2 What genre is “José! Born to Dance?” “José! Born to Dance” is a biography.
3 From what point of view is “José! Born to Dance” told? “José! Born to Dance” is told from a third person point of view. The narrator is not part of the story.The narrator uses wordslike “he and his” whendescribing José.
4 When did music first touch José’s life? José was first touched by music when he was a toddler. His grandmother’s pet canary sang to him as he ate breakfast.
5 When was José first exposed to dancers? José was first exposed to dancers when his father took him to the theater where his father worked as a musician. The textsays that José loved towatch the dancers onthe stage.
6 On page 291, the narrator tells how José reacted to different kinds of dances. Why do you think this is important?José’s reaction to the different styles of dancing showhow much he enjoyedwatching the dancerson stage.
7 How does the author show José’s heritage in the text? The author includes some Spanish words in the text to show that José is from Mexico.
8 Where did José and his family go when the war broke out? José and his family took a train to Nogales when the war broke out. They went there becauseNogales was close to theborder. They lived therefor two years.
9 Why did the children in the American school make fun of José? The American children made fun of José because his English was poor and it sounded funny tothem when he spoke.
10 What did the children making fun of José make him determined to do? José became determined to speak English well. The text says that hewas quick to learn newwords and that he couldspeak English withconfidence within 3 years.
11 Why did everyone think that José would become an artist? Everyone thought that José would become an artist because by sixth grade, José becameknown for his colorfuldrawings. He was famousfor pictures of trains.
12 Why did José go to New York? José went to New York to become a great artist.
13 Why did the author compare New York to a cemetery? The author said that José called New York a cemetery because that is where José’s dream of becoming a great artist died. Thetext says he put awayhis drawings. He feltsad and lost.
14 What evidence shows that José has found his gift to give the world? The text says that José became a world-famous choreographer and toured the globe. It also states that he danced forfamous people likepresidents, and normalpeople like bus drivers.