Vocabulary Builder by: Rachel Mutzabaugh
For Vocabulary Builder, my ten words are:
stone heap- definition: a pile or mass of stone; this word helps to convey setting because the author says "Wash the white clothes on Monday and put them on the stone heap", giving the impression that this story takes place in a time where that was the method that people used to dry clothes.
barehead- definition: without a hat or sunscreen to protect you from the sun; this word shows that the author is smart because she says " don't walk barehead in the hot sun", as she knows that the sun is not all good and can have damaging effects on your body.
gum- definition: plant residue on cotton; this word helps to convey tone because the author says "when buying yourself a nice blouse, be sure that it doesn't have gum on it, because that way it won't hold up well after a wash", as she thinks that gum is gross.
benna- definition: popular music (not appropriate to sing in Sunday school); this word helps to convey tone because the author says "is it true that you sing benna in Sunday school?", as she is disgusted and astonished that someone would even think to do that.
wharf-rat- definition: bad, creepy; this word helps to convey tone because the author says "you mustn't speak to wharf-rat boys, not even to give directions", as she doesn't like these boys and thinks that they are bad.
iron- definition: smooth away wrinkles from cloth with a metal device; this word helps to convey setting because the author says "this is how you iron your father's khaki shirt so that it doesn't have a crease; this is how you iron your father's khaki pants so that they don't have a crease", giving the impression that this story takes place in a time where people ironed their clothes at home on a daily basis because it was the only available way to keep clothese looking neat and free of creases. There was no dry-cleaning in this time.
okra- definition: a shrub whose pods are used in soups, stews, and gumbo; this word helps to convey setting because the author says "this is how you grow okra- far from the house, because okra tree harbors red ants", giving the impression that this story takes place in a time period where people grew most of the food that they ate and knew alot about growing their own food.
sweep- definition: clean, or clear away, with a broom; this word helps to convey setting because the author says "this is how you sweep a corner; this is how you sweep a whole house; this is how you sweep a yard", giving the impression that this story takes place in a time where there were no vacuums and sweeping was the main method of cleaning the floors of the house.
tea-definition: an afternoon party where the people who attend the party drink tea; this word helps to convey setting because the author says "this is how you set a table for tea", giving the impression that this story takes place in a time when people had others over for tea at their homes.
make- definition: bake, cook, create; this word shows that the author is very talented and knows how to do many things because she says "this is how to make a bread pudding; this is how to make doukona; this is how to make pepper pot; this is how to make good medicine for a cold."


Costa's Levels of Questions
Level 1- What shouldn't you do at all on Sundays or in Sunday school?
Level 2- What time period do you think this story takes place in? Why?
Level 3- Why do you think the author wrote this story? Why do you think that?

Extender
1. This story reminds me of the early 1900s when slavery was still legal. When I was reading this story I thought of an African American mother teaching her daughter how she should act, how to cook, and maintain the household. "this is how you smile to someone you don't like at all;" this sentence fragment drew the picture in my mind of poorly treated slaves having to respect and act kindly towards their owners.

2. Another parallel this story drew in my mind to our world, was to The Lion King. In the beginning of the movie Mufasa teaches Simba how to become a man or lion rather. Mufasa explains to Simba limits and how to rule over the kingdom, and the big responsibility it is to have such power. This reminded me of Girl because the older female mentor explains how to do jobs of the house. In both situations the parental figure is teaching the child how to act and what to do.

3. When kids are young their parents give them all sorts of chores to do around the house; do the dishes, wash the cars, mop the floor, take out the trash, cook, clean the house. Throughout this short story the girl is given several instructions on the proper way to do work. Chores provide children the skills they need to maintain the house, and I know that the chores I had when I was younger helped me gain knowledge about growing up and taking responsibility.

4. This story makes me think of watching over little kids-babysitting! Whenever I babysit toddlers or little kids, I am constantly telling them what to do and what not to do. In this small passage of Girl, the adult figure is repeatedly telling the child what to do and how to do it, and what not to do. In the sentence "don't pick people's flowers-you might catch something;", the mentor is watching out for the safety of the child, much in the same manner in which I would watch over the kids that I am babysitting.




Character Tracker: Vicky Donnelly
This is based on the narrator of this story.
1) Determined- decide on, establish or settle.
The narrator is determined to get the point across to this young lady that this is the way a young lady like herself should act. The narrator is also trying to make a point of staying out of trouble.
2) Harsh- disagreeably rough
The narrator is very harsh with the way they are saying " like the slut you want to become" they are also harsh with the way they say the things a lady should be doing and not doing.
3) Annoyed- disturb or irritate
The style of the narrators writing show that they are irritated with this young lady and how she is acting.
4) Concerned- worried, troubled, or anxious
As the narrator speaks they way they do they seemed concerned that the way she is acting could get her in trouble and hurt. They are trying to make sure the acts right being concerned with her future.
5) Mature- carefully considered, fully grown or developed.
The narrator shows that they know how a mature young lady should act there for is mature.


Level 1: What should you know how to set a table for?
Level 2: Compare and contrast how the narrator and the young girl talked about in the story opinions might differ.
Level 3: Predict how the young girl will react to this statement from the narrator.



Kyle's Costa's questions.
Level 1: Name all of the chores that she does that you also do.
Level 2: Compare and contrast the old time method with todays methods of cleaning clothes.
Level 3: Judge what time peroid she is in, by the ways she does her chores.

Image Finder-
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This image connects to the text because she said that she wants to dress like a slut.

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This picture relates to the story because they tell about her setting the table.

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This picture relates to the story because in the story they talk about her singing.

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This picture was suppose to show something being thrown at a blackbird like they talked about in the story.

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This picture is to represent the part of the story where she was washing her clothes in the river and hanging them up.