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

Do 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 materials.)
  • Plant a small garden.

Record your results in a journal-type entry. Be ready to share.