Answer Key: Maurice Sendak

Lesson Plan:  An  Adult  Look At  Some Amazing Stories by Maurice Sendak

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. glamorous |ˈɡlam(ə)rəs| adjective-having glamour: one of the world’s most glamorous women.
  2. sophisticated |səˈfistəˌkādəd| adjective-appealing to people with worldly knowledge or experience: a sophisticated restaurant.
  3. trilogy |ˈtriləjē| noun (plural trilogies) a group of three related novels, plays, films, operas, or albums.
  4. enduring  |inˈd(y)o͝oriNGenˈd(y)o͝oriNG| adjective-continuing or long-lasting: he formed a number of enduring relationships with women | an enduring problem.
  5. exhilarating |iɡˈziləˌrādiNG| adjective-making one feel very happy, animated, or elated; thrilling: an exhilarating two-hour rafting experience.
  6. plunge-|plənj|verb-1 [no object] jump or dive quickly and energetically: our daughters whooped as they plunged into the sea.
  7. extricates  |ˈekstrəˌkāt| verb [with object] free (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty: he was trying to extricate himself from official duties.
  8. Jewish star The identification of the term “Star of David” or “Shield of David” with the hexagram shape dates to the 17th century. The term “Shield of David” is also used in the Siddur (Jewish prayer book) as a title of the God of Israel.
  9. adolescence |ˌadəˈlesəns| noun- the period following the onset of puberty during which a young person develops from a child into an adult.
  10. idealized |īˈdē(ə)ˌlīz| -verb [with object] (often as adjective idealized) regard or represent as perfect or better than in reality: Helen’s idealized accounts of their life together.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary   

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


The images look like they were born as ads.


He’s been sent to his room without supper.


She looks paralyzed by grief and depression.

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. F-Sendak once said, ‘I have to reach and keep hold of the child in me.’
  2. T-Where the Wild Things Are is the first in what Sendak called his trilogy.
  3. F-In the book Max’s room turns into a nighttime forest, with a private boat.
  4. T-When Max gets back home he finds his supper was waiting for him.
  5. F-The second story in the trilogy, was In the Night Kitchen.
  6. T-The protagonist in this story is Mickey.
  7. T-The little boy falls into a night kitchen naked.
  8. F-There is a lot of symbolism in The Night Kitchen.
  9. T-The third book is entitled Outside Over There.
  10. T-The story is about a little girl who takes care of her younger sister.