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Designed for students in 7th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining, flashback and imagery. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about the elements of science fiction and the elements of plot. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of figurative language, point of view, and theme. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter One

Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
We don't know who or what an "Ender" is, so we need to pay close attention to descriptive details. 
There are several things that should immediately stand out as strange. 110 is not that old? Body banks? This novel must be science fiction. This is a good place to watch a video about science fiction as a genre. (This annotation contains a video)
List two details that you've learned so far about Enders. 
This is an example of personification which is when a writer gives human emotions, behaviors, or body parts to a nonliving object. It is one of the many types of figurative language used in writing. Watch the video as a quick review of figurative language.  (This annotation contains a video)
This is an important detail. Lots of science fiction happens in the distant future after a devastating worldwide war. 
One common trait of science fiction is advanced science and technology. 
Prime Destinations is a company that pays __________ so _________ can rent their bodies for a week. 
We don't know about this yet. Was there some epidemic or terrible disease that required everyone to get vaccinated? 
Which of the following is a sign that the people at Prime Destinations do not want Callie to leave? 
The novel seems to be set in the future United States because Callie is in Beverly Hills.  
This is an important detail. Was the war a biological war where deadly germs, viruses, bacteria, or fungi are used as weapons? 
Tyler is the motivation behind Callie possibly renting her body to an Ender. Who is Tyler? 
When a character is telling the story, we call that a first person narrator. Watch the video below for an explanation of the different types of point of view.  (This annotation contains a video)
Think of what you've learned about this society so far. List two crucial things that are scarce here. 
Genocide means to wipe out (kill) an entire group of people. This is more background information. In this futuristic society, there are only people under twenty and over sixty since they received a vaccination against the deadly spores. All others, including Callie's parents, have died. 
A "holo-frame" is another detail that sets this story in the future. Watch the film clip below from the movie Iron Man 2 to see Tony Stark use something similar called a hologram. (This annotation contains a video)
How many times must you rent the use of your body at Prime Destinations before you get paid? 
Who is Michael? Explain his relationship with Callie. 
Squatting is a term sometimes used for staying at an unoccupied property that you don't own or rent or have any right to. It's like trespassing.  
Determining who the protagonist(s) and antagonist(s) are in any kind of fiction is important. Watch the video on protagonists and antagonists.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Two

Who are the antagonists in this novel? 
Where is Callie going? Make a prediction. 
List two new details that you just learned about the war. 
Why would Tinnenbaum "raise one brow" when Callie mentions riflery? 
Callie is referring to her "street smell" with a play on words. 
A spore is a germ cell that can reproduce many just like it. 
This is an abalone shell.  (This annotation contains an image)
What procedure cleanses Callie's skin of freckles and blemishes? 
You can't eat before an operation because of the anesthesia. 
Does Doris feel bad about what is going to happen to Callie? This might be foreshadowing. A writer uses foreshadowing when he/she hints at something that may happen or be revealed later in the story. 
Which of the following details suggests that the man Callie is asking about will be important? 

Chapter Three

This is an example of onomatopoeia, a literary device when a word sounds like its meaning, like "hiss" and "sizzle." 
The Baroque period began in Italy during the 1600's and was known for its ornate detail. The prefix "neo" means new and is used to form a compound word. (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think Prime Destinations would want their renters to be without relatives? 
What does Doris do that shows kindness towards Callie? 
This is ironic. Irony is when something is the opposite of what you would expect. Think about what is ironic with Mexico building a wall to keep Americans out of their country? 
How did Callie and Tyler lose all of their personal belongings? 
What does it mean to "mooch" off of people? 
What type of figurative language is used in this sentence? 
What you just read is a good example of flashback. When a narrator stops in a story to reflect on something that happened in the past, it is called flashback. Watch the video below for an additional explanation of flashback.  (This annotation contains a video)
Explain what you think Callie's dream might symbolize. 

Chapter Four

What do think might be happening with Callie? 
What can you infer about Madison? 
What would Doris do to the scar if this boy was a renter? 
What do you predict is happening here? 

Chapter Five

What do you think is a "Zing"? 
What does Madison mean when she says, "...when I'm trying to pass"? 
This is another detail that shows this novel is set in the USA sometime in the future. 
Science fiction is often about technology that is probable, or could be real, in the future. Think about how close we are today to some of this technology. 
Which of the following words helps you to understand what "ominous" means? 
The Renegades must be young people who live on the street and must break the law to survive. They may look something like this.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Six

Who do you think this Ender is who opened the door to the mansion? 
When a writer describes a place, person, or thing, he/she usually uses a lot of imagery so the reader can visualize. Imagery is language that appeals to one of your five senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. 
Ethereal means "heavenly" or "angelic." If Michael drew this, it shows how beautiful he finds Callie. 
Papaya is a tropical fruit.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think the housekeeper gives Callie a funny look? 
This sentence uses a _______________ to compare the cars in the garage to horses, waiting to be ridden. 

