" is usually played on a military base at dusk or at funerals. Listen to the video of "Taps" being played. What emotions do you feel as you hear it? (This annotation contains a video)
The imagery in the selected sentence appeals to the sense of
Good readers use clues from the text to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words. These clues may appear in the sentences before or after the unknown word. View this video to learn more about context clues. What clues from the text help you decipher the meaning of the word enigma? (This annotation contains a video)
Which adjective best describes Jane in the selected paragraph?
Good readers focus on important ideas, ask questions as they read, and predict what will happen next. Predict what is happening that could be trouble.
Use context clues to figure out the meaning of the word remorseful. Why is Alec feeling remorse?
Theme is a main idea of a book that is repeatedly addressed as the plot progresses. In this book, the theme of change is developing the plot of the book. Skye is repeatedly faced with situations where she must act responsibly, so responsibility is one theme of the book. Learn more about themes in the video below and think about other themes that are developing throughout the rest of the book. (This annotation contains a video)
Jane thinks the directions for making pancakes are unclear. Explain how she responds to overcome this challenge.
Notice how the author uses a space to indicate a change in the scene. The first section of this chapter focuses on Jane's actions and now the scene changes to what is happening with Skye.
Which statement from the text supports the following inference?Alec is probably a professional musician.
Conflict is an important part of every story that moves the plot along. Watch the video below to learn more about the two different kinds of conflict: internal and external. In this scene, Skye's struggle with the decision to leave Aunt Claire is an internal conflict. (This annotation contains an image)
Which action is NOT one that indicates responsibility?
Comparing the plot line of a story to a roller coaster, the rising action takes place as the coaster is moving to the top. This is the longest part of the story when actions occur to develop the story, minor conflicts may happen, and suspense is built. Which events so far happen in the rising action of the plot?
Use the Define function to learn the meaning of the word coherent. Why does Alec think Aunt Claire will be coherent tomorrow?
Quiz Chapters 1-6
Seven: Another Accident
Explain how the selected text supports the theme of responsibility.
Authors use similes, metaphors, and personification to help the reader understand emotions or actions in the text. Watch the following video and notice how each of these three types of figurative language are different. Which type of figurative language does the author use to compare falling in love to being struck by lightning? (This annotation contains a video)
The author uses ___________ to add imagery in her description of the boulders.
Authors work hard to choose just the right words to give the reader a clear understanding of the actions and emotions of the scene. How would your picture Jane's fall been different if the author had only written that Jane lost her balance and fell on the rocks?
Skye reflects on the qualities of a good leader. What other qualities should a successful leader have? Do you think Skye is a good leader?
Explain what Skye means when she says, "I can't stand it. I give up."
Why do you think the author uses military terms such as rebellion and coup to describe the actions of the group?
Skye cries because she is feeling
Skye is trying to be a good leader, but things keep going wrong. This makes Skye doubt her leadership skills. Write a few sentences evaluating Skye's leadership. Prove your opinion along with evidence from the text.
Make a prediction of where Jeffrey is taking Skye.
Skye is comfortable with her friendship with Jeffrey. What qualities do you look for in a friend?
Jeffrey thinks of his relationship with Skye as more than just friends, but Skye thinks
The picture below shows a cow moose with two calves like the ones Skye sees on the golf course. The cow moose is a female and does not have antlers like the male moose. (This annotation contains an image)
Batty's thoughts in this scene lead you to infer that she is feeling
How does Mercedes show friendship to Batty?
Connotation refers to a feeling associated with a word’s meaning. For instance, the word home has a warm, positive feeling, but shack has a negative feeling. The word respect has a positive connotation.
Nine: Burning Wishes
Authors use foreshadowing to give a hint of what is to come later in the story creating suspense. It may appear in the form of dialogue between characters, an event in the story which hints at a later event, or even the title may give clues about what is to come. What do you think will happen in this chapter based on this title?
Which detail leads you to infer that Jane has a crush on Dominic?
