In which point of view is this story told?
Freshman is the term for 9th graders. The main character is probably around 14 or 15-years-old.
Manhattan is one of the boroughs in New York City. This is where the Empire State building and Time Square are located. (This annotation contains an image)
Wednesday, September 24, Fifth Period
Which of the following is NOT something we know about our main character?
FOIL-ing is a term used in Algebra for the method used to multiply two binomials. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is NOT something we know about Lana Weinberger?
The author emphasizes the fact that Mia has difficulty speaking her mind and standing up for herself. This is an important character trait in our main character.
This book is written from Mia's point of view. Explain how this might affect the way characters are described.
In certain states, it's possible to take empty cans back to stores and get several cents back.
This is algebra terminology.
"Sweet, sleepy smile" is an example of what type of figurative language?
A reference to a piece of literature, art, or music is considered an allusion. Allusions also include pop culture references, which are included in this list.
When the story breaks from the present tense to an event that happened previously, it is called a flashback. Watch the video below to learn more about flashbacks. (This annotation contains a video)
What can we infer about where her father is?
This was a scary movie made in the 90's. This type of literary device is called a(n)
Mia and Lilly live in Greenwich Village. Watch the video below for more information on Greenwich Village. (This annotation contains a video)
Grandmère is a French word for Grandmother. You can hear the pronunciation below. (This annotation contains a video)
Genovia is a fictional place, but what can we infer about where it is? Hint: All other places mentioned are real.
Genovia is a fictional place; however, Monaco is not and is located in the South of France. Based on the descriptions, readers may be safe to assume that Genovia is near or around France. Below is a map that shows the location of Monaco in Europe. (This annotation contains an image)
Monday, September 29, G & T
My Fair Lady is a musical about a young woman, Eliza Doolittle, who is taken in by a distinguished man who claims he can train her to speak properly and have proper manners. He eventually turns her into an amazingly beautiful and dignified young lady.
Who seems to be the antagonist in this story?
The structure of this novel is distinct. Each "Chapter" is an entry in Mia's journal. She not only describes the events of each day, but she also includes notes about homework, such as this example at the end of this entry.
Below is an image of a typical Plot Diagram. Most stories and novels follow the Plot Diagram, where the exposition is the part of the story that introduces the characters and the setting. The exposition usually ends with the revelation of the big problem or the conflict in the story. (This annotation contains an image)
Define omnipotent in your own words.
When the main character stops to ask herself a question such as this, as readers, we should take notice and ask the same question. This could be a very important aspect of the story.
The Plaza is an extremely elegant hotel in New York City. Click on the link below to see the website and read more information. (This annotation contains a link)
Foreshadowing is a literary device that authors use to give hints or clues to something that is going to happen later in the story. What might the author be foreshadowing?
Which of the following descriptions is most likely a summary of the format of this chapter?
Mia is continuing to take math notes in her journal/diary. Slope is a concept that is necessary for linear algebra.
Thursday, October 2, Ladies’ Room at the Plaza Hotel
Calling a man a "Baldwin" was a 1990s term for saying he is good-looking. It's referring to the Baldwin brothers, Alec, Billy, and Steven, who were all good looking in the 1990s. The term originated in the 1995 movie Clueless.
The reference to the movie Home Alone II is an example of a(n)
Having tea at the Plaza Hotel is a big deal. Below you will find more information about the tradition, and you can see typical menus (including the menu for tea) via the links on the left hand side.
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Predict how the fact that Mia's father cannot have any children may impact her significantly.
This revelation will propel the action forward for the rest of our story. This is the
"Frenching" is another word for kissing.
Later on Thursday, Penguin House, Central Park Zoo
What is Mia's mother's occupation?
Dowager Princess means that her husband has died, but she keeps her title of princess.
