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East Hampton, Long Island Children’s Fair

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Carnival rides, Games, Book Signings, Raffles, Crafts, Treats

4 Maidstone Lane adjacent to Hook Pond, Rte. 27

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Study Guide 5: The Ocean’s Way by Elaine Donadio

Chapters 14-18.

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

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

This is the last study guide for this book. You might want to purchase Who Do Voodoo? to be ready for our next focus book for August.

Holly and Jasmine have experienced many changes. Holly in particular is deeply affected by what she has learned about dolphins and pilot whales giving her a new understanding of how each person can contribute to the balance of nature and the preservation of the environment.

 

These questions are based on Chapters 14-18.

 

1. List at least five facts you learned about manatees. What has the state of Florida done to insure their safety?

2. List at least five facts you have learned about pilot whales. In what ways are pilot whales like humans? In what ways are they different? What is it about pilot whales that make them so vulnerable? What other creatures can you think of whose behaviors could lead to their own downfall?

3. How are donations used to help rescued sea creatures in Florida? Why do you think the government and people of Florida attach so much importance to maintaining the safety of the wildlife in their state?

4. Design a fundraising campaign in your school and/ or community to help raise money to help in the rescue of stranded sea creatures. Decide how to raise the money. Create a poster. Research marine rescue organizations. Choose one to be the recipient of your monetary gift. You do not actually have to put this plan in practice, but please do the plan either way.

Which creatures need rescuing where you live? What could you do to help?

5. Take a look at Holly’s poem about the ocean on the last two pages of Chapter 18. Explain Holly’s fascination with the ocean. Design a T-shirt to capture Holly’s message using a slogan, images, and words to attract attention.

6. Holly and Jasmine have both changed from the beginning, middle, and end of the book. How has each one changed? What influenced these changes? Do you believe these changes are temporary or permanent? Support your answer.

If you had to choose one thing to change about yourself, what would it be? Make a decision now to accomplish this goal. Research. Analyze. Plan. Do.

 

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 or outside resources. Seek and you shall find!

Next: Who Do Voodoo? Study Guide 1. See you on August 5, 2017!

You can email Elaine Donadio at author @elainedonadio.com

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Study Guide 4: The Ocean’s Way by Elaine Donadio

Chapters 10-13.

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

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

Holly and Jasmine visit marine parks and are treated like special guests. They learn a lot about dolphins, alligators, wetlands, ecosystems, the environment, and the balance of nature.

 

These questions are based on Chapters 10-13.

1. Go to the fourth page of Chapter 10. Answer the ten questions about dolphins. Include answers from Chapters 10 and 11, the Internet, and any source books you may have. Check your answers on the sixth page of Chapter 10.

2. Make a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast dolphins and alligators. If you had to live your life as one of these creatures, which one would you choose? Why?

3. What are wetlands? We learn that alligators are apex predators. Describe the food chain among the creatures of the Florida swamps.

4. What would happen if the Florida wetlands were destroyed? Explain the effects on the environment and ecosystems. How would the world be affected if alligators became extinct? How would the world be affected if dolphins and pilot whales became extinct?

5. Choose a creature living in the South Florida swamps. Research facts and list them. Using these facts, create a Tanka poem to tell about your creature. Use the Tanka poem about the swamp in Chapter 13 as a model. See the formula below.

Tanka Poem – 5 lines

Line 1  – 5 syllables
Line 2  – 7 syllables
Line 3  – 5 syllables
Line 4  – 7 syllables
Line 5  –  7 syllables

 

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 or your own research. Seek and you shall find!

All rights reserved 2017.

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com

Next: The Ocean’s Way Study Guide 5. See you on July 29, 2017!

Study Guide 3: The Ocean’s Way by Elaine Donadio

Chapters 7-9.

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

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

 

The girls have gotten past some of the tension they experienced at the beginning of the story. They finally are having fun together. Yay!

 

These questions are based on Chapters 7-9.

 

1. Holly is impatient with Jasmine’s fear of water, but Holly decided to have her own fun in the pool. What do we learn about Holly from this? Think about a time when your fear impacted a friend’s good time. What thoughts went through your head? Tell how your friend reacted. What changes did you make in your behavior as a result of this experience?

2. Discuss how the characters begin to loosen up while in Miami, now displaying different sides of their personalities. What do you believe accounts for this change in behavior?

3. Compare and contrast your behavior at school, at home and at different social and public places. What aspects of your personality remain the same? What changes? What would you say to someone who accused you of being phony by acting different ways in different places? What conclusions might be drawn from your analysis in answering these questions?

