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Troy White can predict any football play before it happens. And when his single mom gets a job with the Atlanta Falcons, Troy knows it's his big chance to help them out of their slump—and finally prove his football genius. But unless Troy can convince star linebacker Seth Halloway that he's telling the truth, the Falcons' championship—and Troy's mom's job—are in serious jeopardy.

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45 Questions
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This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring figurative language and conflict, as well as annotations describing character development, plot progression, and literary language. Students will explore the themes of determination and family. 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 Two

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What conclusion can you draw about Troy based off of this detail? 
Watch the video below about character development.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Three

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The sentence "The lawn was littered with footballs like strange Easter eggs in a magical land" is an example of  
Below is an image of what a JUGS machine looks like.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Four

Watch the video below about protagonist and antagonist. Who is the protagonist in this story?  (This annotation contains a video)
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This paragraph is mainly about 

Chapter Five

Instead of telling the reader how a character is feeling, the author will put details in to convey those feelings. How do you think Troy is feeling if the author describes him as having "damp eyes"? 
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How does Troy's mom compare to Jamie's dad. Use a piece of textual evidence to support your answer.  

Chapter Six

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In this sentence the word "hot" means 
The highlighted passage contains examples of imagery. Watch the video below for more information about imagery.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Seven

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Which phrase is an example of a hyperbole? 
Watch the video below about hyperbole.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Eight

A bootleg play is an offensive play in which the quarterback takes the snap and runs to the outside of the offensive line with the intent of running with the football. Below is a video of a bootleg play.  (This annotation contains a video)
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The most important detail we learn here is 

Chapter Nine

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These details about Troy show that he is  
While some of the players in the story are fictional, Terrell Owens is a real player, and he did once play for the Dallas Cowboys.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Ten

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Do you think Troy is making the right choice at this moment? Explain your view.  
One of the themes of this book is taking risks. Troy is taking a great risk by talking to Seth Halloway. He took a risk when he went to Halloway's house as well. The question remains as to whether these risks are worth taking.  

Chapter Eleven

Watch the video below about metaphor and simile. Which one is the highlighted phrase an example of?  (This annotation contains a video)
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The main theme in this conversation is about 

Chapter Twelve

Descriptive details can reveal a character's feelings without the author having to say it. Tate's "face turning red" is an indication that she feels embarrassed about the conversation with Troy.  
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A synonym for scowling is  

Chapter Thirteen

Watch the video below about tone and mood. How does the author use specific words or phrases to create a tone or a mood?  (This annotation contains a video)
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What word best describes Troy's mom's tone at this moment?  

Chapter Fourteen

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This paragraph mainly shows 
Pay close attention to the relationships between the children and parents. This is a recurring element in the book. How do the relationships influence the characters' behavior?  

Chapter Fifteen

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Think back to the video that you watched on tone and mood. How would you describe the mood of this paragraph? Use a quote from the paragraph to support your answer.  

Chapter Sixteen

Chapters 1-16 Quiz 

Chapter Seventeen

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Troy's actions indicate that he is feeling mostly 
Pay attention to physical descriptions of characters. They can indicate important details about the character. A "slightly crooked" nose could indicate that Seth's nose was once broken, which is a sign of his time playing football.  
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The highlighted phrase is a  
This is an indication of a change in plot for the book. You may see Troy getting some recognition for his ability.  

Chapter Eighteen

Below is an image of a typical yellow Hummer known as an H2. Does having a car such as this tell you anything about Seth? (This annotation contains an image)
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The highlighted sentence has example of what kind of sensory details?  

Chapter Nineteen

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Why do you think Troy is unable to predict the plays?  
The highlighted phrase is an example of an idiom. An idiom is a group of words that having a meaning separate from what they typically mean. Another example is the phrase "raining cats and dogs."  

Chapter Twenty

Watch the video below about internal and external conflict.  (This annotation contains a video)
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A synonym for wiry is 
Troy's grandfather is a mentor to Troy. He helps Troy see the bigger picture, and he provides words of wisdom for Troy.  
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What is Troy feeling toward Seth right now? 

