Mrs. LaFrance's practice for Chapters 1-5 The Watson's Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
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Dad's feelings for Birmingham...
Dad didn't like Birmingham or think that it is a good place to live.
Byron's lips become stuck to the "Brown Bomber".
Byron and Buphead's relationship with Kenny...
Byron and Buphead are best friends. They pick on Kenny.
Kenny's feelings about reading...
Kenny is a smart kid who is very good at reading.
Kenny's favorite playmate...
Rufus became Kenny's favorite playmate and also saves Kenny from being bullied.
The Idea about how to look at people without turning your head...
This was a trick taught to Kenny by his brother Byron so that Kenny would have straight eyes.
Kenny's lunch sharing
Kenny feels so badly for Rufus and Cody Fry that he shares his lunch with them.
"Country Cornflake" and "Cockeye Kenny"
These are nicknames that are given to Kenny and Rufus. Kenny has a lazy eye and Rufus has a farm boy accent. He shares the same clothes as his brother.
Fighting Larry Dunn
Larry Dunn is a school bully who gets into a fight with Byron.
Joetta's feelings about Momma's reaction to Byron's bad decision
Momma tries to burn Byron's fingers with a match after Byron is caught with lighting paper on fire. Joetta tries to protect her brother when he gets into trouble.
Where is the novel set?...
Flint, Michigan is where the story begins and then the family travels to Birmingham, Alabama. It is 1963.
Part of the body that gets stuck on the "Brown Bomber"...
Byron's lips become stuck to the car's mirror.
Kenny's friendship with Rufus...
Kenny tries not to be Rufus's friend because it makes him uncool, but eventually they become best friends.
Byron's response to the younger Watson's complaints about having to wear so many layers of clothing...
He told them it was because Mama didn't want them to freeze on the street and get picked up by the garbage trucks.
What do the neighbors call the Watsons... behind their
The family is called "The Weird Watsons".
Momma's nickname for the state of Michigan...
Momma calls the state of Michigan "an icebox".
Kenny's feeling about helping Joey unwrap when they get to school...
Joey smells so nice.
Rufus as a personal savior...
Rufus becomes a personal savior for Kenny because he is made fun of more than Kenny.
pointed out, showed, assigned to
put up with, tolerated
filled with wild, fierce anger
threat, act of making someone afraid
to make fun of
something handed down from generation to generation; heritage
set apart; separate
Kenneth Bernard Watson is the narrator of this story. Kenny is a smart kid who doesn't let things get to him. He is the main character. He has a lazy eye, but he is good at reading.
Byron Watson is another main character in this book. He is Kenny's brother, who is always mean to Kenny but nice to Joetta.
Wilona is Byron, Kenny, and Joey's mother and Daniel's wife. Her home city is Birmingham, Alabama, so she has a southern accent which gets worse whenever she's mad. She has a huge gap in her front teeth. Wilona is a strict mother and only wants the best for her kids, though when Byron gets into trouble, she does whatever it takes to make him understand that he must become mature.
Joetta is nicknamed Joey. She is the sister of Byron and Kenny. She is a well-mannered young lady. She loves her brother Byron and tries to protect him every time he gets in trouble.
Daniel is the father of Joetta, Byron, and Kenny and the husband of Wilona. Daniel is "the fun parent", but he can be strict when he wants to. His hometown is Flint, Michigan.
Grandma Sands is the grandmother of Kenny, Byron, and Joey. She is very strict, but loving. The family is going to see her in Birmingham.
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