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I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

Curriculet Details
84 Questions
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3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for middle school students contains interactive videos exploring literary techniques like foreshadowing and film clips of fairytales, as well as annotations describing characterization, tone, and other literary techniques. Students will explore the themes of transformation and perception. 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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Homework #5

Watch the short video explaining the difference between similes and metaphors. As you continue to read, you will encounter questions on these literary techniques or types of figurative language. (This annotation contains a video)
Where is the group meeting? 
SILENTMAID is the "Little Mermaid." Originally this fairytale was told by the Danish author, Hans Christian Anderson. The tale, which was made into a popular Disney film, tells the story of a mermaid willing to give up her life under the sea to become human because she falls in love with a prince. The picture below is of the statue also entitled "The Little Mermaid" which sits in the harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (This annotation contains an image)
The picture below is of Disney's Ursela, the antagonist or Sea Witch, who takes the little mermaid's voice. She is saying, "Life's full of tough choices, innit?" Notice that SILENTMAID or the little mermaid is willing to make a large sacrifice for love. As you continue to read, are other characters as willing? 
What story is BeastNYC retelling? 

Homework #7

Read the definition of characterization below. When an author creates indirect characterization, you will have to infer what a character is like by analyzing the character's thoughts, feelings, actions, dialogue, physical description, or relationships with other characters. As you continue to read, what inferences can you draw about what Kyle is like? (This annotation contains an image)
Which piece of textual evidence below reveals that Kyle thinks poorly of public schools? 
What type of figurative language or literary device is used in the comparison in the highlighted text? 
Kyle's dad claims that you can only love yourself. If he truly believes this, we can assume that Kyle would not be a high priority. Do you agree or disagree with Kyle's dad? 
Which theme is beginning to emerge? 
Watch the short video explaining the concept of foreshadowing; the highlighted text is an example of this in this text. As you continue to read, look for more moments that hint at what is to come. (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #8

Alliteration is a literary technique that repeats the same consonant sound or letter at the beginning of words. This technique or device is often used in poetry to draw attention to a line or create a rhythmic effect. Read the line from "The Raven" below; the "n's" have been marked in red to denote the alliteration. As you continue to read, look for examples of alliteration. They will probably be more subtle because this is not a poem.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does the highlighted text reveal about Kyle? 
The italicized words are used to show Kyle's thoughts. Notice that his thoughts are very different from his words and manner with the Coach. We can infer that Kyle is not genuine when he says, "You rock, Coach!" Instead he is devious or manipulative.  
Why does Kyle run over to Kendra? 

Homework #9

Which reason below best explains why the highlighted text is italicized? 
Kyle laughs "like a villain in a cartoon." However, he truly is acting the villain. He is setting Kendra up for public humiliation and taking pleasure from it. Kyle's dialogue and actions reveal that he is cruel, arrogant, and cold-hearted. 
Which would not be an accurate statement about Kyle's relationship with his parents? 

Homework #10

When Kyle uses the word "defective" in the highlighted sentence he reveals that he believes that Kendra is far below him. He is more worried about who might see him with someone who might hurt his reputation than anything else.  
The highlighted text reveals that Kyle responds in his head with sarcasm; however, we know from the unusual chat room conversation prior to Chapter One that a "werewolf"(like the picture below) might not be so farfetched. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #11

The following picture is of a orchid corsage. Corsages are often worn on the wrist to proms or formal dances.  (This annotation contains an image)
What type of flower corsage does Magda get Kyle? 
 What do you believe Magda means by the highlighted dialogue? 

Homework #12

The Plaza is a famous hotel in New York City. The picture below is of one of the hotel's ballrooms. This picture will help you to visualize the grandness and richness of the setting for the dance.  (This annotation contains an image)
What tone or feeling is created when Kendra quietly says for Kyle's ears only, "You'll see"? 

Homework #13

Kyle is unable to enjoy himself because he is preoccupied by Kendra's promise. He seems to recognize that her words are a guarantee that something disastrous is coming. What do you believe will happen? How might this tie into Part One's title? 
Who is sitting on Kyle's bed when he gets home? 

