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You are writing a review of the story, “Oscar’s Camp Canyon Experience,” in class.

Oscar’s Camp Canyon Experience

  Twelve-year-old Oscar has just finished a wonderful week at Camp Canyon. He had the time of his life — making new friends, developing new skills, and discovering a love for science among many other things. And Oscar learned an important lesson: Sometimes, when faced with a difficult situation, it’s best just to let it go. He learned, too, that things are not always what they seem.

Camp Canyon is a summer camp for boys and girls from eight to sixteen. In the U.S., there are many kinds of camps. Often, kids focus on particular skills or learn values from religious books and traditions. Camp Canyon, though, is different. Its main aim is for the kids to discover for themselves how to deal with difficult situations using ideas based on the importance of communication and mutual respect. During their week at the camp, the kids develop their powers of judgment and sense of right and wrong— all while having fun swimming, playing games, and doing hands-on science and nature projects.

This was Oscar’s second summer at Camp Canyon, and he enjoyed showing newcomers around. On the first day, he introduced himself to Dylan, a boy of his age attending the camp for the first time. Oscar spent a lot of time helping Dylan get used to his new circumstances, and they quickly became close friends. They both enjoyed playing video games and climbing trees, and at the camp they discovered a shared love of Gaga Ball, a form of dodgeball. Oscar and Dylan played Gaga Ball until they were exhausted, throwing the ball at the other kids and screaming with laughter. Afterward, sitting on their bunk beds, they would talk for hours about their home and school lives, and how much they were enjoying Camp Canyon.

One of the other campers was a boy named Christopher. Initially, Christopher seemed like a well-behaved, fun-loving boy. Oscar couldn’t wait to get to know him. However, it wasn’t long before Christopher’s behavior started to change. He didn’t bother to make his bed. He left games and other belongings lying around on the floor. He was inconsiderate and self-centered. And he was mean, as Oscar and Dylan soon found out.

“Dylan didn’t brush his teeth. And he’s smelly! He didn’t take a shower today,” shouted Christopher at breakfast, making sure all the other kids could hear.

Oscar and Dylan were shocked to hear Christopher’s comments. Oscar had always tried his hardest to make everyone feel welcome. Christopher seemed to take great delight in saying things that upset the other two boys. He even pushed in front of Oscar when they were lining up for lunch. He just laughed when Oscar angrily protested.

Oscar consulted the camp counselor about their problems with Christopher. She gave Christopher a strong warning, but, if anything, his behavior got worse. The other kids just kept out of his way, determined not to let anything spoil their fun activities at camp.

One of these activities was a discussion session with a science teacher. Although Oscar had shown little interest in science at school, this was something he really enjoyed at the camp. The kids talked with the teacher, growing increasingly excited with each new scientific fact they discovered. Oscar was particularly fascinated to learn about reflected light and how we see certain colors. A red object, for example, absorbs every color of the rainbow, but reflects only red light to our eyes.

“So,” Oscar reported breathlessly to Dylan, “a red object is actually every color EXCEPT red — which is reflected! Isn’t that amazing? I just love science!” Things, he had come to realize, are not always what they seem.

The campers also discussed ethics and the rules that would be best for the group as they experienced their week together. Whenever there was a disagreement, they stopped to consider what might be the right or wrong thing to do according to each situation. In this way, they learned to function together as a harmonious group.

Through these discussions, Oscar learned that there is not always an obvious solution to a problem. Sometimes, as with the case of Christopher’s bad behavior, the answer might just be to let it go. Oscar realized that getting upset wasn’t going to change anything, and that the best way to resolve the situation without drama would be to walk away from it. He and Dylan stayed calm, and stopped reacting to Christopher’s insults. This seemed to work. Soon, Christopher lost interest in bothering the boys.

The end of the week came far too quickly for Oscar. His memories of the camp were still fresh when, a few days after returning home, he received a postcard from Christopher.

Dear Oscar,

I’m really sorry for the way I behave at camp. You and Dylan seemed to be having so much fun! I felt out, because I’m not very good at sports. Later, when you stopped paying attention to my bad behavior, I realized how silly I was being. I wanted to apologize then, but was too embarrassed. Are you going to the camp again next year? I’ll be there, and I hope we can be friends!

So long,

Yes, thought Oscar, when he had recovered from his surprise, with Christopher, he had been right to let it go. Putting down the postcard, he remembered something else he had learned at camp: Sometimes, things are not what they seem.

Complete the review by filling in 34 to 38.

Story Review  Title: Oscar’s Camp Canyon Experience


Beginning Middle Ending
Oscar’s second time at Camp Canyon started with him welcoming newcomers. 3435 Oscar applied what he had learned at camp to find a solution to the problem.

Main characters
– Oscar was active and sociable.
– Christopher might have seemed unfriendly, but actually he was 36.

Your opinions
I don’t think Oscar really knew how to deal with the problem. All he did was 37
. He was lucky Christopher’s behavior didn’t get worse.

This story would most likely appeal to …
Readers who want to 38.

問1 ⒜ 34

① All the camp participants quickly became good friends.
② Most campers stopped enjoying the fun activities.
③ One of the campers surprisingly changed his attitude.
④ The camp counselor managed to solve a serious problem.

問1 ⒝ 35

① Christopher continued to behave very badly.
② Dylan could understand how light is reflected.
③ Oscar played a leading role in group discussions.
④ The counselor reconsidered her viewpoint.

問2 36

① just unhappy because he was unable to take part in all the activities
② probably nervous as he was staying away from home for the first time
③ smarter than most campers since he tried to hide his honest opinions
④ thoughtful enough to have brought games to share with his friends

問3 37

① avoid a difficult situation
② discuss ethics and rules
③ embarrass the others
④ try to be even friendlier

問4 38

① get detailed information about summer outdoor activities
② read a moving story about kids’ success in various sports
③ remember their own childhood experiences with friends
④ understand the relationship between children and adults





















物語の振り返り  題名:オスカーのキャンプキャニオン体験



– オスカーは活発で社交的だった。
– クリストファーは無愛想なように見えたが、実際は彼は36だった。



問1 ⒜ 34 正解 ③
⒜ 34
① キャンプ参加者全員がすぐに仲の良い友達になった。
② ほとんどのキャンプ参加者は楽しい活動を楽しむのをやめた。
③ キャンプ参加者の一人が突然態度を変えた。
④ キャンプカウンセラーはなんとかして深刻な問題を解決した。

問1 ⒝ 35 正解 ①
⒝ 35
① クリストファーはひどい振る舞いを続けた。
② ディランは光がどのように反射されるのかを理解できた。
③ オスカーはグループ討論で主導的な役割を果たした。
④ カウンセラーは自分の見解を再検討した。

問2 36 正解 ①
① 彼はすべての活動に参加できなかったので悲しかった
② 彼は初めて家から離れていたので恐らく緊張していた
③ 彼は自分の正直な意見を隠そうとしたのでほとんどのキャンプ参加者より賢かった
④ 十分な思いやりがあり、友達と共有するためにゲームを持っていった

問3 37 正解 ①
① 困難な状況を避ける
② 倫理と規則について話し合う
③ 他人を困らせる
④ もっと親切になろうとする

問4 38 正解 ③
① 夏の野外活動についての詳細な情報を入手する
② さまざまなスポーツにおける子供の成功についての感動的な話を読む
③ 自分自身の子ども時代の友達との経験を思い出す
④ 子供と大人の関係を理解する

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