Unit 1: Mysteries in BC History

The Shooting of Ginger Goodwin

Reading Strategy

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In the last chapter, you learned a pre-reading strategy called Connect. You connected what you already knew about a topic to what you were reading.

In this chapter, you will use a pre-reading strategy called Predict. Predict means guess.

Try this

1. In your reader, look at the title of the next reading.

2. Look at the pictures that go with the reading.

3. Look at these words from the story:

coal train steamboat mining strike
war government police officer mountain speak out

4. Ask your instructor for the Predict sheet, or open and print one from the link. Under I predict…, answer each question below.

a. When do you think the story takes place?

b. What job did Ginger Goodwin do?

c. How did Ginger Goodwin die?

d. Who might want Ginger Goodwin dead? Why?

 You will look back at your guesses after you read The Shooting of Ginger Goodwin.

Word Attack Strategy

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One way to learn to read harder words is to study word families. A word family is a group of words with the same ending. In this chapter, you will look at words that end with –ight, –ound, and –ain.

Word Patterns

The three letters –igh make one sound. The letters –igh make a long /i/ sound. These letters are usually followed by t.

The word ending –ain has two vowels that make one sound. The vowels –ai can make the long /a/ sound.

The last word family in this chapter is the –ound family. The two vowels –ou can make the same sound you make when you stub your toe: ow!

Practice reading these words

long /i/ = -igh

long /a/ = -ain

ow = -ound

fight

light

might

night

right

sight

tight

gain

main

pain

rain

brain

drain

grain

train

again

plain

explain

bound

found

ground

hound

mound

pound

round

sound

Watch out! Here are some –ai words that make a different sound. The a is silent in these words:

mountain fountain captain

Use Your Strategies

Read The Shooting of Ginger Goodwin in your reader. When you have finished, return to the tasks below.

Try this

Finish filling in your Predict sheet. Under The text says…, write the real answers from the text.  Were your guesses right?

What do you think about the Predict strategy? Did it help you make sense of what you read? Rate this strategy in your notebook. How many stars would you give it? One star means it did not help you. Five stars mean it helped you a lot.
Print

Check Your Understanding

Match the sentence beginnings with the correct endings

Rewrite the complete sentences in your notebook.

Sentence  beginnings:

1. Albert Goodwin was called Ginger because…

2. Coal was important because…

3. Coal mining was dangerous because…

4. The coal miners went on strike because…

5. Ginger fled to Alone Mountain because…

6. The police came after Ginger because…

7. All the workers in British Columbia went on strike because…

Sentence endings:

…it was illegal for fit men aged 20 to 35 not to go to war.

…they wanted to be safe at work.

…gas and coal dust made workers sick.

…they were mad that Ginger was killed.

…it was used to fuel trains and steamboats.

…he had red hair.

…he did not believe in war.

Check your work with the Answer Key at the end of this chapter.

Grammar

Grammar Rule

A sentence needs a subject and a verb. If a sentence is missing a subject or a verb, it is not a complete sentence.

Copy these sentences, underline the subject, circle the verb

1. Coal mining was not a safe job.

2. The coal dust made people sick.

3. Sometimes gas made the workers sick, too.

4. Sometimes mines caved in.

5. Ginger Goodwin spoke out for workers’ rights.

These sentences are not complete

Write what is missing — a subject or a verb.

6. Did not believe in war.

7. Had many health problems.

8. Said he was fit for war.

9. People in the nearby town.

10. A police officer named Campbell.

11. Found Ginger’s dead body.

12. All the workers in British Columbia.

Check your work with the Answer Key at the end of this chapter.

Are these sentences complete?

Write yes if they are complete and no if they are not complete. Rewrite the incomplete sentences to make them complete.

13. His family called him Ginger.

14. Went on strike.

15. Made a law that all men aged 20 to 35 must fight in the war.

16. The doctor said Ginger was fit to go to war.

17. Escaped to a cabin on Alone Mountain.

18. Miners and friends.

Ask your instructor to check your work.

Writing

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Was Ginger Goodwin a lawbreaker or a hero? You will share what you think in a paragraph.

Before you write, it helps to brainstorm as many ideas as you can. The web you used in the last chapter is a great tool for brainstorming.

Make a web

1. Ask your instructor for a Make a Web sheet, or open and print one from the link.

2. Write Ginger Goodwin in the big shape. He will be the subject of your paragraph.

3. In one of the smaller shapes, write lawbreaker. On the lines outside of that shape, brainstorm reasons Ginger was or was not a lawbreaker.

4. In another of the smaller shape, write hero. On the lines outside of that shape, brainstorm reasons Ginger was or was not a hero.

5. Leave the other shapes blank.

6. Think about your web. Decide if you think Ginger was more of a lawbreaker or more of a hero.

Now you are ready to put your thoughts into a paragraph.

Writing Task

Use the ideas from your web. Write a paragraph on this topic:

Was Ginger Goodwin a hero or a lawbreaker?

Make sure your paragraph has:

  1. A topic sentence that says whether you think Ginger Goodwin was a hero or a lawbreaker.
  2. Details to support your opinion.
  3. A conclusion that reminds the reader of your opinion.

When you are done:

  1. Look back to make sure each of your sentences has both a subject and a verb.
  2. Give your first copy to your instructor for feedback.
  3. Write a final copy of your work based on your instructor’s feedback.
  4. Hand in your web, the first copy, and the final copy of your work.

Answer Key

Check Your Understanding
QUESTION ANSWER
1 Albert Goodwin was called Ginger because he had red hair.
2 Coal was important because it was used to fuel trains and steamboats.
3 Coal mining was dangerous because gas and coal dust made workers sick.
4 The coal miners went on strike because they wanted to be safe at work.
5 Ginger fled to Alone Mountain because he did not believe in war.
6 The police came after Ginger because it was illegal for fit men aged 20 to 35 not to go to war.
7 All the workers in British Columbia went on strike because they were mad that Ginger was killed.
Grammar
QUESTION  SUBJECT  VERB
1  Coal mining  was
2  The coal dust  made
 3  gas made
4  mines caved or caved in
5  Ginger Goodwin spoke or spoke out
QUESTION ANSWER
6  subject
7  subject
8  subject
9  verb
10  verb
11  subject
12  verb
QUESTION ANSWER REWRITE COMPLETE SENTENCE (Answers may vary.)
13 yes
14 no The miners went on strike. or The workers went on strike.
15 no The government made a law that all men aged 20 to 35 must fight in the war.
16 yes
17 no Ginger Goodwin escaped to a cabin on Alone Mountain.
18 no Miners and friends carried Ginger’s body through the streets.

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