Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

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You are not alone

Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the “funny guy” into the best defense against the bullies in his class.

Today’s top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators—in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.

Curriculet Details
135 Questions
73 Annotations
5 Quizzes

In this free digital curriculum for ninth and tenth graders, annotations include links to videos about authors, their works, and explanations of allusions in the text. It also contains interactive videos explaining conflict, symbolism, imagery, and foreshadowing. Students will explore the issue of bullying and the themes of acceptance, empowerment, speaking out for others, hope, and the power of support. Common Core aligned questions, answers, and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement while supporting reading comprehension.

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Homework #6

This is a collection of stories by authors telling their stories about bullying. The introduction explains why these authors chose to share their stories. 
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The bullying starts in  
Why are these words italicized? 
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Why do Laurie's friends keep their distance when she is being bullied? 
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How does the school principal respond to Laurie's mom's plea for help? 
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How does Laurie end the bullying? 
The student's interview with Laurie's bully gives her insight into his life. Do you think Laurie should have shared details about his life with the readers? 
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What changes Laurie's view of her bully? 

Homework #7

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To what kinds of "firsts" does Tonya refer? 
In this book, authors share experiences that have caused them great pain. They share conflicts they have with others and within themselves. The video explains internal and external conflict. As you continue reading, think about the conflicts these writers face. (This annotation contains a video)
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Tonya's bully teaches her  

Homework #8

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Courtney and Audrey are friends in  
Bloomingdale's is an upscale chain of department stores owned by Macy's, Inc. The picture shows the kind of outfit Courtney may have seen in the catalog. (This annotation contains a link)
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Audrey calls Courtney to 
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Audrey refers to Courtney as 
Why is it important to Courtney that Audrey know she is successful? 

Homework #9

A slam book is a spiral notebook that is passed among students. A person's name is written at the top of a page, and other students write comments. Comments are usually not kind. 
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What does Merlene mean by this statement? 

Homework #10

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Marina uses ____________ to create a visual image. 
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Vultures refers to  
The author puts some sentences in italics. What purpose does that serve?  
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What does Marina do? 

Homework #11

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How does Samantha bully Kieran? 
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Why does Kieran consider herself lucky not to be part of the inner circle? 
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Kieran writes this letter to 

Homework #13

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Who is Michael Henry? 
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Jon describes himself as 
The karmic wheel s a representation of the process of life, death and rebirth. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Jon nickname "Green Bean"? 

Homework #14

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This sentences uses __________ . 
What does Melissa mean by social Siberia? 
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What is the significance of the italicized text? 
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What does Melissa want her friend to know? 

Homework #15

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How does Bianca bully Rachel? 
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What does being strong mean? 

Homework #16

"Green Mansions" is movie by William Henry Hudson about a traveller to the Guyana jungle of southeastern Venezuela.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Guys pick on the narrator because 
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The narrator responds by 

Homework #17

The title of this chapter alludes to William Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream". 
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Xander bullies Holly by 
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Holly's dreams 

Homework #18

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What does the format of this text indicate? 
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How do Erik and Marty bully Lisa? 
A credenza is a sideboard or cupboard. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #19

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What does Linda's bully do? 
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How does Linda respond to the bullying? 
Linda tells her story using the pronoun "you". View the video to understand what point of view she uses in her narrative. (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #20

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For Heather, the bullying starts  
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Heather considers __________ to deal with the pain of being bullied. 
Heather writes young adult novels. She is best known for "The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod." The series includes titles such as "Ninth Grade Slays" and "Twelfth Grade Kills". (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #21

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The narrator gets into trouble for 
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The bullies bother the narrator 
R.L. Stine is the author of the "Goosebumps" series. 
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What do the bullies do to the narrator? 
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What makes the bullies leave the narrator alone? 
The videoclip of "The Haunting Hour", a Canadian/American horror-fantasy series, will give you a glimpse of R.L. Stine's work.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #23

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What do you notice about the things on Micol's list? 

Homework #24

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Students tease Saundra because 
The head louse (plural, lice) is scientifically known as Pediculus humanus capitis, and an infestation with head lice is medically known as Pediculosis capitis. They can only be spread by head to head contact. (This annotation contains an image)
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In high school the bullying escalates to 

Homework #25

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Stephanie tightens the laces of 
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The narrator uses __________ to emulate the sound of the drums. 
"Stiff upper lip" is a saying that means to be strong in the face of adversity. 

Homework #26

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How does Mr. Q treat Carrie? 
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How does Carrie get people to stop being mean to her? 
Carrie writes about her experience with Mr. Q? Can teachers be bullies? 

