Session 1: Chapters 1 and 2
Due March 25, 2009
The literary role I chose was the questioner.

1. How do you think Gracie-the-cat will react to the arrival of a puppy?
2. Will Rachel's interest in birdwatching or Jerry's interest in rock collecting become significant later?
3. Will we find out more about Martin Boombernickles's shape-shifting?
4. Are you suspicious of Sam Doody's motive for paying Rachel and Jerry before they dusted the pews?
5. Who are the other people interested in the puppy that Jerry would like?
6. Is the puppy's intelligence a reason for the other people's interest in the puppy?

That is my response.

Excellent job!! Very good questions. I will use them, myself, for next year. -- Mrs. Dweck
Session 2: Chapters 3 and 4
Due April 1, 2009
Role:The Connector.
I chose to connect the puppy, Ginger Pye, with Cruikshanks, the cat from Harry Potter. A similarity is that each animal is a pet of a main character. Each plays an important role in the plot, though Cruikshanks makes things happen, and Ginger Pye is passive. Each has, at least, one other animal associate in the story. One difference is that Ginger and Jerry met before Ginger became his pet, while Hermione and Cruikshanks met for the first time in the pet store. Another difference is that Cruikshanks never trusted his associate, Scabbers the rat, but Gracie-the-cat took an immediate liking to Ginger. That is my response.

Very well written. Thank you for your entry. -- Mrs. Dweck

Session 3: Chapters 5 and 6
April 8, 2009
Role:wonderer (because I had so many questions)

  1. How is it possible to do perpendicular swimming?
  2. When does Jerry work on the essay about Ginger Pye, which he reads aloud to the class before Ginger pokes his head inside the window?
  3. Will Duke and Ginger become friends?
  4. What grades are Jerry (10)and Rachel (9) in?
  5. I wonder if Jerry wanted to climb the tree so that it would be harder for Unsavory to track down Ginger?
Those are my questions.
Session 4: Chapters 7 and 8 Adim, return to the last session and make corrections noted. -- Mrs. D.
Due April 15, 2009
Role:mood maker

I would like to share my feelings about the passage in which Mrs. Pye sends Jerry and Rachel out into the town to find Ginger all by themselves at night. I felt outraged by her behavior. This outrageous behavior was demonstrated by her lack of understanding when Ginger went missing and her children were grief-stricken. She didn't comfort them. She didn't give them a flashlight. Her children were out for 4 or 5 hours,and she didn't go out and look for them! Not to mention the fact that it was a cold, snowy, damp night. Furthermore their grandparents didn't wait for them. That is my response.

This book was set in 1919 when attitudes about child-rearing were quite different than they are today. Thank you for your heartfelt entry. -- Mrs. Dweck
Session 5: Chapters 9 and 10
Due April 22, 2009
Role:Scene Elaborator

I chose to elaborate on the scene that Rachel recalled in which Jerry, Dick, and Rachel jumped off the Badgers' barn on page 209. To be more specific Rachel, Jerry, and Dick were leaping off the Badgers' barn into a pile of hay. Then Rachel became afraid of jumping even though Jerry and Dick egged her on. Soon Rachel tried again, but she couldn't. Later ,the boys got hungry and stopped playing, but Rachel stayed, so Jerry asked if he should get a ladder, but she declined. Finally she gathered her courage and jumped. I enjoyed this scene because it is realistic. This reminded me of a time when I was younger. I was having fun on a climber at East Texas Park. I was about to jump off when I realized how high it was. I felt scared of jumping. Eventually I jumped. That is my response.

1. Skim your paper, looking only for the seven coordinating conjunctions:

and, nor, but, so, for, or, and yet.
2. Stop at each of these words to see whether there is an independent clause (a complete sentence), on both sides of it.
3. If so, place a comma before the coordinating conjunction

Thank you for your reflective entry. -- Mrs. Dweck

Session 6: Chapters 11 and 12
Due April 29, 2009
Role:Word Expert
I chose the word, regicide, from page 221. "To have sheltered the regicides for three years Judges Cave must be the greatest cave of all, they thought." The dictionary defines regicide as the killing or the killer of a ruler. This confused me, so I searched Google and Wikipedia for more information about the three judges, Whalley, Dixwell, and Goffe. Those men were actual historical figures. They sentenced an English king, Charles I, to death in 1649. Then the next king sentenced them to death for the earlier king's execution. So they fled to the American colonies. Eventually, two of them, Goffe and Whalley, hid in Judges Cave on West Rock for three years. West Rock is near New Haven, Connecticut.

Excellent analysis, Adim. You may find more information about Whalley and Goffe on this wiki's "history" page.

Session 7: Chapters 13 and 14
Due May 6, 2009
Role: Complimentor

I would like to compliment Ginger Pye for his loyalty to the Pye family. This was demonstrated by his determination to follow Gramma and Uncle Bennie to Jerry and Rachel's house, even though Gramma thought he was a different dog. Ginger demonstrated his true nature, which was trusting and loving. This was shown by his long and affectionate reunion with the Pyes, even though he had been abused by the Bullwinkles. Ginger also displayed intelligence by the way he fit in with the Pye household after a long absence. It seemed as if he had never been away. If I were to give Ginger a reward, it would have to be a friendship award. That is my response.