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Chapter Twelve: Back and Forth
Learning Activities

2 Handouts

Activity 1 - Vocabulary

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Learners find the word in the dictionary and write a sentence that shows the meaning of the word.

Activity 2 – Chapter Questions

Learners answer questions about the chapter. The questions are listed on Handout 2. Below are the questions and answers for the instructor.

Questions: p.133-134
  1. Even though he was miserable, their father kept them together. What happened after he died? The boys drank and listened to music uptown instead of doing their chores. Everyone slacked off.

  2. What happened to their mother? Describe her mood and actions. She became quiet and depressed. She was overwhelmed with the responsibilities. She started drinking again.

  3. Who did Velma start hanging out with in grade six? The rowdy kids with drunken parents.

Questions: p.136-137
  1. What store opened in Fort Yukon? A liquor store.

  2. What did the tax from liquor pay for? A police department, cable television, and village administrators.

  3. Why wouldn't Velma smoke, drink or do drugs? She made a pact with God to protect her mother.

  4. Why wasn't Velma comfortable becoming a woman? Her mother wasn't around to explain things to her. Womanhood represented getting married, having children, and doing all the things she watched her mother do.