Scarecrow & Four Skinny Trees Ms. Mills7th Grade Advanced Language Arts
Building Academic Vocabulary Stated Main Idea Implied Main Idea Figurative Language
Cynthia Rylant Cynthia Rylant is an award winning children’s and young adult author. She has written over 100 books of various genres, including non-fiction and poetry. When I was Young in the Mountains is her first-ever book, published in 1982. She wrote it from her experiences living in West Virginia with her grandparents after her mother left her at their doorstep at age nine. It is a Caldecott Honor Book.
Sandra Cisneros Born December 20, 1954 in Chicago, Sandra Cisneros is an American novelist, short- story writer, essayist, and poet. Cisneros is one of the first Hispanic-American writers who has achieved commercial success. She is lauded by literary scholars and critics for works which help bring the perspective of Chicana (Mexican-American) women into the mainstream of literary works. One of her most famous works is House on
Four Skinny Trees They are the only ones who "Let one forget his reason understand me. I am the only one for being, theyd all droop who understands them. Four like tulips in a glass, each skinny trees with skinny necks and with their arms around the pointy elbows like mine. Four who other. Keep, keep, keep, do not belong here but are here. trees say when I sleep. Four raggedy excuses planted by They teach. the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesnt appreciate these "When I am too sad and too things. skinny to keep keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so many bricks, "Their strength is secret. They then it is I look at trees. send ferocious roots beneath the When there is nothing left to ground. They grow up and they look at on this street. Four grow down and grab the earth who grew despite concrete. between their hairy toes and bite
Numbered Heads Together1. Students number off.2. Teacher asks a question.3. Students think and write.4. Heads Together: share & discuss.5. Teacher calls a number, student with that number answers.
Numbered Heads Together 1. What lesson does the scarecrow from Rylant’s piece teach the reader? 2. What lesson doe the trees from “Four Skinny Trees” teach the reader? 3. What is the extended metaphor in “Four Skinny Trees?” 4. What details from “Four Skinny Trees” reveal her perspective?