Borderline

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The truth is closing in.

Life's not easy for Sami Sabiri since his dad stuck him at a private school where he's the only Muslim kid. But it's about to get a lot worse.

When Sami catches his father in a lie, he gets suspicious. . . . He's not the only one. In a whirlwind, the FBI descends on his home, and Sami's family becomes the center of an international terrorist investigation. Now Sami must fight to keep his world from unraveling.

An explosive thriller ripped from today's headlines, borderline is the story of a funny, gutsy Muslim-American teen determined to save his father, his family, and his life.

Curriculet Details
103 Questions
80 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for high school students contains interactive videos exploring point of view, characterization, tension, and conflict. Written and visual annotations describe guidelines for Islamic dress, diet, and prayer. Video annotations give insight into Islamic cultural and religious beliefs. Students will explore the themes of racism, trust, family traditions, and bullying. 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 #6

Point of view is the perspective from which a story is told. View the video on point of view and note how it is used in this novel. (This annotation contains a video)
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What is the point of view of this novel? 
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What does the narrator's father ask him to do? 
What do the narrator's comments suggest about his relationship with his dad? 

Homework #7

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What does this text reveal about Andy's mother? 
A madrassa is a building or group of buildings used for teaching Islamic theology and religious law, typically including a mosque.  
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Mohammed gets into trouble for 
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What does Mohammed's father mean by this statement? 
What do we learn about the narrator from his family's religious practices? 
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What does Mohammed notice when he starts calling himself Sami? 

Homework #8

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What do the Sabiris do during Events of the Day? 
Meal time is an important ritual in Sami's family. Why does his mother consider his initial comments inappropriate? 
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Why does Sami's father cancel the weekend trip? 
Sami is stunned by his mother's actions. What does this reveal about the relationship between his parents? 

Homework #9

We are learning more about the characters of the novel. The process by which the author reveals the personality of the character is called characterization. (This annotation contains a video)
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What does the format of this conversation indicate? 
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Who gives Sami permission to go on the trip? 
Alexandria Bay, New York is located on the St. Lawrence River in northern Jefferson County. (This annotation contains an image)
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The boys plan to go to  
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Why does Sami feel guilty? 
What indications are there that Sami's father is upset? 

Homework #10

Mashallah means "whatever Allah wills". It expresses appreciation, joy, praise or thankfulness for an event or person that was just mentioned. 
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Why does Sami hesitate about going on the trip? 
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Why does Sami's mother feel guilty? 
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What does Mary Louise want Sami to do? 
People believe the rumors about Sami. Do you think the fact that he practices a different religion influences their opinion of him? 
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Why does Sami's father enroll him in the academy? 

Homework #11

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Mr. Bernstein's class lectures are 
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Who is Eddy Harrison? 
Mr. Bernstein tries to get students to think for themselves. 
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Who pages Sami? 

Homework #12

Characters change or develop over the course of a book. Watch the video. Think about how Sami develops over the course of the novel. (This annotation contains a video)
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After getting into the car with Marty and Andy, Sami realizes that  
Sami is feeling guilty about the trip. Why? 
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Why doesn't Sami have Andy take him home? 

Homework #14

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Sami does not want anyone to hassle him about 
Sami tries to make himself invisible by putting his hands in his pocket and covering his face with his hoodie. The reason he feels he has to hide is one of the emerging themes of this book. Watch the video to better understand theme and identify the emerging themes in this text. (This annotation contains a video)
Mr. Johnson's boat looks like the one pictured below. (This annotation contains an image)
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Andy's cottage is  
Sami must follow Islamic dietary guidelines. 
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Marty's conversation reveals that  
Andy is trying to cope with the situation with his parents. How do Marty and Sami show their support? 

Homework #15

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The figure of speech in this sentence is  
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What happens to Mr. Stillman? 
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Why does Sami follow Andy? 
The picture below shows a twelve-gauge shotgun. Can you imagine how Sami feels when this shotgun is aimed at his head?  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #16

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How does the narrator characterize the old man in this text? 
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Who is the old man? 
Andy remembers when he was younger. Why is he sad? 
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Where are Andy's parents? 
An imam is a person who leads prayers in a mosque. 

Homework #17

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Why does Sami feel guilty? 
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What do the italicized words represent? 
"Children of Heaven" is s a 1997 Iranian family drama film that deals with a brother and sister and their adventures over a lost pair of shoes.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What does Sami discover when he checks his father's e-calendar? 

