Watch the video below. The reader is thrown into the story without really knowing who the characters are or what has already happened. What do you think we will learn more about? (This annotation contains a video)
The author most likely includes this chapter
Martha describes Olive's neat handwriting and compares it to pearls. There are people called graphologists who study handwriting and how it's linked to our personalities. For more information, read this cool article and find out what your handwriting says about you! (This annotation contains a link)
How does Martha react to Olive's note?
What does Martha's father mean by this statement? Give specific details from the text in your answer. (Hint: you may want to finish this chapter before answering the question.)
Martha and her father share this common interest. So far in the novel, who else wanted to be a writer?
Watch the video below. Can you picture Lucy's room as you read? (This annotation contains a video)
6. The Corner of Knickerbocker and Monroe
Martha is trying to sort out the meaning of Olive's note. In the meantime, she pays tribute to Olive's memory by signing her name and leaving a friendship bracelet where Olive's accident took place. It is a common practice for people to leave flowers and other items as a memorial when there's been a tragic accident (see image below). (This annotation contains an image)
7. A Phone Conversation in Mid-July
Compare and contrast Martha and Holly's character as revealed in this phone conversation. Do they react in a similar or different way to Olive's accident? What does this say about their personalities? Be sure to include specific details from the chapter.
The italicized text on this page is filling in the reader about past events and other important information.
You can tell that Martha is twelve now from the way she's changed her opinion about her mom's radio talk show. She used to think it was so cool and now she is somewhat embarrassed by it. Does Martha's changed opinion seem fair towards her mom? Have you ever had an experience like this?
What kind of relationship do Martha and Vince have?
Martha wants to talk to someone about Olive, but something keeps her from mentioning it to Holly, her mom, and Vince. What could it be?
See the picture below of the glittering ocean. (This annotation contains an image)
Describe Martha's glittery feeling. Give two details from the text in your response.
See the picture below of Adirondack chairs on a beach in Cape Cod. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Martha's grandmother nicknamed Godbee?
How should Martha react to this comment?
All of the following sentences reflect Dennis' short temper EXCEPT:
What can the reader infer from the description of the Parcheesi game board and markers?
Parcheesi is a popular board game (see picture below). (This annotation contains an image)
Similar to Martha's changing feelings about her mother's talk radio show, Vince has become "too cool" for family game night.
Godbee has changed her mind about ______________ and now hates them.
How is Dennis different when he returns from his drive?
15. Her Father’s Decision
Notice how the author includes visual details to show Dennis' change in mood (not just details to describe his feelings).
What is Martha's dad's decision?
Can you make a text-to-text or text-to-self connection to a similar experience you've had or a character has had waking up in a new, yet familiar place?
On this page, Martha connects to Godbee's house with which of her five senses?
Martha compares her sister's swimsuit to a pink peony (see image below). (This annotation contains an image)
In this paragraph, Godbee's house is described as
Watch the video below. What are you beginning to notice about Martha, Godbee, and their relationship? (This annotation contains a video)
To Kill a Mockingbird is an American classic written by Harper Lee (see a picture of the book cover below). (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think Martha is comfortable telling her inner secrets to Godbee? Give at least two details from the text in your answer.
Look back at Olive's note in Chapter 3. How can you tell that Martha is trying to incorporate Olive's ideas into her book?
Why is Martha so surprised when Jimmy asks if she wants to be in his movie?
20. The World Is Not What You Think It Is
This is a reference to a short Christian rhyme students may learn in Sunday School (watch the video below performed with words and actions). (This annotation contains a video)
These actions show that Martha is
Watch the video below. Martha picks up on the changing tone in Jimmy's film. What does she mean by this? (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Jimmy title his film "The World Is Not What you Think it Is?"
This is an awkward conversation between Martha and Tate. Remember it's mentioned that in previous summers she's enjoyed Tate's company (perhaps the reader can infer that she had a little crush). How have her feelings changed this summer?
Why does Godbee tell Martha this?
Watch the video below on simile and metaphor. (This annotation contains a video)
This is an example of a simile, but what does it mean (hint: look at the picture below of a ginger root)? (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the video below. What is the point of view of this novel? (This annotation contains a video)
How can the fog be used as a metaphor compared to Martha's upcoming day? Give two examples from the text in your response.
This shows that although Vince wants to hang out with his friends, he still cares about his family, and particularly his younger sisters.
Watch the video below. What theme or themes is/are emerging? (Hint: think about Martha and Godbee's deepening relationship.) (This annotation contains a video)
Who most likely is the girl in Godbee's short story?
The last time that Martha told someone about her crush, she was
The author includes more vivid descriptions of Cape Cod (see a sample picture below). (This annotation contains an image)
Cape Cod and its surrounding areas are known for their fresh seafood, particularly lobster (see picture below). (This annotation contains an image)
What does Jimmy film for the "death" part of his movie?
