Beyond the Book: “G’DAY: Aints”

Beyond the Book Reading

Researching events past, present, and future helps enhance your reading experience. Family Tree Novel series readers are introduced to a variety of historical and social events throughout the novel series. Choose to explore or to expand your knowledge of these events on your songline.

1. Second source reading on Australian slang language: Wordbook of Australian Idiom—Aussie Slang, by Kerrin P. Rowe

2: Kentucky Derby: www.kentuckyderby.com

3. Australian Tea Tree: learn more at www.teatree.org.au

4. Southern Kentucky Book Fest (SoKY Book Fest): learn more at www.sokybookfest.org

5. Kentucky Book Fair: learn more at www.kyhumanities.org/kentuckybookfair.html

6. Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney, Australia: learn more at www.featherdale.com.au

7. Brumby Pony: learn more at www.animalsofaustralia.com/brumby_horse_facts

8. “Read a Book to Write Your Story” Discover how books change your life by journaling in a Best Sketchbook while you read. “One word can change your life.”

To learn more about a specific events, use our website to search topics using keywords from the Family Tree Novel series.

Beyond the Book: “DOWN UNDER: Kussins”

Beyond the Book Reading

Researching events past, present, and future helps enhance your reading experience. Family Tree Novel series readers are introduced to a variety of historical and social events throughout the novel series. Choose to explore or to expand your knowledge of these events on your songline.

1. “Very Special Place”, written by Richard Massamore and distributed in the 1980s.

2: “Read: Discover Kentucky” Discover other Kentucky authors, such as Jesse Stuart, Eddie PriceCrystal White, and Leigh Anne Florence, to name a few.

3. “Great American Eclipse” occurred August 21, 2017. To learn more visit: www.greatamericaneclipse.com.

4. Pennyrile Nature Trail: learn more about Kentucky trails at www.kentuckytourism.com/outdooradventure/trail/pennyrile-nature-trail/316/.

5. Dawson Springs Barbecue and Homecoming: learn more about Dawson Springs, Kentucky, events at www.dawsonspringsky.com/trails/Events.htm.

6. Catfish Noodling: learn more at www.fieldandstream.com.

7. Tasmanian Tiger: learn more at www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/tasmanian-tiger

8. 1898 Day Bros. Building: learn more at www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/ky/hopkins/state.html

9. The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens: to learn more visit www.zoo.org.au/melbourne.

To learn more about a specific events, use our website to search topics using keywords from the Family Tree Novel series.

AR Reading Quiz for “G’DAY: Aints”

AR Reading Quiz for G’DAY: Aints

17-Adams-FTN-G'DAY-Reading Quiz
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

G'DAY-Aints-www.mwa.company-Flat Book

 

Reading Group Guide for “G’DAY: Aints”

Reading Group Guide for G’DAY: Aints

17-Adams-FTN-G'DAY-Reading_Group_Guide

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?

G'DAY-Aints-www.mwa.company-Flat Book

 

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. It’s 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 smart phone, 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

16-Adams-FTN-DOWN UNDER-Reading Quiz

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?

 

READING QUIZ KEY

down-under-kussins-3d-book-cover-9781596160385-www-mwa-company-72dpi

 

AR Reading Quiz for “OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters”

AR Reading Quiz for OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters

16-Adams-FTN-OUTBACK-Reading Quiz

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?

 

READING QUIZ KEY

OUTBACK-Bothers & Sinisters-www.mwa.company

 

Reading Group Guide for “DOWN UNDER: Kussins”

Reading Group Guide for DOWN UNDER: Kussins

16-Adams-Family Tree Novel-DOWN UNDER-Reading_Group_Guide

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?

13. How do you think Marq’s secret influenced his decisions until he shared it with Nieve and Driew? What affect do you think keeping Marq’s secret will have on both characters’ relationships?down-under-kussins-3d-book-cover-9781596160385-www-mwa-company-72dpi

 

Summer Reading List: “OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters”

The Family Tree Novel series’ steady, enduring story is like a tree growing against nature’s will toward the sky. Driew Qweepie’s perennial story buds, blossoms, grows, and falls from the twisted branches of the Qweepie family tree. The story’s sing-song rhythm creates a songline for readers to follow, scanning a century all told.

The book series begins with a boy starting walkabout, a historical rite of passage into manhood. The moments throughout walkabout are viewed by a magic man chasing along an untimely move from Dawson City, Victoria, Australia’s Outback, to Dawson Springs in rural western Kentucky. This journey becomes a boy’s tracing of his bloodline, discovery of country, and possible death.

OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters is written by Mark Wayne Adams. This is one of books in his award-winning Family Tree Novel series of chapter books:  STATION: OutlawsOZ: InlawsNO WORRIES: Momus & MamaaysOUTBACK: Bothers & SinistersDOWN UNDER: KussinsG’DAY: AintsMATES: Uncools, and WALKABOUT: Mates.

Staff Book Picks: November

POSP 3D-book

Written by Irina Gonikberg Dolinskiy and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
Hardbound ISBN:  978-1-59616-017-0
Pages: 32
Retail Price: $14.95

The parts of speech come magically alive as they participate in a colorful New York City Parade! Each presents and defines itself as it marches down the street and through a child’s imagination.

 

Written by Linda Smigaj and Illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978-1-59616-034-7

Paperback Retail Price: $9.99

History with a Twist Makes Learning Fun!

Welcome to the world of Linda Smigaj’s books. Educator and juvenile fiction author Linda Smigaj, aka Professor Fuddy-Duddy, captures the imagination of readers, ages 7–10, through stories of historically accurate events told from a unique perspective. Come travel through early American history with these adventurous flies.

 

Written by Crystal White and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN: 978-159616-028-6
Pages: 32
Paperback Retail Price: $9.99

Franny Finds a Home! is a beautiful children’s book complete with vibrant illustrations and educational resources for both parents and teachers, not to mention an exciting and heartfelt story.

Franny is a former stray who was relieved to be saved from the streets. But her rescuer, Trishalou, simply can’t keep her. Franny encounters nice workers at the rescue shelter, but she misses her friends. Shy, and not the cutest critter in the place, will Franny ever be chosen for a forever home?

At the end of the story the author (a 20-year reading teacher) has included resources for teaching or review of text features. These activities can be used with any text.