4. We begin to better understand Holly and Jasmine’s friendship through their interaction at the pool, the hat store and the beach. Describe their relationship. What do you notice about the way they treat each other? How is this the same or different from the beginning of the story? What do we learn about friendship from observing their behavior?

5. When Holly touches the silver dolphin pendant around her neck, what memory is being triggered? What does this tell us about Holly? Pay attention to other times in the story when Holly takes the same action to see if touching the pendant always has the same effect.

What special object in your life gives you the same feelings as Holly’s dolphin pendant gives her? Explain.

If Jasmine were to receive a special pendant to wear around her neck, who would give it her? What would that symbol be? Why?

 

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!

All rights reserved 2017.

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com

Next: The Ocean’s Way Study Guide 4. See you on July 22, 2017!

Study Guide 2: The Ocean’s Way by Elaine Donadio

Chapters 4-6.

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

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

Holly and Jasmine both share many personal details of their lives. Holly is surprised to discover how much pain her best friend is feeling. When it looks as if all hope is lost, the adults in the story step up to the plate.

These questions are based on Chapters 4-6.

 

1. Discuss how Jasmine’s self-image might be influenced by her situation at home. How might this affect her interaction with others?

2. Pretend you are a case worker from Child Protective Services. Create five interview questions for Jasmine’s mother and have Jasmine’s mother answer them as you believe she would. Use details from the story.

3. Describe Grandma Rosie’s personality. The girls seem to believe things will turn out fine now that Grandma Rosie is on the scene. Do you agree or disagree with their conclusion? Base your answer on what has happened in the story.

4. Now that we’ve met Grandma Rosie, you can well imagine the conversation she will have with her son-in-law Albert about what’s going on in his home. Write a dialogue tracking the discussion.

Grandma Rosie:
Albert:
Grandma Rosie:
Albert:
Grandma Rosie:
Albert:

Keep the conversation going…

5. Pretend you are Jasmine. Write an email message to your father telling him how you feel about his absence and return. Use facts from the story.

 

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 Ocean’s Way Study Guide 3. See you on July 15, 2017!

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Study Guide 1: The Ocean’s Way by Elaine Donadio

Chapters 1-3.

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

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

We meet our main character, Holly Christiano and her best friend, Jasmine Jankowski. Holly is thrilled to be going to study marine life in South Florida, but Jasmine is putting up barriers. We learn about the girls’ lives and the problems and disappointments they face.

 

These questions are for Chapters 1-3.

 

1. Make a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast Holly and Jasmine. Choose which one you would rather have as a friend. Explain.

2. Sometimes we can learn about a character’s strength by how they react to situations in their lives. Describe how Holly and Jasmine have each deal with heartache. Pretend you are a school guidance counselor, what advice would you give them to make their lives happier?

3. Which character can you most identify with? Pretend you are that character. Write an entry in your diary explaining what’s on your mind.

Using the crossword puzzle model in Chapter 1, create your own crossword puzzle using five words and a thesaurus to describe how you’re feeling about your life right now.

Using the diamante (diamond) format of the airplane poem in Chapter 1, create your own diamante poem to describe an important object in your life. Use the following format. Note the diamond shape. Your poem should look the same.

Diamante Poem Format

Line 1- one noun
Line 2- two adjectives
Line 3- three “ing” verbs
Line 4- a four word phrase
Line 5- three “ed” verbs
Line 6- two adjectives
Line 7- one synonym for the noun in Line 1

4. Discuss why Nestor treats Holly so differently from Jasmine. What does this tell us about Nestor? How do you deal with being treated differently from siblings, friends or classmates?

5. Predict what Holly might find when she visits Jasmine’s house. Use details from the story to support your answer.

 

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!

All rights reserved 2017.

You can email Elaine Donadio at author@elainedonadio.com

Next: The Ocean’s Way Study Guide 2. See you on July 8, 2017!

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Want To Live Like A Miami Yuppie?

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Welcome to my blog!

The May/June 2015 issue of Brickell Magazine (Miami) ran an interesting article “City Slickers” written by Rony Mo (pp.145-146). The newly presented image of the urban yuppie (young urban professional) replaces the dreaded stereotype of the past. You know the type: cutthroat, inflated ego, braggart, overworked, no life, identified only with the place of business shunning family and social obligations to dedicate themselves to the corporation which turned around and down-sized or reorganized them right out of their jobs and pension plans. That lifestyle choice is so passé. Good riddance.

Want to know how to do it the Miami way? Read on.

