Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapters 1-5 Abstract
* The Mackenzies are a poor immigrant family in America who once lived a privileged life in Scotland.
* Following the death of her husband, Maggie Mackenzie moves her seven children from Illinois to Iowa.
* Abbie Mackenzie has big dreams of becoming an important person and becoming a famous singer.
* The Mackenzies stay in a...
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