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                                                                                        Humanities
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                                               PIA # 1 Prep Day 6

                  Objective(s): SWBAT prepare for PIA # 1 by scoring at least a 2 on a ___________.




  Do Now – Read silently.
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                                        Things to Remember about a BCR




  Directions: Take out your copy of “Robin Hood” from last Wednesday’s homework.

  BCR Prompt: In the excerpt, Marian outsmarts and outfights Robin. Describe the character traits of Marian that
  enable her to trick Robin and win the fight. Use relevant and specific information from the excerpt to support
  your answer.

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                                            Trampoline by Don L. Wulffson
         It all started with an eleven-year-old from Iowa named George Nissen. One day in 1926, George was at
the circus with his family, watching tightrope walkers and trapeze artists. He thought they were great, especially
when they intentionally took flying leaps to the safety net below—and then continued performing. They
bounced up and down on the net and did twists, spins, and long, fantastic somersaults.
         That’s when the idea was born. When he was in high school, George decided he was going to make a
device that would work like the safety net. It would be a small version that he and his friends could have fun
jumping around on.
         Soon George had taken over the family garage and begun work on what he called his “bouncing table.”
“Bouncing tables” had been made before, but mostly as props for stunts at carnivals and shows. What George
wanted was a contraption that anyone could order for a backyard or gymnasium.
         At the local junkyard, he hunted for materials—springs, rubber inner tubes, and metal for making a
frame. Then he took his savings and bought a heavyduty industrial sewing machine that could sew canvas.
         All through high school and then through college, George kept working on his invention. He and his
friends had a good time clowning around on the thing. But George was always looking for ways to improve it. It
had to be safe, have great bounce, and be strong enough to withstand all kinds of jumping. It was also important
that it be easy to transport, set up, and store.
         It took almost twelve years. But finally, in 1937, George had created a “bouncing table” that met most of
his requirements. He had also invented the machines necessary to produce them and had changed the name to
trampoline, from the Spanish word trampolín, meaning “springboard.” He was now ready, he decided, to make
his fame and fortune selling his invention. With trampolines strapped to the top of his old car, he set off on
a cross-country tour. In town after town, he demonstrated his contraption in any place where there would be
crowds—in front of supermarkets, at parks, at county fairs, and outside sports stadiums. With the money he
made from these exhibitions, he bought more materials and continued to develop and improve his invention.
         During World War II, George enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Before long, he had persuaded both the army
and navy to use trampolines in their preflight training programs, especially those for soldiers learning to be
paratroopers and pilots.
         After the war, George went into the trampoline business full-time. Sales were slow at first, but then they
suddenly skyrocketed. George’s hard work, persistence, and unflagging optimism had finally paid off. People
bought trampolines for their backyards. Colleges added them to their gymnastics programs. NASA began using
them to give astronauts the feeling of weightlessness that the trampoline simulates.
         And there’s another place where you’re bound to see the invention. It’s the place where a kid first got
the idea for them: at the circus.

BCR Prompt # 1: Name one challenge George Nissen faced in creating and selling his trampoline. How did he
overcome this challenge? Use details from the article to support your answer.

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                                                BCR Checklist
Requirement                                       Yes                   No
Introductory sentence that answers the prompt
Explained one challenge
Explained how overcame the challenge
Used textual evidence to explain how he
overcame the challenge
Closing sentence that sums up the response
At least 7 sentences long
Introductory sentence that answers the prompt

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                                                BCR Checklist
Requirement                                       Yes                   No
Introductory sentence that answers the prompt
Explained one challenge
Explained how overcame the challenge
Used textual evidence to explain how he
overcame the challenge
Closing sentence that sums up the response
At least 7 sentences long
Introductory sentence that answers the prompt

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                                     Grow using Accountable Talk Stem
BCR Prompt # 2: Why do you think George Nissen’s invention was successful? Use details from the article to
support your answer.

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                                                                                 Humanities
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                                         PIA Prep Day 6 Homework
Directions: Read the following story and use your strategies (Title, Convention, Code, Annotate, Evidence).
Then, answer the BCR and complete the checklist.

Wil Neuton had just gotten used to city life in Madison, Wisconsin, when his family moved again—this
time to a small house in the woods, far away from the nearest town. At this point in the story, Wil has
gone for a bike ride and has discovered a lake with an abandoned rowboat pulled up on its shore.
                                                The Island
                                                 by Gary Paulsen
         It took him only a minute to jump in, push off with an oar, and get settled on the old dry seat in
the middle. As heavy as it was, water-soaked for years, the boat still moved easily to the oars, and in
ten more minutes he was bumping against the small rocks at the south edge of the island.
         He hopped out, standing in the water in his tennis shoes, and skinned the boat up onto the rocks.
Then he turned it on its side and stuck the oars up inside and turned and looked around.
         “See,” he said aloud. “See what I have found—an island all for myself.” He felt only a little
strange talking to himself, and he smiled and walked along the shore wondering why he had taken the
boat out to the island in the first place; what pull had brought him? He had seen other islands, yet there
was something about this one. It . . . fit him, somehow. Seemed to fit him.
         He went to the right and soon was up on the north end of the right side of the U, where he turned
left, started around the corner, and came to the large, square table rock that jutted out into the bay. Two
mallards lifted off the bay—a male, all green-headed with white wing flecks, and a dappled gray-brown
female— and Wil jumped when they took off. There were birds singing, and some insect sound, but the
sun was keeping the mosquitoes down and the quiet was very peaceful.
       He walked onto the rock and sat on the outer edge, letting his feet dangle over the side. His heels
almost touched the water, and when he rocked his toes forward they just broke the surface; some small
sunfish came to investigate the disturbance, which might be a meal. They hovered in the shade of the
rock, darted in and out with each ripple, flashed their sides in the sun, golden blinks that came up
through the water into Wil’s eyes and into his mind.
       He sat for some time, watching the fish, looking across the bay, listening to the birds, and the
place felt, in a way, like home. It felt like he was supposed to be there, and when he stood and brushed
the rock dust off his pants and walked back to the boat, some of the day was gone.
       But the newness filled him, and he did not think of Madison or feel lonely as he rowed back to
the main shore, left the boat upside down in the brush, found his bike, and got out on the road. He did
not think of Madison or his friends there; he thought only of the island, the sunfish coming to his toes,
the mallards jumping into the sky the way they did, the sun, the birds.
       And he knew he would come back. He knew it with a kind of basic, fundamental knowledge; he
would breathe in and out—and he would come back to the island.

BCR Prompt: How does the author help the reader understand that the island feels like home to Wil? Use at
least 3 details from the passage to support your answer.

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Requirement                                           Yes   No
Introductory sentence that answers the prompt
Explains why the island feels like home
Cites at least 3 reasons from the text why it feels
like home
At least 7 sentences
Closing sentence that sums up the response
Introductory sentence that answers the prompt

				
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