In the movie adaptation of The Princess Diaries, Anne Hathaway portrays Mia Thermopolis. Below is a photo of how the filmmakers interpreted what she should look like. (This annotation contains an image)
If Mia rarely gets mad, what can we infer about her thoughts on moving and becoming a princess? Use your own reasons to explain your answer.
Lilly believes that government power should be held by elected officials (like in the United States), and not royalty or monarchs. Presently, many royals have given their power to elected officials, and therefore, they are just symbols of the country. The video below explains the difference between a Constitutional Monarchy and a Absolute Monarchy.
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The polar bear Mia is talking about actually existed! Here is a video of the polar bear in the Central Park Zoo doing the backstroke. (This annotation contains a video)
Conflict occurs in several different ways throughout novels. What type of conflict is Mia going through while at the zoo?
Jennifer Love Hewitt was one of the main actors on the show Party of Five in the 1990's. Mia compares her running away with the show. A picture of Jennifer Love Hewitt from the show is below. (This annotation contains an image)
Friday, October 3, Homeroom
Mia is our main character in this story. She is the
There are different types of characterization in stories, both direct and indirect characterization. Direct characterization is when the author tells you exactly what a character is like. For example: Mia is 5'9", in the 9th grade, has grey eyes, etc. But, we also know a lot more about Mia based on what she does and how she reacts. We know she is a bit dramatic, she is a good child because she doesn't want to worry her parents, etc. This is called indirect characterization.
This sentence is humorous because stereotypically, most girls would be very happy to be told that they are a princess. This is not only somewhat ironic (what we expect is different from what happens), but it also helps develop Mia's character.
Which of the following is the best description of how the parents treat this situation?
What type of figurative language is used here?
Seventy-fifth and Madison and Seventy-fifth and Fifth are intersections that are only a block away from each other. The red pin is between where Tina Hakim Baba would live and where the school is. (This annotation contains an image)
Describe Lilly. Use information you know from direct characterization, as well as indirect characterization. Be sure to explain your reasoning when using indirect characterization.
The Quadratic Formula is a very long formula used to help find the two places where a parabola hits the x-axis on a coordinate plane. (This annotation contains an image)
Really Late on Friday, Lilly Moscovitz’s Bedroom
What section of the plot diagram are we in currently?
A webzine is a magazine that is published on the Internet.
Saturday, October 4, Early, Still Lilly’s Place
We can learn a lot about characters through direct and indirect characterization. We also classify characters by how developed they are, as well as whether or not they go through a change.Round characters are well developed.Flat characters are not well-developed.Dynamic characters go through a change in the story.Static characters do not go through a change in the story. What type of character is Mia?
Mia is comparing her life to Lilly's and thinks that Lilly has it better. An idiom that would describe this is: "the grass is always greener on the other side." An idiom is a phrase that isn't to be taken literally because it has a separate meaning. When we say that, we don't actually mean that the grass is greener, we mean that we think the other person has it better.
In the 1990's, you accessed the Internet through the phone lines. Therefore, if someone was on the Internet, the phone would be busy, and if someone was on the phone, you couldn't connect to the Internet.
Analyze how the allusions and references to the 1990's affects the story. Explain your reasoning.
Although Mia has stated she has feelings for Josh, she has also made comments about thinking Michael is attractive. Think about how this might be an important aspect of the story.
What does this tell us about Mia?
Chateauneuf du Pape is a place in France that is known for its red wine, called by the same name. Mia's father must have broken the modem with a bottle of the wine. Visit the website below for more information. (This annotation contains a link)
What can we infer about Mia's father from the highlighted passage?
As readers, we should think about where the story is going next. If Mia is going to attend balls and other important events, she will need to look and act the part of a Princess, which we are told her Grandmère will take care of. How will her Grandmère take care of it while she's in France? What is likely to happen?
Mia is using an extreme exaggeration to describe how frustrated her mother is with her father around. What type of figurative language is this?
