Woodsong by Gary Paulsen (Chloe Hilleary)


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Does Nature Demand Respect
from Woodsong
By Gary Paulsen
Chloe Hilleary
P. 1/2
Hook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7XOKz9H34k
Quickwrite: Think about your most memorable or intense encounter with nature. Describe this experience in 2-4 sentence? What did you learn?
My most memorable or intense encounter with nature was last weekend when my friends and I went to get donuts, right when we were leaving on our bikes it started pooring rain.
Woodsong is a type of narrative fiction called a memoir.
Define "memoir"
a historical account or biography written from personal knowledge or special sources.-
Define "author's purpose"
the reason an author decides to write about a specific topic.
Examine the painting closely. What do you see?
I see a bear surrounded in plants.
Define "scavenge"
go through what is left/ look
Reread lines 1-14. What imagery does Paulsen use to depict life at the edge of the wilderness?
-There's always the smell of meat over the kennel
-Burying it to dig up later
-Skunks abound and foxes and coyotes and wolves and weasels
-A crazy group of ravens have basically taken over the puppy pen
-They have actually peaked the puppies away from thier food
What details in the painting suggest that the house is in the wilderness?
Define "hibernation"
the condition or period of an animal or plant spending the winter in a dormant state.
Define "novelty"
the quality of being new, original, or unusual.
Reread lines 15-30. At what point are you excited or anxious about what happens next? Note 2 or 3 of the details that create suspense.
-The meat smell draws them like flies
-But there is a problem of familiarty
Define "truce"
an agreement between enemies or opponents to stop fighting or arguing for a certain time.
Reread lines 42-49. What conflict exist between the animals?
The conflict in lines 42 to 49 is that the goats wanted to eat the dogs.
Reread lines 56-62. When do you think Paulsen wants you to know these facts about bears?
Paulsen wanted to know these facts about bears because we can learn about the dangers of bears.
Look back at lines 30-55, and 69. How does Paulsen build suspense by using single sentence paragraphs? Why is this an effective technique?
Paulsen builds suspense by using single sentence paragraphs because everything is quicker less informative.
What uncommon words would you use to describe the bear in the work of art?
Reread lines 84-89. What imagery helps you to understand what it's like to be in Paulsen's shoes?
The imagery that helps me understand what it is like to be in Paulsens shoes is:
-"The muscles seemed to move within the skin."
-"He turned and came for me."
Define "coherent"
(of an argument, theory, or policy) logical and consistent.
Define "eject"
force or throw (something) out, typically in a violent or sudden way.
Author's Purpose:
What does Paulsen now think about his place in nature. Identify the line that tells you this!
Paulsen now thinks that his place in nature is " I am nothing more and nothing less than any other animal in the woods."
Recall: What smell draws the bears to Paulsen's cabin?
The meat smell is the smell that draws the bears to his cabin.
Clarify: Why does Scarhead show up the day Paulsen burns the trash even though the wind is blowing away from the wilderness?
Scarhead show up the day Paulsen burns the trash even though the wind is blowing away from the wilderness because he was trying to get whatever smell he smelt.
Summarize: What happens when Paulsen confronts Scarhead?
The bear comes after Paulsen.
Text Analysis: Reread lines 42-49. Why don't the bears bother the yard animals?
The bears do not bother the yard animals because there must have been a rule/ truce creating it not able for the bears to bother the yard animals.
Analyze Author's Purpose
Review all the clues in Woodsong. What is Paulsen's main purpose for sharing his experience?
He wants his reader to understand that he is one with nature after his encounter and everyone is equal not less or more.
Essay Question:
Does Nature Demand Respect?
*Review the QUICKWRITE
Yes, nature does require respect because if you do not want to be treated poorly by nature you have treat it well.