AR Reading Quiz for “G’DAY: Aints”

AR Reading Quiz for G’DAY: Aints

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1. Who are Driew’s tormentors in Moment One?

2. Which character is Driew’s “uncool” in this book?

3. Where did Driew learn Ida Mae’s fruit tree had grown?

4. What does Marq use as a trade for Jameson Junior’s mule, Kate?

5. What gift does Gulia receive from Momu?

6. What business does Chi and Mac start in Dawson Springs?

7. What event caused Nieve and Marq to leave their Florida home?

8. Which found object does Driew’s Magic Man use for the doll’s eyes?

9. What missing object did Killiope return to Driew at Nieve’s wake?

10. How does Gayle receive the money for her braces?

 

READING QUIZ KEY

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Reading Group Guide for “G’DAY: Aints”

Reading Group Guide for G’DAY: Aints

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1. G’Day is defined as “hello.” How does the author parallel the book, G’Day: Aints, to the greeting “hello?”

2. Does “G’Day” appear to be a friendlier greeting than “hello” for the children?

3. Have you or someone you known ever suffered through the loss of a loved one? What action(s) did you observe at each stage of grief?

4. How does the loss of one person in your community affect relationships, finances, and businesses?

5. Are field trips and writing about local landmarks important to school age children to better understand their community and their roles for its future?

6. What are Driew’s perceptions of his little sinister, Gayle, and could she have been perceived differently if Driew had understood her sooner?

7. In what way(s) did Gayle’s friendship with Snow force Driew to grow? Is there a defining moment in Driew’s maturation?

8. How does Driew’s adopting the word “oldies” to replace the word “parents” influence your view of Driew’s parents? At what age did you see your parents as old and why?

9. How do you think Gayle would have handled being the youngest Qweepie sibling? What are some ways the youngest boy might be treated that the youngest girl wouldn’t be?

10. What action stops Gayle’s aggression toward Driew in moment nineteen? Do you have love line boundaries drawn in your own family relationship?

11. How does Gayle’s stealing influence Driew’s relationship with her, Snow, and Nadia? How might their relationship be different if she had been open sooner?

12. What role does Marq’s dependence on substance affect Driew’s family?

13. What role does “Aint” Nadia Eli play in Driew’s story? How does she influence Driew’s perspective of character traits?

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“G’DAY: Aints” Word Search

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G’DAY: Aints Word Search

Put readers’ skills to the test with our G’DAY reader word search. Can your reader find all the words related to the book, Australian Slang, and the Qweepie Family?

See how many words readers can find and have fun with this free puzzle game. This teaching resource is a fun and easy activity that will keep students happy and save teachers time.

WORD SEARCH KEY

5 FREE Ways to Promote Literacy Week

When promoting a literacy event, choose an author, illustrator, or book that offers educational resources beyond the book. These activities are usually FREE for educators and parents on the author or publisher website. To promote literacy week, use one suggestion daily from the list below.

Day 1—Writing Contest: Choose writing prompts that discuss informational text used by the author. Have students create interview questions, answer these questions from an author’s perspective, or research the historical timeline of the author’s career.

Day 2—Drawing Contest: Art activities fall within most educators requirements. Its a fun way to illustrate a book page, create a character, or express words through art.

Day 3—Reading Points:  AR reading points or a schools goals.

Day 4—Book Review:  Writing book reviews introduces students to sharing their perstpective. Have them write a review of their book and have parents post the reviews on Amazon or GoodReads for their children. This activity focuses on reading, writing, and internet skills.

Day 5—Book Trailer:  Use a smartphone, iPad, or digital device to create a book trailer of your classes’ favorite book. Animoto or similar programs.

Contest winners could win bookmarks, books, or lunch with the Author/Illustrator. Students could bring a lunch or the coordinator could host a lunch with the guest speaker. This is an opportunity for one-on-one questions and answers in a casual environment.

AR Reading Quiz for “DOWN UNDER: Kussins”

AR Reading Quiz for DOWN UNDER: Kussins

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1. What state did Driew move from?

2. Which character is a “digger” in this book?

3. What artifacts do the Poe boys discover Outback?

4. Which marsupial does Driew adopt as a pet?

5. What country does Gulia visit on holiday?

6. What food attracts visitors to the Dawson Springs Annual Homecoming?

7. What name did Gulia and Driew give to their tree?

8. What found object does Driew use to light his way?

9. What summer responsibility does Marq give Driew instead of mowing?

10. Which of these characters is not Driew’s kussin?

 

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AR Reading Quiz for “OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters”

AR Reading Quiz for OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters

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1. Who is the Australian girl-next-door?

2. Who is the housekeeper in the book’s name?

3. What does Killiope do to earn the money needed to pay Gulia to walk Driew home?

4. What object does Killiope use to torment Driew?

5. Who is Driew Qweepie?

6. What project does Driew help his father, Marq, complete?

7. What town did Driew move to?

8. What name does Driew give to the mysterious floating eyes?

9. Where is the entrance to Driew’s workshop?

10. What was the first gift he received from Gulia?

 

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“DOWN UNDER: Kussins” Word Search

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DOWN UNDER: Kussins Word Search

Put readers’ skills to the test with our DOWN UNDER reader word search. Can your reader find all the words related to the book, Australian Slang, and the Qweepie Family?