Calling someone a "Betty" means that a woman is beautiful. It is in reference to Betty Grable, the original pinup. A picture of her can be seen below. This term was originated in the 1995 movie Clueless. (This annotation contains an image)
Pop-Up Videos were videos that were shown on VH1 where blurbs of information would pop up on screen while a music video was being played. You can see an example of one in the video below. (This annotation contains a video)
Why would the Moscovitzes need another phone line?
In the 1990s, one of the most popular ways to communicate with others was through AIM, or AOL Instant Messenger. People would create "Screen Names" and you could type messages to each other and have a conversation through the computer. Below is a picture of what a typical conversation may look like. (This annotation contains an image)
Use context clues to determine what finked on means.
The United States is the only country in the world that does not use the metric system of measurement.
Monday, October 6, 7 a.m.
Monday, October 6, 9 a.m.
Embarazada is the Spanish word for "pregnant." You can hear the pronunciation by going to the website and clicking the red speaker next to the word. (This annotation contains a link)
What does it mean to be listless?
Marcia Brady was a character on the television show The Brady Bunch. Many people remember her for often brushing her hair in mirror of her vanity before bed. You can see a picture of her doing so below. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the tone of this "Ode to Algebra" Mia writes?
Freddy Kruger and Jason are both main characters in horror movies. You can see both of them below. Mia is comparing seeing her Grandmère first thing in the morning to both of these villains combined.
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Mia has told us a lot about her Grandmère. Most of what she has said has been descriptions about what she does and how she reacts. This is an example of
In 2001, this book was made into a movie. Watch the trailer for the movie, and while watching, make predictions on how the princess lessons will go. (This annotation contains a video)
What is a concierge? (Watch the video below to hear the pronunciation of the word: http://www.quietyoutube.com/watch?v=1cKBB8IYWYI)
Grandmère has a miniature poodle. A picture of one can be seen below. (This annotation contains an image)
Analyze how the relationship between Mia and her Grandmère will move the story forward.
A shah is a King of Persia.
Read more about Shah below. (This annotation contains a link)
Think about how this event will affect the story. Which of the following is most likely something we can predict?
Grandmère calls Mia a poulet. Listen to the pronunciation of the word below. (This annotation contains a video)
Princess Grace was a stunning American Hollywood actress who married the Prince of Monaco, becoming a princess. She tragically died in a car crash at the age of 52. You can see a picture of her below. (This annotation contains an image)
The arrival of Mia's Grandmère has caused a significant change in Mia's daily routine. How might her relationship with her Grandmère affect the other aspects of her life?
Picabo Street is a skier that Mia puts on her list of influential women. Watch the video below to learn more about Picabo's story. (This annotation contains a video)
Christy is a historial fiction story that was released in the 1960s. Below is the Goodreads.com link to the book. You can read the reviews to get more information. (This annotation contains a link)
What type of character is Lilly at this point in the story?
Saturday, October 11, 9:30 a.m.
Versailles is the name of the Palace Louis XVI lived in in France. You can hear the pronunciation of Versailles in the video below. In the video, you'll hear "Treaty of Versailles." The fact that Mia's family lives in a place that pronounces the word Ver-sales, emphasizes their lack of refinement. (This annotation contains a video)
The first sentences of this chapter makes us believe that something bad happened to Mia. What literary device is the author using?
In Rosemary's Baby, the main character, played by Mia Farrow, has very short hair. You can see her haircut below. Based on this reference, we can assume that Mia's hair was cut very short. (This annotation contains an image)
The video below is how the 2001 movie version of The Princess Diaries interpreted Paolo and the makeover scene. While you watch, compare and contrast the movie version to the novel. (This annotation contains a video)
Watch the movie clip of Mia's transformation again. Compare and contrast Mia's reaction to her transformation in the movie and this book.
The reaction of the parents to the newspaper conversation is interesting. It might make the reader wonder whether the author is foreshadowing the revelation that she is a princess will be in the newspaper, and this is how her friends will find out.
