Winnie-the-Pooh Novel and Author Stud

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Spelling and Vocabulary

1.          explanation-to give    a description

2.          slither-to move like a snake

3.          complain-to express unhappiness

4.          awe-wonder or amazement

5.          relations-family member or friend

6.          suspicious-a feeling that something is wrong

7.          anxious-worried or nervous

8.          deceiving-when someone is misled or lied to

9.          practical-to be able to actually use something or it is useful

10. admit- to say something is true



Winnie-the-Pooh By A.A. Milne
Chapter 1 Before you read the chapter:
As you will see, the novel, Winnie-the-Pooh, is actually a number of stories told by the author to Christopher Robin, about an imaginary boy called Christopher Robin and all his wonderful animal friends. What do you think are the best stories that an adult can tell to a young person?
Take a look at the picture above - of the bear holding on to the balloon. Predict what you think is happening. Why is the bear doing this?
Vocabulary: Choose a word from the list to complete each sentence. [Be careful, some words may be appropriate for more than one sentence - try to pick the best fit.]
           explanation             slither            complain           awe              relations           suspicious              anxious          deceiving         practical           admit
1. Alex glanced up at the clock and became very _____________ when he realized there              was only one minute left in the contest.                                        2. The two little girls watched the snake _____________ down the porch steps.
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3. Every student in the classroom sat in ______________ as the magician performed his             magic tricks.
4. "I expect a more reasonable ________________ than the one you just gave," the teacher said angrily.
5. The skills taught to the pioneers by the Iroquois were very _____________.
6. The detective grew very _______________ when the strange car kept circling the block.
7. I don't think that Alicia will ever ______________ to being at the party.
8. "I don't mean to ______________," my aunt finally said, "But I have been sitting here for            over an hour."
 
9. How many of your mother's _____________ will be coming to the reunion?
10. No one suspected the kind salesman of _______________ his customers.
                               
Questions
1. Did you find the names of Winnie-the-Pooh a bit confusing? Many readers do. When Christopher Robin drags his teddy bear down the stairs, the author says the bear's name is ___________  ___________.  Later, when Winnie is sitting outside his house in the forest, there is a sign over his door which reads, ________________.
2. What is the setting of the story that the author tells to Christopher Robin?
3. Investigate:  Pooh says "And the only reason for making honey is so as I can eat it."  Using resources in your school library or on the Internet find out the real reason why bees make honey and store it in their hives.
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4. After Pooh's first attempt at getting to the honey failed, what did he decide to do next?
5. Why did Pooh think that he might be successful using a blue balloon to get at the honey?
6. Why couldn't Pooh get near the hive when he was using the balloon?
7.  What did Pooh ask Christopher Robin to do so as to distract the bees?
8.   How did Pooh get down from the balloon? (Bonus: If your novel has pictures of the      instrument that Christopher Robin used, how might this have been very difficult?)
9.  How might Pooh have gotten his name?
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Language Activities
A.  Gorse-Bush
In Chapter One Winnie-the-Pooh ends up landing in a gorse-bush. Using resources in your school library or the Internet, do a further investigation of this plant, researching three additional facts about it. You might consider its appearance; where it is found; its possible uses, etc.
B.  The author seems to enjoy using alliteration – a literary device where the author repeats the same consonant sound at the beginning of several words in close succession. An example from Chapter One is: “. . . the bees suspect something.” Using your imagination, create your own examples of alliteration from the following topics. Each example must contain at least three words.
The sound of a bee  –
The pop of a balloon -  
The cheep of a bird -
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C.  Pooh, the Poet - You, the Poet
Winnie-the-Pooh loves to make poems. In Chapter One he makes up a number of clever ones to help him along in his adventures. Do you think you can write a short poem as good as Pooh's? To give you a head-start, here are a few key words which you may wish to end the lines of your poem with:
small,    bee,   hive,    Pooh,   tree,   rain,    fall,     me    
Now, on the lines below write a four-line poem about Pooh's adventures in this chapter. You may wish to work with a friend on this task.
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