Study Guide 3: The Science Project by Elaine Donadio

Please see my June 2, 2017 blog post for the updated study guide schedule.

You can preview and purchase The Science Project at Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites for a digital or paperback copy, or you can visit Smashwords.com for a digital copy.

Nestor has devoted himself to the care and training of Hector. Things get a little out of hand, but Nestor is able to recover before it’s too late. Nestor gets in deeper with his bad attitude toward Kwan Min and Jasmine. He starts to question himself.

 

Te following questions are based on Chapters 11-15.

1. Describe Nestor’s relationship with his mother, Ms. Costa, Holly and Jasmine. In your opinion, why is Nestor’s relationship with Jasmine so different from that of the other females in the story?

2. We now know Nestor’s strong feelings of insecurity. Analyze how the males in his life—his father, cousins, and Kwan Min add to these feelings of inadequacy. Think about how Phil’s relationship is the exception to this pattern. What changes to make Nestor question Phil’s loyalty? Give specific examples.

3. Pretend you are Nestor. Create a science log entry for one day showing the care and feeding of Hector.

4. Kwan Min and Jasmine have a plan of their own. Make a prediction about what it might be. Look at the book cover for clues.

5. With his eyes cast down, Nestor stares at in the science table, and for the first time notices the scratches in its surface. How does this serve as a metaphor for Nestor’s life?

 

Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a serious adventurer, then you will discover the world on your own. Support all your answers with facts found in the book. Seek and you shall find!

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com.

Next: The Science Project Study Guide 4. See you on June 24, 2017!

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Study Guide 2: The Science Project by Elaine Donadio

Please see my June 2, 2017 blog post for the updated study guide schedule.

You can preview and purchase The Science Project at Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites for a digital or paperback copy, or you can visit Smashwords.com for a digital copy.

We begin to get a better understanding of Nestor who, like most people, has his good points and his bad points. Nestor does some deep thinking about himself and his life.

 

These questions are based on Chapters 6-10:

1. By now we’ve learned some of Nestor’s insecurities and concerns. What advice can you give Nestor to help him feel better about himself?

2. Pretend you are Nestor. Write an email to Nestor’s father explaining how his absence is affecting the family. Be specific.

3. At this point in the story we have a better understanding of the reasons for Nestor’s resentment of Kwan Min. Tell about a time when one of your classmates treated you unfairly. How did the other kids react to this? What steps did your teacher take to make this bad behavior stop? Is Ms. Costa doing enough?

4. Think about a classmate who bothered the other kids in the class. Who were his/ her victims? Why do you think these kids were chosen as targets? How was this problem solved? What would you have done if you were in charge?

5. What do we learn about Nestor from his care and training of Hector?

 

Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a serious adventurer, then you will discover the world on your own. Support all your answers with facts found in the book. Seek and you shall find!

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com.

Next: The Science Project Study Guide 3. See you on June 17, 2017!

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Study Guide 1—The Science Project by Elaine Donadio

Please see my June 2, 2017 blog post for the updated study guide schedule.

You can preview and purchase The Science Project at Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites for a digital or paperback copy, or if you have a NOOK, you can visit Smashwords.com or Barnes & Noble for a digital copy.

We’re meeting Nestor Ramirez, our main character and his best friend, Phil Williams. Nestor is trying hard to be popular, but he certainly doesn’t have a clue. Oh, he can be nice when he wants to be, but how often does he want to be?

These questions are based on chapters 1-5. 

1.Create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast Nestor and Phil. Who would you rather have as a best friend? Support your answer.

2.  Find as many examples of how Phil demonstrates his intelligence as you               can. Describe how Nestor reacts to these instances.

3. What do we learn about Nestor from his attitude towards his mother? Be specific. How is Nestor’s attitude the same or different from your attitude toward your parent?

4. List five science facts that Nestor learned in Chapter 5. Make a list of those facts in priority order with the most important fact at number one, and the least important at number five.

5. We begin to see a different side of Nestor. What surprises you most about his behavior? What predictions can you make about what might happen in the story?

Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a serious learner, then you can discover the world on your own. The answers can be found in the book. Seek and you shall find.

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com.

Next: The Science Project Study Guide 2. See you on June 10, 2017!