Mia has a preoccupation with how she looks, specifically, how she doesn't fit the mold of a typical princess. Which of the following literary devices does this preoccupation have a connection to?
Take note of Mia's thoughts on her look. Although she took off the makeup and changed her clothes, this comment might make us think that she likes her new look a bit. It will be interesting to see if these thoughts continue.
How has the conflict or problem of this story affected Mia's relationship with her friend?
What type of conflict is Mia going through with Lilly?
Mia is going through a very difficult time. She has gotten news that has changed her life, gotten in a fight with her best friend, and has encountered her mother and Algebra teacher in an uncomfortable situation. She has gone through a lot of change, but the only way to move forward in a positive direction is to change her outlook on the situation. It will be interesting to see how Mia changes and what direction that takes the story.
What type of figurative language is used here?
The United States's war with Afghanistan started in 2001; therefore, this would have been considered a current event.
Instant Messaging is the early 2000's equivalent to what form of communication today?
Presently, using all capital letters is considered to be impolite online because it implies that the person typing is yelling.
Michael is being nice to Mia out of the blue. What might this foreshadow?
Here is information about how to set a formal place setting and which forks are used for which course. (This annotation contains an image)
What does the word chauvinist mean?
Monday, October 13, Algebra
The United States has a government that allows its citizens to voice their opinions. However, there are other countries who do not allow this, and many live in fear of getting in trouble for speaking their mind.
Below is a clip from the 2004 movie Mean Girls. This clip is when a character describes the various cliques at specific lunch tables. Compare and contrast the two versions of the lunch table cliques. http://www.quietyoutube.com/watch?v=gZ_qXmxdgGM
Mia's reaction to this story is very much her own, and thinks that Amanda should be grateful to have this boy claim to be her girlfriend. But what could be another reaction? How might other girls react to a stranger saying he's her boyfriend?
Why is this reaction uncharacteristic of Mia?
Think about how this event might move the plot. Will it be a good thing for Mia and her self-esteem? Or will she get in trouble at school?
How would you summarize Mia's relationship with Michael?
Is the principal the worst person for Mia to get in trouble with? What might happen outside of school?
A lot of things are building up, and Mia is having to bear a lot all at once. Which part of the plot diagram are these events leading up to?
It's difficult to get along with someone you cannot relate to. Up until this point, Mia and her Grandmère could not relate to each other, but this story allows them to connect on a certain level. It is important for their relationship. Think about a time in your life where you got along with someone a little bit better because you realized you had something in common.
What type of questions are on this quiz?
Tuesday, October 14, Homeroom
We could consider the Princess Diaries a modern day fairy tale. It is typical in fairy tales for a character to go through a transformation. In The Little Mermaid, she changes into a human. In Cinderella, she is transformed for the ball. In Snow White, the Queen turns into a beggar woman. It seems that in The Princess Diaries, Mia's transformation is not only physical, but she seems to be changing on the inside as well, being more assertive and accepting others more readily despite differences.
If Mia is going through both a physical transformation and emotional, what type of character could we consider Mia?
Think about how the point of view influences this interaction. We can sympathize with Mia because we are aware of what she is going through. However, Lilly and her brother see nothing different, only that her Grandmère and father are in town. If we were to consider the situation from Lilly's perspective, wouldn't it feel as though Mia was being strange or unreasonable?
What do you think Michael wanted to ask me before he was interrupted?
Mia reveals that Tina's father is an Arabian sheikh. This means that he is a respected leader. You can read more about sheikhs below. (This annotation contains a link)
Wednesday, October 15, Homeroom
Why is this statement somewhat humorous?
Crash Bandicoot was a game that was available on the original Playstation. The video below shows the game being played. (This annotation contains a video)
Later on Wednesday, Before Algebra
What type of figurative language is this?
Wednesday, Principal Gupta’s Office
The New York Post is a very popular publication in New York. You can visit the website and look at the type of stories it covers. (This annotation contains a link)
A Walkman was a portable radio and tape player. You can see a picture of one below.
