Ella Enchanted

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How can a fairy's
blessing be such a curse?

At her birth, Ella of Frell was the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy's gift -- the "gift' of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day and a half, or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse -- once and for all.

In this incredible debut novel comes the richly entertaining story of Ella of Frell, who at birth was given the gift of obedience by a fairy. Ella soon realizes that this gift is little better than a curse, for how can she truly be herself if at anytime anyone can order her to hop on one foot, or cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom'and she'll have to obey? Against a bold tapestry of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella's quest to break the curse once and for all and discover who she really is is as sharply funny as Catherine, Called Birdy and as richly poignant as Beauty, and has all the marks of a classic in the making.

Curriculet Details
54 Questions
57 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring etiquette and imaginary beasts, as well as annotations describing magic, natural objects, and word usage. Students will explore the themes of freedom and responsibility. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter One

Without actually telling us that Ella is from a wealthy family, the author is showing us this. How? By telling us about the servants that work for her family. Only wealthy people can afford cooks and manservants.  
Which of the examples list below show Ella's stubborn personality? 
There isn't a real knife at her throat or a battering ram at her head: these are examples of metaphors. For a quick review on figurative language, watch this video.  (This annotation contains a video)
Ella tries to trade _____ for _____. 

Chapter Two

Here, the author is referring to the Lernean Hydra from Greek mythology. According to legend, Hercules's second labor involved killing a snakelike creature with multiple heads called the hydra. Hercules had to wade into the swamp with protective gear because the temperature of the swamp was so hot and the gasses it gave off so deadly. You can read more about Hercules's second labor by following the link below.  (This annotation contains a link)
Who is Prince Charmont referring to when he talks about his cousin? 
Aside from being wealthy, through this dialogue with Prince Char, we can see that Ella's family is also well connected. So Ella is from a rich and politically connected family. Let's see if any of this will help her as the story continues.  

Chapter Three

Why does Ella wear green when everyone else is wearing black? 
In order to understand a story better, it helps the reader to analyze the narrator. What type of narration does the author use here? Watch the video below for a recap of types of narration.  (This annotation contains a video)
In this selection, what kind of figurative language is being used to describe the food? 
An expression like "froze my tongue" is a type of idiom. An idiom is an expression that doesn't actually mean what it says.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Four

Explain why Mandy was not able to save Ella's mom. 
We are about to learn a little about fairies here. Make sure to take notes. This information will help us as we read the story. 
Why does Mandy refuse to do big magic? 
Which of the answer options below shows an example of small magic? 
A pinafore is a kind of sleeveless garment or dress. Not very unusual in itself, but the attention to detail that Ella sees in this tiny castle is astounding! (This annotation contains an image)
When Ella's father says she must learn to walk like a "slip of a thing," it means nearly the same as saying  

Chapter Five

The word "oaf" has several meanings. It means clumsy, yes, but it also implies stupidity. Ella's father is calling her a stupid clumsy girl. Do you think Ella will pick up on this? 
Here, Ella's father is using a metaphor to compare her father to a 
Gnomes are a fictional creature that will figure into a later portion of the story of Ella. You may have heard of gnomes before or even seen the travel gnome from the Travelocity commercials, but what do we really know about these mythical creatures? They are small creatures that live underground and help in things like helping plants grow. This book is unique in that the gnomes can see into the future.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Six

Why must Ella say goodbye to the place she loves best? Explain your answer using evidence from the text. 
Mandy mentions gnomes, Ella's father mentions elves. Now we learn that there are at least two other groups of magical creatures to communicate with in Ella's world: ogres and giants. As we continue reading, let's look for these other groups of creatures and see if our ideas about what they should look and act like match what we see in the story. 
Why does the ogre not have to bother to use his persuasive voice? 