Homework #14

Kyle reveals that he has never had any consequences for his actions. He has always gotten out of "punishments" because of his good looks or his dad's money. Because no one has ever told Kyle no and stuck with it, Kyle believes that rules do not apply to him. He has finally met his match in Kendra.  
Pay attention to ideas that are repeated in literature; these can often help you to identify themes. Here, we see that the idea of transformation (or changing one's form, appearance, beliefs, or nature), is coming up again indicating it is important. The picture below is of a butterfly, an insect known for its transformation. As you continue to read, what do you think the author wants you to learn about transformation? How might the quote below apply to Kyle's situation? (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Kendra recite examples or anecdotes from Kyle's past? 
What advice does Mr. Anderson give BeastNYC? 
SILENTMAID seems to be the exact oppposite of BeastNYC. She is contemplating choosing to transform - she is willing to sacrifice her voice for love, and she recognizes that her true love may not love her back. Why do you think the author included her in the chat room? What can BeastNYC learn from her? 
Based on his words in the chat room, which word best describes BeastNYC? 

Homework #16

Watch the scene where Kendra transforms Kyle into a beast. Be prepared to answer a question comparing and contrasting the film version to the text. (This annotation contains a video)
Kendra reveals important information here. Kyle, or the beast, has the power to change himself back. What do you think this will entail or require? 
What is one physical difference between the beast that Kyle is transformed into in the film versus the text? 
Is "beautiful Kyle" or "beastly Kyle" more of a monster? Explain your choice. 
Like many fairytales such as the ones pictured below, Kyle's transformation hinges on "true love's kiss." However, what is different about this "fairytale"? (This annotation contains an image)
How does Kyle's father react to his son's transformation? 
Kyle's father reveals that he values physical beauty above all else. His words send the message that Kyle is only worthy of being his son if he looks good on the outside, even if he is rotten on the inside. 

Homework #17

What does the phrase "eating their hearts out" mean? 
Kyle is not honest with Sloane. He is hoping for a quick fix to his problem. Readers learn earlier in the book that Kyle is not really in love with Sloane. Does he really think that by saying those three words that it will make them become true? If so, he does not truly understand what love is.  
How are Sloane and Kyle similar? 

Homework #18

Notice that Kyle appreciates the beauty of his setting. As you continue to read, look for mentions of both roses and moments where Kyle's perception of beauty is changing. Will Kyle embrace the message in the picture below? (This annotation contains an image)
What type of school does Kyle wish to attend? 
Ray Charles was a famous singer and songwriter. He went blind at age seven. Dr. Endecott mentions the singer to support his claim that one can be successful regardless of whether he or she has a disability or not. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #19

Click on the link below to read Jane Yolen's poem "Fat is Not a Fairytale." How is Yolen's message different from traditional fairytales? What does she believe society values right now? (This annotation contains a link)
What conclusion does Kyle draw when his cut mysteriously heals itself? 
The diagram below is a review of the key events in a plot diagram. During the exposition, readers learn that this story takes place in modern day New York City. Our main character, Kyle, is extremely vain and believes that beautiful people are better than others. During the rising action, Kyle has invited Kendra to the dance with the purpose of standing her up and humiliating her. She, in turn, has turned him into a beast. At this point in the story, we are still in the rising action.  (This annotation contains an image)
Kyle's action of "gently" putting the mirror down reveals ______________________. 

Homework #20

In the first paragraph, Kyle reveals that he still is not connecting that his actions, his pride and inability to treat others kindly, are what is ultimately responsible for his transformation. This helps us to see that Kyle still has not changed drastically on the inside as a character. 
Imagery is used to paint a picture of where Linda lives. What is surprising about the setting? 
The novel that Linda is reading is by Charlotte Bronte. The story centers around Jane Eyre, an English orphan who is abused by relatives and a charity school. However, she does not allow a harsh world to crush her spirit as she struggles to find freedom and love.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which word best characterizes Linda? 
Linda literally holds her book up "like it would shield her." While she uses it for physical protection, no matter how flimsy, she also escapes her surroundings and life through books. Read the quote in the picture below. This quote seems to fit Linda; can you relate to it? (This annotation contains an image)
"Horse" is a street name for the drug heroin. Linda's dad's words and actions reveal that he is an addict.  
Quiz on Parts One Through Two 

Homework #22

Below is a picture of brownstone homes in Brooklyn to help you visualize the type of home Kyle is now going to live in.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is the purpose of the phrase "I almost expected tumbleweeds" in the highlighted sentence? 
The use of the word "invalid" usually describes someone who is forced to stay home due to a disability or illness. Kyle is still healthy, but due to his physical appearance, he now being treated like someone with a disease. How do you think this will make him feel? 
Which literary element is used when Kyle wishes the walls would swallow him up? 
Watch the short video on conflict. As you continue to read, look for examples of internal and external conflicts within this text. (This annotation contains a video)
The conflict between Kyle and his father is an example of external conflict. Choose the specific type of external conflict below. 
The highlighted text reveals that Kyle is also struggling internally with his relationship with his father. He knows that his father does not really wish to spend time with him, so in order to avoid further disappoint, Kyle chooses to be the one to cut off contact. 

