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Elise and Franklin have always been best friends. Elise has always lived in the big house with her loving Uncle and Aunt, because Elise's parents died when she was too young to remember them. There's always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors on the second floor. When Elise and Franklin start middle school, things feel all wrong. Bullying. Not fitting in. Franklin suddenly seems babyish. Then, soon after her 12th birthday, Elise receives a mysterious key left for her by her father. A key that unlocks one of the eight doors upstairs in the bar . . .
Curriculet Details
61 Questions
51 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring point of view and theme, as well as annotations describing flashbacks, visualizations, and turning points. Students will explore the themes of friendship 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 #7

After watching the video, determine in which point of view this story is written.  
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? 
Why does Elise want to hide the cuts on her legs? 
Do you think you could share a locker with a non-friend? Click on the link below to get some tips for surviving Middle School.  (This annotation contains a link)
How is Elise feeling at the end of her first day of sixth grade? 

Homework #8

A rural area is an area where the houses are spread apart and there are not many people living there. An urban area is a city, where many people live and the houses are close together or even touch. You just read that Elise "...has a large gravel circle of a driveway" and she has a barn. These clues let you know that she lives in a rural area. 
Elise is remembering an event that happened when she was younger. In literature this is known as a flashback. 
Why does Uncle Hugh call Elise Cricket? 
Why is Elise unhappy about eating breakfast over Franklin’s house? 
Here is a picture of an organism as seen under a microscope. (This annotation contains an image)
Think about the activities Franklin and Elise did today. What do they tell you about these two characters? 
What do you think is going to happen tomorrow? 

Homework #9

Summarize Elise's three biggest issues with sixth grade this year. 
A hardware store traditionally sells household hardware such as fasteners, keys, locks, hinges, wire, chains, plumbing supplies, tools, cutlery and machine parts. 
What does Elise want for her birthday? 
Tetanus, also know as lockjaw, is an infection that causes painful muscle spasms and could lead to death. You can get it through a cut or wound, but are most likely to get tetanus through deep wounds caused by nails or knives. The tetanus shot, or vaccine, will prevent you from getting tetanus and lasts for 10 years. 
How does Elise feel about the accident with Franklin? 
Which word is an synonym for preventable? 
When you have an injury like Elise has, a doctor will prescribe pain medicine. The night time pills usually have something in them to help the patient sleep well. 

Homework #10

"Some of this mess is his fault" is what Elise is thinking in this section.  Explain why you agree or disagree with Elise.   
Why did Elise tell Mrs. Wakefield about the locker incident? 
Chicken writing is also known as chicken scratch. It is really messy handwriting that is nearly impossible to read. The writing looks like the footprints and scratches chickens leave in the dirt.  
Which sentence from the story tells you the reason Elise missed the bus? 

Homework #11

Even though Franklin does not appear offended, people do not like to be called names. 
Why did Uncle Hugh need to keep an eye on where Elise was going? 
How would you describe Elise's relationship with Aunt Bessie? 
Elise is thinking these thoughts but not saying them. 
The author, Suzanne LaFleur, decided to have Elise help Anna in with her bags because she wanted you to see  
What does the expression 'nearly turned purple' mean? 
Ava is about five months old. Most five month old babies sleep 15 hours a day! 
Explain why you think things will or will not be different when Elise turns 12. 

Homework #12

Amanda is a bully. Usually bullies hang out with a group of kids. This helps make the bully feel stronger. 
When Elise says she heard about the old lake a million gazillion times she means 
An avocado is a fruit because it contains a seed and it developed from a flower. (This annotation contains an image)
How is Elise feeling about Annie and Ava living with her? 
Here is a picture of baby pajamas with feet. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #13

Why does Franklin question Elise about what they are eating? 
Elise asks herself "Whose birthday was it, anyway?" because Aunt Sally seemed to be more excited about seeing Ava than seeing Elise. 
What do you think Elise's favorite gift will be and why? 
Uncle Hugh is the brother of Elise's Dad. 
What do you think Elise's Dad meant when he said he was "leaving something else" for her? 

Homework #14

Why does Elise not want to play anymore? 
When an author has many sentences of dialogue, or people talking, sometimes it is difficult to figure out who is saying what. One strategy to try is visualization. Imagine the characters in your head and picture them having the conversation. This will help you "see" what is going on and the dialogue is not confusing. 
When an author uses the three dots below that is telling you that the setting of the story has changed. In this case after the three dots you have moved on to the next day. 
Elise thinks it is good to be smart. Caroline does not agree. What do you think? 
Quiz for Chapters 1-8 

Homework #16

In previous chapters Franklin has been willing to do many different activites with Elise, so he would be very interested in the key if Elise told him about it. Elise is trying to make excuses in her head so that she does not have to share her discovery with anyone. 
What would be a good name for the first room Elise unlocked? 
Even though Elise says the bear is "literate", Elise's Dad actually wrote the note. You know this because a teddy bear cannot really write, and Elise noted that the handwriting matched the writing on her Dad's letters. 
Why do you think Aunt Bessie is shocked? 
High risk is a medical term that doctors use. It describes mothers who have a higher than average risk of having problems during their pregnancy. It could also mean there is a chance of problems during the delivering of the baby. 
How are Elise and Franklin's relationship and Amanda and Caroline's relationship similar? 
Many people visit cemeteries. Headstones are the stone markers that tell you where people are buried. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Elise think it is her fault her mom is dead? 

