SUSAN KNEIB SCHANK

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CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

             Curriculum Connections for
                    TERA'S DAWN
COMMUNICATION ARTS

      Vocabulary

            Homophones, Homonyms, Homographs

Tera’s Dawn contains many homophones, homonyms, and homographs.  The first word in each set in the following lists is from the story.

Homophones- Words pronounced alike but different in meaning or spelling.

dawn/don

passed/past

herd/heard

bridle/bridal

knew/new

ways/weighs

not/knot

sore/soar

made/maid

wear/where

pain/pane

missed/mist

would/wood

horse/hoarse

see/sea

mane/main/Maine

you/ewe

here/hear

do/dew/due

for/fore

weak/week

nose/knows

needed/kneaded

Homonyms- Words spelled and pronounced alike but different in meaning.

bit-The bit in Tera’s mouth hurt her.

bit-I got bit by a mosquito.

felt-Tera felt it was better to hide alone.

felt-My hat is made of felt.

 

hide-Tera thought it was best to hide beneath the willows.

hide-My purse is made of cow hide.


well-Tera remembered well the voices that took her mother.

well-I threw a penny in the wishing well.

 

fall-Tera didn’t expect a lasso to fall from above.

fall-I love the fall leaves.  

 

lying-Tera dropped the bridle and bit and left it lying in the dirt.

lying-I knew the thief was lying.

 

saw-Tera saw her family in the meadow.

saw-I used a saw to cut the branch.

Homographs- Words spelled alike but different in meaning or pronunciation.

close-Bronc told Tera to stay close to the heard.

close-Please close the door.

 

wind-Tera like to feel the wind on her face.

wind-Could you wind the ball of yarn?

 

live-Tera knew no other way to live.

live-I caught a live worm.

SCIENCE

      Solar System

            Stars and Constellations

 One of last illustrations in Tera’s Dawn shows two horse constellations in the night sky.  Though Tera and her mother are not real constellations, the stars do boast two horse-like creatures-Pegasus and Monoceros.

Pegasus is a northern constellation, named after the mythological winged horse Pegasus. It is one of the 88 modern constellations, and was also one of the 48 constellations listed by Ptolemy, an ancient mathematician, geographer, astronomer, and astrologer. He lived in Roman Egypt.

Monoceros is a faint constellation in the winter night sky that resembles a unicorn.  It is surrounded by Orion to the west, Gemini to the north, Canis Major to the south and Hydra to the east. Monoceros is not very easily seen with the naked eye.  Monoceros is a relatively modern constellation. Its first certain appearance was recorded by the Dutch cartographer Petrus Plancius in 1612.

HISTORY

            Slavery/Underground Railroad

Read and discuss books about slavery and the Underground Railroad.  Compare and contrast Tera’s story to that of African slaves.

Some books to read:

If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America

By Anne Kamma and Pamela Johnson

2004, Scholastic Inc.

If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad

By Ellen Levine and Larry Johnson

1993, Scholastic Inc.

Follow the Drinking Gourd

By Jeanette Winter

1992, Dragonfly Books

Henry's Freedom Box

By Ellen Levine

2007 Scholastic Press

LITERATURE CONNECTIONS 

Free as the Wind

By Jamie Bastedo

2007 Red Deer Press

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

By Paul Goble

2001 Antheneum

Where Horses Run Free

By Joy Cowley

2003 Boyds Mills Press



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