See how many words readers can find and have fun with this free puzzle game. This teaching resource is a fun and easy activity that will keep students happy and save teachers time.

WORD SEARCH KEY

Reading Group Guide for “DOWN UNDER: Kussins”

Reading Group Guide for DOWN UNDER: Kussins

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1. Down Under is defined as the continent of Australia. How does the author parallel down under, when referring to the moments, to Down Under, in reference to the continent of Australia?

2. How is the author’s use of moments rather than chapters important in this series?

3. What are Driew’s early perceptions of his big bother, Pester, and could Pester have been perceived differently if Driew had understood him sooner?

4. How does Pester’s rank in the family hierarchy after Killiope’s departure the military affect his family?

5. In what way has Pester forced Driew to grow? Is there a defining moment in Driew’s maturation?

6. How does Able and Cain Poe’s family life contrast Driew’s? Would they have the same feelings toward Driew as Pester and Payne if they were his brothers?

7. How do you think Pester would have handled being the youngest Qweepie sibling? What are some ways older boys might be treated that the youngest boy wouldn’t be?

8. What discovery in the Dingo chapter stops Pester’s aggression? Is there a line he has crossed that keeps him from forgiving himself?

9. How does friendship resolve the issues Able and Cain have with Driew? How might their relationship be different if it had happened sooner?

10. How does Driew’s relationship with Pester affect his relationship with Able and Cain?

11. What role does Dingo play in the novel, as a permanent fixture on the farm and in Driew’s family?

12. What role does water play in Driew’s story? How does it influence Driew’s actions?

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Language of DOWN UNDER by Moment

Language of DOWN UNDER by Moment

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This list is for teachers and parents. Discuss these words with readers before they read each chapter. Readers may have difficulty with words that don’t appear in everyday discussion. Adopting new words and terms builds a better vocabulary to describe reading experiences.

MOMENT ONE: lacrosse

MOMENT TWO: blue, larrikin, tallo, tobacco, water well

MOMENT THREE: bluey, fossick, furphy, mate, stuffed, I’ll be

MOMENT FOUR: Pennyrile

MOMENT FIVE: barbecue, cicada, fella, mob, moolah, Victoria

MOMENT SIX: down under, platypus, puddle-snorts, ta

MOMENT SEVEN: caddywompus, cricket, Darwin, fella, galah, poa, vegemite

MOMENT EIGHT: coydog, digger, galah, malle, Willy Willy, Wolle paper

MOMENT NINE: billa bong, bourbon, mozzie

MOMENT TEN: doovalacky

MOMENT ELEVEN: dingo, marsupial, pig-footed bandicoot

MOMENT THIRTEEN: candlestix, stalactite

MOMENT FOURTEEN: cassowary, joey, Tasmanian tiger

MOMENT SIXTEEN: opal, noodling, stalagmite

MOMENT NINETEEN: noodling

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DOWN UNDER: Moment Two

This complimentary excerpt from DOWN UNDER: Kussins. Read the Introduction and Moment One also.

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MOMENT TWO

PESTER

Located off Old Hospital Road, the farm wasn’t a historic home place to his father, Marq, or to Marq’s father, Pap. Qweepie history prior to these men didn’t exist.

Named after the Dawson family’s water well, Dawson Springs became historic to water boarders. They traveled near and far seeking tallo water’s minerals and healing powers. Water pours from refrigerators, why travel any distance beyond the kitchen, Driew thought.

From the safety of the front porch, Driew looked over his father’s farm, pondering how long this rural life might continue. Less than a year ago, the home place was a wasteland of vehicles, a home covered in despair in the midst of his family disparity, a reflection of a life of defeat—not on the homeowner, but upon the people who had left the worthless mess. Now, Outback was growing into a marvelous Eden home.

Just because a place’s beauty is hidden doesn’t mean beauty doesn’t exist. Dawson Springs is very special too; however, sharing the town with his larrikin bother Pester tainted summer’s shine. Pester’s pranks were an ugly part of this special place.

Driew’s summer started with a violent blue between him and his oldest sister, Killiope. After their confrontation, he had decided to run away from Dawson Springs.

Gulia convinced Driew of an undiscovered spring of magic—his story. His sibling confrontation and friend’s motivational speech canceled out one another. Driew opted for an adventurous Outback life.

Resting in the side porch monkey swing, Driew reflected on the evening’s incomplete chase. Tomorrow’s chase eminently awaits. Since the blue, his body had surprised him. Not only did the fight correct his vision, but also increased his physical endurance.

”Where you chasing lightning bugs, baby doll?” asked Marq Qweepie, Driew’s father.

Marq Qweepie had adapted the lazy talk of the neither northern nor southern state called Kentucky. Lightning bugs replaced fireflies. G’Day replaced hello. And supper replaced dinner. Marq had either adopted or regressed into new habits living in Dawson Springs, as had Driew.

