“The Smallest Dragon Boy” p 147
80 Possible Points
Objectives: Students will analyze character motivation
Students will be able to make inferences from the story.
Students will build vocabulary.
Motivation—Why do people do the things they do? What makes us act out one way and
not in another?
Inferences—is an educated guess based on evidence from the story.
Part 1: Quickwrite: (5 points) Answer in the space provided:
Have you ever wanted to do something that you thought would be too hard or that
someone told you couldn’t do? What motivated you to overcome your difficulties? Was
there a time when you faced a challenge as an underdog?
2. Pre-Reading: These words appear in the story. (1) Locate them in the story, (2) write
out the definition, (3) copy the sentence where the word can be found and underline the
vocabulary word. (15 points)
Part 2: During Reading Activity: Answer with short answers. (48 Points)
1. Page 148—What does the information suggest about Keevan?
2. Keevan infers that Beterli walks quickly in order to embarrass him, the smallest
dragonboy. Assuming Keevan’s inference is correct, what does this tell you about
3. Page 149—“Keevan was constantly working, twice as hard as any other boy his age, to
prove himself capable”. What do you think is Keevan’s motivation for working hard to
4. “You just wait and see, Beterli, you just wait and see”. Predict or infer the major
conflicts of this story.
5. Mende is Keevan’s foster mother. Why does Mende comment on Glar;s height?
6. “Everyone leaned forward and nodded thoughtfully. That particular egg was the one
Beterli had marked as his own, and no other candidate dared, on pain of being beaten by
Beterli at his first opportunity, to approach it”. Infer—What does this suggest aout
7. What can you infer about Beterli from having been present at eight impressions?
8. Extended Discussion—Keevan’s conflicts are universal; he struggles against a bully
and he strives to prove himself. Such conflicts occur in every historical period. Compare
Rikki-tikki-tavi and Keevan. How does Rikki-tikki-tavi react to the bully Nag? What
motivates him to fight the cobras?
9. Page 151—Review Beterli’s treatment of Keevan so far in the story. Why does Beterli
taunt Keeven now?
10. “You’re almost overage, aren’t you”? Inference—Why does Keevan taunt Beterli
about his age?
11. Page 152—“How would he ever be able to remember everything he ought to know at
the right moment”? Describe the internal conflict Keecan is going through.
12. What motivates L’vel’s for suggesting that the babes should wait?
13. Why do you think K’last expresses opinions of establishing fair rules?
14. Page 153—“Tempers were uncertain”. Why do you think the boys’ tempers are
15. Page 154—“With a sinking heart, Keevan knew what the news must be, and he could
only stare with intense desolation at the older boy”. What inference do you think Keevan
has just made? Why?
16. Explain what causes Keevan’s feeling of “painful nothingness.”
17. Why is Keevan no willing to tell Lessa what really happened?
18. “I merely wan to know what happened.” Why do you think Lessa is motivated to
hear Keevan’s side of the story?
19. Page 156—Inference—What do you think Mende means by “you are and you aren’t”
20. Why do you think Lessa and Mende don’t tell Keevan that the Impression is about to
21. Page 157—Infer—Why does Keevan deny the pain in his leg?
22. Infer—What does Keevan’s journey to the cavern suggest about his character?
23. Dragons are featured in both European and Asian folklore. In the space provided
compare and contrast the Western Dragon and the Eastern Dragon.
24. Page 160—Why does the bronze baby dragon choose Keevan?
After Reading: (12 Points)
1. List all the women in this story. Do you think they have powerful positions in Pern
society, or do only men hold power? EXPLAIN,
2. If you were writing about Pern, what roles and responsibilities would you give to men