Chapter Seven

This is an allusion. An allusion is when a writer makes a point by referring to something well known from culture like a famous book, painting, etc. Most people know the fairy tale of Cinderella and immediately could make the connection to Callie in this situation. Listen to the video for a further explanation of this literary device.  (This annotation contains a video)
What present day thing best compares to the Xperiences Callie is describing? 
The writer chooses words like flat, dry, skeletal, and glossy. What do you call this kind of language? 
This orchid may look like this.  (This annotation contains an image)
Tiffany's is a famous international retail store known to sell luxurious jewelry, china, fragrances and other expensive items.  (This annotation contains an image)
Alice in Wonderland is a well known story where very strange things happened to the main character once she fell through the rabbit hole. What literary device is the writer using here? 

Chapter Eight

A "silencer" is a device that attaches to a gun on the barrel and will muffle the sound of the bullet. Below is a picture of a hand gun with a silencer.  (This annotation contains an image)
What present day technology do we have that is similar to the "CamPages"? 
What do you immediately think of when you read this? 
What are three things Callie is looking for to determine if someone is real or a renter? 
This is another allusion. It is from a Shakespearean play, The Taming of the Shrew. In the play, Kate is a headstrong, independent woman pursued by the young man Petruchio. He tries to "tame" Kate and make her more obedient and kind. 
What do you think is the "plan" Helena and Lauren are referring to? Then predict what may have happened prior to this plan. 
Bollywood refers to a well established movie industry located in India. 
An arroyo is a small stream. 
What present day sport does this sound a lot like? 
What type of figurative language is this? 

Chapter Nine

This could mean several things. Make some predictions as to why Callie has the exact same amount of cash. 
What two age groups survived the Spore Wars? 
Angst is another word for anxiety, unhappiness, and dread. 
What do Helena and Lauren have in common? 
What can you infer about this society's teens who have money? 
Why should Callie be extremely worried about what Lauren just said? 
Now we know why Helena Winterhill has a gun with a silencer. 
Something must have happened between Blake and Callie after he agreed to give Michael the money and the message--something Callie obviously doesn't remember. 
Residual means "small amounts left over." What danger would residual spores pose to the Enders? 
The previous paragraphs are an example of what literary device? 
Now we know why Callie had the exact amount of cash still in her purse. 
What might be an internal conflict developing for Callie? 

Chapter Ten

Do you think Callie may later regret throwing away the gun? Why or why not? 
This is a reminder of the constant danger this society poses for Callie. Whether she is a street girl or a rich girl, the threat of renegades trying to steal from her is always present. Despite this society's advanced technology, it seems to have regressed as far as civility and in some ways become more primitive. 
Now we understand better what has been going on with Callie and why she's blacking out and hearing a voice. In fiction the protagonist continually faces struggles and obstacles. This part of the plot is called Rising Action. This problem may be somewhat resolved, but we can be sure Callie will soon face others. Listen to the video for an overview of all the parts of plot. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz #1- Chapters 1-10 

Chapter Eleven

The word "condescension" means talking down to someone as if he or she was a child. In other words, to be condescending is to talk to someone as if you are superior to him or her. 
What is "bot" an abbreviation for? 
Using the word "pet" in this way means that it is something very special (a favorite) or important. Here it shows that the Youth League was a project that the senator cared a great deal about and spent a lot of time on. 
This simile suggests that Callie is feeling 
Apparently in this futuristic society, most toys are actually robots. Remember Tyler had a favorite dog bot. 

Chapter Twelve

Callie is referring to the main conflict in this novel: her struggle to survive in this society. This is an external conflict. Watch this video about the different types of conflict.  (This annotation contains a video)
Think of what advancements or improvements the future may have for ice skating. 
The tone of this sentence suggests that the rich in this society are ____________ and _____________. 
What do you think is a flash meal? 
This is an example of what type of figurative language? 
The root "bio" means life. So a "biochip" means a computer chip for living things. The root bio shows up in many English words like biology, antibiotics, biosphere, biodegradable, biopsy, etc. Think of how "life" or "living" relates to all of these words. 
Could the senator be the man who Callie saw with Mr. Tanninbaum, the man they call "Mr. Prime Destinations"? 
Think about the possibilities of having one hundred years of life experience and wisdom in the body of a teenager. 
List three things Callie has done so far to spoil Helena's plans to shoot the Senator. 

