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Whatever Happened to the Baxter Place? Background Knowledge What is open land? • Open land is fields, meadows and farms. It is often developed as cities grow to build more houses or for commercial use such as shopping centers. Think about buildings taking over fields and farms How do you feel about this? What is a farm? What are farms for? What would it be like to live and work on a farm? Let’s talk a little about what the other selections in this unit taught us about the land and how it has changed over time. • What did we learn? Did increasing population or development change the land? This story takes place in Maryland, which is in the eastern part of the United States. Farmers earn their living by planting and selling crops. When crops fail, farmers need to find a way to continue to make money… …or they need to live on their savings. If they do not have enough savings, they may have to sell part of their land to earn money. People who buy land from farmers may want to continue to farm it. However, often developers, or people who want to build houses and businesses, buy the land to build on and make a profit. Whatever Happened to the Baxter Place? is realistic fiction. • In realistic fiction, – The characters behave as people do in real life. – The setting of the story is a real place or could be a real place. – The events in the story could happen in real life. Comprehension • Strategies – Asking Questions – Making Connections – Predicting • Skills – Main Idea and Detail – Author’s Point of View Some things to think about: • Why did the Baxter family sell so much of their farmland? • Do you think the Baxters were sorry after they sold all their land? Explain your answer. • Some of the selections in this unit talked about how places have changed over time. These changes have both good and bad results. Are changes happening in your area? Do you think they are good or bad? • Images and clipart are from Bing or Google Images. Information is from SRA’s Imagine It! Literacy program. The video clips have been downloaded from YouTube. • No copyrighted materials were knowingly used in this presentation. Please do not use this presentation for commercial use. • This Power Point presentation was created by Amy W. Kensley.
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