Which type of figurative language does the author use to describe Dominic's smile?
Jane and Dominic have different personalities. Jane finds conversation easy, while Dominic struggles. Why do you think he has a hard time talking to her?
A dash indicates an interruption from the current thought. In this sentence, the author adds Jane's thought to Aunt Claire's story about the girl scouts.
Which word does NOT have a negative connotation?
Why do the girls want to keep secrets from Rosalind?
The author describes many humorous scenes throughout the book. What other events do you find funny besides the dog dragging Batty around with the rope?
Sated means satisfied.
Ten: Seals, and a Kiss
Which details about Skye's personality are appropriate for her desire to be a scientist?
List three details that lead Skye to infer that Jane is in love with Dominic.
Skye knows she must talk to someone older and wiser to help her deal with this situation with Jane. Do you have someone you go to when you need help dealing with a problem?
Family loyalty is another theme in the book. The girls keep their word when they promise to keep a secret. How else do they show loyalty in the book?
Using details from the text, explain why Skye agrees to go on the boat ride.
Their performance of "Fanfare for the Uncommon Seal" is a parady, or comical imitation, of Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man." Listen to the original piece below. Which parts do the girls think of a thrilling? (This annotation contains a video)
The author uses ____ to describe the boat ride adventure.
How does the figurative language in the selected sentence add meaning to the text?
The author mentions several famous characters from books or history. These are called allusions, which add meaning to the event described in the story.
Writers use different structures to build the ideas of story. Examine the text structure chart below. Which structure is used to tell this story? (This annotation contains an image)
The selected sentence supports the theme of
Which type of device does the author use to describe the sound the balls make as they fall to the floor?
Skye reflects on what it would be like to have no younger sisters. Do you think she really means it? How large is your family? Can you identify with her feelings?
The selected statement about something that will happen in the future is an example of the author's use of ____ to move the plot along.
The author's earlier statement indicates that Jane's haircut story will be laughed about later in their lives. Do you have any stories like that about your family?
Write a prediction of what Jane is responding to by cutting her hair.
Another theme in this book is supportive family relationships. The kids and Aunt Claire sympathize with Jane over her broken heart and try to console her.
Alec offering to shave his beard and take Jane to a professional salon shows that he is
Twelve: The Thunderstorm
A penance is a voluntary punishment for some wrongdoing. Jane volunteers to babysit Batty and Mercedes as punishment for falling in love with Dominic and reacting to heartbreak by cutting her hair.
The author uses a ______ to compare the clouds to giants.
Jane is making a allusion to the story of Samson in the Bible. Samson's strength was destroyed when his enemies cut his hair.
Authors use suspense to build the reader's desire to know what happens next. The appearance of someone at the window is an example of suspense.
Jane's struggle to be polite and let Dominic in or leave him in the storm is an example of an
Think about the list of the boys Jane has kissed in the past. Why was kissing Dominic different than kissing those other boys?
Quiz Chapters 7-12
In a few sentences, write a summary of this chapter.
You may be familiar with the word "heated" as a verb meaning increased temperature. However, in this sentence, heated is an adjective meaning very agitated. Learn more about multiple meaning words in this video. (This annotation contains a video)
Carolyn is excited to see the children and buy golf supplies from them, but her husband is
Which word is a synonym for shorn?
Practice your good reader strategies and predict what Dominic wants to say to Jane in the park.
Pay attention to the series of clues that follow and try to predict the answer to the mystery of why Jeffrey looks like Alec.
What details lead you to infer that Alec is Jeffrey's father?
The top of the roller coaster is the point where you can’t go up any higher. In a plot, this is the climax. The surprise that Alec is Jeffrey's father is the turning point in the story.
Explain why the events of Chapter Thirteen are important to the story.
Fourteen: Answers, and More Questions
Write your prediction for the answer of the big question of Jeffrey's father and write three questions that may result from your answer.
