After reading the Terry Gardner Four Directions tale called “Coyote Becomes Mindful,” involve your students in responding to the following comprehension questions either in oral or written form or both.
- Click “Coyote Becomes Mindful” to read a copy of the target story.
Twenty Story Comprehension Questions
1. Give two reasons why Coyote was scratching his head and side.
Students Respond: He had fleas plus he was puzzled about his friends not buying into his attempts to be a bully.
2. Coyote realized that Eagle, Bear, and Wolf would no longer be friends with him unless he changed his ways. So what decision was Coyote in the process of making?
Students Respond: He was making the decision not to be a bully anymore and trying to figure out how to do this.
3. What trick does Eagle do that makes her friends Wolf and Bear feel a little nervous?
Students Respond: Eagle dive-bombs them and then pulls out at the last possible moment.
4. Why do you think Bear, Eagle, and Wolf continue to like Coyote even though he keeps trying to bully them?
Students Respond: They don’t feel Coyote is very good at being a bully plus they sense that he really is nice underneath all that bragging.
5. Coyote is trying to figure out how to be a friend instead of a bully from now on. What about you? How do you demonstrate that you are being a good friend to others? What actions do you take to show that? What words do you use as well?
Students Respond: (Accept Reasonable Answers.)
6. How does Coyote finally decide he can show he is wanting to be their friend instead of a bully?
Students Respond: He will try to treat them the way he wants to be treated. Then he realizes they have been treating him that way already, so he plans to try to imitate them.
7. Since Eagle, Wolf, and Bear aren’t quite sure Coyote has really given up his bullying ways, what strategy did they intend to use to see if he was really sincere?
Students Respond: Eagle and Bear would go ahead to their playground. Wolf was to go to Coyote to invite him to join them. Wolf could then determine whether Coyote was going to be nice or mean.
8. What danger was Wolf, Bear, and Eagle not aware of since they were so intent on solving the mystery about Coyote of whether he was going to be a friend or a bully?
Students Respond: Billy Joe and Jake, the two hunters, had returned to the forest to get revenge on the four animals. They were going to capture them – dead or alive. Their two goals were Revenge and Making Money.
9. Give two reasons why the two hunters left their vehicle to walk instead.
Students Respond: Their vehicle didn’t work very well and made too much noise. The two hunters wanted to be able to sneak up on the four critters unseen and unheard.
10. What did Coyote and Wolf hear and see that alarmed them?
Students Respond: They heard cries of help and terror from Eagle and Bear. They sneaked up to investigate. They discovered that Eagle was caught in a net. Bear was at the bottom of a deep pit.
11. Why did Billy Joe and Jake leave Eagle and Bear where they were and leave the scene?
Students Respond: They wanted to capture Wolf and Coyote next.
12. Who did Coyote call to help set Eagle and Bear free?
* Queen Bee
13. What did Coyote ask Crow to do?
Students Respond: He asked Crow to get his kin to untangle Eagle.
14. What did Coyote ask Beaver to do?
Students Respond: He asked Beaver to get his kin to build a ladder for Bear to use to climb out of the pit.
15. What did Coyote ask Queen Bee and Rabbit to do?
Students Respond: Coyote asked Queen Bee and Rabbit to get their kin to take care of the two hunters.
16. What did the bees and rabbits do to the hunters?
Students Respond: The bees buzzed and possibly stung the upper bodies of the hunters. The rabbits used their rear legs to kick the hunters. They were chased all the way to their vehicle by the bees and the rabbits.
17. What did the ants and porcupines do to the tires?
Students Respond: They decided they enjoyed spiking and eating the tires.
18. What happened to the hunters next since they couldn’t drive away?
Students Respond: They had no choice to abandon their vehicle. The bees and rabbit clans planned to chase them for a few more miles to encourage them never to return to the forest again.
19. What did Eagle declare to all the animals?
Students Respond: Eagle declared that Coyote was one great friend.
20. How did Coyote respond to this bit of praise?
Students Respond: He blushed. Then they all enjoyed a group hug.
OTHER STORIES BY TERRY GARDNER
Four Coyote tales
- Read-Aloud Story for Grades 2-6: Coyote Meets his Master
- Read-Aloud Story for Grades 2-6: Courage to Fear
- Read-Aloud Story for Grades 2-6: Coyote Travels Inside
- Read-Aloud Story for Grades 2-6: Coyote Becomes Mindful
Story featuring Bear
- Read-aloud story for grades 2-6: Bear becomes bearable
Seven Stories from the East
- Read-Aloud Story for Grades 2-6: Dog Learns to Dance
- Read-aloud story for grades 2-6: Teeter-Totter Eagle reviews her past
- Read-aloud story for grades 2-6: Beaver Busy
- Read-aloud story for grades 2-6: Coyote and Fawn learn about growth within
- Read-aloud story for grades 2-6: Argument between the Deer and Rabbits (Coming Soon)
- Read-aloud story for grades 2-6: Wise Guy(Coming Soon)
- Read-aloud story for grades 2-6: Flying Eights(Coming Soon)
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