Walk Two Moons

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"How about a story? Spin us a yarn."
Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. "I could tell you an extensively strange story," I warned.
"Oh, good!" Gram said. "Delicious!"
And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.

As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe's outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold--the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

In her own award-winning style, Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

Curriculet Details
31 Questions
45 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 6th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining theme, summarization, and recognizing character traits. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about making inferences and deciphering figurative language. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of diction, structure, and character development. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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1 A Face at the Window

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 select 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 looking up the word "caboodle" on this page. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted paragraph helps the reader to picture the neighborhood in Euclid, Ohio, the setting for this story. Please watch the video linked below to learn more about the setting of a story.  (This annotation contains a video)

2 The Chickabiddy Starts a Story

How does the highlighted passage help the reader to understand the story? Choose the BEST answer. 

3 Bravery

"It wasn't enough grass to keep a cow alive for five minutes" is an example of hyperbole, or extreme exaggeration. Other examples of hyperbole are "she was so hungry she could eat a horse" and "your backpack weighs a ton." Try to recognize other examples of hyperbole in this story as you come across them. (This annotation contains an image)

4 That’s What I’m Telling You

Based on the information in the highlighted passage, Sal 
The phrase "her voice did sound exactly like dead leaves" is an example of a simile, a comparison which uses "like" or "as." Try making up a simile on your own now. You can use the examples below for help. (This annotation contains an image)

5 A Damsel in Distress

Which of the following sentences from this chapter contains an example of a simile? 

6 Blackberries

Sometimes, the narrator states a character's traits outright by making a statement like "she is kind" or "he is helpful." Other times, the narrator may lead you to realize what a character's traits are through his or her words and actions. Considering the highlighted text, what character trait does Sal's mother have? Watch the video below to review character traits. (This annotation contains a video)

7 Ill-ah-no-way

Based on what you have read so far, which option describes character traits that Sal's mother has? 

8 The Lunatic

Based on the fact that the boy's cheeks keep growing pinker and he keeps looking around without making eye contact, you can make the inference that he feels nervous right now. Watch the video below to learn more about making inferences as a reader. (This annotation contains a video)

9 The Message

Make an inference. Why does Mrs. Winterbottom MOST LIKELY tell Phoebe not to mention the strange boy to her father? 
Have you ever heard the phrase, "don't judge a person until you've walked a mile in their shoes"? Consider the real meaning of this statement. (This annotation contains an image)

10 Huzza, Huzza

The phrase "you're dancing on a hot griddle all of the time" is a metaphor. A metaphor is another type of comparison, but unlike a simile, a metaphor does NOT use "like" or "as." Here, Gram does not mean that having a lot of children literally makes someone dance on a hot stove; she means that having a lot of children is difficult and it keeps a mother busy. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Gram's behavior at the end of this chapter tell the reader about her character? 

11 Flinching

Sometimes when you're reading, you can make a text to self connection. This means that you can relate to someone in the story, or that you have had an experience similar to an event in the story. If someone has made you uncomfortable by asking nosy questions before, you can make a text to self connection during this scene. (This annotation contains an image)

12 The Marriage Bed

So far, the central idea of this novel concerns  
Authors often use real locations as settings for fiction novels. Pipestone, Minnesota is a real place and the national monument mentioned in the story is real as well. Pictured below are the Winnewissa Falls at the monument in Pipestone. Can you understand why Gramps would be interested in stopping here? (This annotation contains an image)
What do you think of Gram's reasoning here? Do you believe that people who are kind to animals are generally kind to other people as well? 

13 Bouncing Birkway

The students feel _______ at the thought of Mr. Birkway reading their journals. 
"We had absolutely no idea all the trouble they were going to cause" is an idea of foreshadowing. Foreshadowing is when an author hints at an event that will happen in the future. For example, if an author states that dark clouds are gathering in the sky, he or she is probably using foreshadowing to tell the reader that there will soon be a storm. 

14 The Rhododendron

"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a short story by the famous author Edgar Allan Poe, who is pictured below. When an author makes a reference to a famous writer or work of literature, it is called an allusion. (This annotation contains an image)

15 A Snake has a Snack

"The hot air pressed against my face, and my hair was like a hot, heavy blanket draped on my neck and back."The highlighted line contains a simile which compares ________ to _________. 
Were you able to make the inference that Gramps is trying to scare the boy away by showing how good Sal is at throwing stones? 
Please watch the following video about summarization. It may help you to correctly answer an upcoming question! (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz 1 

17 In the Course of a Lifetime

"She was as crotchety and sullen as a three-legged mule, and I was not sure why."Here, the author uses a _______ to show that Phoebe is feeling _______. 
Consider the highlighted text and how it might hint at a possible theme for the story. Please watch the video below to learn more about themes in literature.  (This annotation contains a video)

18 The Good Man

Think back to the annotation about metaphors and consider the metaphor "he was the light of their lives." What concept is the author trying to share here? 

