FOR INCOMING SEVENTH GRADERS:
 
Below you will see the directions for summer reading for sixth graders going into seventh grade.  You will read the novel No Promises in the Wind and complete the packet below:   
 
 
 

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING SEVENTH GRADE IN SEPTEMBER  

No Promises in the Wind  by Irene Hunt       Summer Reading Packet  2015

Directions:  Your assignment is to read just this one novel, No Promises in the Wind, by Irene Hunt.   As you read, complete the work in this packet. All answers must be written in complete sentences.  Answer carefully, thoughtfully, and completely.  This is to be completed independently; this is not a group project!  Your writing must be neat and done in blue or black pen.  Write in the space provided.  I will collect all work and novels in September, and you can expect other activities and tests on this novel in September.  I hope you enjoy this compelling historical novel.  Happy Summer Reading!

*****Helpful information before reading:

About the Author

Irene Hunt (1907-2001) was passionate about books.  She strongly believed that “books bring new dimensions of happiness, of confidence and enlightenment, to young people from the age of three on up.”  Hunt spent the greater part of her adult life teaching public school in Illinois, where she shared her excitement about books with students and other teachers.  During that time, she became convinced of the need for good, historical fiction for young adults.  Her primary purpose for writing was to teach history through well-written, engaging works of literature.  Hunt’s work has won numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor award for her first novel, Across Five Aprils, and a Newbery Medal for her second, Up a Road Slowly.

Background

The Great Depression began in 1929 with the collapse of the stock market on October 24 and continued for over a decade.  As a result of the crash, thousands of people lost huge sums of money.  Banks, factories, and other businesses that had invested in the market failed.  When the banks failed, millions of people lost their entire savings.  At the same time, business failures left millions jobless.  No jobs and no savings meant no money to buy food or pay bills.  Many people lost their homes.  People who did manage to find work often took large cuts in pay.  Former bank managers could be found shining shoes or selling newspapers on the street corners.  People everywhere were poor, hungry, and desperate.  Like Josh Grondowski in No Promises in the Wind, thousands of children wandered the country in search of food, clothing, shelter, and work.  Many traveled on freight trains and lived near the railroad tracks in camps called hobo jungles.  By 1933, when the Great Depression reached its lowest point, more than 13 million people were unemployed and hungry.  

Chapter 1      Questions:

1.       Where and when does the story begin?_____________________________________ _______

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2.       How does the Depression affect the father’s treatment of his family?_____________________ 

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3.       What motivates Josh to leave home?________________________________________________

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  Your Thoughts:    Write out two of your own personal thoughts, reactions, questions, comments, predictions, etc.  You may wonder about something, you may react to something, you may comment about how the author wrote something.   Did you like or dislike a character? Explain why.  Did some event surprise you, upset you, make you happy? Explain why.  Did the author use some wonderful, descriptive writing? Copy and explain what it was.  Did something happen that reminded you of your own experiences?  Explain fully. Did you learn something new; what did you learn?  If you need more space to answer, you may use the back of this paper.   Be sure to use specific information and story details in your responses. 

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Chapter 2       Questions:
 
1.       Why does Josh feed his anger against his parents on the night he plans to leave?__________  

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2.       Why do the boys feel hopeful after their first day on the road?_________________________ 

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3.       What details foreshadow Howie’s accident?________________________________________ 

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Your Thoughts:    Write out two of your own personal thoughts, reactions, questions, comments, predictions, etc.  You may wonder about something, you may react to something, you may comment about how the author wrote something.   Did you like or dislike a character? Explain why.  Did some event surprise you, upset you, make you happy? Explain why.  Did the author use some wonderful, descriptive writing? Copy and explain what it was.  Did something happen that reminded you of your own experiences?  Explain fully. Did you learn something new; what did you learn?  If you need more space to answer, you may use the back of this paper.   Be sure to use specific information and story details in your responses. 

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Chapter 3           Questions:

1.       Describe the ramshackle farmhouse that Josh and Joey happen upon.  How does this scene contribute to your understanding of the setting?__________________________________ 

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2.       Which details reveal Josh’s growing affection for Joey?_____________________________ 

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3.       How is Joey’s youthfulness an advantage to the boys?_______________________________ 

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Your Thoughts:    Write out two of your own personal thoughts, reactions, questions, comments, predictions, etc.  You may wonder about something, you may react to something, you may comment about how the author wrote something.   Did you like or dislike a character? Explain why.  Did some event surprise you, upset you, make you happy? Explain why.  Did the author use some wonderful, descriptive writing? Copy and explain what it was.  Did something happen that reminded you of your own experiences?  Explain fully. Did you learn something new; what did you learn?  If you need more space to answer, you may use the back of this paper.   Be sure to use specific information and story details in your responses. 

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Chapter 4 Questions.

1.       What motivates Josh to join Joey in going door to door?____________________________ 

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2.       At one home, Josh encounters a girl who offers him food and kind words.  How do the girl’s words affect Josh?____________________________________________________________ 

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3.       Why is Josh’s confidence restored after his visit with the old woman?_____________________ 

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Your Thoughts:    Write out two of your own personal thoughts, reactions, questions, comments, predictions, etc.  You may wonder about something, you may react to something, you may comment about how the author wrote something.   Did you like or dislike a character? Explain why.  Did some event surprise you, upset you, make you happy? Explain why.  Did the author use some wonderful, descriptive writing? Copy and explain what it was.  Did something happen that reminded you of your own experiences?  Explain fully. Did you learn something new; what did you learn?  If you need more space to answer, you may use the back of this paper.   Be sure to use specific information and story details in your responses. 