Chapter Seven

Ella has a gift for language. She was able to repeat the parrots earlier, and now she remember that and says it to the gnome child. Perhaps this skill with language will come in handy later in the story. 
The gnome lady is telling us something that will happen. This is foreshadowing, in a way. Watch the video below to brush up on foreshadowing. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Dame Olga claim she would offer "little protection" from ogres? Explain your answer using evidence from the text. 
Although Olive doesn't appear to be very sharp, Hattie is quickly putting together Ella's secret. We don't know much about Hattie, but it is pretty safe to guess that she will use this information for her own gains. This conflict between Hattie and Ella becomes a struggle between antagonist and protagonist.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Eight

As it is used here, the word "furrows" most nearly means 
When Ella hands the book to Hattie, Hattie sees a different story. The book is magic, so perhaps people other than the owner see something different, or perhaps it is Ella's fairy blood that helps her see things others cannot. Look for the next incident where Ella lets someone see the book and see if it compares to the experience Hattie has with it.  

Chapter Nine

Before, we saw what happened when an ogre used a voice that was not his "persuasive" voice in the incident with the gnome child. Now, we see what it is like when they use their persuasive voice. The back and forth provides a good tension and makes the story more interesting.  (This annotation contains a video)
When Ella says that the finishing school "might have been the home of any not-so-prosperous merchant," what she means is that 
Ella's gift for picking up languages helps her make friends wherever she goes. Offering to speak to someone in their own language shows that Ella wants to show her respect for other cultures. The development of her character is part of what makes this story interesting.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Ten

Why is Ella dreaming about food? 
Ella seems to revere all creatures, but it looks as if not everyone in her life feels the same. Her own father seems to feel his race is superior to others. Is this a character trait that will serve Ella well? The only way to find out is to keep reading. 
What type of figurative language is used here to describe Ella's dancing? 
Chapters 1-10 quiz 
Despite the fact that she wants to be stubborn and rebellious, Ella finds herself excelling at school. Does your teacher every tell you to do something? How does it make you feel when you have to do something you don't want to do? Through exploring our own experiences with obeying, we can identify with Ella's feelings and come to appreciate her character more. 

Chapter Eleven

A gavotte is a kind of dance. The dance comes from France during the Renaissance and requires lifting the feet off the floor in each step rather than sliding the feet along the floor.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Ella say that Hattie holds the power in their relationship? Explain your answer.  
Crying, like blushing, is a way humans show emotion. Ella is very concerned that no one else see her emotions. Is hiding emotions a sign of something larger?  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Twelve

In the place of the word "mince" here, it would be appropriate to use the word 
Dame Olga views finishing school as a good use of her daughter's time and her money, but both Char and Ella seem to find it unnecessary. You can still find finishing school today, though mainly in Europe. Would you prefer to attend a regular school or a finishing school? (This annotation contains a video)
What does Ella hope to succeed at with Lucinda? 

Chapter Thirteen

Do you know what a phoenix is? A phoenix is a mythological creature that continued to die and reincarnate itself through fire.  (This annotation contains a video)
Explain why Ella doesn't want to show her book to people after the incident in the coach where Hattie took the necklace.  
Slannen reveals to Ella that it is not that Slannen is a poor trader but that he understands the value of the Agulen pieces far better than Sir Peter realizes. Ella, however, can see the value. And for this, she is rewarded with the piece she desires. 

Chapter Fourteen

As it is used in this sentence, the word brawl most nearly means 
Ella is trying to reason her way out of a spell. Whatever happens in our world, in the land of Kyrria where Ella and her friends live, magic is real. One of the themes of this book involves the idea of freedom, and one thing that prevents Ella from ultimate freedom is this spell. But, fighting against this spell gives Ella's character more backbone. Would she be the same if she lived a normal life? Would she be the same as Hattie and Olive? (This annotation contains a video)
Based on what we have read in the text, what is Ella's plan to escape the ogres? 
Ella is experiencing a reversal of roles. She went from taking orders to giving them. It is possible that this will be an important moment for Ella, or perhaps this will mean nothing in the larger overall plot. Still, let's write this moment down in our notes and see if she uses this again or see places in the book where we think she should have used this. 

Chapter Fifteen

Stuffing wax in the ears was used by Odysseus in ancient Greek mythology when he needed to ignore the seductive voices of the sirens.  (This annotation contains a video)
From the word shuddered, we can tell that Ella is feeling _____ remembering the ogres eating her pony. 
The word "hart" here is just another name for a deer. Specifically, a hart is a male deer over five years of age (in other words, the strongest deer in the prime of its life--the desire of many hunters).  (This annotation contains a link)
Why does Char think Ella is a fool here? 