19 Fish in the Air

How does the setting change between the two highlighted paragraphs? 
After watching the following video, are you able to explain why Walk Two Moons is an example of a realistic fiction book? What qualities does the novel have that makes it a part of this particular genre? (This annotation contains a video)

20 The Blackberry Kiss

This is the first time the narrator has mentioned her mother being pregnant. The narrator has not mentioned having any siblings, but you can infer that this detail must be very important. 
Please read the e. e. cummings poem discussed in the story below. As mentioned in the novel, you may notice that the poet has a unique writing style.the little horse is newlY Born)he knows nothing,and feels everything;all around whom is perfectly a strange ness(Of sun light and of fragrance and of Singing)is ev erywhere(a welcom ing dream:is amazing) a worlD.and in this world lies:smoothbeautifuL ly folded;a(brea thing a gro Wing)silence,who; is:somE  oNe.Which words from the poem would MOST LIKELY make Sal think that it "sounded soft and safe"? 
Consider Mrs. Winterbottom's decision to leave her family. Who do you think Mrs. Winterbottom is reminding Sal of in this scene, and how do you think it makes Sal feel? (This annotation contains an image)
In this chapter, the narrator mentions a famous poem by _________. This is an example of a reference to another piece of literature, or a(n) __________. 

22 Evidence

How has Phoebe's family changed since her mother has left? What details tell you that the Winterbottoms are upset and distracted? 
How does the point of view help the reader to understand the story? 
Based on the contents of the freezer, it is clear that Mrs. Winterbottom knew she was going to go away for a long time. She would probably not have left herself cooking instructions, so you can infer that she expected Prudence to cook the frozen meals. How long do you believe Mrs. Winterbottom had been planning on leaving? What clues earlier in the story may have indicated that she was unhappy with her life? (This annotation contains an image)

23 The Badlands

Which of the following options BEST describes a central theme which has emerged so far in the story? 
In the highlighted passage, the narrator makes a reference, or allusion, to a Native American folktale. A folktale is a legend which belongs to a group of people and is passed down orally, or by word of mouth. Before books, television, and the internet, telling stories was how people entertained themselves. Many cultures around the world have their own folktales. These folktales often explain ideas about nature and consist of events that could NOT really happen. (This annotation contains an image)
Follow the link below to read the folktale "Pushing Up the Sky:"http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/Pushing-Up-The-Sky-Snohomish.htmlWhat do you learn from reading the original folktale that you do NOT learn from the version Sal tells in the novel? 
Think back to earlier in the story when Sal made the same comment about the rabbit which was accidentally killed by the family dog. Perhaps Sal's comment was meant to foreshadow the death of the baby. Sometimes, authors put clues like this into stories which are not connected by readers until later on. These clues help to tie the events of the story together and to create themes, or central ideas. 
Napi is a Blackfoot cultural hero about whom folktales have been told for generations. Based on what you have learned, were you able to recognize the highlighted passage as an allusion to a folktale? Pictured below is a painting of Napi creating the world. (This annotation contains an image)

24 Birds of Sadness

Does the highlighted text seem familiar? Why would this phrase be stuck in Sal's mind? 

25 Cholesterol

"She made her way into the kitchen, trailing all three of them like a fishhook that has snagged a tangle of old tires and boots and other miscellaneous rubbish."In this sentence, the author uses a _________ to describe how the children  _________. 
Think about what Phoebe is really worried about in this scene. Do you think she is more concerned with nutrition or with feeling connected to her mother? Do certain foods remind you of certain people in your own life? 

26 Sacrifices

What has being close to Phoebe allowed Sal to see about herself? 

27 Pandora’s Box

Please follow the link below and watch an animated version of the Greek myth of Pandora's Box. It is necessary to watch this video in order to answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
Be sure to watch the video from the previous annotation before you answer this question.How is the animated video version of the myth of Pandora's Box DIFFERENT from the version of Pandora's Box told in the novel? 