Homework #23

What is unique about Will Fratalli? 
Pilot is a perfect name for Will's dog because he is a seeing eye or guide dog like the one pictured below. Like a pilot, he helps Will navigate the outside world. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Will think Kyle is doing? 
Notice that Will says there are "rather odd...conditions for my employment." As a reader, you may be wondering what those conditions are. Will then goes on to explain the conditions in the highlighted text. Which is the most unusual condition in your opinion? 

Homework #24

Below is a picture of Disney's film version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Kyle is reading the original book by Victor Hugo. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the main similarity between Kyle and Quasimodo? 
The following picture is of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. The building of the cathedral began in 1163 and was completed in 1345. This centuries old church is one of the most famous in the world. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Kyle's primary purpose for using MySpace? 
Click on the link below to read Aesop's fable, "The Lion and the Mouse." As you read, look for similarities between the fable and Kyle and the roses. (This annotation contains a link)
How is Kyle and the roses similar to the lion and mouse in Aesop's fable (in the previous annotation)? 
Kyle is beginning to appreciate Will and Magda's kindness.  

Homework #25

According to the text, what gives Kyle courage to risk being seen? 
Kyle realizes that people are avoiding him because they believe that he is homeless. This observation goes deeper to illustrate that society often chooses not to see the people in need. Why do you believe this is? 
What painful conclusion does Kyle come to? 

Homework #26

Kyle turns to the computer to try and find love. The implied message is that Kyle and generations today rely too much on technology. Watch the short video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
Kendra and the video "Look Up" each have a similar message for Kyle. Which statement best summarizes this message? 

Homework #27

The novel by Gaston Leroux was first published in the early part of the twentieth century. Today it is best known for its stage and film versions, like the movie poster below.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does Adrian wish? 
Oscar Wilde is a famous Irish author during the 1880's and 1890's. His work "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is one of his most famous before his death. The novel focuses on Gray, who has a "face like ivory and rose leaves." Gray becomes distressed that a painting of himself will retain its beauty while he grows old. He makes a bargain that only the painting will grow old while he remains beautiful. What similar themes do you see between Kyle and Dorian Gray? 
Why does Adrian agree to begin participating in tutoring sessions with Will again? 

Homework #28

Adrian knows that because it is Halloween, he can go outside, and everyone will assume that he is wearing a costume.  
Whose class does Adrian tell the girl he's in? 
The phrase "kindred spirit" is used to signify people who share similar attitudes or experiences. Here, Bronwen indicates that she is someone who is used to getting stood up or looked over, and she perceives that Adrian is used to this too. 
What can you infer happened physically to Bronwen? 
Watch the short video on tone and mood in literature. One way you can remember the difference is mood starts with the letter "m" just like the word "me." Therefore, mood is the feeling produced in me (the reader) while tone is the feeling the author wants to convey.  (This annotation contains a video)
What tone is most accurately conveyed through the use of slang and texting abbreviations in the highlighted text? 

Homework #30

Building a greenhouse (like the one pictured below) gives Adrian a temporary sense of purpose. He is building a sanctuary or safe house for his roses to live through the harsh world. As readers, we can see that Adrian also desires a sanctuary or haven where he can go and temporarily escape the darkness of his world and grow in the light. Will Adrian be able to find such a haven within himself? (This annotation contains an image)
Using examples from the story, explain the significance of the highlighted text in Adrian's life. 
Kendra references here that those accused of witchcraft, in earlier centuries, were often persecuted and sentenced to death.  
What does Adrian ask Kendra to do? 

Homework #31

Watch the Disney version of this scene. As you watch, compare and contrast the film versus the text. Which creates a scarier mood? (This annotation contains a video)
What is the major difference between the "intruder" in this text and the Disney film clip? 
Here, Adrian lets the intruder know that he will hunt him down if the intruder does not uphold his end of the bargin. What type of father would willingly "sell" his daughter to save his own skin? 

Homework #32

What are Will and Adrian working on? 
The highlighted text is an example of what type of literary technique? 
Adrian has researched yellow roses' symbolism. Do you think that Linda will recognize those traits, or will she view her new life as a prison? (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #33

Lindy obviously loves her father and wishes to keep him out of prison; unfortunately, her father selfishly uses her love to ensure his own freedom. In this moment, we can infer that she feels betrayed by her father, hopeless, and scared at her unknown situation. 
Where would Lindy's arrival at the brownstone be located on the plot diagram? 
It is not surprising that Linda chooses books as her "security blanket." We know that she is a passionate reader and strong student. She suddenly finds her self in a luxurious prison; the books are at least a way of escape for her. This simile conveys Linda's vulnerability or fragility in this moment.  