Homework #17

"All business" is a metaphor meaning Aunt Bessie was most concerned about getting her work done. 
Why did Elise bring Franklin a bottle of cream soda? 
When the teacher gave Elise a funny look, she was showing Elise that she did not believe her story about being clumsy. Elise could have talked to her teacher about Amanda at this time, but she chose not to. 
Watch this video that further explains theme. What is the theme of this story? Be sure to include details to support your answer just like Elise had to do for her teacher.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3_Bb9wGObY 

Homework #18

Elise's Dad was someone who read all of the time no matter where he was. Elise's Mom liked to curl up in a chair to read a good book. Think about who you are more similar to when it comes to reading, Elise's Dad or Mom. 
What hobby did Elise's Mom and Dad have in common? 
In some schools students need a pass from their parents if they are going home on a different bus. 
How is Caroline's reaction to the book room different from Franklin's? 
Listen to the song about jumping in leaves. How does it compare to Caroline and Elise's leaf adventure? http://katelegge.bandcamp.com/track/jumping-in-leaves  
Below is a picture of a girl with two braids in her hair. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #19

What did Leonard mean when he said Elise probably needed a girl as a friend? 
When an author italicizes a word in a sentence, they want you to emphasize that word as you are reading. Reread the highlighted sentence quietly to yourself and try to emphasize "you're". 
Has Elise's relationship with Ava changed? 

Homework #20

Do you want to know how to complete a jigsaw puzzle? The link below will give you some tips. (This annotation contains a link)
How has the second room helped Elise in school? 
Elise's Mom died the day Elise was born. Elise's Dad is crying over the loss of his wife, but full of wonder over the birth of his daughter. 
Why do you think Elise shut the journal without finishing it first? 
Think about Elise's question. "How could you ever really know someone, if they could change on you?" Do you think you can know someone even if they change as they grow up? 
Uncle Hugh's advice to Elise is helping her realize she can make choices in her life as well. 
What do you think Elise is going to accomplish by spying on Amanda? 

Homework #21

This is a grove of trees, which is what Elise is hiding in. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Suzanne LaFleur mean when she writes "Amanda looked small"? 
While Caroline is still friends with Amanda, this is the first time she realizes just how badly Elise is being picked on. 
What did Elise accomplish by Spying on the Enemy? 

Homework #22

How are Aunt Bessie and Uncle Hugh feeling in this section? 
This is an example of a letter using similar cut-out letters as Elise's envelope. (This annotation contains an image)
Which word is an antonym for defiant? 
This is a turning point for Elise. She is finally realizing she needs to stand up for herself. You will have to read on to see how she accomplishes this. 

Homework #23

What authorities might interrogate Elise? 
This is an example of onomatopoeia, or a word whose sound suggests how it is read. Other examples are buzz and hiss. 
Who else knows the combination to the locker? 
If you get a suspension from school you cannot go to school for a certain number of days. You must make up all of the missed work when you return to school. The suspension is also noted on your school record. 
Quiz for Chapters 9-16 

Homework #24

Adults usually tell kids if someone hits you do not hit back or you will be in equal amount of trouble. It looks like Elise learned this lesson the hard way. 
What were the consequences of Elise’s prank on Amanda? 

Homework #25

Elise is being sarcastic with this statement to Caroline. Sarcasm is a sharp or cutting remark. A sarcastic comment is usually the opposite of what the speaker really means. 
Why is Caroline no longer friends with Amanda? 
Caroline and Amanda were very good friends in elementary school. Very good friends have a lot of secrets between themselves that they would not want others to know. Caroline has that to hold against Amanda so she will not start bullying her. 
Why is Elise having a flashback? 
Keys are important in this book. Watch this quick video to see how a key works inside a lock. (This annotation contains a link)
Where did Elise get the idea to go to the old lake? 

Homework #26

Elise must not be someone who likes to sleep in. Uncle Hugh jokingly asked if she was sick since she was still in bed at 12pm. 
Think about a time when you had a major fight with your friend.  Explain how you had to "work at it" to keep the friend. 
Leonard is calling Elise Cricket to remind her that she is still loved just like she has been since she was a little kid. 

Homework #27

Why is Caroline asking Elise if she cares about winter? 

Homework #28

Elise took Caroline's advice and wrote a poem about her feelings, since they are what matter to her. If you want to write a feelings poem the link below will give you some tips. (This annotation contains a link)
Why is school work and homework becoming easier for Elise? 
The setting had changed from the last room in the barn to Elise's classroom with Mrs. Wakefield. 
Why does Elise think Caroline is not sick? 
Caroline and Elise did not deliver the kitten themselves. Diana and Franklin are not very trusing of Elise right now, so they may not have accepted the cat if Elise had been there. 
Write five questions you would add to the room. At least two of your questions have to be "real ones." 
Elise's Dad may be dead, but the rooms he left behind have taught his daughter many life lessons. 

Homework #30

Will Franklin and Elise be friends again? 
Suzanne LaFleur is having Elise share what she learned about herself with Franklin. Suzanne also hopes that you will learn something from Elise's discovery as well. 
What is the most important event in this story and why? 

Homework #31

Ovaltine is a brand of milk flavoring. Elise is drinking the chocolate flavor. 
Who built the rooms? 
What does ready mean as used in this sentence? 
Elise started on the room the day after Christmas. Since it is the last day of vacation when she is showing the "no-longer-empty room" you can assume it took her about a week to design and fill it. 
Elise wrote ten reasons she is glad to be herself. Write a list of at least five reasons you are happy to be yourself. 
Quiz for Chapters 17-23