28 The Black Hills

Why does Sal keep thinking "rush, rush, rush" to herself? 
The phrase "the trees swished secrets" is an example of two different kinds of figurative language. The author is using personification because trees cannot really have secrets like people do. Personification is when an author gives human qualities to something that is NOT human. The author is also using alliteration, or a repeating sound at the beginning of multiple words in a row. In this case, the author uses the sound of the letter "s," but authors can use other letters to create alliteration as well. For example, "Peter picked peppers" is an example of alliteration which uses the letter "p." (This annotation contains an image)

29 The Tide Rises

Please follow the link below to listen to a reading of "The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls:"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyCmpsWMbjECompare listening to this poem and reading the highlighted text. Which of the following statements is NOT true? 
Have you noticed that the author is beginning to mention death more frequently? Perhaps a new theme is emerging in the story. 
"'Phoebe, your imagination is running away with you.'"Which literary device is being used by the author here? 

30 Breaking In

Murder at Midnight by Avi is a great fantasy story for readers in middle school. You might want to check this book out yourself! (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 2 

31 The Photograph

Please watch the video below about figurative versus literal language. What type of language does the writer use in the notes that are left on the porch, figurative or literal? Does Phoebe seem to know the difference between the two? (This annotation contains a video)
"You could see people poised nervously, waiting as tensely as if Mr. Birkway was going to announce someone's execution."Which TWO types of figurative language does the author use here? 

32 Chicken and Blackberry Kisses

Think back to the annotation on foreshadowing. Why is the highlighted sentence an example of foreshadowing?  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Sal disappointed to know that Mr. Birkway will NOT "fall in love with Mrs. Cadaver... and take her away"? 
Here, the author makes an allusion to "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by American poet Robert Frost. (This annotation contains an image)
Please follow the link below and read "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" before answering the question:http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171621How does Walk Two Moons help the reader to understand the meaning of this poem? 
Please watch the video below to learn more about symbolism in literature. The video will help you to better understand what Beth Anne is complaining about. The video may also help you to answer a question later on.  (This annotation contains a video)
Are you able to see BOTH the vase and the faces in the image below? (This annotation contains an image)
Make an inference. Why is Mr. Birkway uncomfortable reading the entry about Mrs. Cadaver? 

33 The Visitor

How are the lives of Sal, Phoebe, and Mrs. Cadaver all similar? 

35 The Plan

The image below shows a view of a highway in Montana. Is this the sort of scene you pictured in your head when you read the descriptive language in the highlighted passage? (This annotation contains an image)
How does the highlighted text contribute to the story overall? 

37 A Kiss

Both Ben's mother and Sal's mother suffer from mental illnesses. A mental illness can be just as real - and devastating - as any other illness; the only difference is that a mental illness affects a person's mind. Examples of mental illnesses are depression, eating disorders, and anxiety (extreme nervousness and worry). A school counselor, a teacher, or a parent are all possible resources to learn more about mental illnesses. (This annotation contains an image)

38 Spit

Does Phoebe REALLY think that this news is "terrific," or is she using sarcasm? 

39 Homecoming

Based on inferences you can make, Mrs. Winterbottom  
How has your opinion of Mrs. Winterbottom changed over the course of the story? Is her relationship with Mike what you expected it to be? 
It seems like Mike, the "lunatic," was never the messenger! 

40 The Gifts

Think back to the annotation about symbolism - how something in a story may represent something else. Ben got Sal a chicken because a chicken is a symbol which represents __________ to Sal. 

41 The Overlook

The photo below shows a beagle like Moody Blue. Consider the highlighted text. How does the story about Moody Blue and the puppies relate to a major theme in this story? (This annotation contains an image)

42 The Bus and The Willow

In literature, the mood of a scene is the emotion it creates within the reader. The mood of the current scene could be described as "lonely" or "sorrowful." The author creates this mood by using a sad, isolated setting and words such as "sick" and "mournfully." As you finish the story, consider the mood of each scene. Which scenes are happy? Which scenes are upsetting? (This annotation contains an image)
Consider the highlighted scene. This is an example of a scene with a(n) __________ mood. 

44 Bybanks

Now that you are almost finished with the story, you are at the story's resolution, the final part of the plot. In the resolution, the conflicts or problems in the story are resolved and the action comes to a rest. (This annotation contains an image)
Why did Phoebe need to believe that there was a "lunatic" earlier in the story? Choose the BEST answer. 
Quiz 3