There appears to be some sibling rivalry between Jimmy and Tate (perhaps over Martha). Watch the video below for an example of a famous sibling rivalry from The Lion King. Can you think of any other famous rivalries in stories or movies? (This annotation contains a video)
A marsh is a type of wetland (see picture below). (This annotation contains an image)
This comment shows that Jimmy can be
Do you think Martha should be telling Jimmy about Olive? How is telling this secret to Jimmy different than telling her secrets to Godbee?
Jimmy's initial reaction to Martha's story shows that
Look at the map below. Provincetown is all the way at the tip of Cape Cod, meaning that Martha could walk a long time holding hands with Jimmy. (This annotation contains an image)
2001: A Space Odyssey is a science fiction film made in 1968 (see movie poster below). (This annotation contains an image)
What does Martha do as soon as she sees her dad?
Notice how Martha's experiences continue to play a role in her writing.
Sparklers (see picture below) are commonly used on Fourth of July. Warning: sparklers must always be used with adult supervision.
What is the most likely reason for Martha's mom inviting Jimmy for lunch?
You can tell from this conversation that Martha's mom is comfortable asking questions (after all, she does it for a living).
Building sandcastles is a favorite activity for many people at the beach. All over the world, there are sandcastle and sand sculpture competitions. Check out the picture below of the winning U.S. Sand Sculpture from 2013. (This annotation contains an image)
Compare and contrast Martha and Jimmy as characters. Give specific details from the text in your analysis.
The reader learns a lot through Jimmy's stories (his interests, dreams, behavior, etc.).
Why does Martha feel like she's in a "dream?"
Jimmy kisses Martha for all of the following reasons EXCEPT:
The author uses another metaphor this time comparing Martha's life to a puzzle (currently an unfinished puzzle--see photo below). (This annotation contains an image)
After her kiss with Jimmy, why do Martha's thoughts turn to Olive?
Why does Vince make fun of Martha about the kiss?
45. Every Particle of a Thought
Vince calls Jimmy an inappropriate name, but it's his way of standing up for Martha. This serves as a "truce" between the siblings.
After Tate's visit, Martha realizes
47. Whirlwind in a Kitchen
Martha's mom instinctively knows that something is wrong with Martha.
How is this game of Parcheesi different than the last one (described in Chapter 14)? Give specific text-based details in your answer.
Watch the video below. (This annotation contains a video)
Authors often use dreams to include foreshadowing (hints or clues about future events). Do you think Godbee's dream could be foreshadowing? Why or why not?
Once again, Godbee tries to get Martha to tell her her daily secret, but Martha declines. Godbee is a very _______________ person.
Martha is trying to follow Godbee's advice to help her sadness by doing something nice for someone else.
Godbee's rainbow jars are shining in the sunlight (see picture below). (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Martha believe Olive's mom will want the jar?
Why does Martha step into the ocean?
Some people claim that when they have a near death experience their lives flash before their eyes. This can be a moment of clarity when people realize what they should do with the rest of their lives. What does this moment help Martha realize?
Watch the video below. (This annotation contains a video)
How is Martha a dynamic character? Give two examples from the text.
As it's used in this sentence, insidious most likely means
Make a prediction: what do you think Tate is going to do?
Which of Martha's 15 opening lines do you like the best? Include the line in your answer and explain why you like it.
Instead of feeling shame and trying to hide her secrets, Martha now feels a sort of power from keeping her secrets to herself.
The reader can tell it's the end of the summer because
See the picture below of the Knob (it's a real place on Cape Cod). (This annotation contains an image)
Is this conversation actually happening? Continue reading on to find out.
Martha is upset about leaving Cape Cod. Who or what is she most upset about leaving?
Notice that as the summer progresses, Martha has accumulated many treasures. Have you ever had a souvenir from a trip that meant something special to you?
In Martha's dream (or nightmare), all of her friends and family are
This is one way Martha tries to keep things in perspective to help her be patient and not complain.
Here is another example of a metaphor (Martha is an island on her bed).
Why does Godbee show Martha the card?
Martha doesn't want to leave until she finds out what Tate said he was going to do.
Is this an accurate recap of Martha's vacation? Would you add anything?
Why does Tate steal Jimmy's tape?
65. A String of Preparations
Martha's feelings about her room show how much she's changed this summer.
Martha has a lot of "loose ends" to tie up from this summer (things that need to be taken care of before school starts).
What does Martha's dad mean by saying "I'm officially passing the torch?"
Does the jar still mean something if Martha can't give it to Olive's mom? Why or why not?
Both Mr. Waverly and Martha feel bad for Olive because she was so lonely. People seem to feel bad now that she's dead, but why didn't they do something while she was alive?
Compare and contrast the beginning and the end of the novel. How are they similar? What are the differences?
Watch the video below. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the most important lesson Godbee teaches Martha this summer? Be sure to reference the text in your answer.