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Hoot: It’s Tough Being the New Kid

written by: Teresita Doebley • edited by: Carly Stockwell • updated: 1/7/2014

This lesson will cover Chapters 7-14 of Hoot to include vocabulary and questions and the introduction of a research project to be completed independently.

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    399px-Burrowing Owl Internet Research Project

    Introduce the Internet project by passing out the worksheet. (Download the worksheet here). Students will complete the project at home. For those students who may not have access to the Internet, plan a day in the computer lab. Allow one week for completion.

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    Chapters 7-8

    Part A. Define the words below. Be sure to include the part of speech in the space provided. Write a sentence for each word. If the word is a verb, you may write a sentence using any form: past, present, or future.

    mull (vb)

    perpetrator ( )

    subside (vb)

    muster (vb)

    hunker (vb)

    nonchalantly ( )

    Part B. Answer the following in complete sentences.

    1. Near or on pg. 78 a passage reads: Possibly [the vandalism] was the work of just one person with a grudge--or a mission. In literature, foreshadowing is a literary term that gives clues or hints as to what happens later on in the story. In a complete sentence, predict what this passage might foreshadow.

    2. Why does Beatrice take Roy to the old panel truck?

    3. When Officer Delinko finds Roy, he is walking in the rain with his bicycle. How does Roy find his bicycle?

    4. How does Mullet Fingers get his name?

    5. Irony is a literary device in which the reader expects one thing but another thing occurs. What is ironic about Curly’s name?

    6. Word Origin/Word Search – this word on page 86 is Indian in origin and means “union."

    7. Summarize Ch. 7 & 8

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    Chapters 9-10

    Part A. Define the words below. Be sure to include the part of speech in the space provided. Write a sentence for each word. If the word is a verb, you may write a sentence using any form: past, present, or future.

    remorse ( )

    grovel (vb)

    cautiously ( )

    emphatically ( )

    flabbergasted (vb)

    nimbly ( )

    queasy ( )

    recur (vb)

    exasperate (vb)

    burrow (vb)

    Part B. Answer the following in complete sentences.

    1. On page 102, Mr. Ryan says to Roy: “I’ve got papers to grade." What is grammatically wrong with the underlined phrase?

    2. Who is Kalo?

    3. In Ch. 10, the reptile wrangler shows up with a pillow case and a modified five iron. What is a modified five iron?

    4. In Ch. 10 what is the favor Beatrice asks of Roy? What excuse do the two teens give Roy’s mother?

    5. What characters are introduced in Ch. 10?

    6. What events lead to Mullet becoming bitten by the guard dog?

    7. For what is the ground beef used?

    8. Summarize Ch. 9 & 10 below.

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    Chapters 11-12

    601px-Burrowing Owl by Mick Thompson Part A. Define the words below. Be sure to include the part of speech in the space provided. Write a sentence for each word. If the word is a verb, you may write a sentence using any form: past, present, or future.

    conscious ( )

    excursion ( )

    contemplate (vb)

    intercept (vb)

    solemnly ( )

    anticipation ( )

    carnage ( )

    Part B. Answer the following in complete sentences.

    1. In Ch. 11, the answer as to why Mullet sabotages the building site is given. Write the answer below.

    2. Why isn’t Curly’s wife annoyed by his having to stay overnight in the trailer on the Mother’s Paula project site?

    3. Word Origin/Word Search – below write the Native American word for a type of snake.

    4. Who is Kimberly Lou Dixon?

    5. What excuse does Beatrice and Roy give Dr. Gonzalez for Mullet’s injuries?

    6. A flashback is action that interrupts to show an event that happened at an earlier time, which is necessary to better understanding. In HOOT, flashbacks give the reader better insight to the protagonist’s character. What flashback does he have in Ch. 12?

    7. Summarize Ch. 11 & 12 below.

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    Chapters 13-14

    Part A. Define the words below. Be sure to include the part of speech in the space provided. Write a sentence for each word. If the word is a verb, you may write a sentence using any form: past, present, or future.

    summon (vb)

    interrogate (vb)

    turbulence ( )

    bicker (vb)

    obnoxious ( )

    bellow ( )

    assurance ( )

    casualty ( )

    recede (vb)

    Part B. Answer the following questions in complete sentences.

    1. Analogy is the comparison of two pairs which have the same relationship. In Ch. 13 when Roy talks to his father about the owls having to fly away to find new dens, what does Roy compare it to?

    2. What concerns Mr. Eberhardt about Beatrice Leep and Mullet?

    3. How does Mrs. Eberhardt react when Roy tells her of Mullet and his mother’s relationship?

    4. Near or on n pg. 166, the text reads, “. . . Roy expected another Neanderthal hulk . . ." What does the underlined expression mean?

    5. Near or on pg. 172 Mullet says, “Ever since I was little, I’ve been watchin’ this place disappear—the piney woods, the scrub, the creeks, the glades. Even the beaches . . .." How does this statement relate to our world today?

    6. In Ch. 14, when does Roy’s negative attitude toward Florida begin to change?

    7. Summarize Ch. 13 & 14 below.

References

  • By Peter Wallack (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • By Mick Thompson (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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