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									          A Train to
            Somewhere
                              Genre: Historical Fiction
                              Author’s Purpose: Inform,
                                      Express
                                   Skill: Sequence
Compiled by Terry Sams, PES
                                   By: Eve Bunting
             Summary
  From the time she was left at the
orphanage in New York City,
Marianne had expected her mother
to come back for her. When
Marianne boards the train that will
take her and thirteen other orphans
to the Midwest, she hopes her
mother will be there waiting to claim
her. But doubt creeps in, and she
begins to wonder if anyone will want
her.
Genre: Historical Fiction
•Historical fiction is realistic fiction that
takes place in the past.
•The author makes up the characters
and events, but they seem real.
•The setting is important and the
problems and events are based on
things that really did or could have
happened during the time period.
   Comprehension Skill Review –
         Sequence TE 67a
• Sequence is the order of the events that
  occur in a story.
• You can determine the order of events by
  clue words such as first and next, in the
  beginning, then, following, after, and
  finally.
• Some story events may occur at the same
  time.
• Other story events, such as flashbacks, are
  told out of order.
    Comprehension Skill Review –
        Cause and Effect         TE 67b

   An effect is something that happens.
   A cause explains why it happens.
   Writing may include clue words such as
    because, in order to, so, and as a result
    to link causes and effects.
   If these words are missing, readers
    need to think about cause-and-effect
    relationships on their own.
Practice Cause and Effect TE 67b

       Cause         Effect
 Marianne’s
  mother could not
  care for her.
 People in the
  Midwest wanted
  children to
  adopt.
     Vocabulary Skill Review :
           Antonyms
   Words with opposite meanings are
    called antonyms.
   You can often figure out the meaning
    of an unknown word by finding a clue
    in the words around it.
   Sometimes the clue is an antonym.
   Sometimes you need to use a
    dictionary to find out a meaning.
           Click on the title to practice this skill.
Research Skill – Research Process            TE 67j

   You begin a research project by asking
    yourself questions about your topic.
   Then you find resources such as
    encyclopedias, to help answer these
    questions.
   As you gather information, you can ask
    new questions.
   Summarize the information you find by
    taking notes or writing outlines.
   Then organize your information into a
    report.
    Literary Device – Dialogue
                    TE 67i

   The conversation of two or more
    people in a story is called dialogue.
   Quotation marks go around the
    words.
    “Are these the orphans,” he asks.
   Dialogue helps move the story
    forward.
   Dialogue helps the reader understand
    about the characters and events.
     Weekly Fluency Check -
Read with Appropriate Phrasing   TE 67d


● Students should read with
  attention to punctuation, for
  example, pausing with
  commas and raising the voice
  at the end of a question.
● Go to page 48, beginning with
  “This is our train . . .”
      Review Pages Pgs. 49 – 53
1. Why do Nora and Marianne want to
   pretend they are sisters?

2. Why is it important to change into their
   good clothes?

3. What does Marianne remember about her
   mother and the past?

4. When did the event that Marianne
   remembers take place?
       Review Pages Pgs. 54 – 65
1. What has happened to each of the
   children who left the train so far?

2. How do you think Marianne feels
   when the train reaches
   Somewhere?

3. Why does the woman give her an
   apple?

4. How does the story end?
          Writing Assignment
    Choose one of the following and
    write a paragraph
   Suppose your family was planning to
    adopt a child. Draw a cartoon
    showing how you would help the
    child learn and grow. Include
    dialogue in speech bubbles.
   Write a newspaper announcement
    about the arrival of an orphan train
    in your town.
                Fun Stuff
   Learn more about the Orphan Trains
   See an ad for orphans.
(scroll down)

   Making cookies
   Skill Practice
   ABC Order Practice
   Vocabulary Practice
   Reading Test
   Spelling Test
         Say It!
adopt      couple

atlas      misery

carriage platform
More Words to Know
      agent
   locomotive
     orphans
   placing-out
carriage – a four-wheeled
vehicle that is pulled or pushed
atlas – a book of
      maps
platform – a raised
level surface
 misery - great suffering
or unhappiness
couple – a man and a
woman who are
married or engaged
adopt – to take a child
 of other parents and
bring it up as your own



  (or sometimes a pet)
agent – a person or
company having the
 authority to act for
      another.
 placing-out – a system
 of caring for dependent
children by placing them
in private families rather
     than orphanages
orphans – children
whose parents are
dead
locomotive – an engine
that moves from place
to place under its own
power
The orphans were
going on the train in
hopes of a placing-out.
The orphans were
going on the train in
hopes of a placing-out.
She wanted to adopt
the puppy from the
animal shelter.
She wanted to adopt
the puppy from the
animal shelter.
The locomotive was
powered by a steam
engine.
The locomotive was
powered by a steam
engine.
I looked at the atlas
to find our location.
I looked at the atlas to
find our location.
There are 14 orphans
on the Orphan Train.
There are 14 orphans
on the Orphan Train.
The mother pushed the
carriage across the
busy street.
The mother pushed the
carriage across the
busy street.
The couple has been
together for many
years.
The couple has been
together for
many years.
She described her
misery to me and it
made me sad also.
She described her
misery to me and it
made me
sad also.
We patiently waited on
the platform for the
train to arrive.
We patiently waited on
the platform for the
train to arrive.
Miss Randolph acted
as an agent for the
orphanage.
Miss Randolph acted
as an agent for the
orphanage.
This Week’s Word Wall Words


Click and type your own
words for this week:
      Spelling Words
 Words with short e and long e
them          engine
went          hockey
donkey        contest
fence         honey
money         speak
      Spelling Words
 Words with short e and long e
monkey        steal
reason        treat
valley        credit
least         beat
               alley
season
Let’s review our spelling
words. Watch carefully
because they will flash
on the screen for just a
moment. We will clap as
we spell the word.
them
went
donkey
fence
credit
alley
engine
hockey
contest
speak
monkey
reason
honey
beat
valley
least
season
treat
steal
money
GREAT JOB!

								
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