No one could visit Schatz because of his (insistent) insistence that
everyone stay away.
Schatz made a mistake that any child of normal (intelligent) intelligence _
might have made.
Challenge: The Word Bank word evidently may be pronounced two different ways. Say the word aloud. Which syllable did you stress the most? Now try to guess the other pronunciation of evidently that is acceptable. Look in a dictionary to see if you are correct.
Schatz shut the windows when he saw they were open.
The doctor left three different medicines and instructions for giving them.
His father felt Schatz wanted to be by himself.
Schatz's misunderstanding was a mistake that we ourselves might have made as young children.
B. Writing Application:Imagine that Schatz kept a diary in which he described his thoughts and feelings about being sick. Write sentences that Schatz might have written. Use the nouns and pronouns below. Add at least one more pronoun to each sentence.
1. father, he I do not want my father in the room because he will become upset to see me die.
2. books, them I have tried reading books, but I can’t concentrate on any of them.
3. temperature, it My temperature is so high that I know it will cause my death.
4. fear, it, they I wish I could share my fear with other people, but they wouldn’t understand it
5. father, me After my father explained things to me, we were both able to relax a little
One way to avoid struggling with words is to learn word roots-the basic fonn of a word
after all the added parts are removed. A word root may come at the beginning. middle. or end of the whole word. All roots have a meaning. but not all roots are words. Some must be "bound"
or tied to other word parts to make sense. The mis in miserable is a bound root. Other word roots are "independent" or free. They are words that can stand alone. The word root loud. as in aloud. is independent.
DIRECTIONS: Complete the chart about some roots used in this story. First tell whether the root is bound or independent. Then give the meaning of the root and the meaning of the entire word . in which it appears. You may use a dictionary.
An internal conflict is one that takes place inside a character's mind. In "A Day's Wait," Schatz struggles all day with a personal fear that he is unwilling to share with anyone else, including his father and the doctor. Although you don't discover the exact nature of Schatz's conflict until the end of the story, you find hints of it along the way. For example, early in the story, Schatz's father says that his son "seemed very detached from what was going on." That detail indicates that something else is occupying Schatz's mind.
DIRECTIONS: Write your answers to the following questions.
1. How does Schatz behave when his father reads to him the first time? Why does the boy behave that way? He was unable to follow the story because he was too worried about dying.
How does Schatz respond when his father suggests that he try to go to sleep? Why does the boy respond that way? He says he would rather stay awake because he is too nervous or scared to sleep.
Why doesn't Schatz allow anyone into his room later? What does this indicate about his fear? He thinks he has a deadly disease that anyone who comes near him will catch.
4. Why isn't Schatz able to fall asleep? He is too afraid. He thinks he is going to die in his sleep.
5. Why does Schatz think that he is going to die? He doesn’t understand that his temperature on a Fahrenheit scale is no big deal.
6. Why do you think Schatz chose not to reveal his fear to his father or to the doctor?
He felt hopeless since he was certain he was going to die. He wanted to stay strong.