Homework #27

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Lucienne is the victim of 
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Lucienne realizes that bullying is 

Homework #28

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The narrator is the victim of 
Sexual harassment is a difficult subject to address. King points out stereotypical views that make it even more difficult for teens to let someone know when they are having a problem in this area. 
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The principal's questioning of the narrator  shows  

Homework #29

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How does Megan protect herself in high school? 
Though she is being bullied by her former friend, Megan stands up for herself when she takes the big room that is rightfully hers. 
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Why does Megan fear for her daughter? 

Homework #30

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This narrative is written as a 
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Jessica understands that her bully 
Jessica Brody is the author of several young adult novels. She is also a producer and visits schools across the nation. 

Homework #31

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To what does the author compare the girls? 
The author creates a mental picture by using imagery. The video will help you understand how imagery is used. What mental picture does the author create? (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #32

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The narrator uses __________ to describe herself. 
Writers often use figures of speech to make a point. View the video on similes and metaphors. Note how they are used in this text and later narratives. (This annotation contains a video)
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The narrator hides 
Quiz One 

Homework #34

A eulogy is a speech that praises someone who has died. 
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What do the crossed out words represent? 
Words are powerful as this story about Ivy O'Conner illustrates.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #35

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Other kids tease Lisa about 
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Lisa googles Madge because 
Lisa feels guilty because she does nothing to stop those who tease Madge. Should she feel guilty for her actions? 

Homework #36

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The connotation of fierceness in this text is 
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Who is primarily esponsible for the teasing Karen receives? 
Karen is not the only victim in this incident. Sometimes it is difficult to recognize the true bully. Who is the manipulator in this situation? 

Homework #37

Sometimes a writer will use a symbol - a word or phrase that represents something else. Watch the video on symbolism. What symbols do you see in this chapter? (This annotation contains a video)
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Why does Bigfoot cry? 
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What does Bigfoot crying in the field represent? 

Homework #38

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_________ is the leader of the gang. 
Melissa teaches Eliza what it feels like to be bullied. What does the lesson teach Melissa? 
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How do the girls get Eliza to stop bullying them? 

Homework #39

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Amy torments Carol because 
The narrator is able to admit that she was a bully. How does she handle the situation when power shifts against her? 

Homework #40

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Kiersten is well known for 
What is the difference between "not shutting up" and "speaking up"? 
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Kiersten regrets  

Homework #41

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Eric puts Sam through a fake initiation to 
Do you think guilt is one of the emotions Eric is feeling? 
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What decision does Eric make? 

Homework #43

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How does Laura use the alphabet in her narrative? 
How might the boy's home life affect his treatment of Melissa? 
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What advice does Laura's teacher give her? 
Laura is an author and poet who has received many awards for her writing. How does the video below relate to what she shares? (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #45

They Made Me Do It and I'm Sorry 
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Debbie saves Desiree from a bully by 
Desiree is attractive and from an affluent family but becomes the target of bullying. What insight about the victims of bullying can you gain from her situation? 
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The girls pick on Desiree because  

Homework #46

Cynthis Leitich Smith is a “New York Times” best-selling author of fiction for children and young adults. A member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, she writes fiction for children centered on the lives of modern-day Native Americans. 
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How does Cynthia handle being isolated? 

Homework #47

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What is wrong with Melodye? 
This means, "Give me your hand." 
Arroz con pollo or chicken and rice is a traditional dish of Spain and Latin America. (This annotation contains an image)
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How does Luz help Melodye? 

Homework #48

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How does Ginger bully Carrie? 
Why does Carrie write a thank you letter to Caroline? 

Homework #49

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Students ostracize the blue-eyed girl because 
An epiphany is that moment in the story where a character achieves realization, awareness or a feeling of knowledge after which events are seen through the prism of this new light in the story. What is the narrator's epiphany? 

Homework #50

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How does Michelle describe her daughter? 
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How does Michelle respond to the difficulties her daughter faces at school? 
Michelle and her daughter discuss who she should invite to her party. How do they decide who should attend? 
Bullies pick on people that they perceive as different. How can you make those differences work for you? 

Homework #52

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Why does the former bully write Nancy? 
Dalai Lamas are the head monks of the Gelug school, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the spiritual leaders of Tibet. Below is a picture of the current Dalai Lama. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #53

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Sara writes the letter to 
Sara is honest with herself. Why does she describe herself as a bully? 
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Sara wants her future self to know that  

Homework #54

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Kurtis knows what it is like to be the new kid because 
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What concerns Kurtis about his childhood? 
Standing up against the crowd is often risky. What advice does this author give? 