Homework #34

What problem is Adrian facing? 
Being able to hear Adrian's thoughts in this moment creates a bit of humor. For the first time, Adrian is having to work for something he wants without the charm of his good looks. Will he continue to persevere?  
According to the text, why does Linda consider Adrian a monster? 
Adrian's actions reveal his desperation and persistence.  
How might Kyle's story have been different if he had a supportive family from the beginning? 

Homework #35

Watch the short video on point of view.  (This annotation contains a video)
What does Adrian realize that Lindy wants? 
The word "trip" here does not mean a vacation or visiting another location. Instead, Lindy reveals that she thought her father was high on drugs when he told her Adrian was a beast. 
From what point of view is the highlighted passage told? 
Adrian mentions the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy pictured below. However, his purpose in mentioning it is to compare himself, after rambling about roses, to those who are "geeky" and want to tell you everything they know about their passion or hobby.  (This annotation contains an image)
What can you infer based on Adrian's actions in the highlighted description? 

Homework #36

Based on the conversation between Adrian and Will, how does Adrian view himself? 
Read the following line from Sonnet Fifty-four by Shakespeare (who is pictured below). "O how much more doth beauty beauteous seem/By that sweet ornament which truth doth give!" This line is saying that beauty becomes even more beautiful when it is accompanied by honesty and integrity. How does this message tie into the novel? (This annotation contains an image)
Strawberry Fields in Central Park is a memorial to John Lennon of The Beatles. In the center of the circle it says, "Imagine" like Lennon's iconic song. This part of the park is named after another Beatle's song, "Strawberry Fields Forever." (This annotation contains an image)
Which literary device is used in the highlighted text to emphasis beauty? 
Below is a picture of a dog rose or canker-bloom mentioned in the text. (This annotation contains an image)
From whose perspective is Beastly told? 
The tone in the beginning of the chat room scene is optimistic, excited, and encouraging. However, which word best describes the shift in tone that occurs by the end of this scene? 
Quiz on Parts Three Through Four 

Homework #38

Watch this short clip from the movie "The Princess Bride" where Buttercup realizes that the masked man is really her beloved Wesley. (This annotation contains a video)
Both Adrian in this novel and Wesley in The Princess Bride are unrecognizable to the lead female characters. Which theme statement below would characterize both works? 

Homework #39

Notice the simile that compares Adrian's sense of dread to rotten meat. The effect of this literary element is that readers understand that Adrian is willing to put Lindy first. 
This is the second mention of the novel "Jane Eyre." As you continue to read, pay attention to any other references to Charlotte Bronte's famous book (pictured below). The more an author repeats a word, image, or symbol the more likely it is significant. (This annotation contains an image)
Which detail reveals that Lindy has had a less privileged life than Kyle/Adrian? 
Adrian is referring to the famous stock market crash that started the Great Depression. Look at the newspaper heading below.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is the purpose of the highlighted simile? 
A victrola is pictured below. (This annotation contains an image)
What type of literary technique is used in the highlighted text? 
What does Adrian begin to hope? 

Homework #40

The word "riffraff" is used to describe undesirable people. It is often used to denote people of low social status. In this context, it makes the parents of Tuttle sound pretentious and stuck-up.  
Based on the highlighted text, how important is one's physical beauty to Lindy? 
Here, the message is that sometimes the trials, pains, or struggles that we go through in life help us to truly appreciate moments of beauty that we would otherwise have missed. 
Explain what Kyle means when he quotes, "If you love something, set it free." Should he let Lindy go? Why or why not. 

Homework #41

This is a common nickname for New York City. It was once referenced in a famous Frank Sinatra song. Check out the picture of New York City below. Although it is taken at night, you can see all of the people, lights, movement, and cabs rushing by.  (This annotation contains an image)
Persuasive appeals are often used in advertising. However, which persuasive appeal does Kyle/Adrian use to win his father over? 
The Bedouin is an Arabian ethnic group primarily living in tribes in the desert. The picture of the Bedouin below is from the early 1900's. Adrian refers to the Bedouin because he is wrapped in scarves and robes to cover "the beast." (This annotation contains an image)
Where does Adrian take Lindy? 
Watch the scene where Lindy and Adrian escape the city in the film version of "Beastly." As you watch look for similarities and differences between the text and film. (This annotation contains a video)
How is the tone different in the film clip than the novel as Lindy and Adrian interact outside of the city? 

