Bewitching

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Bewitching can be a beast. . . .

Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant high school boy. That one turned out all right. Others didn’t.

I go to a new school now—one where no one knows that I should have graduated long ago. I’m not still here because I’m stupid; I just don’t age.

You see, I’m immortal. And I pretty much know everything after hundreds of years—except for when to take my powers and butt out.

I want to help, but things just go awry in ways I could never predict. Like when I tried to free some children from a gingerbread house and ended up being hanged. After I came back from the dead (immortal, remember?), I tried to play matchmaker for a French prince and ended up banished from France forever. And that little mermaid I found in the Titanic lifeboat? I don’t even want to think about it.

Now a girl named Emma needs me. I probably shouldn’t get involved, but her gorgeous stepsister is conniving to the core. I think I have just the thing to fix that girl—and it isn’t an enchanted pumpkin. Although you never know what will happen when I start . . . bewitching.

Curriculet Details
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This free digital curriculum for middle school students contains interactive videos exploring conflict and character development, as well as annotations describing textual connections , theme, and historical context. Students will explore the themes of family and love. 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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Kendra Speaks: Girl to Woman to Witch: England, 1666

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
The highlighted sentence is an example of a  
Pay attention to the diction of the characters. In order to best represent the 17th century, the author must reflect the way characters back then spoke. Words such as "nay" and "twas" reflect the manner of speaking from back then.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
Which word best describes William's treatment of Kendra? 
Below is an image of a bodice.  (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the video below to better understand making textual connections. Consider how the author uses the classic fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel in this part of the story.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Based off of context clues, inconspicuous most closely means 
Colors have certain purposes in stories. An author needs to use appropriate colors to represent the moment. The colors of scarlet, emerald, and gold work here because they tie in with the idea of magic. They are more illuminating colors than something such as a black or brown.  
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How is Kendra different than the typical witch? Use textual evidence to support your answer.  
This shows Kendra growing as a character, becoming more comfortable with her powers.  
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This detail here indicates  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
In this paragraph the central theme is about 
This is an example of a biblical allusion. An allusion is an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference. 
King Henry VIII was King of England from 1509-1547. He was so determined to have a male heir to the throne to the extent of being married six times, hoping each wife would produce a male heir.  (This annotation contains an image)
This sentence contains an example of personification. It gives human qualities to the flames by giving it the trait of licking.  
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What mostly motivates the witch's actions?  
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The detail of "the strangling hands of time" conveys a sense of  
Below is a common artistic rendering of the oven in Hansel and Gretel.  (This annotation contains an image)
In Macbeth, there are three witches that tell the titular character that he is destined to become king, which leads to his eventual downfall.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why do you believe Kendra has decided to keep herself looking young?  
This technique is called a frame story. A frame story is a literary technique that sometimes serves as a companion piece to a story within a story, whereby an introductory or main narrative is presented, at least in part, for the purpose of setting the stage either for a more emphasized second narrative or for a set of shorter stories. The frame story leads readers from a first story into another, smaller one (or several ones) within it. 

Homework #8

This is in reference to the musical Wicked, which is based off of a novel by Gregory Maguire. Both the musical and the novel give a unique perspective of The Wizard of Oz, mainly focusing on the Wicked Witch Elphaba. Below is a performance from the Broadway musical.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What best describes the dad's tone in the highlighted sentence? 

Homework #9

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The figurative language example in this highlighted sentence is called   
Vanity Fair is a novel from 19th century Britain that is a satire on society.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What theme is evident in the highlighted paragraphs? 
Watch the video below about point of view. The story is told in first person point of view, which influences the reader's perspective on the events.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #10

Below is an example of True Religion jeans.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What motivates Emma to give Lisette her clothes? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1
Do you believe Emma's mother's behavior is appropriate? Support your answer with textual evidence.  
"[R]ed-eyed" is a detail that conveys the same idea of Lisette being sad without having to say crying. It helps the author avoid reusing the same descriptive phrasings.  