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Study Guide Schedule For Middle Grade Books by Elaine Donadio

Hi Readers,

I’m back! I’ve been on hiatus for the past year—busy promoting my books with encouraging success. If you remember, my books are primarily geared to middle grade readers. They’re loaded with well-researched science facts and are appropriate for classroom study and/ or  supplemental or independent reading assignments with tie-ins for science, literacy and social studies. The secret of their success is their ability  and purpose in allowing the reader to have fun while learning—experiencing the world through the eyes of the characters—journeying with a friend, in a sense.

I’ve decided to provide a study guide for each of my five books: The Science Project, The Ocean’s Way, Who Do Voodoo, The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion, Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest. Please check my website (ElaineDonadio.com) for plot summaries, or go directly to Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites to preview and purchase the books in digital or paperback format. If you have a NOOK, you can preview and purchase an ebook at Smashwords.com or Barnes & Noble.

Purchase your books one at a time in accordance with our schedule, or all at the same time if you prefer. Happy reading! Read often. Read well.

The schedule is as follows:

The Science Project                                          June 3, 10,17, 24

The Ocean’s Way                                               June 30, July 8, 15, 22, 29

Who Do Voodoo?                                              August 5, 9, 11, 19, 26

The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion        September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Sojourn Into The Night—                               October 7, 14, 21, 28                                     A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a serious learner, then you can discover the world on your own. The answers can be found in the book. Seek and you shall find.

Our first book: The Science Project. See you on June 3, 2017!

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com.

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Study Guide Schedule For My Middle Grade Books

Hi Readers,

I’m back! I’ve been on hiatus for the past year—busy promoting my books with encouraging success. If you remember, my books are primarily geared to middle grade readers. They’re loaded with well-researched science facts and are appropriate for classroom study and/ or  supplemental or independent reading assignments with tie-ins for science, literacy and social studies. The secret of their success is their ability  and purpose in allowing the reader to have fun while learning—experiencing the world through the eyes of the characters—journeying with a friend, in a sense.

I’ve decided to provide a study guide for each of my five books: The Science Project, The Ocean’s Way, Who Do Voodoo, The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion, Sojourn Into The Night-A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest. Please check my website (ElaineDonadio.com) for plot summaries, or go directly to Amazon or Barnes & Noble websites to preview and purchase the books in digital or paperback format. If you have a NOOK, you can preview and purchase an ebook at Smashwords.com or Barnes & Noble.

Purchase your books one at a time in accordance with our schedule, or all at the same time if you prefer. Happy reading! Read often. Read well.

The schedule is as follows:

The Science Project                                          June 3, 10,17, 24

The Ocean’s Way                                               June 30, July 8, 15, 22, 29

Who Do Voodoo?                                              August 5, 9, 11, 19, 26

The Ocean’s Way Poetry Companion        September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Sojourn Into The Night—                               October 7, 14, 21, 28                                     A Memoir of the Peruvian Rainforest

Spoiler alert: I will not be providing the answers for the questions. If you’re a serious learner, then you can discover the world on your own. The answers can be found in the book. Seek and you shall find.

Our first book: The Science Project. See you on June 3, 2017!

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Trustworthiness – The Most Precious Valentine’s Day Gift

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Trustworthiness is the greatest gift we can give to those we love and those who love and depend on us on Valentine’s Day and every day. Flowers, chocolates and jewelry only go so far. Shaking up another person’s world while leaving disappointment in our wake, is not the way to go. If we treat people in our lives with the same casual abandon as we may treat a stranger on the street, then something is wrong. It has to matter that this person is in our life. We must allow them to “interfere” in our lives. Our decisions and actions must take them into account.

Once we openly commit, we must consider the welfare of others. If commitment is implied, then we must step up. There are many different types of relationships: marriage, romantic attachment, parent-child, child-parent, friendship, work related team effort, neighbor, doctor – patient, teacher-student, first responder-public, clergy-parishioner to name a few.

Love is not only for romance. It’s the respect, consideration, effort, help and care we give to another. It’s the confidence we instill in others that lets them know they can count on us. It’s letting people know they can reveal themselves without facing judgment, rancor or scoldings. It’s not exploiting people for our own ends. When those who count on us are left wondering if we will show up on time, keep our word, physically, emotionally and spiritually hurt them, remember important events and responsibilities, tell the truth, act irresponsibly by putting lives, finances and relationships in danger, this negates the power and purpose of love. Then, this is a betrayal. Love does not hurt.

