The Shade of the Moon

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The eagerly awaited addition to the series begun with the New York Times best-seller Life As We Knew It, in which a meteor knocks the moon off its orbit and the world changes forever.

It's been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?

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Designed for students in 8th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining connotation/denotation, literary devices, and text connections. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about theme and tone/mood. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of textual evidence, diction, and plot. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension. Teachers, please note that this text contains teen alcohol use, violence, and implied sexual behaviors. Please use your discretion when allowing students access to the mature content.

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Chapter 1

Have you ever wondered what would happen if the moon's orbit changed? This scenario is the basis for the setting of our story. Use the following link to learn about what would actually happen if the moon's orbit changed. Pay close attention to the section titled "The Tide Waits for No Moon." You will need this information to answer a question on the next page.  (This annotation contains a link)
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Use the information from the previous link to answer the following question:Is this an accurate depiction of what would happen to Earth if the moon's orbit changed? Explain using evidence from the article.   
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This first entry reveals that Jon, the main character, is experiencing which of the following types of conflict?   
Watch this video on internal and external conflict in order to answer the question that follows.  (This annotation contains a video)
By this point, you should have noticed that there are dates that begin each new entry. Usually this indicates a journal or diary format. However, the story is not being told from Jon's point of view. Therefore, the dates must serve another purpose. This is something you should keep in mind as you continue to read.  
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Based on the conversation between Jon and Sarah, you can infer that enclaves are organized based upon  
Pfeffer, the author, would disagree with Jon's statement because she understands that words are more than just words. Sarah is recognizing the connotation, or feeling behind the word "grub." "Grub" and "laborer" may have the same denotation, or dictionary definition. However, their connotation, or feelings associated with the words, are quite different. As Sarah said, grubs "sounds so ugly" and that was intentionally done by the author.  
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Stop and take a minute to review Jon's family situation. Write 2-3 sentences that explains Jon's family and his living situation.   
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In this line, the author used the literary device of _____________to indicate how Jon was feeling about Coach's speech.   
In years past, pay phones were convienently placed for people to make phone calls when out of the house. However, with the invention and popularity of cell phones, pay phones have become almost obsolete. However, this is what the phone Jon's mom is using could look like.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Based on this paragraph, Jon can be described as 
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What promise is Jon referring to?   
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This is an example of  
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What was the author's purpose for including this entry about Jon's breakfast?   
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Tyler's comment should be interpreted as a(n) ______________ towards Jon.    
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Based on this sentence, the word domestic means  
This novel is written in third-person point of view. However, there are three different types of third-person that an author can choose from. Read over these three types and keep them in mind as you read the next entry.  (This annotation contains a link)
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Based on the information from the previous website, this story is written in _________________ point of view.     

Chapter 2

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This is an example of  
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Explain why this sentence is related to the internal conflict that Jon is experiencing. Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.   
The Ancient Roman goddess Diana was said to be in charge of bringing the moon out each night. Sometimes she brought out the whole thing and other times she only brought out a piece.  (This annotation contains an image)
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“Maturity is when your world opens up and you realize that you are not the center of it.” ― M.J. CroanWould Jon's mom agree with this quote? Explain using evidence from the text to support your ideas.    

Chapter 3

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This quote reveals that Zachary and his family are 
We find out that it has been four years since the moon's orbit altered and Earth was forever changed.  
Watch this video on tone and mood in order to answer an upcoming question. (This annotation contains a video)
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The author sets a strong tone during this conversation between Jon and his mom. The tone can best be described as  
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This interaction between the four boys revealed that  
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Explain how Jon is affected by being a "slip." Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.   

Chapter 4

Watch this video to learn about dramatic irony. Then, read this next entry to find an example of dramatic irony.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which of the following lines from this entry contains an example of dramatic irony?  
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In this society, why are clavers more important than grubs? Explain using evidence from the text to support your ideas.   
A geologist is an expert in the field of geology, the study of what the Earth is made of and how it was formed. 
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What important information was revealed to the reader during Val and Jon's conversation?   
This is an example of Victorian style house.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Jon's action of giving Val the philosophy books is important. What does this reveal about Jon?  

Chapter 5

In order to prepare for an upcoming question, read about America in the 1950's.  (This annotation contains a link)
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This reveals that Jon is 
Jon already feels guilty for the situation with Julie. Now this situation with mom is another internal conflict for Jon to deal with.  
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What is the tone of Alex's comment?  
This is just another reason the "grubs" have bad feelings towards the "clavers."  
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According the information that you read about America in the 1950's, is Alex's comment accurate? Explain using evidence to support your ideas.  
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Explain why Jon feels like he is living a life of lies. Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.   