Homework #42

Jo March is the protagonist in Louisa May Alcott's famous novel, "Little Women." The picture below is from a film adaption of the novel. Jo March's character is wearing the purple coat and gray scarf below. (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the short video on flashbacks in literature. Currently, Adrian/Kyle is is the middle of a flashback in this text.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is one purpose of Adrian's flashback? 
The word "milady" brings to mind chivalrous knights treating princesses like gold. It is a word that one might find in a traditional fairytale or medieval times like in the illustration below. (This annotation contains an image)
What would be the danger in letting Lindy look for Kyle in the mirror? 
Adrian does not want Lindy to know how much her leaving will hurt him. This is because he wants Lindy to make up her own mind of whether to stay or go. He does not want her decision to stay or to return to him later to be based on guilt. 
Create a metaphor or simile that conveys what Kyle is feeling in the highlighted passage. Explain how the the object you compare Kyle to conveys how he is feeling at this moment.  

Homework #43

Inspector Javert ruthlessly pursues the escaped convict Jean Valjean in Victor Hugo's novel "Les Miserables." Even though Will and Adrian are discussing literature, it is probably safe to say that Javert and Valjean are not what is on Adrian's mind right now. Why is Adrian preoccupied? 
How long does Adrian have before his physical transformation becomes permanent? 
Notice that Adrian does not lament the fact that he will be permanently "beastly" looking; instead, he is torn up inside about losing the person he loves most. In other words, Kyle/Adrian's perspective on what is really important has been "transformed." 

Homework #44

What tone is conveyed in the highlighted line of dialogue? 
The word "plucky" means courageous or brave. 
When Adrian calls out Lindy's name, it mirrors what happens in which novel? 
The highlighted phrase illustrates that the world makes quick judgements of individuals based on their outer appearance. Watch the following video clip called "Evolution" by Dove. What is the message of the clip? (This annotation contains a video)
In the Dove clip entitled "Evolution" why does it say, "No wonder our perception of beauty is so distorted." How does this message apply to Beastly? 
What happens to Adrian? 

Homework #45

This description reveals that although Lindy's attacker is human, his character is vile and beastly. Adrian is physically a beast, but he is no longer ugly on the inside. However, the world would see Adrian's ugliness first because it is physical before recognizing it in the cold-blooded attacker. 
What sacrifice does Adrian make for Lindy? 
Once again, here is another reference to Jane Eyre. Adrian sees parallels between his love story with Lindy and Jane and Rochester. 
The rose has been a common symbol throughout this novel. It was present in the beginning to highlight how corrupt and ugly the beautiful Kyle was. However, it was also Kyle's saving grace as his one act of kindness was giving it to Lindy at the dance. After his transformation, roses become Kyle/Adrian's life. They teach him to appreciate beauty, to protect it, and to treasure it. Through Shakespeare, he learns that truth is beauty. Finally, the roses are there as he is transformed back into his true self. 
This phrase goes deeper. Kyle is not just healed physically, but he is now beautiful on the inside as well. 
What is the "magic" that transforms Adrian back into his human form? 
Below is a picture of the hand-held electronic game that Froggie refers to. (This annotation contains an image)
Which two characters are engaged to be married? 

Homework #47

Which literary technique is used in the highlighted text? 
The highlighted text is ironic because we know as readers that Lindy and Kyle/Adrian know first-hand that there is magic. 

Homework #48

Kyle's father is an example of a static character, or one who does not change. From the highlighted text, we can infer that his dad is still judging others based on physical appearance. On the other hand, Kyle is an example of a dynamic character because he changes as a character over the course of the text. 
What transformation occurs in Will? 

Homework #49

Because Kyle has changed internally, he is finally able to recognize true beauty in others. At this point in the text, this event would fall under "falling action" on the plot diagram.  
Direct characterization is used to explicitly tell readers that Kendra used to be __________. 
Kendra/Magda reveals that she has been lovingly helping Kyle/Adrian along from the beginning. Her motivation is revealed as caring and pure.  
Kendra reunites with her family as a ____________. 
The tone of the highlighted dialogue is slightly sarcastic and humorous. It also reveals that Lindy is feeling insecure about her own value next to Adrian's physical beauty. 


An epilogue is usually a short postscript in a piece of literature. The purpose of the epilogue here is to describe what life is like now that the events in the story are over.  
The use of the name "Mr. Fratalli" reveals that Kyle and Lindy's teacher at Tuttle is _________________. 
Quiz on Parts Five through the Epilogue