Skye realizes that being in charge is hard work and keeping secrets is even harder. Have you ever had to keep a secret?
How the author reveals events in a story is important. In this story, the events are told as they happen in chronological order. There are no flashbacks to add details of events that happened in the past. Why do you think the author chose not to add any flashbacks? Learn about sequence of events in the following video. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Skye being mean to Jane?
Authors use tension to increase the reader’s emotions as the scene progresses. Skye feels sick because of the tension she feels about Jeffrey finding out Alec is his father.
Which of Jeffrey's actions indicate the tension of this scene?
How does Jeffrey react to the news that Alec is his father?
Skye tries to be a good friend to Jeffrey. What advice would you give her to help Jeffrey?
Why does Skye recite prime numbers?
The theme of supportive family relationships is shown as Skye waits hours for Jeffrey to be ready to speak. How does your family support each other?
The speaker in the poem compares a rose to life. What would Jeffrey say are his "thorns" and "petals"? What are Skye's "thorns" and "petals"?
Read the following poem "A Thorny Rose," by Kirston Warfield, and pay attention to what the speaker says about life. Use details from the poem and the story to answer the next question. Our life is like a thorny rose/ Not perfect, but always beautiful/ The thorns represent the hardships in our lives./ The delicate red petals represent the fun and beautiful things in our lives./ As a young rose the petals hugging around the seed/ are the family and friends who protect, love, and care for us.
Fifteen: An Unwelcome Visitor
Would this story be more effective if it were told in first person point of view? Support your answer with details from the story.
The author uses many words that are probably unfamiliar to you. Do you think that interferes with your understanding of the story?
This is another scene full of tension and conflict. How do you think Skye will handle the problem with Dexter?
Which adjective would best describe Jeffrey's behavior toward Dexter?
After the roller coaster hits the highest point, it quickly goes downhill toward the end of the ride. In a plot, this is the falling action. The remaining conflicts are solved and the story begins to wrap up. Now that Jeffrey knows who his real father is, he has to figure out how to deal with it.
Aunt Claire's comment in the selected text supports the theme of
How does Skye respond to the stress Dexter's arrival has caused?
The author uses a metaphor to compare Dominic to an empty shell because he does not have a care about Jane's feelings for him. He is just as empty as a shell.
Using important details from the story, write a summary of Chapter Fifteen.
Sixteen: Batty's First Concert
The author uses the word "soldiered" to indicate the journey was difficult and Batty perseveres to see the moose. How would your understanding of her actions be different if the author chose the word "walked" instead?
Predict who else Batty wants to invite to the concert. How do you think Jeffrey will respond to her request?
Which statement from the text does NOT lead you to infer that Skye does not want to hear Batty's songs?
From the description of Batty's face you can infer she feels
Jeffrey ignores Alec as they get ready for the performance. Do you think his actions are justified? Do you think he will ever speak to Alec again?
Listen to the audio clip of "Summertime" by George Gershwin. Why do you think everyone is so emotional about Batty's performance? (This annotation contains a video)
How do you think the story would have been different if the author had NOT revealed that Alec is Jeffrey's father? Does this section add to your enjoyment of the book?
Seventeen: And Back Again
Once the roller coaster ride is over, the cart pulls back into the station. In a plot, this is the resolution. The main character may have changed over the course of the story, any conflicts are completely solved, and the story ends.
Use the Define function to look up the meaning of the word contingent. Which sentence uses the word contingent in the same way as the sentence in the text?
The family has much to tell Rosalind about their adventures in Maine. Which news do you think will surprise her the most?
What does Rosalind NOT notice about the children as they reunite?
Watch the video clip of scenes from the first book of The Penderwicks series. Notice how each character in the video acts to reveal important parts of their personality and the scenes the creators chose to include in their video. The next question will ask you to identify these parts and how they relate to this book. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz Chapters 13-17
If you were to make your own video to highlight important parts of The Penderwicks at Pointe Mouette, what scenes would you include and how would you show each character’s personality?