Schema: mysteries, museums
Text-to-text connections: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
Cause and Effect: Because Ben was talking on the phone during a storm, the effect was that Ben lost his hearing when lightning struck the phone line.
Characterization: List Ben’s traits: curious, smart, brave to travel alone, good speller and writer, uses any resource available, resourceful for eating food left by others. How are the character traits of Ben and his mother alike?
Drawing Conclusions: Practice drawing conclusions as you read the pictures for Rose’s story. Inference is used to draw the conclusions.
Point of View: author’s: third person, character’s: Ben and Rose
Summarizing: Summarize Rose’s early life up to when she meets Ben
Mental Image: Can you make a mental image of the wolves chasing Ben? Check out the wolves’ diorama from the AMNH in New York City.
Go to the American Museum of Natural History in NYC’s website and look at some of the exhibits online.
Check out the panorama of NYC boroughs at the Queens Museum of History.