Homework #55

A person's self image is affected by the way he or she is perceived by others. How do Tony's words affect Lara? 
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Alex and Henry Short tease Lara about 
The Short brothers use this image of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man to taunt Lara. (This annotation contains an image)
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Lara learns that  

Homework #56

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Why do kids tease Alyson? 
Alyson creates a mental picture of how she looks standing before her class. What words are most effective in describing Alyson's discomfort? 
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What advice does Alyson receive when she tells someone about the bullying? 
The novel "Art Geeks and Prom Queens" was made into a movie. The video clip gives you an idea of how this experience affected Lara. (This annotation contains a video)
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Years later, Alyson's bullies 

Homework #57

This is how Aprilynne may have looked in her glasses. (This annotation contains an image)
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When she turns eighteen, Aprilynne realizes that  
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What does the narrator want to teach her daughter? 

Homework #58

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What figure of speech does the narrator use in this sentence? 
Amanda turns Amanda's other friends against her, alienating her. This is a tactic of bullying. 
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The teacher's response is  
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Diana's chance meeting with Amanda reminds her  

Homework #59

Bullying takes many forms. How does Lauren define bullying? 
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What point does Lauren make by sharing her high school experiences? 
Quiz Two 

Homework #61

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What is the narrator trying to do? 

Homework #62

Foreshadowing is the use of hints to suggest something that may happen later. What does the first line of this chapter suggest? (This annotation contains a video)
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What is the purpose of the health project? 
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How does Cyn speak up? 

Homework #63

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The students tease Frances about  
The narrator believes she should do something to help Frances. Why is she reluctant to do so? 
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The narrator chooses to 

Homework #64

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Maryrose experiences bullying in the form of  
The narrator's classmates notice that she wears dirty clothes and has poor hygiene. Do you think the adults really did not notice what was going on or just chose not to deal with it? 
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Maryrose suggests that  

Homework #65

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What does the bus driver do when the boys bully Jo's brother? 
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People must understand that  
Jo Knowles witnesses what words can do. How does this video suggest we use words? (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #66

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____________bullies Nancy. 
Nancy has been a victim of bullying so she understands how that feels. What may be a result of being a bystander to bullying? 
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According to the National Education Association, bullying affects 
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What does the study at Nationwide Children's Hospital reveal? 

Homework #67

Lisa Schroeder is the author of four teen verse novels. 
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What technique does Lisa use to describe bullying? 
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The verse contrasts  

Homework #69

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Kevin wants  
Steven understands that he must decide whether or not he wants to fight. How can you tell which side he favors? 
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As he grows older, Steven realizes that  

Homework #70

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Jeannine compares her middle school to  
This clip from "Mean Girls" illustrates how savage girl bullies can be. (This annotation contains a video)
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The kids at school  
Often adults do not intervene when bullying occurs. Teachers do try to stop the harassment Jeannine receives but to no avail. 
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What does Jeannine do to cope with her situation? 

Homework #71

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How does this question make the author feel? 
Daniel Waters says writers have armor. Why do writers need armor? 
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Waters argues that horror writers 
Cthulhu is an elder god discovered by H.P. Lovecraft who makes his first appearance in the 1928 research article “The Call of Cthulhu”. Cthulhu often represents extreme horror or pure evil in science fiction and fantasy circles. 
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Waters writes about  

Homework #72

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Lauren's bully makes her feel 
Lauren Kate's experiences as a victim of bullying provide the material for her book "The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove". She gives a brief summary of her book in the clip below. (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #74

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How does Amy change? 
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Amy compares her bully to  

Homework #75

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Dawn's ___________ makes her a target for Dickie's torment. 
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Things change in high school because 
Esprit de l'escalier refers to an inability to think of witty comebacks (or any sort of intelligent response) until it's too late to be of any use. 
Shaolin Kempo is a unique system of self-defense with the combined structure of Kung Fu, Kempo Karate, and Jiu Jitsu. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #76

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Why do kids pick on Kristin? 
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How does reading The Diary of Anne Frank change Kristin's life? 
Kristin Harmel's seventh novel, "The Sweetness of Forgetting", was published in 2012. What issues does Harmel address in her novel? (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #77

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In first grade the narrator is  
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How does the narrator deal with not being popular? 

Homework #78

What does the narrator mean by "that" kid? 
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How do the adults in Janni's life try to help with the bullying? 
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How does Janni change in seventh grade? 

Homework #79

Erin describes herself in seventh grade by giving her physical description, activities she is involved in, and how she is treated by other students. How does her classmates' behavior affect her? 
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How does Janni's description of herself change from her seventh grade year to her college years? 

Homework #81

Bullies for Me 
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This narrative is in the form of  
The book trailer of the novel "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things" will help you understand why the book made such an impact on the reader. (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #82

Carolyn Mackler responds to a letter from a reader. What does this action tell you about Mackler? 
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Students tease Carolyn because 
Quiz Three 
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What does Carolyn want Elizabeth to know?