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					         They Cage the Animals at Night
Vocabulary Using Context Clues #1 (Chapters 1-6)
Directions:
     In the second column, write the sentence in which the word is found. This is its “context.”
     In the third column, use context clues to make an educated guess at the word’s meaning.
     In the fourth column, record the dictionary definition appropriate for the sentence and label the part of
         speech.

   Vocabulary                 Context                Guess        Dictionary Definition: shelter or protection;
     Word                                                         a safe haven
                     “And the moment                 Power
      refuge         reminds of the days               or         Your own sentence: The weary traveler
      (pg. 1)        when this place, this         strength       finally found refuge from the storm in
                     zoo, was the source
                                                                  an old barn.
                     of my refuge, my
                     home.” (1)
                                                                  Dictionary Definition:
    Brooklyn
     (pg. 2)


                                                                  Your own sentence:




                                                                  Dictionary Definition:
      foster
     (pg. 11)


                                                                  Your own sentence:




                                                                  Dictionary Definition:
    dormitory
     (pg. 21)


                                                                  Your own sentence:




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 Vocabulary   Context   Guess                Definition & Sentence
   Word

                                Dictionary Definition:
 hysterical
  (pg. 22)


                                Your own sentence:




                                Dictionary Definition:
  marquee
  (pg. 64)


                                Your own sentence:




                                Dictionary Definition:
   unison
  (pg. 74)


                                Your own sentence:




                                Dictionary Definition:
dumbfounded
  (pg. 76)


                                Your own sentence:




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             They Cage the Animals at Night
               Reading Journal: Chapter 1


Characters: Help yourself keep track of the characters by filling in
details about them(who they are, relationship to Jennings, other
details, etc…)

Sister Frances


Mark


Rita Burch


Sister Claire


“Doggie”


Jennings’ Brothers:
George


Walter


Jerome


Larry


Gene




                       Setting for the Chapter




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Journal Topic




Journal Response




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          They Cage the Animals at Night
            Reading Journal: Chapter 2


Characters: Help yourself keep track of the characters by filling in
details about them(who they are, relationship to Jennings, other
details, etc…)

Stacy Ann Perry


Bullies: Butch, Fuzzy, Bryan


Mr. & Mrs. Carpenter




                       Setting for the Chapter




Journal Topic




Journal Response (continued on back)




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Journal Response (continued)




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          They Cage the Animals at Night
            Reading Journal: Chapter 3


Characters: Help yourself keep track of the characters by filling in
details about them(who they are, relationship to Jennings, other
details, etc…)

What have you learned about Jennings personality so far?




                       Setting for the Chapter




Journal Topic




Journal Response (continued on back)




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Journal Response (continued)




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            They Cage the Animals at Night
              Reading Journal: Chapter 4


Characters: Help yourself keep track of the characters by filling in
details about them(who they are, relationship to Jennings, other
details, etc…)

“Brownie”



Sister Margaret




                       Setting for the Chapter




Journal Topic




Journal Response (continued on back)




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Journal Response (continued)




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          They Cage the Animals at Night
            Reading Journal: Chapter 5


Characters: Help yourself keep track of the characters by filling in
details about them(who they are, relationship to Jennings, other
details, etc…)

Sister Ann Charles




                       Setting for the Chapter




Journal Topic




Journal Response (continued on back)




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Journal Response (continued)




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          They Cage the Animals at Night
            Reading Journal: Chapter 6


Characters: Help yourself keep track of the characters by filling in
details about them(who they are, relationship to Jennings, other
details, etc…)

Sister Barbara



Sister Ann Catherine



Stevie



Rooster (Bobby)



Sergeant Pierce Meagher




                          Setting for the Chapter




Journal Topic




Journal Response (continued on back)


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Journal Response (continued)




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           They Cage the Animals at Night
 Vocabulary Using Context Clues #2 (Chapters 7-11)
Directions:
     In the second column, write the sentence in which the word is found. This is its “context.”
     In the third column, use context clues to make an educated guess at the word’s meaning.
     In the fourth column, record the dictionary definition appropriate for the sentence and label the part of
         speech.

 Vocabulary                Context                Guess     Dictionary Definition:
   Word

  amnesia
  (pg. 110)
                                                            Your own sentence:




                                                            Dictionary Definition:
 Manhattan
  (pg. 117)


                                                            Your own sentence:




                                                            Dictionary Definition:
  convent
  (pg. 121)


                                                            Your own sentence:




                                                            Dictionary Definition:
pneumonia
 (pg. 130)

                                                            Your own sentence:




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Vocabulary    Context   Guess                   Definition & Sentence
  Word

                                Dictionary Definition:
   pier
 (pg. 139)


                                Your own sentence:




                                Dictionary Definition:
attentive
(pg. 162)


                                Your own sentence:




                                Dictionary Definition:
frankfurter
 (pg. 176)


                                Your own sentence:




                                Dictionary Definition:
 antenna
 (pg. 188)


                                Your own sentence:




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          They Cage the Animals at Night
            Reading Journal: Chapter 7


Characters: Help yourself keep track of the characters by filling in
details about them(who they are, relationship to Jennings, other
details, etc…)

What character traits help Jennings overcome challenges so far?