Lazy talk didn’t seem lazy anymore. The words flowed like sweet tea over ice. Smooth and popping at just the right syllable. Yonder didn’t make sense before. Yonder was now a safe distance away.

A winded Pester rounded the porch then wedged his way into Driew’s relaxing monkey swing. Like a pack animal, Pester displayed his hierarchy. In the Qweepie pack, Pester ruled as top dog. Pester had assumed the leader role in Killiope’s absence. As Big Bother, Pester reigned a larrikin like his name implied.

Driew knew of only one other big bother worse than his own—Jameson Hayder, his bully kussin. Driew avoided that bounce. Pester shared Driew’s bedroom—no escaping family.

“Where have you been?” asked Nieve Qweepie, caring for her oldest son’s whereabouts as mothers do.

“I ran Old Hospital Road. Gotta keep in shape for the lacrosse tryouts next spring. There are no teams. If I want to be recognized, I gotta be on point,” said Pester, munching on his third supper.

”We found a team in Clarksville, Tennessee. But we need your help to cover costs,” said Marq.

”Why?” asked Pester.

”We can afford the transportation and time. You need to supply the dues and gear,” said Nieve, more into sports than Marq.

”Boys, we’ve discussed letting all three of you work this summer. Since Payne is working at Pennyrile State Park, Piper Brown has neighborly offered to hire the two of you for jobs in her garden. We are fine with you helping as long as you commit until Gulia returns,” said Nieve.

”Killiope never worked. Why should I?” Pester countered the idea of employment.

”Fine! Work here. Wash the van and mow the fast-growing lawn and fields for free,” said Marq, frustrated by Pester’s response.

”Cleaning a minivan is like cleaning a house without air conditioning,” said Pester.

”How about mowing grass in town? You’ll earn fifteen dollars an hour,” Marq suggested. ”You won’t make that bagging groceries!”

”Mowing is too hot and boring. Back and forth, clipping the same grass week after week!” said Pester.

”This summer is your last opportunity to earn money before graduation. Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know.” Marq kicked off his soiled farm boots, the same boots he used to mow the same fields week after week at Pester’s age.

”I shouldn’t have to work,” said Pester, sulking in the chair.

”If you want spending money, you’re working! Help Piper or you and I are applying at the DQ, DG, and every tobacco patch within three counties. You’re not gaming this summer away!” Nieve sipped her sweet tea.

Driew had hoped to enjoy the cool evening and sweet tea conversations peacefully—not tonight.

Pester brushed past Driew, flicking his ear. If ever a time for a kid to snap, Driew chose the wrong one. In a reflex action, Driew swung at his pain, hitting Pester.

Pester snatched Driew in a headlock, spilling Nieve’s drink and breaking the Mason jar.

”Stop this bickering! You’re working for Piper! No sass talk. If you two want to touch, sit face-to-face and hold hands!” There are two sides to a story, Nieve always said when resolving conflicts. She ignored the motto today.

“I don’t want to hold his stinking hand,” said Pester.

“Do as I say or you’ll be cleaning this mess and the house too!” said Nieve.

Pester locked hands with Driew, face-to-face in the wooden porch swing.

“Stay there, while I get something to clean this mess,” said Nieve, slamming the screen door. The 1930s farmhouse wood floors whined from the force of her punishing march to the kitchen.

”You jerks, your mom is worried about finding a job herself. Don’t add to her stress by being lazy and spoiled. No one in this house wants to work this summer. To leave, that’s our only other choice.”  Marq collected the broken Mason jar then joined Nieve inside.

Driew contemplated where issues began in his life. Rid of a big sinister, left with an even bigger bother picking up where Killiope left off.

Pester manipulated the punishment into Driew’s torment. ”You’ve never cared for anything but yourself, lil’ bother. You’ll clearly never hafta be responsible,” said Pester, clenching Driew’s fingers. With his strong sweaty grip, Pester forcefully squeezed.

Driew collapsed onto the porch, whimpering in pain.

Pester didn’t let go.

Get back, Driew thought, replacing his whimper with his newfound strength. Driew clinched forcefully as Pester’s hold eased. Getting even, Driew thought.

Pester attempted to break the hand holding bond. He hocked a spit wad, dangling his saliva over Driew’s face. Footsteps creaked over the wood floors inside and toward the porch. Pester jerked Driew off the floor and into the swing beside him.

”Aw, you the lovingest bunch of boys,” Ida Mae said. “Your momma gots a job call. She said you boys bess clean this mess and get off to bed fer work.” She left towels and a bucket of soapy water beside the swing.

”I’m done! Night, lil’ bother.” Pester jumped the porch banister, leaving Driew to clean up.

Driew had become Pester’s keeper, cleaning responsibly, with no verbal appreciation. Pester’s lack of words hit harder than his punches. Driew cared for his family and took on added responsibilities to show his love.

Killiope and I grew closer before she left for bootcamp. Could Pester and I do the same? Driew thought, empowered by his show of strength.

I don’t want to live another torturous year as Pester’s little bother. Can’t Pester resolve his issues to become a loving brother?

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Text and illustrations copyright © 2016 by Mark Wayne Adams. All rights reserved. Family Tree Novel is a SYP Kids imprint.