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Catherine, Called Birdy - Day 11 (April)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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Transcript of Catherine, Called Birdy - Day 11 (April)

Use the book cover to make predictions on worksheet #1
by Karen Cushman
Catherine, Called Birdy
Vocabulary
abominable:
repulsive, causing disgust
betrothal:
a proposal
privy:
bathroom, outhouse
plagued:
annoy, bother; cause of irritation
dowry:
money, goods, or estate that a woman brings to her husband in marriage
loathe:
strong dislike
bellows:
to roar, yell
eloquent:
using language clearly or effectively showing feeling or meaning; forceful and fluent expression
melancholy:
gloomy state of mind, depression
consent:
to approve or agree
pondering:
to consider carefully
thrive:
to be successful; prosper

Essential Questions
1. What makes one person in society more valuable than another?
2. How does humor help people in life?
3. How were women's lives different from men's lives in the medieval times?

April
Catherine, Called Birdy
April Questions
1. What causes Catherine to change her mind about Geoffrey? How does she react?

2. What makes Catherine hopeful that her arranged marriage will be called off? Explain the reason for her disappointment.

3. Characterize Aunt Ethelfritha.

4. Evaluate Catherine's feelings for her father based on the events in this chapter.
Responses





Humor Chart


2. Catherine hears Lord Murgaw's (Shaggy Beard's) messenger ask for a dowry; she assumes her greedy father will call off the arrangement. They keep negotiating, however, and it seems they might come to an agreement.
3. Aunt Ethelfritha has a good sense of humor and is very kind. Catherine still has strong feelings of guilt for what she believes to be her role in separating George and Aelis.
Mood

April: angry

Catherine is annoyed with Geoffrey's behavior.
1. Catherine has a crush on Geoffrey and thinks she is in love with him until she learns his true character. She notices that he is unkind to smaller boys. When she sees him making fun of Perkin's limp, she becomes furious and pushes him into the pond.
Trusting
Birdy and Perkin have a trusting friendship. They get in and out of trouble together. They depend on each other.
Troubling
Catherine despises her father because he is greedy and insensible. He is selfish and insensitive.
Considerate
Catherine's mother is considerate of Catherine's feelings and tries to redirect her behavior.
Strict
Morwenna orders Catherine around and disciplines her often. She is strict with Catherine.
Trusting
Catherine admires and trusts her brother, Edward. She shares her thoughts and ideas with him. She follows his advice.
Distant
Catherine thinks Robert is abominable. He pesters and annoys her.
Respectful
Catherine admires her Uncle George. She enjoys listening to his stories which are full of adventure. She enjoys her uncle's company and attention.
4. Answers will vary. Keep in mind the customs of the era (middle ages)
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