Bread Sister of Sinking Creek


Chapter 1 -


Vocabulary:
gnarled (1) monotonous (2) homestead (3) individual (4) plumes (4)
horizon (4) wearying (5) rustled (7) eerie (8) unruly (8)
Chapter 1 Questions: Answer each question in your Reading Journal. Be sure to answer each question in complete sentences. Restate the question where appropriate. After answering, put the page number in the margin to show where you found the answer.
1. When and where does this story take place?
2. Describe Maggie Callahan.
3. Why does Maggie go to Penn Valley?

Chapter 2 -

Vocabulary:
quavery (9) traipse (12) civilize (12) dollop (13) charred (13)
tinder (13) sapphire (16) reminiscent (18) cantankerous (18)

Chapter 2 Questions: Answer each question in your language arts copybook. Be sure to answer each question in complete sentences. Restate the question where appropriate. After answering, put the page number in the margin to show where you found the answer.
1. What route did Maggie travel to Penn Valley from Philadelphia?
2. Why weren’t Aunt Franny and Uncle Thomas there when Maggie arrived?
3. Who did Maggie meet when she arrived at Aunt Franny’s? How did he treat her?
4. Why was Aunt Franny called the Bread Sister?


Chapter 3 -

Chapter 3 Questions: Answer each question in your language arts notebook. Be sure to answer each question in complete sentences. Restate the question where appropriate. After answering, put the page number in the margin to show where you found the answer.
1. What is the Great Callahan Spook Yeast?
2. Describe Franny’s bake oven.
3. What did Maggie do with all the provisions?

Vocabulary Directions: Use context clues to come up with a definition for each word in your reading notebook. .

brogue (21) frontier (21) yeast (23) inheritance (25) aroma (25) dominated (27)
specifications (27) provisions(29) ferment (30) kneading (30) swabbed (31) scorching (32)


Chapter 4


Vocabulary Directions: Use context clues or a dictionary to define each word in your language arts copybook.



Chapter 4 Questions
: Answer each question in your language arts notebook. Be sure to answer each question in complete sentences. Restate the question where appropriate. After answering, put the page number in the margin to show where you found the answer.
1. Why does Jake think Maggie is “crazy” for wanting to take Franny’s place as the Bread Sister?
2. Who is Joseph McGrew? What is your impression of him?
3. Do you think Jake would have harmed Maggie if Joseph McGrew hadn’t come? Why or why not?




Sourdough Starter Video

- Check out this video for one method of creating a starter like Maggie's "Callahan Spook Yeast!"



Chapter 5:

Vocabulary Directions: Use context clues or a dictionary to define each word in your language arts copybook.
nimble (43)
channeled (43)
chute (44)
propel (44)
tranquil (44)
riveted (45)
hewn (46)
whiplash (47)
stray (47)
slovenliness (47)
aquiline (48)
interfere (49)

Chapter 5 Questions: Answer each question in your language arts notebook. Be sure to answer each question in complete sentences. Restate the question where appropriate. After answering, put the page number in the margin to show where you found the answer.

  1. What surprised Maggie about Sinking Creek?
  2. Describe Annie.
  3. Describe Mrs. McGrew.
  4. What did Mrs. McGrew offer Maggie? How did Maggie feel about this arrangement?

Chapter 6:

Vocabulary Directions: Use context clues or a dictionary to define each word in your language arts copybook.


companion (55)
drudgery (55)
methodically (55)
solitude (55)
irrepressible (56)
contesting (57)
mourning (58)
apprentice (59)
fortified (59)
influential (59)
barter (60)
brash (60)
commerce (61)
vault (61)
foreboding (63)
pelting (64)
withers (65)






Chapter 6 Questions: Answer each question in your language arts notebook. Be sure to answer each question in complete sentences. Restate the question where appropriate. After answering, put the page number in the margin to show where you found the answer.

1. Why was a woman’s life on the frontier not to be envied? Give examples.
2. Why was Maggie baking twenty loaves of bread a week?
3. Why did Maggie take an “instant dislike” to John, Uncle Joseph’s nephew?