Chapter Sixteen

Although Sir Stephan says he never saw another lad so eager to learn as Prince Char, we can see a bit of this behavior in the way Ella approaches learning about different languages. This common personality trait is only one of the things that helps them bond. If you hadn't picked up on it already, the two seem to have a crush on each other. 
Why would Miss Manners consider Ella a failure? 
Spelling the word "pore" as "poar" is a kind of joke. Olive is a terrible speller, and Ella is using that to make her own misspelled word. We know we should always look at a dictionary if we don't know how to spell a word correctly. 
What skill do the giants seem to have that we learn about here? 

Chapter Seventeen

To act as a diplomat means to be skilled at negotiating without causing bad feelings. This seems to fall under the blanket of chivalry, the medieval code of honor for knights.  (This annotation contains a video)
Based on what you have read in this story, why do you think Ella is trying to avoid seeing her father? 
Remember back to the first chapter of the book. Ella said her mother begged Lucinda to remove the curse and she refused. Here, Lucinda seems pleased with her spell. Do you think that the newlyweds are in for a similar fate? 
How is Lucinda's gift to the couple actually a curse? 

Chapter Eighteen

"Mettle" is a fancy way of saying strength of spirit. Ella is asking for help saying no, staying strong against the orders of others. Now we read on to find out if this is what breaks her curse.  (This annotation contains a link)
How does Ella's father plan to gain his wealth back? 
We are about to see what happens when Ella gets conflicting orders. Mandy has told her to mind the soup and now the parrot has ordered her to kiss him. Will one command cancel out another? Let's see if this conflict causes more tension in the story. 
Why does Mandy want to replace the torlin kerru mushrooms with regular mushrooms? 

Chapter Nineteen

Ella learned to stitch at her finishing school, where she was probably ordered to make small, neat stitches during her embroidery.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Ella acting so in love with Edmund? 
Remember back to the story Mandy told Ella about her mother and father before they were married. Sir Peter was only after her mother's wealth and power. If Ella marries Edmund, will she suffer the same fate? Is there a chance Sir Edmund wants to marry Ella hoping it will bring him wealth? Further, we know Ella has a crush on Prince Char. How will this new development change her relationship with him? We will only know the answer to these questions if we keep reading. 
What is Ella afraid to read in the letter? 

Chapter Twenty

We learn that Sir Peter has been keeping Dame Olga away from his house. Do you think she knows she is marrying someone who is in debt? Sir Peter doesn't seem like a very honest person, so it is possible he never told Dame Olga about his situation. 
Why does Hattie have a new wig? 
Chapters 10-20 quiz 
Finally, Lucinda has learned how to grant a good wish. If only she had learned this before her last conversation with Ella ... 

Chapter Twenty-One

Cotillion is another name for a large formal party for dancing. The concept began in France in the 1800s and featured many group dances. Some groups still hold Cotillions today. It is popular in Philippine cultures.  (This annotation contains a video)
Is the reason that Hansel and Gretel leave a trail of breadcrumbs the same as the reason that Ella and Char leave a trail of buttons? Explain why or why not. 
Can you think of another fairy tale where a young, eligible girl wears class slippers?  (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Ella hiding from Lucinda? 
Hattie seems to be the only person who doesn't like what is happening with Ella and Char. We know that Hattie is jealous of Ella because she admitted it in the garden at school. This is just more fuel for Hattie's jealousy. Perhaps Hattie wishes it was her that Char caught at the bottom of the banister. 

Chapter Twenty-Two

Explain what you think the word "pauper" means and suggest a word or words that could be used in its place. 
Here we find even more evidence to connect Ella's story with that of Cinderella. Like Ella, Cinderella had two mean stepsisters, and like Ella she was kept away from meeting with the prince who comes calling for her. Glass slippers (check), evil stepfamily (check), fairy godmother (check). Let's see what else happens that we can compare with the story of Cinderella.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Ella omit the most important facts? 