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Why might Mia's father want her to "slug it out" during this crisis?
What do you think the best way to handle this new situation is? Should Mia put her head down and "slug it out"? Should she stand up for herself and put everyone in their places? What might be the best method to solve this problem? Keep reading and see how Mia handles it.
If Carol Fernandez has information that even those close to Mia doesn't know, then the source must be VERY close to Mia. Who do you predict is the source?
Jean-Luc Picard is a character from the Star Trek series and movies. You can see an image of Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard below. (This annotation contains an image)
More Wednesday, French Class
Mia is definite going through a change, and for the better. She has realized how unfairly she treated Tina, and she is growing from that.
Do you think that Lilly and Mia will make up? Why? Support your answer with evidence from the text and your own reasoning.
Michael and Lilly's approaches to the topic are very different. Michael has clearly done his research and ultimately looks confident and educated on the topic, whereas Lilly is tossing out claims without backing them up. It's important to do research on topics so that when discussing them, you sound more like Michael, and less like Lilly.
What type of conflict is being displayed between Michael and Lilly?
What does libidinous mean? What is Lilly implying when she says this?
Use the define feature to answer the following question. What does libidinous mean?
Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in 1997. The reason the car crashed was thought to have been because of the paparazzi and the flashes from their cameras, although that was later disproved. However, this incident brought attention to the fact that the paparazzi had gotten out of control with their boundaries. Mia is probably feeling the lack of privacy as she is photographed even when she doesn't know about it. (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following words best describes Mr. G?
Although Mia has known that she is Princess of Genovia for some time now, the reality of it doesn't seem to have hit her until now. Her life has changed permanently, and she needs to come to terms with it. The sense of duty and responsibility her father expects from her is clear now.
Which of the following pieces of information is the best example of why Grandmére is the one that tipped off the Post?
Jesse Helms was a conservative Senator who tried to pass legislation limited what art could depict. Mia's mother, who would most likely believe in being able to express herself freely in her art, would most likely not agree with Senator Helms's viewpoint.
They idea of duty and responsiblity is developing later in this story. This is most likely another
Thursday, October 16, Homeroom
Have you ever had a school photo that you hated? Imagine having that picture posted on various forms of media for everyone to see. How would you feel? What would your reaction be?
Use the define feature to answer the following question. Which of the definitions given most likely fits how the words is used in this sentence?
The Cartesian plane is the coordinate plane that is used in math and Algebra. You can see an image of the Cartesian plane below. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following can we infer based on Lana's behavior?
These garments are typically worn by women in Islamic countries. The garment is often referred to as a burqa in certain countries.
If you use the define feature for the term crew, you will not see the definition of how it is used here. Use the Internet to look up crew team and explain what crew is in your own words.
Do Lana and Josh seem like good friends? Should Lana be making light of a situation where one of her friends almost died from drinking too much? This conversation is giving the reader more information about Lana, making it apparent that although she is attractive on the outside, she is very unattractive from within.
What type of character would we characterize Lana as?
Mia's innocence in this case might be strange and unattractive to Lana, but to the reader, it makes her seem like a better person. Who would you rather be friends with? Why? How could you connect that back to your own life?
Why do you think Josh was staring at Lana so intensely?
It seems as though Mia has gotten the attention of Josh just by being herself.
Pens and pencils with feathery pom-poms were popular in the late 90's and early 2000's because Cher from the movie Clueless used them. You can see an image of Cher using one below. (This annotation contains an image)
What effect is Mia's new popularity having on her life?
What can we infer that Grandmére did when she went back into the house?
Why might Grandmére feel it was necessary to tell the press about Mia?
Friday, October 17, English
The cone bra that Mia is referencing can be seen below. Designer Jean Paul Gaultier designed this corset that was inspired by Madonna. It became iconic in the 80's. (This annotation contains an image)
How might Josh and Lana's break up have an effect on future events?
