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.
Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 Abstract
* Chapter 1 ("About the Stars and the Sluice") describes the Fens of eastern England.
* For hundreds of years, engineers have attempted to drain the Fens and reclaim the land for agriculture, building canals, locks, and sluices.
* The narrator's father, Harry, is the lock keeper at the Atkinson Lock on the River Leem. He has...
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