Homework #18

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What figure of speech is used to describe how Sami is feeling? 
The narrator uses repetition here. What purpose does it serve? 
A mosque is a Muslim place of worship. 
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What does Sami think when he hears the answering machine message? 
Quiz One 

Homework #19

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Eddy reveals his ___________ when he calls Sami names. 
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Eddy thinks he will not be punished for his actions because 
Mr. Bernstein's advice is similar to that of Sami's mother. 
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What does Eddy tell the principal? 
Mr. McGregor accepts Eddy's account of events without reservation but interrogates Sami. What do his actions tell the reader about him? 

Homework #20

Inshallah is Arabic for "God willing" or "If Allah wills". 
Maghrib is the fourth of five formal prayers performed daily by practicing Muslims. It is prayed just after sunset. 
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Why do the policemen come to Sami's house? 
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What punishment does Sami receive from his dad? 
The reader can sense turmoil in the Samiri household. This turmoil is called tension. What causes tension between Sami and his father? (This annotation contains a video)
There is fear in Mr. Sabiri's eyes. Why do you think he is afraid? 

Homework #21

Xanax is a medication used to treat panic and anxiety. 
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Why doesn't Marty get into trouble for trespassing? 
Halal foods are foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines.  
Sami feels physically sick when he sees what Eddy carves on his chair. In the video below, Emily Bazelon gives some advice on how to deal with bullying. (This annotation contains a video)
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What does Emily Bazelon suggest that students do to help someone like Sami who is the victim of bullying? 
A madrassa is an Islamic religious school. 
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Where does Sami go when he leaves his cubbyhole? 

Homework #22

Sami's father thinks Andy and Marty are a bad influence on Sami. Do you think his evaluation of their friendship is correct? 
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How does Sami avoid a confrontation with Eddy? 
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Why does Mr. Carson come to Sami's lunch table? 
Prejudices can take many forms. Does Mr. McGregor treat Sami fairly? 
Demerol is a narcotic pain reliever. What does this statement indicate? 

Homework #23

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During his suspension, Sami's parents  
Andy warns Sami that there are strangers approaching his house and tells him he will call 911 if there is any trouble. What does his action convey about his relationship with Sami? 
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Who charges into Sami's house? 

Homework #25

Pacing is important to the action of a novel. View the video to understand how authors use pacing. How would you describe the pace of this novel? (This annotation contains a video)
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What do the FBI agents do with Sami? 
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What do the FBI agents ask Sami? 
What mental debate does Sami have as the FBI interrogate him? 
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Why is Sami reluctant to answer the agents' questions? 
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The agents want Sami to tell them about 
Why does Sami decide to tell the FBI about his father's trip to Toronto and his suspicions that his father is having an affair? 

Homework #26

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Sami's statement reflects the theme that 
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What does Sami notice when the agents take him back upstairs? 
A hijab is a traditional scarf worn by Muslim women to cover the hair, the neck, and sometimes the face. (This annotation contains an image)
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What does Sami's mom do after the agents leave? 
Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. Members often ride cars and go-carts in parades. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #27

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The news media allege that Sami's father is 
Niqab is the term used to refer to the piece of cloth which covers the face, worn by some Muslim women. (This annotation contains an image)
Why do Sami and his mom receive an obscene telephone call? 
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The news media link Dr. Sabiri to 
Sami hears about the allegations against his father on the news. He has to decide how well he knows his father and what he will believe. 

Homework #28

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What does Sami do with the sheets and blankets? 
Juma is a congregational prayer that Muslims hold every Friday just after noon in the place of dhuhr, the prayer after midday. (This annotation contains a video)
A burka is a loose enveloping garment that covers the face and body and is worn in public by some Muslim women. (This annotation contains an image)
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What does Sami's father tell Mr. Bhanjee? 
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Mr. Bhanjee warns Mrs. Sabiri that 
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What will happen if Dr. Sabiri is found guilty? 
Sami realizes that people in power may not want his father to be proven innocent. Why might powerful people not want the truth to be revealed? 

Homework #29

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Sami is __________ that Marty and Andy have withdrawn their friendship. 
Haraam is an Arabic term meaning sinful. 
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What doe Sami take from his father's office? 