In many stories that take place in high schools, the dance is usually the event where all of the conflicts come into the light. As we continue to read, think about the conflicts occurring in this story. Let's see if when it comes time for the dance, if they all emerge and resolve.
They say to follow your instincts, and here Mia's instincts are telling her that Josh is not asking her out for the right reasons. This fleeting thought may be an example of
What do you think about Josh's motives? He did seem to respect Mia's thoughts about drinking, but maybe he was just saying those things to get closer to her because she's a princess. As you read, look for clues that may hint to what Josh is really thinking.
What does it say about Mia that she feels sorry for Lana and is upset when Josh and his friends don't talk to her at lunch?
Tavern on the Green is a very famous restaurant located in Central Park in New York City. Below is the restaurant's website where you can look at a menu, and get a sense for how upscale the restaurant is. (This annotation contains a link)
Sometimes instead of wearing neutral shoes, one might want to dye her shoes to match her dress. You can see an example of girls who had dyed their shoes to match their dresses below. (This annotation contains an image)
PH stands for Penthouse, which means that Tina's family lives in the entire top floor of the building. Like Mia says, the elevator will typically open up directly into the front foyer of a penthouse apartment, as seen below. Penthouse apartments are typically extremely expensive, and even more expensive in a city such as New York City. (This annotation contains an image)
Mia is making textual connections to her own life. Again, this could be foreshadowing that Josh may not have asked Mia to the dance for the right reasons.
Mr. Gianini's tone implies what?
Mike and Carol Brady were the parents on the Brady Bunch, a show that was popular in the 1970s. You can see their picture below. (This annotation contains an image)
What do you think of Grandmére's insistence that Mia go to the dance with Josh? Is it a good idea? Why or why not?
This is also somewhat similar to a storyline from a 1999 filmed titled Never Been Kissed. The main character is invited to the prom by the most popular boy in school, which she finds out was just a cruel joke. Below is the scene where he comes to pick her up for the prom, and she realizes his true intensions. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following characteristics does Mia exhibit in this passage?
Saturday Night, Ladies’ Room, Tavern on the Green
Why do you think Mia is taking the time to write in her journal while she's on a date with Josh Richter? What has happened that is so important to write it down while she is currently on the date?
What is your reaction to Josh' Richter's interaction with Mia's parents? Make sure to support your answer with evidence.
Mia has compared Josh to Michael two times now. What might Mia be realizing while on this date?
We are learning a lot about Josh based on his behaviors at dinner. What type of characterization is this?
Later Saturday Night, Girls’ Room, Albert Einstein High School
Clearly, something has happened at the dance because of Mia's reactions at the beginning of this chapter. What do you think it is?
Who is most likely the person who told the reporters?
Mia's decision to follow Josh will likely lead to a problem. As you keep reading, try and use Mia's foreshadowing to determine what exactly happens.
What has Mia started to realize based on her time with Josh?
Spangles are similar to sequins in that they are sewn on dresses to add sparkle. Below you can see a dress that has white spangles on it. (This annotation contains an image)
When Mia stands up for herself, she is displaying characteristics she has never done before. This means she is considered what type of character?
Mia's strength and confidence really shines through during this portion of the story. The fact that she shows such positive qualities that she didn't exhibit before helps to prove that the discovery that she is a princess has had a positive effect on her.
Why do you think that Lilly is speaking to Mia again?
How will the presence of Michael impact the final events of the story?
Which portion of the plot diagram is the story currently in?
Although Mia's appearance changed, as well as her title, who she is on the inside has stayed the same. She still values the same things, she is able to recognize true friends, and she has even developed more confidence and assurance in who she is. Mia is a positive character because she stays true to who she is, and takes the moral high ground.
Which of the following is mostly likely true?
Tai chi is an Eastern way of relaxing and reducing stress. You can read more about it by accessing the website below.
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Who is the song most likely about?