|1. Work with a partner or
small group to decide if each of the words below
would be found in the manor house (I), outside
the manor house (O), or on the manor house (ON).
Guess if you do not know. Then read the booktalk
to support or deny your guesses.
____ cornices ____ turrets _____ ottoman _____
_______ portico ____ valise _____ portmanteau
_____ postern _____ chaise
The huge manor house stood alone, its cornices
and turrets sharp against the dark winter sky.
The gameskeeper, musket in hand, stood by the
postern gate, keeping the howling wolves at bay.
Inside two young girls clung together on the
ottoman listening for the wheels of the chaise.
And then she appeared, Miss Slighcarp, the new
governess with full valise and bulging
portmanteau. Even the wolves who roamed the
surrounding forest were less dangerous as Bonnie
and Sylvia were to discover. And as difficult as
life at the manor became, it was even worse when
the orphans were sent off to Miss Slighcarp's
sister, Mrs. Brisket. With only a young boy to
help them the captives face many chilling moments
in this dark tale of murder and greed.
|2. Pre-Reading Journal Sentence
Select one of the open-ended sentence starters to
write about for five minutes in your pre reading
journal. Be prepared to read aloud what you have
written to a small group.
A. Living in an English manor house surrounded by
a forest full of wolves would be..
B. Cruel and unjust punishment is ...
C. Characters with names like Slighcarp,
Grimshaw, Brisket and Moleskin might be...
|3. Place students in groups
of four. Each group has a secretary to write the
main ideas of the group. In ten minutes each
group will respond to one of the following open
How many ways...
If you were ...
What if ...
Suppose that ...
How is ____ like ____ ?
Example: How many ways can your group list that The
Wolves of Willoughby Chase is like the story
|4. Find three facts about
wolves for each of these categories:
Where they live. What they eat. What they look
like. What they have. What they do.
Use the information in this pattern:
If I had the ________ of a wolf,
I would ________and ______________
and I'd _______________.
But I wouldn't sleep in a cave in winter because
bears to that.