Brian's Winter

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Curriculet Details
29 Questions
32 Annotations
2 Quizzes

In this 6th grade digital curriculum, annotations include photographs of nature, relevant historical information, and questions that promote critical thinking. Interactive videos support engagement and encourage greater appreciation of the author's work, such as his use of setting and irony. The Common Core aligned questions and answers invite students to explore tone and mood, as well as language usage and the theme of man against the elements. Our free online unit will increase student engagement with rich media annotations while supporting reading comprehension with questions and quizzes that are imbedded directly into the book.

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This is the third novel in Gary Paulsen's Brian's Saga Series. This book assumes that Brian did not get rescued at the end of Hatchet, and follows his journey into the approaching winter. If you would like to learn more about this series, visit the link below. (This annotation contains a link)

Homework #7

The setting of this novel plays an important role in this book. To gain a greater appreciation of how this may happen, watch the following video.  (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. Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Which of the following have we not learned yet about Brian? 
As we will see in the coming pages, Brian has learned almost all he knows about survival through trial and error. What have you learned from doing, as opposed to from books or teachers? 
What can we infer about Brian's relationship with his mother? 

Homework #8

Farley Mowat, a respected Canadian naturalist and environmentalist, is best known for his book, "Never Cry Wolf." His mention here is a sign of author Gary Paulsen's respect for Mowat, as well as a clue about Brian's interests and values. Mowat died in 2014; below is a link to his obituary in the New York Times.  (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following best describes Brian's thinking about his relationship with the bears and wolves? 
Can you anticipate what some of Brian's biggest challenges are going to be? Make a list and check back after reading a few chapters. 

Homework #9

How does the author use details about Brian's activities to bring us into the story? Jot down an example that is particularly effective for you. 
The porpcupine, pictured below, uses its quills to defend itself against predators.  (This annotation contains an image)
Brian's thoughts about Native Americans reflect ________. 
Brian draws on indigenous people's beliefs in making one of his arrows special with this name. Below is a photograph of several medicine arrows.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #10

Which of the following seems to be a theme that is emerging in this story? 
Most geese, pictured below, follow the same migration path every year, marking the coming of different seasons. What changes in nature do you notice where you live?  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is not true about Brian's relationship with the wildlife around him? 
What does the highlighted text reveal about Brian? 
What are some of the factors that have led Brian to feel a kinship with the wolves and other wild animals? Can you think of something else you've read where a human has similar connections with wildlife? 

Homework #11

If you'd like to hear a wolf singing, listen to part of the following recording.  (This annotation contains a video)
Considering the spirit of the deer suggests Brian's adoption of ______ beliefs. 
Does Brian really think this is great? The author is using irony here to make a point. The following video will help you learn about different kinds of irony. As you continue reading, try to appreciate the other kinds of irony in this book.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #12

Which of the following words is the best antonym for "gingerly"? 
Brian's welcoming of the skunk is a reflection of his loneliness. A skunk may look cute, but is not a good companion for humans. Brian's skunk will earn her keep, as we will find out in the coming pages.  (This annotation contains an image)
What do you make of Brian's relationship with the skunk? 

Homework #13

After you watch the following video, you will appreciate more how the author uses figurative language to help us imagine the bear's arrival.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz One: Fall 
What kind of irony is suggested in the highlighted text? 
Does this final sentence make you curious about what happens with the lance in the future? This is one way that the author builds suspense and keeps our interest in the story. 

Homework #15

The highlighted sentence contains 
The photograph below should help you imagine what Brian sees.  (This annotation contains an image)
Read the highlighted text aloud. How do the repetition (of "would" and then "because") make you feel? How do you think Brian feels right now? 

Homework #16

Pictured below is an arctic hare as it transitions from summer to winter. By the middle of the winter, the hares are totally white, blending in with the snow.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Brian feeling some fear? 
Notice how the author transitions the narration to Brian's inner thoughts. How does this affect you as a reader? 

Homework #17

What can we infer from the highlighted text? 
This passage captures beautifully Brian's mixed feelings about hunting. 
Can you summarize Brian's mixed feelings about the kill? Make a list and compare it with a classmate. 
Which part of the hunt do you think Brian is the most proud of? Explain your thinking. 

Homework #18

In the highlighted phrase, the word "uncured" means 
Have you ever spent an extended period of time outdoors? How did you pass the time? Do you think it gets easier or harder for Brian as the days go on? 

Homework #19

Why is it important for Brian to celebrate Thanksgiving? 
Watch the following video about tone and mood, and be prepared to answer a question or two about this in the coming pages.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does the mention of the gunshot change the mood of this story at this moment? 

Homework #20

"Given up the ghost" is an old expression that means to stop functioning. Does the use of this phrase in this scene contribute to making us feel worried or scared for Brian? 
Based on the highlighted lines, we can infer that Brian is feeling 
The theme of man against nature, present throughout this book, is pervasive in this chapter. 

Homework #21

Given what we have learned about Brian so far, how do you feel about his chances for survival? Explain your thinking. 
The photo below gives you an idea of what Brian is aiming to make.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following words does not describe Brian? 
Can you anticipate how the snowshoes will help change Brian's outlook during this tough winter? 

Homework #22

What do we learn about Brian through his decision to hunt a large animal? 
By reading the highlighted passage aloud, you can appreciate how the author slows down the narrative and allows us to appreciate Brian's patience. 
Look at the multiple definitions of "fat" provided by the dictionary feature, and choose the best antonym for its use in the highlighted passage. 
In addition to the lack of mosquitos, what else is contributing to Brian's increased happiness? 

Homework #23

Why do you think the author includes this violent scene? Try to think of at least two possible reasons. 
Brian has been away from home for many months already. Have you ever been away from home for that long? 

Homework #24

Brian's thoughts about skis exemplify his love of  
Why is the line so significant for Brian? What do you imagine he is feeling? 
Given what we know so far, how is Brian likely to react to meeting the dogs and their owners? 
Canada is home to many indigenous people, known as First Nations. Below is a map showing tribes in North America.  (This annotation contains an image)


David's desire to learn about Native customs from Brian is an example of 
Quiz Two: Winter 
Is this ending satisfying for you? Is there anything you still want to know?