Homework #30

Why doesn't Sami want to return to the Academy? 
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How do the kids act when Sami returns to school? 
What warning does Mr. Bernstein give the class? 
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Andy's comment expresses  
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This text is an example of  

Homework #31

Many conservative Muslims believe unrelated men and women should never touch one another. Sami's mother expresses this belief when she chooses to touch her palm to her heart and bow rather than shake hands with Mr. Samuels. 
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Why does Mr. Samuels offer to refund Sami's tuition to the Academy? 
Why does Dr. Sabiri hang his head in shame? 
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What figure of speech describes the judge's appearance? 
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The prosecution argues that  
Quiz Two 

Homework #32

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Why does Mrs. Sabiri slap Sami? 
Sami wants to believe his father is innocent, but he has doubts. This turmoil is called conflict. The video explains inner and external conflict. Note the conflicts that Sami faces. (This annotation contains a video)
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What is the purpose of the italicized questions? 

Homework #33

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Where does Sami go to hide? 
Sami's confrontation with Eddy and his followers is conflict. Is the conflict internal or external? 
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Eddy takes a picture of 
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Mr. Samuel's dismissal of Mr. Bernstein shows  
What does Mr. Bernstein reveal about his private life? 
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What does the Toronto telephone number reveal to Sami? 

Homework #35

What do Andy and Marty's actions reveal about their relationship with Sami? 
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What does Sami ask Andy to do? 
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What does Sami want to do? 
Why does Marty have misgivings about Sami's ability to find Hasan? 
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How do Andy and Marty respond to Sami's request for help? 
Andy refuses to let Sami out on the highway. Why? 
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How does Andy plan to get away for a couple of days? 
The video shows the building tension as Sami makes plans to prove his father's innocence. (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #36

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What does Sami learn from the telephone messages? 
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How does Andy prepare for the trip? 
Andy has set aside his initial reluctance to help Sami and wholeheartedly works to help his friend. 
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What does Andy take for protection? 

Homework #37

Andy has done research on the area. Why does he take this trip so seriously? 
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Why does Mr. Bhanjee tell Sami the news story about the Pickering nuclear plant? 
A halal grocery store sells foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines. 
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Why is Sami cautious about contacting the person in Apartment Four? 

Homework #38

Sami begins to understand the severity of his situation. 
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How does Sami plan to get into Tariq's apartment? 
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Where does Sami tell the woman in the apartment to meet him? 
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How does Sami know where to meet the woman from the apartment? 
Andy and Marty help Sami even though they know it could be risky. What does this reveal about Andy and Marty? 

Homework #39

Yonge and Bloor is one of the busiest intersections in Toronto, Canada.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What does Andy do when Sami goes to meet the woman? 
Why do you think the woman does not want Sami to see her face? 
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What does the woman tell Sami to do? 
This is an image of the Yonge Street and Bloor Street intersection. Can you see why it might be easy to lose someone in the crowd? (This annotation contains an image)
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The woman takes Sami to  
Why do the men check Sami for a wire? 
Why does Sami try to remember the route the minivan takes? 
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At the house Sami sees 

Homework #40

Sometimes characters in a novel can change. Characters who change are called dynamic characters, and those who do not are called static. View the video on static and dynamic characters. Is Sami a dynamic or static character? (This annotation contains a video)
A garrote is a device used to strangle someone. Why does Sami think he will be harmed? 
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What does Sami's father tell Tariq? 
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Tariq asks Sami about 
Who is the young man Tariq is describing? 
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Sami realizes that Tariq is 
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What is in the package Tariq requests? 

Homework #41

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Tariq tells Sami that  
Sharia is Islamic law based on the Koran. 
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Who is Erim Malik? 
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Why does Sami call Mr. Bernstein? 

Homework #42

Why is Sami's mom so upset when he returns? 
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Sami's reluctance to share Tariq's identity shows 
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Where does Mr. Sabiri hide the letter from Tariq? 
Sami cautions his mother against saying anything against Mr. Ibrahim. Why are rumors and innuendoes dangerous? 

Homework #43

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Why does the case against Dr. Sabiri fall apart? 
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How do Marty and Andy react when Sami explains the spelling of his name? 
How does Sami feel when he stands up to Eddy? 

Homework #44

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When do the authorities release Mr. Sabiri? 
The characters have faced many conflicts. Which characters have progressed throughout the course of the novel? 
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What punishment does Tariq receive? 
View the trailer from "Borderline". It will help you remember the key points of the novel. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz Three