Chapter 6

Watch this video in order to prepare for an upcoming question.  (This annotation contains a video)
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The author is foreshadowing that Jon's answer to Sarah will 
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Based on the sentence, the word hovel can best be defined as  
Watch the video to prepare for an upcoming question.  (This annotation contains a video)
Sexton must be a large enclave if they have their own university.  
Sarah makes an important point in this speech. The people in Sexton think they are more important than they really are in the big picture.  
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Think about the definition of situational irony you learned in the previous video. Explain one example of situational irony from this entry.   
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Chapter 7

The act of hiring relatives or friends for positions is called nepotism.  
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From Jon's point of view, there are pros and cons to having Miranda as a domestic.  Provide at least two pros and two cons.   
Even though he didn't say the words, Jon was telling Sarah that they could finally be together now that Lisa's evaluation was over. Do you think it will be that simple?  
This is the first time Jon has mentioned missing his father.  
Are you surprised that Luke's father responded this way? This is another example of how the people of Sexton think they are above the grubs.  
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What truth is Jon going to use to set Sarah free?  
Jon has had quite a difficult life for being so young.  
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The author includes this to make sure the reader understands 
Falsetto is an unusually high tone.  
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Lisa can be described as all of the following except 
Now that Lisa passed her evaluation, Jon's attitude towards others has changed.  
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What was the author's purpose of this short entry?  
This is the beginning of a flashback where Jon is remembering Julie.  
Does this mean that Jon did not really love Julie?  
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Based on this sentence, quiescent is best defined as  
The author has now revealed the story behind Jon's internal struggle. You, the reader, can now decide whether or not Jon is guilty for Julie's death.  

Chapter 8

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This sentences contains the literary device of ________________ to demonstrate Mom's feelings.   
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Why would Jon's mom get mad at him for getting more than one bar of soap? 
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Based on this sentence, catechism is best defined as  
This is an important moment for Jon. He has been carrying the guilt of Julie's death for years, but not he finds out his sister actually killed her! 
Even though Jon is not responsible for Julie's death, it does not change what he did. Do you think he should feel less responsible knowing what Miranda did? 
This is important because Jon is taking the guilt he has felt for years and he is now blaming it all on Miranda. The line "she had murdered everything that was good in him" is a strong statement of anger towards Miranda.  
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Has learning the truth about Julie's death helped or hurt Jon? Explain using evidence from the text to support your ideas.   
"Yalie" is referring to Yale University, one of the Ivy League schools.  (This annotation contains an image)
It must be commonplace for the domestics to be abused in other households.  
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Why does Jon need to keep it to himself that Miranda is family?  
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From her attitude, it is evident that the nurse is a  
In this simile, Tyler is referring to the night they set the fire in the high school. That means whatever he has planned is worse than that! 
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What happens to "mine meat?"   
This is the first time that we see Sarah's life has not been easy either. Just like Jon has been carrying around the guilt of Julie's death, she has been carrying around the guilt of her mother's death.  
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"The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie."- Ann Landers  Would Ann Landers agree with how Jon handled this situation? Why or why not? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.  
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Why does Jon feel that he deserves to be alone?   
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Which of the following sports-related quotes would Jon mostly likely agree with?  

Chapter 9

This hooks the reader in and gives a preview of what is about to happen. Now, the author is going to flashback to explain.  
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Why is Jon "going to do whatever Tyler wanted?"  
The "grubs" have an advantage because they are used to breathing in the tainted air of White Birch.  
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Based on this sentence, rout is best defined as  
Even though this is a fictional account of a soccer game, there have been many real-life tragic events that have begun at soccer games. The author is using real-life inspiration in her writing.  
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During this soccer match turned tragedy, Pfeffer's tone creates a strong mood for the reader. Which of the following would be the least appropriate feeling for the reader to experience?   
The grubs are being blamed for the events at the soccer match. Do you think it was their fault? 
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This sentence contains an example of which literary device?  
Alex's precaution of having them practice drills might have been what saved Mom's life.  
Mom is referring to a war between Honduras and El Salvador in 1969. Fighting at a World Cup qualifying soccer game led to Honduras breaking diplomatic relations with El Salvador, leading to a war.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which two worlds is Mom referring to when she makes this comment?   

Chapter 10

Watch this video in order to learn about theme. Keep the idea of theme in mind as you continue to read the story.  (This annotation contains a video)
Paranoia is defined as suspicion and mistrust of others without evidence or justification. Is Alex really paranoid then? 
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This conversation between Jon and his mom makes the reader think  
In order to complete an upcoming question, read this information about the Holocaust and World War II.  (This annotation contains a link)
Do you think this will make the clavers realize that they actually need the grubs? 
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What similarities can you draw between the treatment of the Jews and the treatment of the grubs? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.  
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Miranda's comment is meant to be a(n) 
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Based on what has previously happened, is Alex a paranoid worrier? Explain using evidence from the text to support your ideas.   
In order to help with an upcoming question, watch this video on static and dynamic characters.  (This annotation contains a video)
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This is an idiom meaning 
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What has caused Jon to change over this past month?  
Jon was from Pennsylvania, so it is logical that he would be a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The author has Jon laughing hysterically to demonstrate 
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Based on the video you watched, would Jon be considered a static or dynamic character? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.  