Chapter Thirteen

This Invisascreen must be an advanced version of our TV's. This one is approximately 23 ft by 29 ft--that's huge! It doesn't mount on a wall like today's flat screens; it floats. Notice a lot of the technology advancements in this society revolve around entertainment and physical appearances. What does that tell you about this society? 
What details in Madison's game room would be appealing to young people? 
Why are all jobs in this society performed by Enders? 
The descriptions in this paragraph are created by using imagery. To which two senses does the imagery appeal? 
Using the Define feature, look up the word shallow. Which of the following sentences uses this word in the same way it is used here in the text? 
What type of figurative language is used here? 
All of this advanced technology makes it easier for you to imagine this future society and makes the plot more believable, and therefore, more suspenseful. 

Chapter Fourteen

In a future where medical advances allow people to live to be over two hundred, it would be likely that people would no longer worry about health hazards like smoking. 
The word "malicious" means evil. It contains the word part "mal" which means bad. There are many words in our language that contain "mal," like maladjusted, malnourished, malignant, malice, malfunction, and malcontent. 
Using exaggeration suggests that Callie was very aware of the gun throughout the presentation. This type of figurative language is called 
He suspects that she is a renter, doesn't he? This proves that he knows about Prime Destinations. 
This simile makes Callie seem like she's being hunted. It helps build suspense and helps us feel her panic and fear. 
What well known fairy tale does this remind you of? 

Chapter Fifteen

Why did Emma go to the body bank in the first place? 
A pendant is a piece of jewelry that hangs down. It is usually a circular shape that hangs from a necklace. This one may look something like the image below.  (This annotation contains an image)
Now one of Callie's problems has been solved. She has money for her brother and she is able to go see him. What makes that possible? 

Chapter Sixteen

We can sometimes tell what a character is thinking through body language. What can we infer about Michael from Florina's reaction? 
Here Callie momentarily feels a little sorry for herself because she knows Michael drew a picture of Florina. Callie may think Florina has taken her place for Michael's affection. She knows, though, that she doesn't have time for self-pity. 
Based on context, what do you think the word ostentatious means? 
The word urchin, as it is used here, is a street child, usually a boy who may be mischievous and dressed in rags.  (This annotation contains an image)
What can you infer Instutition 37 will be most like? 

Chapter Seventeen

All of the following phrases help create the bleak impression of the institution except which one? 
Cashmere is an expensive fabric made of a soft, downy wool. This sweater would look something like this. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is this important? Explain. 
This is a truffle below. Since they have mentioned this several times throughout this story, a "Supertruffle" must be a special type of candy, that's large and delicious, but filled with vitamins.  (This annotation contains an image)
What can you infer from this statement? Explain. 
To use the expression "cherry-pick" means to be selective and pick only the best. 

Chapter Eighteen

The word "foreground" contains the prefix "fore" which means before or in front of. Think of other English words that have this prefix and see if the meaning applies. (forehead, foreshadow, foretold, forecast) 
Did you predict this? 
This is funny because we even say this today about people living better, longer. You may hear that "Forty is the new thirty, " or "Fifty is the new forty." 
What is the "inventory" of Prime Destinations? 
The way it is used here, a "lark" means just an adventure, something for fun. 

Chapter Nineteen

Using the simile in this sentence..."it was like tarantulas crawling up my spine," shows that Callie is _________________ of the Old Man and what he was proposing. 
What happens here? 
Who do you think Redmond is to Helena? 
This is a sign that he is becoming suspicious of Callie. 
This is a good point. If Callie represents something that could damage or perhaps enhance Prime Destination's services, then the company will want to examine and study her. 
Based on the context here, what must being reclusive mean? 
By this point we know the real antagonist of this novel is "The Old Man." Callie must defeat him if she is to resolve her conflicts. How the protagonist overcomes conflict often has a lot to do with the theme of a story. Watch this video on determining theme.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Twenty

Do you think Blake's grandfather may be tracking him through his cell phone? When we read actively we think about what we are reading and constantly make predictions. 
Notice the different names. The company calls itself "Prime Destinations". But the Starters, those who provide the youthful bodies, call it the "body bank". One name sounds appealing and exciting. The other sounds coarse and blunt. 
Why is Callie sleeping in her car? 
Quiz#2--Chapters 11-20 

Chapter Twenty-one

After reading this detail, do you have a prediction about where Michael has been? 
An alpaca is an animal whose wool is often used on hats, boots, and coats. This hat is made of alpaca. (This annotation contains an image)
This is an example of what type of figurative language? 
This sentence is an example of two different types of figurative language. What are they? 
"Youth is wasted on the young" is an old expression. Think about it and then in your own words explain what it means. 
Who do you think Lee and Briona really are? We've had several clues that Callie recognizes them from somewhere. 
What double meaning does Callie use here? 