                       Setting for the Chapter




Journal Topic



Journal Response (continued on back)




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Journal Response (continued)




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          They Cage the Animals at Night
            Reading Journal: Chapter 8


Characters: Help yourself keep track of the characters by filling in
details about them(who they are, relationship to Jennings, other
details, etc…)

Miss Keller



Sister Gerard



Sal




                       Setting for the Chapter




Journal Topic




Journal Response (continued on back)




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Journal Response (continued)




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          They Cage the Animals at Night
            Reading Journal: Chapter 9


Characters: Help yourself keep track of the characters by filling in
details about them(who they are, relationship to Jennings, other
details, etc…)

Sister Regina



Mr. & Mrs. Frazier



Donald



Martha




                       Setting for the Chapter




Journal Topic




Journal Response (continued on back)




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Journal Response (continued)




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          They Cage the Animals at Night
           Reading Journal: Chapter 10


No new characters.   What are the important events of this chapter?




                        Setting for the Chapter




Journal Topic



Journal Response (continued on back)




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Journal Response (continued)




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          They Cage the Animals at Night
           Reading Journal: Chapter 11


No new characters.   What are the important events of this chapter?




                        Setting for the Chapter




Journal Topic




Journal Response (continued on back)




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Journal Response (continued)




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          They Cage the Animals at Night
Vocabulary Using Context Clues #3 (Chapters 12-15)
Directions:
     In the second column, write the sentence in which the word is found. This is its “context.”
     In the third column, use context clues to make an educated guess at the word’s meaning.
     In the fourth column, record the dictionary definition appropriate for the sentence and label the part of
         speech.

 Vocabulary                 Context                Guess     Dictionary Definition:
   Word

    bureau
   (pg. 191)
                                                             Your own sentence:




                                                             Dictionary Definition:
 rummaged
  (pg. 193)


                                                             Your own sentence:




                                                             Dictionary Definition:
ventriloquist
  (pg. 225)


                                                             Your own sentence:




                                                             Dictionary Definition:
    instinct
   (pg. 242)

                                                             Your own sentence:




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Vocabulary   Context   Guess                   Definition & Sentence
  Word

                               Dictionary Definition:
 precinct
 (pg. 250)


                               Your own sentence:




                               Dictionary Definition:
   frail
 (pg. 258)


                               Your own sentence:




                               Dictionary Definition:
  thicket
 (pg. 269)


                               Your own sentence:




                               Dictionary Definition:
 guardian
 (pg. 283)


                               Your own sentence:




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          They Cage the Animals at Night
           Reading Journal: Chapter 12


Characters: Help yourself keep track of the characters by filling in
details about them(who they are, relationship to Jennings, other
details, etc…)

Miss Margaret



Mrs. Garrison




                       Setting for the Chapter




Journal Topic




Journal Response (continued on back)




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Journal Response (continued)




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           They Cage the Animals at Night
            Reading Journal: Chapter 13


Characters: Help yourself keep track of the characters by filling in
details about them(who they are, relationship to Jennings, other
details, etc…)

Stacy



Clarence




                       Setting for the Chapter




Journal Topic




Journal Response (continued on back)




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Journal Response (continued)




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             They Cage the Animals at Night
              Reading Journal: Chapter 14


Characters: Help yourself keep track of the characters by filling in
details about them(who they are, relationship to Jennings, other
details, etc…)

Ronny



Mrs. Abbott



Kevin Aldridge



Officer Daily



Mrs. Daily




                       Setting for the Chapter




Journal Topic




Journal Response (continued on back)


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Journal Response (continued)




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           They Cage the Animals at Night
       Reading Journal: Chapter 15 & Epilogue


Characters: Help yourself keep track of the characters by filling in
details about them(who they are, relationship to Jennings, other
details, etc…)

Officer and Mrs. Daily



Sal



Rita Burch



“Doggie”



Jennings’ Brothers:
George


Walter


Jerome


Larry


Gene




                         Setting for the Chapter




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Journal Topic




Journal Response




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                LEVELS OF QUESTIONING
         Questioning the Text: A Reading Strategy

Level 1 – Literal
Questions that are written so that the answer can easily be
found in the text. (CD)

Examples:




Level 2 – Interpretative
Questions that require you to use information from the text in
addition to the reader’s personal knowledge to determine
meaning. (CD + CM)

Examples:




Level 3 – Universal
Questions that are more open ended, address themes or abstract
issues that relate to the text. These are open-ended questions
that go beyond the text (to your own experience, opinions, other
texts, etc…). (ALL CM)

Examples:




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       LEVELS OF QUESTIONING
SOCRATIC SEMINAR QUESTIONS & NOTES




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CLASS NOTES




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CLASS NOTES




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CLASS NOTES




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CLASS NOTES




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CLASS NOTES




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CLASS NOTES




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             Speech: A Street Kid’s Guide
                  Given by Jennings Michael Burch




