Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - A response journal
Created for TeachersFirst by Brenda Walton, Ed.D.
Chapter 10 - Fecundity
On page 164 Dillard writes:
"After the flood last year I found a big tulip-tree limb that
had been wind-thrown into Tinker Creek. The current dragged it up on
some rocks on the bank, where receding waters stranded it. A month after
the flood I discovered that it was growing new leaves. Both ends of
the branch were completely exposed and dried. I was amazed. It was like
the old fable about the corpse growing a beard; it was as if the woodpile
in my garage were suddenly to burst greenly into leaf. The way the plants
persevere in the bitterest of circumstances is utterly heartening. I
can barely keep from unconsciously ascribing a will to these plants,
a do-or-die courage, and I have to remind myself that coded cells and
mute water pressure have no idea how grandly they are flying in the
teeth of it all."
Written response #13-- Research/reaction
one of the following:
- Observe a plant for at least a week.
- Plant a seed and watch it sprout.
- Purchase a Venus fly-trap and watch it feed.
- Watch a "hardy" plant re-generate. ( See your teacher for
- Plant a small garden.
Record your results in a journal-type entry. Be ready to share.