Peter and Wendy

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After re-attaching Peter Pan’s shadow, Wendy Darling and her brothers, John and Michael, fly to magical Neverland, joining Peter’s Lost Boys in a land where children never grow up. Originally written as a play entitled Peter Pan; or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, Barrie’s timeless stories were inspired by his friendship with the Llewlyn Davis boys, who he adopted following the death of their parents. Peter’s classic adventures in Neverland, and characters like Wendy and her brothers, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys and the pirate, Captain Hook, continue to inspire generations of readers, young and old.

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Curriculet Details
20 Questions
20 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in the sixth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining figurative language, character motivation, and details about the illustrations. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about the author's use of irony. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of dialogue, plot and elements that move the plot forward, characterization, and summarization. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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1. Peter Breaks Through

Before you begin reading, go back to the previous page and look closely at the picture. What details give you hints about the time period and setting of this story?  
What is strange about Mr. Darling worrying about what Nana thinks of him?  
This is not actually happening. A mother cannot reach into her children's minds and arrange their thoughts. The author is using a metaphor to compare her children's thoughts to clothing. Here is a video on metaphors to help you better understand.  (This annotation contains a video)
Many children and adults have seen the popular movie of this story. The description in the text of Peter Pan and his tiny companion differs from the movie image seen below. Read back over exactly what Mrs. Darling saw. What differences do you notice already?  (This annotation contains an image)
Nana is a dog. This text shows Nana reasoning and acting according to that reasoning as a human nanny would do. This is personification. Here is a video explaining personification.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which event of the night does Mrs. Darling appear to be the most concerned about?  

2. The Children Are Left Unguarded

This shows Mr. Darling is not in touch with his children's feelings or reality. How will his family react to this comment?  
This is an example of what type of figurative language?  

3. Come Away! Come Away!

Have you ever seen a toddler get mad because he doesn't get his way? Well in the text the author wants you to know that Peter is very immature. He is like a young child having a tantrum. That is the image the author creates for the reader to show how childish Peter is acting. Compare how Peter is acting to the child in this video.  (This annotation contains a video)
Peter Pan is acting extremely childish and immature. What actions help to reveal these unflattering traits?  
A thimble fits over your finger as you are sewing and protects your finger from the needle. Was this an appropriate gift for Wendy to give Peter?  (This annotation contains an image)
What does this dialogue reveal about how Peter Pan perceives grown ups? 
Peter is trying his best to persuade Wendy to go with him to Neverland. Even though he does act childish, he is very convincing! He has told her that he and the "lost boys" do not have a mother and need her to be one. Can't you almost hear him saying, "Pretty please..with sugar on top"? 

4. The Flight

The highlighted text is an example of hyperbole. Hyperbole is the author's use of exaggeration to emphasize a thought or idea. In this example, the author wants to show that the children simply MUST go to the location and all signs point to that as well.  
How does Wendy's last exclamation lead to Tinker Bell's intense dislike for her?  
Mini Quiz for 1-4 

5. The Island Comes True

The lost boys follow what they think is Peter's direct order given falsely by Tinker Bell. Their blindly following the order is an example of their ___________ towards Peter Pan.  
In many fairy tales, it is true love's kiss that saves a fair maiden. Peter is alluding to those fairy tales by calling an acorn from Neverland the kiss that saved Wendy. This is both an allusion and a metaphor. Here is an explanation of allusion.  (This annotation has embedded rich content)
What does this line of dialogue reveal about Peter Pan?  

6. Captain Hook

In many productions of Peter Pan, the role of Captain Hook is often played by the same actor as Mr. Darling. Look at the illustrations in this text of both characters. Do you see any similarities of how they are depicted in the text?  (This annotation contains an image)
What can be inferred from Hook's being afraid of the clock running down?  

7. The Home Under the Ground

This example is a simile. A simile compares two unlike things using like or as. The children going in and out of the underground home is being compared to the bucket cranked up and down from a well. Similes are used to describe something so well that the reader can visualize it.  (This annotation contains an image)
This statement really shows that Wendy is truly starting to feel like a ___________.  

8. The Mermaids’ Lagoon

Here the stealing of the shadows emphasizes that they rolled in like a thief with no one noticing. What kind of figurative language is this?  
This action of blindly following perceived orders should remind you of another action in the book. Who did the same thing earlier? What does it reveal about these two groups?  
Peter Pan insults Hook by calling him a codfish. Here is a picture of an actual codfish. Why is this an insult?  (This annotation contains an image)
A contradiction is when two things are combined but seem to be opposite of each other. Peter Pan has actions that seem to contradict one another. Peter Pan helping the captain up to keep the fight fair contradicts what previous action?  

9. The Never Bird

Wendy's question refers to an old way of making a decision supposedly in a fair way. Straws of varying lengths were placed in the hand of someone with the actual lengths hidden. Then everyone would draw a straw and the one with the shortest straw was the loser.  (This annotation contains an image)
Mini Quiz 5-9 

10. Wendy’s Story

Today, "Indians" is no longer considered the proper terminology. Instead, we use Native Americans to show that these were the first inhabitants of our shores. So what would be the proper term in this story? Native Neverlandians?  
Peter's actions are all over the place in this chapter. He is not consistent with what he does and often changes roles. What are some actions that contradict each other?  
This is an example of what type of figurative language?  

11. Do You Believe in Fairies?

The story has now talked about characters "taking medicine"; yet none appear to be sick. A long time ago, medicines were not regulated and anyone could make a liquid, stick a label on it, and say it was a cure for anything. Another common practice was taking a tablespoon of some kind of tonic to prevent sickness.  (This annotation contains an image)
What do Tinker Bell's actions reveal about her character?  

12. The Pirate Ship

These two sentences are an example of irony. Watch the video below explaining verbal irony. The sentences are ironic because the boys admire the pirates for the very reasons that Wendy hates them. That is not what you would expect.  (This annotation contains a video)
These sounds in the text are a type of figurative language known as onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is when an author makes words that are the sounds heard in the story. In this part of the text, the sound of the clock scares Hook and the pirates and is used to build suspense.  
As you read, imagine this sword fight.  (This annotation contains an image)
Go back to the picture of Peter Pan and Captain Hook sword fighting. Look carefully at the picture. Do you see a clue about what is going to happen in that picture?  

13. The Return Home

What does Peter mean when he says this?  
Throughout the story, there are instances where the characters cannot tell real from imagined events or objects. The mother is so excited to see her children she wants to be sure they are actually real and not imagined. Can you think of other times this happened in the story?  

14. When Wendy Grew Up

Spring Cleaning refers to a time when houses were shut up for the winter and spring was a time to open the house and clean it. Today, spring cleaning means a deep and thorough cleaning of the entire area. This is a practice that takes time and hard work.  
Why was Wendy afraid for Peter Pan to see her even though they had been friends for a long time?  
Mini Quiz for 10-14