     When I was asked to address a high school graduation in a
nearby community, my mind boggled.
     "Me!" I gasped. "You want me?"
     After they assured me they did, I felt honored. Just think
of it! Me! A guy who never went to high school was being asked
to speak to a group of kids on such an important occasion.
     What will I say to them? What profound words can I impart
that would stay with them, and perhaps help them with life's
choices? The more I thought about it, the more I realized that
if I was not careful, I stood a good chance of adding my name to
a long list of boring, over-the-hill, has-been speakers that
came before me. These kids didn't need that. They didn't need
any more long-winded speeches of how it was done in the past,
nor did they need to be deluged by a barrage of useless
platitudes.
     I thought and rethought all sorts of ideas, but came up
with nothing. It wasn't until the nigh before the address that
it suddenly dawned on me. Don't tell these kids what you did.
Tell them what you learned while you were doing it.
     As I gathered these new thoughts, I drifted back to m
past. I grew up, or rather, was dragged up, in dozens of foster
homes and institutions. It was hard to tell where one home left
off and another began. Through those same years, I fumbled my
way through seven different grade schools. Somehow I missed the
fourth grade entirely. But that really didn't matter. Nobody
paid very much attention to me. I had no books, no pencils and
no paper. And as far as anyone was concerned, I was passing
through.
     By the time I was eleven, I was in the fifth grade and
unable to read. A nun took pity on me. She kept me after
school ever day to teach me what she could. For the brief time
I was with her, I learned a lot. I wish I could have stayed
with her, but I knew I couldn't. I was in "the system." I was
sent where they wanted to send me, and stayed until they sent me
someplace else. I learned early to obey any and all rules, and
to never question authority. The system was designed to teach
unquestioned discipline, but it was really containment and
control. It worked very well.

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     By the time I was fourteen, I was finished with school, or
rather, it was finished with me. In either case, I was tossed
out, told I couldn't be educated, and given a job.
     At first this was very frightening. I was alone and on my
own. There was no one to turn to if I go into trouble, no one
to guide me or show me the way. It was hard. I had to become
street smart in a hurry. I got tough quickly; I learned to show
no fear and to keep my mouth shut. I chose my roads by trial
and error. Whenever I stumbled, I got up and tried again. I
was determined no to quit and not to be beaten. I did alright.
I got through.
     About a dozen or so years ago, a friend who knew about my
past and the way I grew up encouraged me to write it down. He
told me it was important for people to know what it's like to
grow up the way I did. And so, with much stress and difficulty,
I somehow found the strength to reach back forty years to relive
all the pain and all the tears. I revisited the fear and the
loneliness. I wrote my autobiography, They Cage the Animals At
Night. It was reading this book, and responding to it, that
prompted those in charge of the graduation ceremony to invite me
to address their kids.
     It was a warm June morning when I stood at the podium. All
eyes were fixed upon me. The kids were dressed in their caps
and gowns and sticky from nervous perspiration. From time to
time, they'd glance over to the sections reserved for parents,
family and friends. They were trying to locate the proud an
smiling faces of those whom they belonged to. When they did,
they would smile as a faint blush filled their cheeks. They
were just as proud as their parents.
     I began to speak. I told them I was honored to be
addressing them, but not having been in high school, or
graduating from anything, I didn't feel qualified. I then made
an unusual request. I asked them if there was any way in which
I could take part in their moment, if they might let me be on of
them: a graduate. Their applause took me into their ranks, and
their eyes took me into their hearts.
     I choked back my tears as I said, "This is a street kid's
guide on how to get from here to there." There may be a word
here or a line there that might help you get through a rough
time: I hope so....




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     Poem: A Street Kid's Guide
       Author: Jennings Michael Burch


     It’s hard to get from here to there
         If you never get out of bed.
      You lie a lot to fool your friends
       But you fooled yourself instead.

    It’s harder to get from here to there
        If you set your goals too high;
      Then nothing ever works out right;
          Too soon, you no longer try.

But the hardest way to get from here to there
            Is when all you ever do
    Is count up the years, and miles to go.
  Then you’re through before you’re through.

    So how do you get from here to there?
     Well, you first must believe you can
       Let no one tell you differently –
   It’s your life and it’s in your hands.

    Then turn your dreams into your goals
           And see what you need now
         To satisfy the requirements:
          The why, the where and how.

   At first you’re overwhelmed, of course;
       There is so much you don’t know.
  But keep your faith, be strong and sure,
         For you do have a way to go.

    Take careful steps and do them right,
        Take pride in each thing done.
    Don’t look too far ahead of yourself,
       Just that next step yet to come.

Before you know it you’ll be there, friend,
        Your dream will then be real.
   And you’ll be standing where I am now,
      Telling others how good it feels.

  You’ll tell them not to quit themselves,
  To have faith, though it’s hard to bear.
     So they will know it can be done –
   They, too, can get from here to there.

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