*Keep the work-life balance – No more workaholics. Ask your employers to show you the money and benefits and prove they won’t abuse your willingness to be a team player.

*Work To Live – Always have time to pursue your personal goals, volunteer and moonlight in that second glamorous career.

*Work, Then De-Stress – Work hard  and focused for 8-10 hours during your work day, but leave time to de-stress the rest of the time.

*Dress More Casually To Set You Apart– In fact, work spaces are becoming increasingly casual and collaborative because they’re more effective than the top-down approach of the well-dressed worker bees. Don’t fret your lack of designer clothes.

*Remain Courageous in Leaderless and Immobile Environments – The ability to motivate peers is just as important as being a self-starter, if not more so.

*Remain Certain Living Well Is the Best Revenge – Respect and conserve natural resources at the office as well as at home. Commend sustainable lifestyles and reduce carbon footprints for yourself and future generations.

* It’s Important To Be Social And Successful – Entertaining clients at a jazz club or an art gallery opening sets you apart from the usual dinner/drinks scene.

*Turn Your Back on Self-Inflated Egos and Corporate Bullies

*Give Back To The Community

*Have Positive Mentors And Shun Aggressive Tactics

Sounds like a positive, balanced approach, doesn’t it? This is how it works in Miami, but Miami is an evolved city. People always have time to eat healthful foods, play, relax and exercise while respecting nature and the environment. How prevalent is this behavior in the city in which you live? I’m not sure. Take a look around and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

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10 Things I Love About South Florida

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Welcome to my blog!

I consider myself lucky to be able to travel to Florida a few times a year. Winters in New York are too harsh for my taste and I welcome any reprieve from the cold. The Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year  season can be cold and rainy in Florida. I’ve been there wearing  winter boots, woolen sweaters, hats, scarves and gloves with teeth chattering, running into the car, store or someone’s home for relief from the elements. Miami summers are hot and steamy, but who cares? Their air conditioners are cranking.

South Florida delivered during the 2014 holiday season with daytime temps in the mid 80’s. Pool and beach weather every day. Outdoor dining at night. Oh, yeah!  It’s a happy to be alive feeling.

Some of my favorite things about South Florida in no particular order?

1. Great Restaurants – Miami-Dade has this tied up. Everything is delicious in all price ranges. Even the few chain restaurants have the highest quality food in Miami. Also, try any of Vignetto’s locations in Fort Lauderdale. By the time you get to Boca, you’re eating a lot of commercial chain food. Go south, foodies!

2. Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami – Orchestra tickets for “Book of  Mormon for $125 on a Saturday night. True, the Broadway run is for the two weeks before the Christmas tourists get there, but hey, with the price of an off-peak airline ticket, it’s still adds up to less than in NYC.

3. Dog Walks – I don’t even have a dog but I appreciate this perk. Condos, parks, etc. have dog runs with little plastic pooper-scooper bags that give new meaning to “doggie bag.”  And yes, the dog owners use them.

4. Dog Beaches and Parks –  It’s the cutest thing to see the dogs at the dog beaches. In Hollywood, for example, even though there are time restrictions, you’ll see the dogs playing tag and the sporting dogs swimming and frolicking in the waves. Dog parks have a playground atmosphere. Cute and healthful for canines and humans.

5. Miami Seaquarium, Biltmore Hotel, Vizcaya, Venetian Pool – One of a kind experiences.

6. Aventura Mall– This is one place I visit whenever I’m in Miami. The largest mall in Florida and the fifth largest in the country, this mall boasts great department stores, specialty shops, a multiplex movie theater, and loads of great restaurants. Their food court has food that ranges from very good to outstanding.

7. Star Island Boat Tours – A fun, comfortable way to get a water view of the Miami skyline and the homes of  celebrities.

8. Art Deco Buildings in South Beach – I’m a huge fan of this unique architecture. Beautiful.

9. Free Neighborhood Shuttle Buses – Many areas have these for residents and visitors. There’s an extensive public bus system, also,  so you can get around without a car. Close your eyes to the traffic. The road congestion is not to be believed.

10.Health Consciousness & Nature & Environmental Awareness  – You can sit outside at restaurants, on your terrace, in the park throughout the year, albeit, every day is not an outdoor day. Walking, outdoor sports fill the days and nights. Try the Don Soffer three mile fitness trail in Aventura. Restaurants know to leave out the salt, fat and cholesterol. Preservation of nature, habitats and environment is a state-wide effort.

I’m not sure I’d want to live there, but it’s a great place to visit!

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