Chapter Twenty-two

This is a Spanish styled ranch or large estate. (The word "hacienda" means estate in Spanish). It may look something like the image below.  (This annotation contains an image)
What sickness is affecting Tyler? 
What is a major theme in this story? 

Chapter Twenty-three

What does it mean to be an "unclaimed minor" in this society? 
An infirmary is a small clinic located inside another institution. 
Which of the following phrases does NOT develop Mrs. Beatty as a sinister character? 

Chapter Twenty-four

The word quarantine means to keep someone isolated from others so as not to catch or spread germs or illness. 
This ____________________ reveals to the reader the specific way Callie's mom died. 
A hospice is for patients who are dying. Hospice care is to keep patients comfortable and pain free in their last days or weeks. 
Writers use flashback to give us background information. We just found out that Callie's mom died directly from the spores and then her father was taken away. She never saw him again. 
The metaphor "the very center of the belly of the beast" compares  _____________ to a beast. 
The idiom, "to keep a poker face," means to show no emotion. In poker you don't want your opponents to know whether you have good or bad cards and so you try to hide any emotional reaction. 
Explain why Callie is reacting this way. What does Callie know that Sara doesn't? 
Use the Define feature and read the definition for gingerly. Which of the following words is an antonym (opposite in meaning) of gingerly as it is used here? 
Why does Callie hit Sara in the face? 

Chapter Twenty-five

Based on its context, "mesmerized" here means  
To "curl up in the fetal position" indicates that Callie is really scared. When a baby is still in a mother's womb, the baby is in a curled up position which we call the "fetal" position.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is it important to conceal Callie's hair in this disguise? 
Callie's only hope is that the guards will let the car pass without the usual security checks since they know it's from Prime Destinations. 
Who do you think they were shouting and shooting at? 
Using context clues, what does diversion mean? 

Chapter Twenty-six

In this section the helicopter is compared to different ________________ to emphasize Callie's repulsion to it. 
Sometimes when you look up a word, it doesn't help you unless you know what the main word means. For example, the definition when you look up charismatic reads "having charisma." This means you would then need to look up charisma. Here charisma means someone who people easily relate to and are attracted to because of their gentle manner or appearance. It's a personal quality that gives one great influence over others. Some other politicians most would consider charismatic are John F. Kennedy and Barrack Obama. 
This must be a futuristic version of today's "fire wall" which means a type of security gate on computers. 
What's in "the box" that Redmond mentioned to Callie earlier? 

Chapter Twenty-seven

Even though Callie and those helping her have discussed their plan, we as readers do not know what it is. The writer will allow the plan to unfold as part of the plot. This helps keep us engaged and interested. 
Notorious means famous or recognized for something bad, not something good. 
We were wrong about Doris. She seemed like a good character in the beginning of the story. 
All of the images the Old Man chooses for his face symbolize his evil and the pain that he causes. 
A mime looks like this.  (This annotation contains an image)
The purpose of the writer ending the chapter here is to  

Chapter Twenty-eight

Do you remember who was working so hard on the privatecast and insisted on it being perfect? 
The picture you visualize in your head may look something like this. This picture is from a 1978 science fiction movie titled, Coma. In it people were purposely put into comas so their organs and body parts could be sold. (This annotation contains an image)
This may mean that Tyler is hiding. Of course he wouldn't come out if the marshals are searching. He's lived a life on the run and in hiding for over a year now. 
This is the highest point of emotion in the story. What part of the plot is this? 
The word "altruistic" means to do for others without thinking of yourself. 

Chapter Twenty-nine

The "Tudor" style originated in England.  (This annotation contains an image)
This may be something like the clock in the senator's study. (This annotation contains an image)
The San Bernardino Mountains are in southern California. (This annotation contains an image)
After reading this, explain in your own words why Blake sought after Callie. 
What literary technique is used here with the words breathed and brisk? 
Why does this seem to amaze Callie? 
Remember these?  (This annotation contains an image)
This means that Redmond  
Who is Callie's legal guardian? 

Chapter Thirty

Explain why these three teens, Lee, Raj, and Briona, don't recognize each other. 
What does this mean to Callie? 
Final Quiz-Chapters 21-30 
This novel has a dramatic ending. We have to do some predicting here at the end. Did Callie hear her father's voice, warning her against going with Blake?