Homework #12

Emma is experiencing an internal conflict. She doesn't know how to behave yet with Lisette around.  
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The details about Kendra make her appear 

Homework #13

Louvered windows are windows with window blinds or shutters with horizontal slats that are angled to admit light and air, but to keep out rain, direct sunshine, and noise.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The reader knows Emma's disdain for Courtney and her friends by 
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The highlighted detail reflects Emma's 
In Part I, a central theme is the idea of growing up and change. Emma is realizing how different she is from Courtney and her friends. Because of this, she is realizing what she likes and not likes in people.  
Below is an example of the shirt Emma's dad wore.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What is the significance of the last question being about the cuckoo in terms of Lisette's presence?  

Homework #14

Below is a video of the Electric Slide.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
Lisette's tone toward Emma in this highlighted portion is best described as 

Homework #15

This is an example of character growth. Emma is having an epiphany, or a sudden or striking realization.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6
This moment represents 
Watch the video below about internal conflict, which Emma is experiencing here.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #16

Below is a video of the 1st movement of Symphonie Fantastique.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which kind of irony does this moment represent? 

Homework #17

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This highlighted portion contains which literary technique? 
At times Emma likes this experience, but other times she finds herself annoyed. She is conflicted with whether she wants to be popular or just like her life her way.  
Emma is referring to the yearly Charlie Brown Halloween special.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What theme is evident at this moment? 
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Why do you believe Kendra pauses here? Use textual evidence to support your answer.  
Think back to Kendra's story before Part I began. This can be some indication of Kendra's experiences, considering how long she's been alive.  

Homework #18

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
This moment contributes to  
In many ways this is a retelling of Cinderella. Emma is the step sister, and Lisette is Cinderella who has lost her mom. The difference, however, is that we get the story from the stepsister's point of view.  
Part I Quiz 

Homework #20

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It's clear that the prince dislikes 
Below is a portrait of Princess Maria Teresa.  (This annotation contains an image)
A zarzuela is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes. 
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So far throughout the book there's a recurring element of 
Below is a map that identifies Newfoundland's location in relation to the United States.  (This annotation contains an image)
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This highlighted portion shows 
A garret is a top-floor or attic room, especially a small dismal one. Below is a painting that includes a garret.  (This annotation contains an image)
This is in reference to the famous Mona Lisa.  (This annotation contains an image)
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This time the most peculiar part of the dinner is  
A bourree is a dance of French origin. It is danced in quick double time. Below is a video of a bourree.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.5
What well-known fairy tale does Princess Maria Luisa's experience resemble? Explain your view.  

Homework #21

Below is a image of Versailles.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
Which word best shares a similar meaning with thwarted?  

Homework #23

The book is structured with Kendra's story prefacing Emma's story. In the first section the idea of siblings was central to both. In Part II there is a jump in time in both. Consider what the central ideas are in Kendra's story in Part II and see if they are relevant in Emma's story.  
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What is your opinion of Emma's mom? Use textual evidence to support your answer.  

Homework #24

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Emma at this moment is  
Emma is making a reference to Beverly Cleary's children's book.  (This annotation contains an image)
Since two years have passed, the author gives bits of details on Lisette and Emma's relationship to emphasize how badly Lisette treats Emma. The issue with the car is one such example.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
By harping, Emma means  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
Where is the simile in this paragraph? 
Below is a video of the Jeopardy theme music.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #25

Remember that in the story of Cinderella, the title character have mice to aide her.  (This annotation contains an image)
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This paragraph emphasizes 
The White Witch had frozen the land of Narnia.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The most important detail of this moment is that 

Homework #26

The purpose of a seawall is to protect areas of human habitation, conservation and leisure activities from the action of tides and waves.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3
The simile in this sentence conveys the idea of  

Homework #27

Dobbin is from Vanity Fair, Mr. Darcy is from Pride and Prejudice, and Rochester is from Jane Eyre. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4
The best clue to understand the meaning of narcissistic is  

Homework #28

A montage is the process or technique of selecting, editing, and piecing together separate sections of film to form a continuous whole. The word is French for cutting. Below is an example of a movie montage.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Do you agree with Emma's decision to not tell Warner everything? Explain your answer.  

