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Saving America’s Wolves 

Read the article Scholastic – Saving America’s Wolves. Paper copies are available upon request.

Discussion Questions – Must be C.A.P.S. 

1. In the first section, the author writes as if you are a gray wolf and she’s describing your life. Why do you think she does this?
2. List at least 3 details you learn about wolves in the first section.
3. According to the section “The Big, Bad, Wolf”, how did pioneers in America feel about wolves? What happened as a result?
4. In the section “Not a Monster”, in what way has people’s ideas about wolves been wrong?
5. How did the disappearance of Wolves affect elk? How did that, in turn, affect other animals and plants?
6. In the section “Once Again Howling”, why did scientists set 31 wolves free in Yellowstone National Park?
7. In the section “A Fierce Debate”, what are the two sides of the debate?
8, The last section returns to the wolf’s point of view. How is the human in this section different from from what the wolf expects?


How Pizza Conquered America

Read the article – Scholastic – How Pizza Conquered America


1. What was happening in America in the 1930s? How did this affect people?

2. Why did Frank Mastro want to bring pizza to Americans? Give at least two reasons.

3. How was Mastro’s new pizza oven different from the one bakers had been using?

4. What can you infer about Mastro’s personality? Support your answer with examples from the article.

5. How are pizza and its place in America different today than before Mastro’s time?

6. How does the information in the timeline “Pizza Through Time” add to your understanding of the article? The timeline goes onto the next page.

7. List the subtitles in order.

8. List each bold vocabulary word.


Sushi Takes Over

Read the article -Sushi Takes Over (after pizza article)

1. Based on the first paragraph of “Sushi Takes Over,” what can you infer was the main reason Noritoshi Kanai wanted to make sushi popular in the U.S.?

2. The article explains that “Kanai thought the time was right to put Japanese food on American tables.” In your own words, explain why he thought this.

3. What main challenge did Mastro and Kanai each face in trying to bring a new food to America? What was similar and different about how they responded to this challenge?

4. Based on both articles, what can help make a food popular in a new place?


The Snake Haired Monster

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Using evidence from the text, what do we know about the king’s character?

Why does the king want to send Perseus on a quest?

List the main conflicts and solutions that Perseus faces.

What objects aid Perseus in his quest?

In your opinion, why did the Greek gods and the nymphs help Perseus on his quest?