Just Once Page 1
Underlined event: “But it wasn’t the Moose’s name that
everybody was shouting.”
Sample response: The quarterback, players in the
backfield, and other members of the team are all in
conflict with the Moose.
Sample answer: I think Coach is getting fed up; He’s
getting a bit angry at the Moose.
Sample response: When the crowd tells the coach to let
the Moose carry the ball, the coach looks angry. That
means that the Moose is facing a conflict with the
coach again. The Moose might even be sorry that he
asked to carry the ball. He could be in conflict with
Sample answer: Before he had faced one tackler at a
time, maybe two. He’s not used to seeing five or six
tacklers coming straight at him.
Sample response: The Moose is finding out that
carrying the ball isn’t as easy as it looks. I think he’s
starting to wonder whether he should be carrying the
ball at all.
I think it’s been worse than he expected. He did get the
crowd cheering him when he scored, but he didn’t like
that the Tigers were heading toward him and closing in
on him. At the end, he tells the coach that he’ll never
carry the ball again.
Sample response: I agree with the ending. The Moose
finally realizes that he is part of a team.
Graphic Organizer: Retelling Guide
Sample responses are provided.
1. “Just Once,” based on the story by Thomas J.
Dygard; high school football games.
2. the Moose; to carry the ball; Coach, Jerry, Dan.
3. The coach and other players don’t think it’s a
good idea. The other characters block him by not
letting him play another position.
4. The Moose convinces the fans that he should
carry the ball and so puts pressure on Coach.
5. The Moose scores a touchdown, but he gets
pounded and tackled. Carrying the ball is not as
fun as he had expected.
6. At the end, the Moose decides he never again
wants to carry the ball.
7. Answers will vary.
The Stone Page 8
Underlined things: “My beard . . . hasn’t grown!”;
“. . . in the chicken roost. Those eggs should have
hatched by now.”
Sample responses: Maybe his hair won’t grow; maybe
what he plants won’t grow.
Sample response: It means a cow has not given birth to
Sample response: Be careful of what you wish for—it
might come true!
Sample responses: I think so because now he really
wants everything to go back to normal; I don’t think so
because he’s not ready to give up his wish.
Sample answer: The word bore means “gave birth to.”
Graphic Organizer: Making Predictions
Sample responses are provided.
1. Answers provided.
2. What Happened Next: Nothing grows (even his
baby’s teeth), and nothing moves along as it
Clue: If the hen isn’t laying eggs, I figured that
other things in Maibon’s life wouldn’t move along
3. What Happened Next: This time he’s able to get
rid of the stone.
Clue: Doli said that Maibon has to really want to
get rid of his wish. Before, Maibon was amazed by
what was happening, but by the end, he is getting
frustrated that things weren’t moving along
The Bridegroom Page 16
Cause and Effect
Sample Effect: She ran home, very upset.
Sample Effect: She was too upset to answer their
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