Chapter Twenty-Three

Now that Dame Olga knows her secret, Ella is in for some real trouble. Prince Char is gone, Sir Peter won't be returning soon. How will Ella get out of this situation? We must read on to find out. 
How does Mandy convince Dame Olga to let Ella work in the kitchens instead of for the laundress? 
Lye is a main ingredient in soap. It is often mixed with enough other ingredients in cleaning products today to make it less dangerous, but in concentrated forms it is very dangerous. It eats away at skin and can cause chemical burns and other serious injuries.  (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter Twenty-Four

As it is used here, the word squalor means the same thing as filthiness. 
When Char says he hopes to impress Ella with his prose, he is saying (in a fancy way) that he hopes to impress her with his letters. Prose, unlike poetry, mimics everyday speech. It is arranged in sentences and paragraphs instead of lines and stanzas.  
The word "paean" is used to describe a popular dance move in Ayortha. 
A lute is a string instrument, somewhat similar to a guitar. (This annotation contains a video)
What word best summarizes Char's reaction to the situation with his languages tutor? 

Chapter Twenty-Five

The curse given to Ella is now standing in the way of her relationship with Char. Instead of just being an annoyance, suddenly this curse has become a real danger to our main characters. The tension here comes from us. We want to see Char and Ella be together, but we don't know how to avoid the curse. Let's see if the story helps us bring Char and Ella together and put an end to the curse or if Ella must sacrifice her happiness for love. 
Why does Ella make sure to spell some of the word incorrectly in her letter to Char from Hattie? 
"Heroine" is the feminine version of the word hero. Ella's actions to save Char are heroic, yes, but she has done other heroic things before. Make a list of heroic qualities you can think of, and then see if you think that Ella has some of those traits. 
How does Ella get by working for Dame Olga and her daughters for another six months? Explain your answer using evidence from the text. 
Cinderella met the prince in disguise at a ball. We know that Char's parents are throwing three balls. Let's mark this down as another thing that Ella and Cinderella have in common. What are the chances that Ella shows up in disguise? The only way to know if she does is to keep reading. 

Chapter Twenty-Six

As it is used here, the word renounced means nearly the same as  
Ella reveals her plan to attend the ball. Since the ball will be a masquerade ball, everyone will wears masks, and she can hider part of her face.  (This annotation contains a video)
Knowing Char's character, do you think it is surprising he paid for the vase? Explain your answer. 
Ella is ready for the ball, but fate is working to keep her away. Let's pay attention to how weather affects this specific portion of the story and think about how the story might have changed had it been a clear night. 
What does Lucinda use to make the carriage and horses? 

Chapter Twenty-Seven

The word "queue" is the term some use for the idea of waiting in line. Ella has to wait in line to greet the prince.  (This annotation contains a video)
Ella speaks Ayorthaian with a heavy accent because she is out of practice. 
Even when Char doesn't know he is talking to Ella, he is still thinking about her. Perhaps the masked Ella reminds Char of the real thing, but either way we see that he has not moved on. But will he figure out Ella's identity or will she make it through the three balls and remain anonymous?  
Ella does not actually grow roots. What kind of figurative language is being used here? 

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Why does Lela really hide her face? 
We heard Char talk about his father before. King Jerrold is kind, like his son. The only creatures we have encountered in the book so far that really poses a physical threat are the ogres, so it is probably a good thing he isn't kind to them. We will find out a few more things that Char has in common with his father throughout the story. 
Ella cries because this is the last time she will see Char. 

Chapter Twenty-Nine

As Ella flees the ball at the stroke of midnight, she looses one of her shoes. What shoes was she wearing? Her glass slippers. Sound like any other story you might have heard?  (This annotation contains an image)
Why will the show fit only Ella? 
You remember what happens to Ella when she doesn't follow an order. How far will she let this go before she hurts herself? Can she hold on for long enough to save Char? This is the turning point of the story, so let's pay attention and write this in our notes.  
When Ella said her "burden" was "shed" it means nearly the same thing as 


How does the gift Lucinda first gave to Ella compare to the wedding gift she gives to Ella and Char? Explain your answer. 
We might not know what chicanery means, but we might guess that it means some for of trickery if it is used to describe the dealings of Sir Peter. And we would be right! (This annotation contains a link)
Chapters 21-29 and Epilogue quiz