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Chapter 5       Questions

1.       Why do you think Lonnie cares so much about Josh and Joey?___________________________ 

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2.       Describe Lonnie’s character.  Cite specific words and actions that show what kind of person he is._____________________________________________________________________________ 

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3.       Who is Pete Harris, and how does he help Josh and Joey?________________________________ 

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Your Thoughts:    Write out two of your own personal thoughts, reactions, questions, comments, predictions, etc.  You may wonder about something, you may react to something, you may comment about how the author wrote something.   Did you like or dislike a character? Explain why.  Did some event surprise you, upset you, make you happy? Explain why.  Did the author use some wonderful, descriptive writing? Copy and explain what it was.  Did something happen that reminded you of your own experiences?  Explain fully. Did you learn something new; what did you learn?  If you need more space to answer, you may use the back of this paper.   Be sure to use specific information and story details in your responses. 

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Chapter 6   Questions

1.       How does the Christmas season affect Josh’s thoughts about his family?_________________ 

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2.       Why is Florinda considered a flat character?  How is she described?  (Flat characters have only one or a few qualities/they are undeveloped characters.) ______________________________ 

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3.       Do you think the carnival will survive after the fire?  What do you predict will happen to Josh and Joey?_____________________________________________________________________ 

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Your Thoughts:    Write out two of your own personal thoughts, reactions, questions, comments, predictions, etc.  You may wonder about something, you may react to something, you may comment about how the author wrote something.   Did you like or dislike a character? Explain why.  Did some event surprise you, upset you, make you happy? Explain why.  Did the author use some wonderful, descriptive writing? Copy and explain what it was.  Did something happen that reminded you of your own experiences?  Explain fully. Did you learn something new; what did you learn?  If you need more space to answer, you may use the back of this paper.   Be sure to use specific information and story details in your responses. 

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Chapter 7    Questions

1.       Why do Josh and Joey decide to go to Nebraska?___________________________________ 

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2.       How would you characterize the man who gives the boys a ride in a fancy Cadillac?________

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3.       Cite details that show how Josh’s and Joey’s roles have reversed.________________________ 

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Your Thoughts:    Write out two of your own personal thoughts, reactions, questions, comments, predictions, etc.  You may wonder about something, you may react to something, you may comment about how the author wrote something.   Did you like or dislike a character? Explain why.  Did some event surprise you, upset you, make you happy? Explain why.  Did the author use some wonderful, descriptive writing? Copy and explain what it was.  Did something happen that reminded you of your own experiences?  Explain fully. Did you learn something new; what did you learn?  If you need more space to answer, you may use the back of this paper.   Be sure to use specific information and story details in your responses. 

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Chapter 8           Questions

 

1.       What motivates Joey to share his loaf of bread with another family?___________________ 

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2.       Explain how Joey’s kind act creates conflict between Joey and Josh.______________________ 

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3.       When Josh tries to find Joey, he becomes lost, falls, and loses consciousness.  Who finds him, and what happens next?  Why?___________________________________________________ 

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Your Thoughts:    Write out two of your own personal thoughts, reactions, questions, comments, predictions, etc.  You may wonder about something, you may react to something, you may comment about how the author wrote something.   Did you like or dislike a character? Explain why.  Did some event surprise you, upset you, make you happy? Explain why.  Did the author use some wonderful, descriptive writing? Copy and explain what it was.  Did something happen that reminded you of your own experiences?  Explain fully. Did you learn something new; what did you learn?  If you need more space to answer, you may use the back of this paper.   Be sure to use specific information and story details in your responses. 

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Chapter 9        Questions

1.       What is Josh’s biggest concern during his convalescence?_______________________________ 

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2.       What gives Lonnie and Josh hope that they will soon find Joey?__________________________ 

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3.       What do you think the author’s purpose is for including the information about “the wild children of the road”?____________________________________________________________________ 

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Your Thoughts:    Write out two of your own personal thoughts, reactions, questions, comments, predictions, etc.  You may wonder about something, you may react to something, you may comment about how the author wrote something.   Did you like or dislike a character? Explain why.  Did some event surprise you, upset you, make you happy? Explain why.  Did the author use some wonderful, descriptive writing? Copy and explain what it was.  Did something happen that reminded you of your own experiences?  Explain fully. Did you learn something new; what did you learn?  If you need more space to answer, you may use the back of this paper.   Be sure to use specific information and story details in your responses. 

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Chapters 10 and 11     Questions

1. What does Joey want to tell Josh before he goes back to sleep?  Why?_________________ 

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2.       To whom does Joey compare Josh?  How does this comparison affect Josh?______________ 

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3.       Why do you think Josh and Joey are torn when it is time to return home?________________ 

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4.         What does Josh’s experience help him realize about his father?_______________________ 

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Your Thoughts:    Write out two of your own personal thoughts, reactions, questions, comments, predictions, etc.  You may wonder about something, you may react to something, you may comment about how the author wrote something.   Did you like or dislike a character? Explain why.  Did some event surprise you, upset you, make you happy? Explain why.  Did the author use some wonderful, descriptive writing? Copy and explain what it was.  Did something happen that reminded you of your own experiences?  Explain fully. Did you learn something new; what did you learn?  If you need more space to answer, you may use the back of this paper.   Be sure to use specific information and story details in your responses. 

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