Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of "Stargirl, Stargirl." She captures Leo Borlock's heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love. From the Hardcover edition.
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Highlight "marooned" and use the Define feature. Then choose the best definition for the word.
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Already, we are beginning to see a clear separation between characters in this novel. Make a prediction about who you think will be the antagonist(s) in this novel.
Which literary device is being utilized in the highlighted text?
Explain the multiple meanings that this statement could have. Think about the definition of the word 'real' when forming your thoughts.
What do all of the theories say about the people at Mica?
Choose the option that is NOT one of the rumors about Stargirl.
Using what you know about the narrator (Leo), argue whether or not his lie about Stargirl is cruel or kind towards her.
The highlighted portion of the text provides an example of imagery. When an author uses imagery, he or she is able to paint a picture in the reader's mind.
The highlighted portion of text contains an example of what literary device?
Using what you know about Wayne Parr, relate his popularity to the kids described in "Cool Kids."
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Choose the option that best explains the school band's performance at football games.
The highlighted text contains a simile. The narrator is comparing the atmosphere in the school to cactus paddles.
What is the most likely reason why the author has chosen to include this portion of text at the beginning of this chapter?
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The highlighted text contains an example of an idiom. An idiom is a phrase which does not mean what it literally states. For example, the highlighted text means that Stargirl chooses what interests her. Another example of an idiom is, "it's raining cats and dogs".
In making these statements to Leo, what is Archie trying to get Leo to think about?
Which type of characterization is used within the highlighted text to introduce aspects of Hillari to the reader?
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On the previous page, the narrator states, "We honored her with imitation." Name at least two ways in which the students at Mica honor Stargirl with imitation.
Explain the comparison that Leo is making between the students at Mica and mud frogs.
For what reason are those weeks called "a golden age"?
Make an inference as to why the author chooses to omit any explanation of Stargirl's feelings about being banished from the memorial lunch.
What is Leo is saying about Stargirl? How does Stargirl contrast with the typical person with regards to what she devotes her attention to?
Choose the best antonym (a word which has the opposite meaning) for the highlighted word. You can use the Define feature if you need help.
The highlighted line contains hyperbole. Hyperbole is a literary device that uses exaggeration to add emphasis and often humor to a piece of writing.
Click on the link and read lines 40-49 from Act II, Scene II of Romeo and Juliet. Pay close attention to what Juliet is saying about names. (This annotation contains a link)
Using the excerpt from Romeo and Juliet, compare Juliet's idea of a name to Stargirl's. Choose the option below that makes the best connection between the girls' viewpoints.
In the highlighted line, Leo is using personification to make his point. What is he trying to say?
This statement highlights a stark contrast between the beginning of the book and the middle. Choose the option that explains this contrast.
What does this question reveal about Mica's fans?
The highlighted text contains a metaphor. The narrator is comparing Stargirl's face to a bloody mask.
In making this statement, what is Leo trying to say about Stargirl?
The highlighted portion of text uses hyperbole. Explain why it is an example of hyperbole.
The highlighted text contains alliteration. The words "salt-sprinkled sky" are consecutive words that have the same beginning consonant sounds. Another example is "Theo thought he talked tremendously."
The highlighted sentence contains an example of ___________________.
In the highlighted sentence, the narrator uses _________________ to describe himself.
In the highlighted passage, what is revealed about Leo? What does this say about him and the way he sees his place in the school?
The highlighted text contains a simile. The narrator is using 'like' to compare Stargirl's skirt to a pinwheel taffy.
Use the Define feature to see the definition of "promenade". Then create your own sentence using the word correctly.
Make a prediction as to what this statement might foreshadow.
The highlighted text contains an idiom; it is a figure of speech which is not meant to be taken literally. The classmates' eyes do not literally "go right on through" Leo and Stargirl. The narrator means that they see, but ignore them.
Why has the author italicized the word 'her'?
The highlighted word means to exhibit an irrational distrust for others and their intentions. What does this reveal about Leo's current state of mind? Why does he feel like this?
Not only does this question deal with one of the main themes in this novel (conformity), it also makes Leo think deeply about how he feels about Stargirl. At this point in the novel, you should have a good grasp on Leo's character and his motivations. Form a prediction, using what you know from the text, about how Leo will respond to this question.
The highlighted text contains what literary device?
The highlighted word means to keep to himself and not share his feelings. In using this word, Leo is showing a shift in his character. This makes him a dynamic (changing) character.
What does the highlighted line indirectly reveal about Leo?
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What are Stargirl's reasons for dropping change in public?
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Is Leo's vision of Stargirl's parents accurate?
Summarize Stargirl's explanation for why she takes pictures of people that she does not know.
The highlighted word means to talk in a soft, sweet, and loving way. In this instance, Stargirl is speaking this way because she is enamored with Leo. Have you ever felt this way about someone?
In the above paragraph, we see a shift in the way that Mica students view Stargirl's actions. What is the main reason for this shift?
Here, the narrator is using a simile to compare his schoolmates' anger to that of snakes.
The highlighted lines include examples of personification. Stargirl's gaze and Leo's head are being personified.
What has Leo done to become the "invisible man?"
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The highlighted text contains an example of a/an ____________________.
Make an inference about what Leo is really asking Stargirl. Consider what he is insinuating by asking these questions of her.
In this sentence, the word 'hermit' refers to someone who seldom leaves his/her house. Have you noticed that Stargirl is the opposite of a hermit? Is this interesting to you?
Why does Leo believe that it is so important for Stargirl to change? Do you agree with him? Explain.
What is the significance of the highlighted description?
Was Stargirl's reaction to her new look positive or negative? Cite evidence from the text to support your point.
What would you do if a classmate of yours did this? Would you talk to him/her?
Explain the character shift that has occurred, with relation to this name.
The highlighted text is important to keep in mind. Here, Stargirl is showing the reader that she has bought into the idea that popularity is everything, an idea that she had not subscribed to before Leo came along.
Click the link to read the poem "I'm Nobody! Who are You?" by Emily Dickinson. While reading, consider how it relates to not only the current situation, but also the novel as a whole. (This annotation contains a link)
Consider and explain what "I'm Nobody! Who are You?" has to do with the way that Stargirl is currently acting. Is she a "Nobody" or a "Frog"? Be sure to explain your answer with evidence from the novel and analysis of the poem.
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Choose the literary device that is used in the highlighted text.
What literary device is used in the highlighted sentence?
Choose the event that most likely spurs the change highlighted in the text.
Think about this statement. It is very poignant. It serves the purpose of revealing Leo's true feelings about Stargirl's personal choices.
Choose the best definition of the highlighted word.
The highlighted text contains a great example of imagery. The line, "When sunset was down to a faintly glowing ember," is a perfect example of imagery. It creates in the reader's mind a picture of what the setting sun looks like.
In earlier chapters, Stargirl changed into Susan. Provide one event from this chapter that proves that Stargirl is back to her "normal" self.
A vamp is a woman who uses her charm or wiles to seduce and exploit men. With that in mind, picture the way that Stargirl is dancing.
What has made Hillari so angry? Why is this fact so important to this portion of the novel?
Make an argument, citing evidence from the text, that defends the idea that Leo is a dynamic character.
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Choose a character from the novel that you feel has been brave. Be sure to explain your answer by citing strong evidence to support your position.
Each of the quoted statements contains a metaphor to describe Stargirl. Choose one and analyze what Archie was trying to convey to Leo.For example, you could analyze the statement, "She's better than bones."
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