The Quest For the Eagle
Story Characters - Multi-Level Format

(image) picture of Xochitl

Xochitl (a girl about 11)                                           8% of story

Stage 4- Intermediate Reader

My name is Xochitl, which means “Flower.” My mother says that they gave me this name when I was born because I was so small, and all folded in together like the petals of a flower that hasn’t opened yet. I really wish that my people could find the homeland we’ve been waiting for so long. Then we could have our own house and maybe even a garden. It’s my dream to have a garden with real flowers.

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Chapul (a boy about 6)                                              10% of story

Stage 4 - Intermediate Reader

I am named Chapul, which means “Grasshopper.” My parents called me that because a couple of years ago when I was little—I’m big now because I’m six years old—but when I was little, my legs were very long and thin, and I used to hop around like the chapul when the children played together. But sometimes now when we are on our search we don’t have very much food to eat and none of the children feel like playing.

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Chimali (a man in his 30's)                                    13% of story

Stage 5 - Advanced Reader

I am an Aztec named Chimali, which means “Shield.” I have a wife and a son and daughter, and I hope I am a protective shield to them. I can protect them from ravaging animals because I have my weapons, but it is harder to protect them from the elements—like the long stretches of desert, or the freezing mountain passes we encounter on our travels.

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Mixtli (a man in his 30's)                                         13% of story

Stage 5 - Advanced Reader

I am Mixtli, which means “Dark Cloud.” I am Chimali’s brother, and our families always travel together and share whatever we have. In spite of my name, I try to always look at the bright side of situations, but sometimes my wife gets impatient with me because she says I don’t worry enough. What do you suppose she means by that?

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Ehecatl (a boy about 12)                                       8% of story

Stage 5 - Advanced Reader

I am Ehecatl, and I am named for the Wind. My mother tells me that I was born in a cave high up in the mountains where we once again crossed into the Central Valley looking for our homeland. She said that for as far as you could see the whole world was white, and it was snowing so hard, and the wind was howling so loudly.

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Ameyatl (a woman in her early 30's)            15% of story

Stage 6 - Expert Reader

My Aztec name is Ameyatl, which means “Fountain.” I suppose my parents thought it was a good name, a hopeful name, for a person who would often have to go thirsty while journeying long distances from one sweet-water well to another. I am always concerned about whether my family has enough to eat, and it is very difficult to make the food stretch when the children are growing so fast.

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Yoali (a woman in her early 30's)              18% of story

Stage 6 - Expert Reader

My name is Yoali, which means “Night.” Let me state at once that I am not a complainer. I am the soul of patience, and the conditions under which we live never bother me. It doesn’t matter to me that we haven’t had a decent meal in months, or that I’m practically crippled from walking endlessly over what looks like the same territory time and again. I just hope that when we eventually do get to the promised homeland—and I pray that it’s in my lifetime—that I can finally stay in once place and never have to move on again.

Narrator                                                                      14% of story

Stage 6 - Advanced Reader

As the narrator, I am the master storyteller! It's up to me to keep the story alive and interesting with each exciting detail. So, I must read everything with expression and excitement!