Chapter Twenty-One

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What word best describes Tate in this scene? 
Thud is an example of a onomatopoeia. It's a word that imitates a sound.  

Chapter Twenty-Two

Watch the video below about character development.  (This annotation contains a video)
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How are Tate and Troy's grandfather similar and different?  

Chapter Twenty-Three

The Manning the narrator is referring to is Eli Manning.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Seth tosses his phone because he 

Chapter Twenty-Four

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What lesson is present in this moment? 
This is a moment of growth for Troy. He knows the lie he could tell his mom, but he takes Seth's advice.  

Chapter Twenty-Five

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An example of a figure of speech is 
Watch the video about static and dynamic character. Which kind is Nathan?  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Twenty-Six

Another theme emerging in the story is the idea of friendship. Troy could not accomplish anything without the support of others. People such as Seth, Tate, Nathan, and his grandfather help Troy succeed.  
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How is Krock an antagonist so far in the story? Use a direct quote to support your answer.  

Chapter Twenty-Seven

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The details here show  
Notice as the story progresses Seth becomes much more comfortable with Troy. Actions such as in the highlighted sentence show a friendship emerging.  

Chapter Twenty-Eight

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Which theme is most apparent in this conversation? 
Watch the video below about personification, which this highlighted sentence contains an example of.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Twenty-Nine

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Which word best describes Tate? 

Chapter Thirty

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The highlighted sentence contains an example of  
The video below shows how to throw a spiral football to help you better understand what the characters are doing in this scene.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Thirty-One

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Is Tate having an internal or external conflict?  Use a quote from the story to support your answer.  
The farthest punt in the NFL was by Steve O'Neal in 1969. He punted the ball 98 yards.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Thirty-Two

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This action lets the reader down that Troy's mom is 
Think back to the video on tone and mood. Consider how it relates to this scene. 

Chapter Thirty-Three

Below is a picture of kudzu vines.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Thirty-Four

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How would you compare Troy's mom's tone to Seth now to the last time they met in chapter twenty-four?  
An oxymoron is a statement that seems to contradict itself. Examples are "cruel kindness" and "jumbo shrimp." 

Chapter Thirty-Five

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Troy's mom is mainly angry because  
Troy's mom and Troy are having various complications in the story. Their relationship is not simple. Consider what this means about the theme of family. 

Chapter Thirty-Six

Randy Moss is an actual football player. He played for the Oakland Raiders for the 2005-2006 season.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The highlighted sentence contains an example of a(n) 
Quiz #2: Chapters 17-36 

Chapter Thirty-Eight

As a story progresses conflict changes or adds new challenges. Think of how the conflict has increased for Troy at this moment.  
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How does McFadden's behavior compare to Krock's behavior?  

Chapter Thirty-Nine

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A synonym for aghast is  
Watch the video below about literal and figurative language. The highlighted phrase is an example of figurative language.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Forty-One

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Which of the following phrases is an example of figurative language from the highlighted portion?  
Consider the fact that Mr. Langan has a son. This can be a good indication as to why he is so kind and listens to Troy at this moment.  

Chapter Forty-Two

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Who is Troy's mom talking to at this moment? 
Alliteration is the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of closely connected words. The phrase "snarling and showing" is an example of alliteration.  

Chapter Forty-Three

A tracheotomy is an incision in the windpipe made to relieve an obstruction to breathing.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How would you describe Mr. Langan? Use one quote to support your answer.  

Chapter Forty-Five

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This moment shows 
Blitzed is a football term that means to attack.  

Chapter Forty-Six

There are twelve games during a regular NFL season. Troy could make $80,000 on the remaining games.  
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Which word best describes how Troy's mom feels about this offer? 

Chapter Forty-Eight

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Seth's face turns dark red because 
Troy's mom is having an internal conflict. She wishes to go with Seth, but she doesn't want to leave Troy.  

Chapter Forty-Nine

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How is Coach Renfro like Coach Krock? Use a quote from the text to support your answer.  
This moment shows that Troy is stronger, more confident. He's willing to face the people who oppose him.  

Chapter Fifty

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Why is it key to Troy's character that Seth coach his team at the end?  
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