8. Wht des Nik get ut f being in the wds? Hw
does this change her? Name one scene in the book where she feels changed by experiencing somethingdirectly in nature.9. Do other people cause Nika to change during this story,or is change her own choice? Give examples.10. Name one scene in which Thomas shows that he is
supptive fiend t Nik. Wht d we len fm
Thomas about empathy? Does Thomas always agreewith Nika? Do good friends sometimes disagree witheach other?11. Pearl seems to realize that Nika has to work out herrelationship with Ian on her own. Give examples of how she offers Nika support but not direction. Do youget the feeling that Pearl knows she is doing this?
12. Wht d u think but Nik’s feelings but
burying the dead wolf? How are her feelings differentfrom Ian’s? Is there more to Nika’s reaction than herappreciation of a beautiful animal?
13. When Nik chses t leve rndll t the end— fte
all of the time when it had been just the two of them—
d u think this ws selsh decisin unselsh
decision? How would she justify this decision?14. Think about the word
which meansshowing concern for the feelings and suffering of others. How does Nika show compassion in this story?Name several acts of compassion by any character inthe story.15. How does one decide what is ethical in the treatmentof wild animals? Human views vary widely about thissubject. Name four characters that represent differingattitudes about the treatment of wolves. Talk about
wht ech ne believes. Wht d u believe?16. Wht ttitudes but ntue nd wild nimls eeected in the fllwing events?
Luna is kept alone in a pen as a pet.
Luna’s owner decides to give her to the center.
Bristo keeps wild animals in pens even though hedoes not have permits to do so.
Bristo shoots Luna.
Thomas and Nika decide to feed Luna secretly.
Nika runs with Khan on the Big Island.
a mn insults Nik in the newsppe fce, clling
her uncle a “bleeding heart.”
In nd Elin stud wild nimls nd tech thes
animls e kept cptive t the CSNa.
Fm the plne Nik nd Elin wtch the wild
17. Wht is Meg’s le thughut the bk, even whenshe is n bsent chcte? Wht des she s in lette t get Nik bck n tck gin? Wht des she
teach her about love?18. In spite of the pain of Nika’s losses, what does she dothat allows her to accept love and family in the end?
19. Wht is it but the gil n the bus tht cuses Nik t
tell her, “You saved my life.” Describe what she learnsabout herself from this girl.
20. Des Nik keep secets? Wuld it hve chnged he
experience if she had shared truths at these times?
Wh didn’t she?
21. In reading the epilogue, what do we learn about whathappens in Nika’s life from the point of view of thewolf Luna?
1. In a small group, write down these terms and adescription of each on separate snips of paper:
. Shufe nd hve echstudent dw ne. Ech student will wite bief
description of ways the concept he or she drew relatesto
Summer of the Wolves
. After writing, the group willtake turns sharing with one another, allowing othergroup members to add to each student’s ideas.2. Think of a memory of when you experienced
smething in ntue f the st time—tuched
snake, learned the name of a variety of tree, werescared by a storm or wind. Talk about this memory andhow you value it: describe it using as many senses asyou can—sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste. Concludewith what it means to you and what you learned.
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