“The Tree” from PoppletonForeverComprehensionStory Structure(characters, setting, and plot)
How does the picture help you knowthat “The Tree” is fantasy? Page 15 The picture shows a pig wearing clothes and planting a tree, so it is a made-up story
Who is Poppleton? The pig in the story and in the picture
What other characters did you meetin the story? Tree Doctor Hudson Newhouse Cherry Sue
How do you know that Poppletonlikes his tree? Pages 16, 17 He waters it every day, gives it food, and protects it from the wind. He is happy when the tree grows.
What is Poppleton’s problem? Pages18,19 His tree looks awful
What is the first thing he does tosolve his problem? Pages 18,19 He calls the tree doctor
What clues help Poppleton know thatsomething is wrong with his tree?Pages 18,19 The leaves droop, the bark peels, and it turns from green to brown
How does Poppleton feel when hesees his tree in this part of thestory? Pages 18,19 He is upset
How do you know? Pages 18,19 He says “Oh no!” and calls the tree doctor
Why is Poppleton upset? Pages 18,19 He has worked hard, but now the tree looks sick.
What does the question Poppleton asks the tree doctor about a pill tell you what Poppleton expects? Pages 20,21 He expects that his tree is sick. He expects that the tree doctor will know what to do and cure the tree with a pill.
What do you think is the differencebetween being sick and needingsomething? Pages 20,21 Your body can be sick, and you can take medicine to feel better. When you need something you might feel sad, and the medicine won’t make you feel better.
What does Poppleton do after thetree doctor leaves? Pages 22,23 He does the same things the tree doctor did
Why do you think he does this?Pages 22,23 He thinks he might be able to see what is wrong with the tree.
Why does Hudson say the tree needsa piece of cheese? Pages 22,23 Hudson is a mouse, and he likes cheese.
Why do you think Poppleton believesHudson? Pages 22,23 He doesn’t know what else to do.
How does Poppleton try to solve hisproblem? Pages 24,25 He asks Hudson and Newhouse what to do. He tries what they suggest.
Why do you think the ideas he triesdon’t work? Pages 24,25 Their ideas are about what they like and not about what a tree needs.
Comaper and ContrastNewhouse’s idea and Hudson’sidea. Pages 24,25 Hudson sys to give the tree cheese. Newhouse says to give it a bone. Both friends are thinking about what they like.
Why do you think Cherry Suesays that trees want birds? Pages26,27 Birds live and nest in trees. Some birds get food from trees.
How is Cherry Sue’s idea of thebird feeder different from theother ideas so far? Pages 26,27 The bird feeder is something the tree would like, not what she would like.
What happened after Poppletonput up a bird feeder? Pages 28,29 The tree got better; a leaf turned green every time a bird came to the tree.