Homework #29

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This paragraph ends with Emma's perspective on  
Pandora‚Äôs Box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora's creation in Hesiod's Works and Days. The box given to Pandora contains all the evils of the world. (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the video below about symbolism.  (This annotation contains a video)
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The tree house is a symbol of 

Homework #31

In terms of plot this is known as the climax. The climax is a major turning in the plot, which changes the protagonist's fate.  
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The PowerPoint reference describes 

Homework #32

Weather often reflects the mood. The rain hints that the conversation between Emma and Warner won't be happy, but more somber.  
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Why is Emma talking so much? 
Part II Quiz 

Kendra Speaks: The Story of a Mermaid Who Should Have Left Well Enough Alone

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How do magical experiments backfire? Provide any examples in the story where a magical experiment backfired.  
The Lusitania sunk in 1915. An animated short was released about the sinking in 1918.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #34

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Doria is describing a  
Below is an example of spires.  (This annotation contains an image)
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This detail leads the reader to believe that Bessie is a ____________ on the ship. 
This poem emphasizes the idea of losing a loved one, which ties in with Emma's story from the previous section.  
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By this exchange, the reader understands that impertinent means 
The idea of magic here can have multiple meanings. It can mean the magic of Kendra's, but also magic such as destiny. This is similar to Warner coming back into Emma's life. They both talk about how it is meant to be.  
The Sirens were dangerous yet beautiful creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. They were famously depicted in Homer's Greek epic Odyssey.  (This annotation contains an image)
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One of the central themes of this section of the book is 

Homework #35

The White Start Line is a prominent British shipping company with a fleet includes the Titanic.  
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What is Doria experiencing for the first time? 
In many ways Doria is like a young child. She does not know how to complete simple tasks, and she isn't aware that fire is hot and dangerous.  
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How is Doria's inability to speak to Brewster similar to Emma's relationship to Warner in the previous section? Use textual evidence to support your answer.  
DAR is Daughters of the American Revolution, which is a lineage-based membership service organization for women who are directly descended from a person involved in United States' independence. 
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Brewster's main conflict is with 
"You've Got Me Hypnotized" is a song originally composed by Irving Berlin. Below is a recording of the song.  (This annotation contains a video)
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This sentence contains a 

Homework #37

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Emma's tone is  
Arnold Schoenberg was a composer and painter in Germany. Below is an image of one of his paintings.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Predict whether you believe that Emma's decision to use magic is a wise choice. Explain your answer with textual evidence.  
This line is a brief reference to "Beauty and the Beast."  

Homework #38

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This sentence contains an example of  
This moment demonstrates a positive attribute about Emma. She doesn't want to deceive Warner. She wants their relationship to be genuine, unlike Lisette's intentions.  

Homework #39

This moment is similar to the ball in the original CInderella fairytale.  
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Lisette's main motivation for talking to Emma like this is 

Homework #41

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Warner most likely changes the song because 
This detail about punctuality shows not just another difference between Emma and Lisette, but a difference between Warner and Lisette.  
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Warner wants the check because 
Since this is told from Emma's point of view, we're limited at times to knowing other characters. The element of the mirror gives us a chance to understand other characters more. Watch the video below about character development.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #42

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An antonym for cognizant is 
Since this is a modern fairy tale, there is no clear villain. Lisette has done horrible things, but Emma acknowledges that Lisette has had a rough time. In most modern stories no one is completely perfect. All characters have flaws, some are just greater than other's.  

Homework #43

A parody is an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect. Kendra's responses, such as the highlighted sentences, are examples of providing a comedic element to this take on Cinderella.  
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Is the fact that Kendra held on to the sandals significant? Explain your answer.  

Homework #44

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This moment with Travis is teaching Emma to  
Watch the video below about situational irony, which this moment with Travis is an example of.  (This annotation contains a video)
A precipice is a very steep rock face or cliff, typically a tall one. When Emma means figuratively she means she is torn between getting back with Warner or seeing what happens with Travis. It is another phrasing for an internal conflict.  
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This moment contributes mostly to  

Homework #46

This moment relates back to Emma's experience with Courtney in middle school.  
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Emma is trying to make amends with Lisette because 
Part III Quiz