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Created: Jun 10, 2014
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A White Heron

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An excerpt from "A White Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett

Half a mile from home, at the farther edge of the woods, where the land was highest, a great pine-tree stood, the last of its generation. Whether it was left for a boundary mark, or for what reason, no one could say; the woodchoppers who had felled its mates were dead and gone long ago, and a whole forest of sturdy trees, pines and oaks and maples, had grown again. But the stately head of this old pine towered above them all and made a landmark for sea and shore miles and miles away. Sylvia knew it well. She had always believed that whoever climbed to the top of it could see the ocean; and the little girl had often laid her hand on the great rough trunk and looked up wistfully at those dark boughs that the wind always stirred, no matter how hot and still the air might be below...

There was the huge tree asleep yet in the paling moonlight, and small and silly Sylvia began with utmost bravery to mount to the top of it, with tingling, eager blood coursing the channels of her whole frame, with her bare feet and fingers, that pinched and held like a bird's claws to the monstrous ladder reaching up, up, almost to the sky itself.

First she must mount the white oak tree that grew alongside, where she was almost lost among the dark branches and the green leaves heavy and wet with dew; a bird fluttered off its nest, and a red squirrel ran to and fro and scolded pettishly at the harmless housebreaker. Sylvia felt her way easily. She had often climbed there, and knew that higher still one of the oak's upper branches chafed against the pine trunk, just where its lower boughs were set close together. There, when she made the dangerous pass from one tree to the other, the great enterprise would really begin.
Grade 11 Character Study CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RL.11-12.3
Which word best describes Sylvia's spirit?
  1. Adventurous
  2. Quiet
  3. Bubbly
  4. Restrained
Grade 11 Synonyms CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.11-12.4
Grade 11 Simile CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.11-12.4
In the second paragraph, how does the author use a simile to describe Sylvia as she climbs the tree?
  1. Her hands are compared to a bird's feet on a ladder.
  2. Her hands are compared to those of a warrior in battle.
  3. Her hands are compared to those of a small, innocent child.
  4. Her hands are compared to the rough trunk of the tree.
Grade 11 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RL.11-12.1