Lesson 4: Grand Manan

Getting Started

The crew has an interesting visit to Grand Manan. Sophie explores the environment of the island and learns more about the people who live there.

Stuff You Need

  • The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
  • Something old that you can turn into something new

Ideas to Think About

  • How does the environment affect people's emotions?
  • In what ways can relationships be challenging? Rewarding?

Things to Know

  • A predicate adjective is an adjective that modifies the subject, but it follows the linking verb in a sentence.
  • The direct object is the receiver of the action. Find the direct object by asking yourself "whom" or "what" is receiving the action.
  • An indirect object tells to whom or for whom the action of the verb is done and who is receiving the direct object.


  • Respond to fiction by examining relationships among characters. (LA)
  • Make and evaluate inferences and conclusions about characters, events, and themes. (LA)
  • Examine relationships among characters. (LA)
  • Create complex sentences for clarity. (LA)

Introducing the Lesson

Ask your child to explain how the characters in the book are related to one another. Explain that in today's chapters the crew explores the geography and the people of the island of Grand Manan.
Reading and Questions
Materials: The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
Read Chapters 15-22 and then answer the following questions in complete sentences:
  1. What does Sophie mean when she says, "I love it when people do things like that — take something decrepit and create something grand out of it!" ?
    Answers will vary.
  2. Why did they throw the lobster back?
    It was pregnant and needed to continue the cycle of life... p. 68.
  3. What was the environment of Grand Manan?
    Natural and rustic with clams, gardens, not many buildings, and not many people.
  4. How did Dock get his name?
    His real name was Jonah, but an old sailor started calling him Dock because Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
  5. How would you describe the environment of Wood Island?
    Quiet, peaceful, and deserted with only a couple of people, abandoned houses, no electricity, and no phone lines.
  6. Why do you think Sophie is so interested in everything in her environment?
    Answers will vary.
Remember to fill out the "Character Timelines" sheet for these chapters.