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     Earthquake Terror Task #4:  Language of the Discipline
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       Language of the

           Discipline

    Notice that the author uses varied and strong verbs, adjectives, and figures of speech to describe how the earth was moving.  Create a three column chart showing these verbs (shook), adjectives (undulating) , and figures of speech such as metaphors or similes (like riding a roller coaster) .

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Name_______________________________________                     Date _____

     

    Earthquake Terror

    Depth and Complexity

    Task

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    Trends

    Survey at least 20 people.  Ask what kind of natural disaster do you most fear – an earthquake, a tornado, a hurricane, or flood.  Compare your research with others in your class who are doing this activity.  Organize your results into a graph to show the trends.

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             Patterns

    The picture clues and title were pretty good hints about this story and you probably predicted correctly many of the elements.  Let’s suppose you wanted to throw a curve into the very predictable pattern of this story.  What would you have happen that the reader might never expect?  Since this is realistic fiction, be sure to make the event something that could really happen.

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    Rules

    Jonathan knows what to do in an earthquake at school, but he has not been taught the rules for surviving an earthquake when caught in the open.  Research earthquake safety rules for various situations, such as in the open or  in a car.  Create a pamphlet that shows how to behave during an earthquake in various settings.

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       Language of the

           Discipline

    Notice that the author uses varied and strong verbs, adjectives, and figures of speech to describe how the earth was moving.  Create a three column chart showing these verbs (shook), adjectives (undulating) , and figures of speech such as metaphors or similes (like riding a roller coaster) .

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    Change over time

    How do you think Jonathan’s memory of this event will change over time?  Write a description of Earthquake Terror as Jonathan might remember it 50 years from now.

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    Multiple Perspectives

    Retell this incident from the viewpoint of the dog,  Moose.  How id Moose aware of the danger before the children. Jonathan is motivated to both protect his sister and himself.  What do you think will be the dog’s primary motivation as the earthquake progresses?