2What genre is “Dear Mr. Winston”? “Dear Mr. Winston” is a Realistic Fiction.
3From what point of view is “Dear Mr. Winston” told? “Dear Mr. Winston” is told from a first person point of view. Cara is telling the story, and she is a character in the story. She uses words like “I” and“me” when shetells the story.
4Why is Cara writing an apology letter? Cara is writing an apology to Mr. Winston because she brought a snake into the library. It scared him, and caused him tofall down andend up in thehospital.
5Why did Cara bring the snake into the library? Cara brought the snake into the library because she wanted to know what kind it was. She needed to look at the snake and compare it topictures in thebook.
6Do you think Cara is truly sorry? Cara is probably sorry that Mr. Winston got hurt; but she is writing the apology because her parents are making her. She also shows evidence in her apology that she blames Mr. Winston foropening the boxin the first place.
7Cara’s dad said her apology must sound genuine Cara’s dad said her apology must sound genuine. How does she try to make that happen?Cara tries to make her apology sound genuine by repeatedly using the words “I am truly genuinely sorry,” even though we know shedoesn’t think it’sall her fault.
8How can you tell that Cara blames Mr. Winston for the accident? Cara blames Mr. Winston because he opened the box. I know this because she says, “there was no way the snake could have escaped if you hadn’t opened thebox and dropped iton the floor.
9Why do you think Cara keeps stating things that Mr Why do you think Cara keeps stating things that Mr. Winston should have, or should not have done in her apology?Cara is apologizing because she has to, but she wants to also show that the accident was not entirely her fault. She wantsto prove a point.
10How do you think Cara feels about apologizing? I can tell that Cara is sorry Mr. Winston got hurt; but I can also tell that Cara doesn’t think this was all her fault. She blames Mr. Winston too, and tells him what he shouldhave donedifferently.
11What is Cara’s punishment? Cara must write an apology, and she is not allowed to watch her favorite show, Galactic Patrol.
12Why would Cara’s suggestion that the snake could be at the hospital make Mr. Winston feel worse? Mr. Winston is terrified of snakes. Cara’s suggestion that the snake may have crawled into one of his pockets and rode with him to the hospitalwould not be funnyto him. It wouldmake him feelworse.
13What conclusion can you make about the snake’s whereabouts? The snake wasn’t found in the story, so I can make a conclusion that it is still on the loose somewhere. I would guess most likely in the library, since that is where itescaped.
14What evidence at the end of the story shows Cara’s feelings for the snake? Cara cares if the snake is found. She asks Mr. Winston to have the library call her and let her know if it is found.
15What other ways might Cara have used to find out what kind of snake she had? Cara could have used the internet to look up pictures of the snake. She also could have stopped in a local pet store and asked questions. Finally, she could havechecked out a bookabout snakes.
16Which word best describes Cara? shydangerouscurioustroublemaker
17What is the antonym of the word “enormous?” 1. gigantic2. fabulous3. microscopic
18What is the antonym of the word “dry?” 1. drenched2. blazing3. parched
19What is the antonym of the word “lovely?” 1. humungous2. sweet3. disgusting