Chapter 11

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Why doesn't Jon say "our mother" when he is talking to the nurse?  
Listen to Weight of Living by Bastille and read along with the lyrics to determine the main idea of the song. This information will be used in an upcoming question.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Based on his comments to Alex, why did Jon share the story about the guard?    
This is surprising that Alex was planning to kill himself. The author has frequently pointed out that Alex was a religious person and suicide is a sin.  
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How does Weight of Living by Bastille connect to Jon's situation? Use evidence from the song and the text to support your ideas.   
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Which of the following is evidence that Jon is a dynamic character?  
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What is the significance of Jon telling Ruby that he is a slip?   
It must be difficult for Jon to keep hearing about his mother from Ruby.  
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What year of schooling is Jon currently in?   
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What should Sarah have called "Laura?"   
Here is another example of Jon lying to Sarah. Do you think it is okay to lie with good intentions? 

Chapter 12

In the United States, The Newborns’ and Mothers’ Health Protection Act of 1996 is a law that requires health plans to allow at least 48 hours of hospitalization after a natural birth and 96 hours after a Cesarean section. Therefore, it is dangerous for Miranda to be sent home so soon after delivering.  
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Why did the ambulance bring Miranda to the back door?  
Jon found it surprising that Lisa would love Miranda. What does this tell you about Jon's understanding of love and family? 
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Lisa most likely says this to Gabe in a/an ____________ tone.   
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Jon is telling a partial truth when he says the bodies from White Birch will be cremated. What is actually going to happen to the bodies?   
Death has become so commonplace for Jon that he appears to be unaffected by it anymore. 
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Sarah has influenced Jon in many positive ways. Other than cooking, how else has Jon changed because of Sarah? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.   
It is interesting that the clavers "need" a month off, but the grubs never get any time off.  
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Jon shook his head to stop Sarah from 
Lisa assumes Jon is sleeping with Ruby and that is why he defends her. Since that is not the reason, why do you think Jon is so defensive of Ruby? 
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"Righteous indignation" can best be defined as  
It appears as though Ruby really is not completing the work properly. Do you think she is taking advantage of Lisa and Jon? Or does she really not know what to do? 
The idiom "get out of Dodge" originated from old western movies/shows and referred to Dodge City, Kansas; a city that epitomized the Wild West.  
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Jon's attitude has become more _____________ as the book progressed.   
Lisa is willing to sacrifice herself in order to protect others. This is a valiant action on her behalf.  
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What is an elopement?  
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Why is this an ironic statement coming from Alex's character?  
Osteomyelitis is swelling of the bone or bone marrow due to an infection. 
A nurse hired to breast-feed someone else's baby.  
Part Two  

PART THREE

Watch this video in order to review the elements of plot. Pay close attention to the meaning of climax, as you will be asked to identify it after reading part three of the story.  (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter 13

In Christianity, baptizing a baby represents the washing away of original sin and welcomes the child into the religion.  
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What is the significance of the name Liana Hope?  
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What events from the book can be used to support the truth behind this statement?  
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Other than their friendship, why does Jon feel responsible for Ruby?   
Jon has changed a lot from the beginning of the book. He is no longer depending on others to do things for him.  
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What is the irony in Mr. Hughes' statement?   
Jon is acting embarrassed at the behavior he was involved in. However, the adults laughed when he confessed. 
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Why does the author repeat the phrase "dead is dead" so frequently?  

Chapter 14

Based on what you know about Ruby, do you think she would tell the police about Miranda? 
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Why is there fear in Jon's eyes?  
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Why is it ironic that Ruby is mad about marrying Jon? 
Pfeffer's choice to make Ruby's last name Grubb is an example of situational irony. It is not expected that a grub would actually have the last name Grubb.  
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What does this statement by the guard mean?  
Ruby is acting quite different towards Jon than she has before. Why do you think this is? 

Chapter 15

Jon has not yet accepted that once he married Ruby, he officially became a grub.  
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What does this line reveal about Jon?  
Jon still considers himself a claver and yet he gave up the cot for a "grub." What does this tell you about Jon? 
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This is an example of the literary device of _____________.   
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Companionship is another word for _______________. 
Can you imagine walking for a week with very little food and water?  
This seems to be Jon's philosophy on a lot of things. What is done is done.  
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The tone of Ruby's comment can best be described as _____________________.  
Why isn't Ruby excited about seeing Gaby? 
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Ruby's behavior when she was the "grub" in the house is quite different from her behavior during this trip. What do you notice as the biggest difference?  
Even though Jon is hungry and tired, he was still able to give Virgil a logical and humorous answer to his question.  
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Jon's encounter with Katie and Virgil reveals 

Chapter 16

Rural describes a country-like setting. This picture shows a rural community.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Pfeffer adds this line in order to add ________ to the story.   
Now it makes sense why "Ruby" was acting so weird towards Jon.  
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What does this reveal about the relationships between Jon and Ruby and Gabe and Ruby? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.  
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What is Opal revealing about her experience as a grub?  
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Why does Jon refuse more food when Syl offers?  
Watch this video on theme. As you are finishing the story, think about the overall themes of this story.  (This annotation contains a video)
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This word can best be defined as ___________.   
Watch this video in order to answer the following question about symbolism.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Pfeffer uses the idea of falling off the bikes to symbolize 
Jon points out that once Syl, Matt, and Gabe arrive in New Harmony, he will have all of his family with him. Family has been an important reoccurring theme of this book. 
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