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The Four-Story Mistake - Part 12

This is a mini-unit for chapter twelve of Elizabeth Enright's delightful story for children, "The Four-Story Mistake". Read the instructions for using this unit, if you haven't done so already.

Chapter Twelve: "Oh, Summer Night!"

Vocabulary Words:


Nature Study:

rose moss

Metaphors and Similes:

"Against the shadows, fireflies wrote their meaningless hieroglyphics."

Literary Allusions:

Shakespeare -- "How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank; here we will sit..."  Find out what play this quotation is from!

Correcting Poor Grammar:

Willy (regarding Crusty the alligator): "I can't find him nowheres."

Science, Math or History Extras:

Picture of hieroglyphics

Questions to Think About:

Mona said she was "tired of looking callow".  What does this word mean?  Have you ever heard it before?  Make it a point to use this new word in a conversation soon!

Suggested Activities:

Visit this website dedicated to rescuing words which are being lost from the English language:

http://www.savethewords.org/ - Make sure your sound is turned on for some fun!  Find a word to "adopt" and commit to using it daily.

Listen to the Brahams Handel variations.

Links to More Info and/or Pictures/Definitions:

Try to find and read one of these rare short story collections by Elizabeth Enright:

A Moment Before the Rain
Borrowed Summer
The Riddle of the Fly and Other Stories

Get ready to enjoy Then There Were Five, the next exciting book in the Melendy Quartet!  A new unit study will be published to go with the next book at some point in the future.


Hope you enjoyed this unit!  Please write and let me know what you liked best or what you might suggest adding to the activities and/or links.

Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net


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