When we love, we don’t leave the other person feeling insecure. To love is to support, build confidence and share oneself.

Are you trustworthy?  Do you live by your word, or do those who depend on you roll their eyes and look elsewhere when things need to get done? Are you above suspicion or do you skulk around, squandering hard-earned money and seeking extra-marital affairs? Do you pull your weight at work, or wait for a team project on which to add your name while others do all the work? Are your children and elderly or needy relatives properly and lovingly clothed, fed and cared for? Do you reveal confidences and embarrassing secrets?

Commitment is not always easy. We must be present, willing and able.

If you live your life as a trustworthy person and people’s lives are enriched by knowing you, and by interacting with you, then feel proud and accept your positive impact on the world. Remember, one person, one experience at a time.

Happy Valentine’s Day! May you always have love in your life.

Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: Stepping Into Your New Skin

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Friends Or Acquaintances?

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I read a short article on p. 7 of the February, 2015 issue of Natural Awakenings magazine entitled “Satisfaction With Friendship is Hard to Come By” in the section labeled health briefs. No specific author was listed, but Nicole Avellina is the publisher and the study was conducted by Edge Research and Sea Change Strategies. This article resonated with me since I just returned from New Orleans during Mardi Gras weekend with one of my very good friends from college.  Although I’d already been to New Orleans three times in the last few years, I never visited during Mardi Gras. Why not? Very simply, no one would ever go with me. Until now, that is. A shared dream came true after 43 years. 

Let’s take a look at the article: “Less than a quarter of Americans are fully satisfied with their friendships, and almost two-thirds lack confidence in even their closest friends.” This is also interesting, “…those over 70 and between 16-34 are most satisfied with friendships while 35-49 and 50-69 year olds experience a midlife friendship slump.”

How true.  I realize most people are actually “acquaintances” to whom I attribute the term “friend.” There is a lack of compassion, encouragement, involvement, support and sharing. Friendly is not the same as being friends. These expedient relationships are often superficial since they result from working together, living in the same neighborhood or sharing some common interests or friends. Lifelong friends are few and far between and must be cherished. “Qualities most people look for in friends are loyalty, honesty, goodness, and reliability in a crisis.” Think about it. Into which category do the people around you belong?

Forty-three years ago, Elyse and I were graduated from college mid-year in January. We decided to go to Mardi Gras in February, but chose to drive since we couldn’t afford airfare. I know it sounds crazy, but in those days, it was far less expensive to drive. Of course, this was way before Internet and we had no idea what we were doing. We had plenty of enthusiasm and high hopes and proceeded to chart our route from an old-fashioned paper map, as was done in the “olden” days. We were to use Elyse’s car ( I didn’t have one) for the trip, but Elyse had car trouble and the trip was cancelled. A few weeks after, we both got jobs as teachers, eventually married, raised our families and went on with our lives.

Elyse moved to California, where she’s been for about thirty-five years while I remained in New York. Elyse and her husband, Kenny, visited me last April. As we reminisced, it was apparent neither we hadn’t ever made it to Mardi Gras. We booked our trip then and there, neither of us willing to let this opportunity slip by. We went to Mardi Gras February 2015 and had a ball!

Despite living on opposite coasts, we’ve managed to stay in touch through the years. We only spoke on the phone once a twice a year and emailed once in a while. After Elyse moved to California, we didn’t see each other for twenty-three years, then not again for another twelve years. Somehow, it was as if no time passed. We picked up on conversations as if it were yesterday. Absent were the accusations and recriminations of “You never call me.” We were happy when we spoke. Period.

According to the article, “People who attend religious services at least once a week are twice as likely to be completely satisfied with their friendships than those who rarely or never attend services.” I’m wondering if the loyalty that compels a person to visit God in what they perceive to be his home transfers as loyalty in friendship?  Also, the researchers concluded, “Those seeking more fulfillment from their friendships should invest disproportionate time and energy in the relationships they consider close.” This tells us even close friendships need to be nurtured. Interesting.

I always felt that Elyse was my friend, but after reading this article and recently experiencing her presence and interaction again, I know I was not wrong. Elyse is not an acquaintance. She’s truly a friend. Loyalty (check). Honesty (check). Goodness (check). Reliability in a crisis (not yet tested, but reliable in all other instances).

How many of your friends pass the check test?

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