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Title:  Stone Fox Author: John Reynolds Gardner

Genre: realistic fiction   copywrite: 1980

Story Problem: Grandfather is sick, he has to get $500 in a hurry to pay the taxes to save farm

 

Resolution: Little Willy wins the race and the $500.

Characters

Name/Facts

Physical Features (body)

Personality Traits

Image

“Little Willy”

Jaden

10 years old

Likes racing

Likes his dog, “Searchlight”

curious

hard worker

“asked to many questions”

he doesn’t give up.

Grandfather

Alex

ill

beard

“healthy as an ox”

doesn’t want to live anymore - depression (starts in the mind or body)

not eating much

used to love to play,

dress up as a scarecrow to fool Little Willy

used to get up early

plays harmonica

Searchlight

Haeun

dog

big black dog

white spot on forehead size of silver dollar

old dog,

same age as Little Willy, 10 human years old (70 dog years)

can run very fast--knows the course

Dr. Smith

Liang

women, old

snow white hair

long black dress

tan skin,wrinkled face

has palomino horse

Lester

Haeun

General store worker

Mayor Smiley

Jaden

sweaty

Stone Fox

legend -- people tell stories about him

no white man had heard him talk

Nich

Big,

Indian

dressed in leather and furs

face like stone--hard looking, very serious (maybe angry)

dark skin, dark hair

eyes sparkled  (happy, nice, energetic)

“giant”

cunning - smart, clever and sometimes sneaky

quiet (search light moans not barks)

buying land back for his tribe, the Shoshone.

didn’t practice much

Clifford Snyder

(Modib)

scared searchlight

he’s a city slicker

small head

short

thin droopy mustache

long thin ciar

he had a derringer

he’s not used to animals

mad face

Samoyeds


Setting

Name/Facts

Description

Image

Potato farm in Wyoming (west USA)

tall trees

log cabins

great crop of potatoes

in winter--snow on everything like a blanket

air - clear and crisp

frozen rivers

early snow- school starts

Jackson, Wyoming

park sled in front of old church

store--Lester

big church clock high overhead

snowy twilight

“fallen tree and hidden gully”


Main Events

Event #

Event

1.

Grandpa used to like to play, but now he is ill:  depression (his body was healthy as ox, but his mind is ill)

2.

Little Willy went to get the doctor.

3.

Little Willy harvested the crops, he thought that Grandpa would get better

4.

He learned sign language, hand down no, palm up yes

5.

He sold potatoes to Mr. L.  Two handfuls for money

6.

He saw a man, Clifford Snyder

7.

Clifford came to collect taxes, but there was no money and he said Grandpa didn’t pay taxes for 10 years.

8.

Little  Willy went to the bank to get a loan, to get money.  Banker and everyone else told him to sell the farm.

9.

He asked Grandpa and he didn’t answer.

10.

He saw a poster that said that anyone who wins the dog sled race would win $500 (amount owed on taxes)

11.

He entered the 10-mile race w/5 10-dollar gold pieces (college education money)

12.

Willy meets Stone Fox

13.

Race at 10--only nine participants because they felt Stone Fox would win

14.

Willy went to get grandfather’s medicine in town at Lester’s store

15.

Willy went inside a barn to see the samoyeds and Stone Fox. Stone Fox hits Little Willy. He has black eye, can’t sleep.  Swollen shut

16.

People are cheering Willy on at the starting line including Lester, Doc Smith.

17.

Willy is surprised that the whole town is there to watch him race.

18.

Chapter 8 ends when the race is about to start.  People telling him to change his mind.

19.

Little Willy winning at first, Stone Fox goes slow at first. Little Willy pulled ahead with each turn. He’s excited.

20.

Little Willy takes a short cut across the lake. No one else attempts to cross lake

21.

Crossing by Grandfather’s house.  Searchlight goes faster. Grandfather looks out window.

22.

Stone Fox goes ahead.

23.

Searchlight dies.  Stone Fox lets Little Willy win


Book Notes

v: visualize, c: connection, q: question, m: monitor for meaning, i: inference s: synthesis e:emotion s:symbol

code

Note

I (P)

He lets money make him, instead of making money.Wants all the money w/o working for it.

I

old times, now people ride cars, but in the old days they rode horses.

Q/I

Is grandfather depressed because he owes money.

Q

Why is grandfather staying in bed?

Q

Where are Willy’s parents?

Q

What will happen to the crops?

Q

Will grandpa get better?

C

Like Harry Potter, he is not living with parents.

C

Modib has a farm: animals and vegetables: carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, cotton

C

Nich has dog like Little Willy’s dog--he always jumps and likes to go outside

C

Haeun’s grandfather has a big garden for vegetable.

C

Ms. Devlin’s mother and father went to Jackson Hole, Wyoming--it’s mountainous, beautiful

C

Jaden’s grandmother had a dog

I

“something bad is going to happen” he could be mad, stranger

Q

Are they going to pay the taxes?

Q

Why is Clifford Snyder afraid of the dog (maybe because of the way the dog is acting --he’s a city slicker, might not be used to animals.

I

mayor sweaty: used to cold, worried, old and out of shape,

Q

What is the difference between huskies and samoyeds?

I

Nich:

I think that the author in 8th chapter in Stone Fox is trying to get you riled up about the race. I wonder what will happen next?


Vocabulary

Word

Definition

Image

city slickers

“hands as pink and soft as a baby”

lived in city--dresses, tuxedos, rich clothes, nice hat

sled dog race

http://youtu.be/AXOk_llajr4

strong box

derringer

Cliff Snyder

amateurs

(immature: not mature, not old enough to be a grown up)

beginner - not professional. doesn’t have as much experience.

gold pieces

He felt ten feet tall

knew with eyes closed

samoyed

knee high mocassins

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