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despair: n. Hopelessness

chromium: n. A hard, shiny, metallic element used to harden steel and protect it from corrosion

jauntily: adv. With self-confidence and ease  

Questions

Have students answer the following questions individually or in small groups. Students can then share their answers with the class.

1.

Is this story an example of fiction or nonfiction? Why?

2.

What are some things Ralph’s mother worries about?

3.

How does Ralph feel about the motorcycle?

4.

Why does Ralph’s mother think Ralph is reckless?

Activities

Write a Classified Ad

Tell students to imagine they need to sell Keith’s motorcycle. Have them compose newspaper ads to attract potential buyers. As a class, look through the classified ads in a newspaper. Make a list of things a classified ad usually includes, such as a description of the item’s features, its price, and instructions for contacting the seller. In their ads, students should be sure to include descriptive details from Chapter 2. They should make the motorcycle sound as appealing as possible and remember to include the price and imaginary contact information.

Write a Help-Wanted Ad

Ask students to write help-wanted ads for a job at the Mountain View Inn. Have them imagine that Matt, the bellboy, is away for the summer, and that the inn needs to find someone to take his place. What qualifications must the applicant have? What kinds of tasks will he or she do? What benefits does this job offer? How long will the summer season last? Help students look at classified job ads in a newspaper and note what they usually include. Encourage students to include those elements in their ads.

Chapter 3

Vocabulary

Pronounce each vocabulary word for students, and review the definitions as a class. Have students demonstrate their comprehension of the words by using them in sentences.

incinerator: n. A furnace used for burning garbage to ashes  

remorseful: adj. Feeling regret for past sins   

venturing: v. Going on an adventure; taking a risk  

tourist: n. A person who travels for pleasure

predicament: n. A difficult or troublesome situation

Questions

Have students answer the following questions individually or in small groups. Students can then share their answers with the class.

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