Driver's Ed was like so many things in school. If the parents only knew . . .
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Authors often use figurative language to help the reader picture what is going on in the story. One type of figurative language is a simile. This sentence contains a great example of a simile. Watch this short video to learn more. (This annotation contains a video)
According to the text why do Remy's parents probably want her to get her license as quickly as possible?
Mr. Fielding has a definite opinion about his students' names. Take a look at this interactive graphic to see how names have changed over the years. What would Mr. Fielding think about your name? (This annotation contains a link)
Which of these words would you say best describes Mr. Fielding's name tag strategy?
This picture is probably similar to what Remy has driven onto. What do you think will happen next? (This annotation contains an image)
What major difference is there between Morgan and his sister, Starr?
The author is getting ready to use a strategy called flashback. Watch this short video about why authors use it. As you continue to read, see if you can figure out why a flashback was needed to understand Morgan's, "How's Jesus?" comment. (This annotation contains a video)
From the few things we have learned about Morgan, especially this statement about there being nothing like "masculine superiority," what can you infer?
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How does the setting of a Driver's Ed class help the author reveal many different characters at once?
As readers, when several characters are having a conversation, we learn different things about their personalities from how they interact. What similarities and differences are you noticing between Remy and Alexandra?
What word would you use to describe Morgan on his birthday?
Neighborhood Watch is an organization neighborhoods join, in order to look out for and protect each other's houses and property. Do you think this statement hints at something that might happen in the coming events of the story? (This annotation contains an image)
This sentence is filled with great imagery. The author also uses a figurative language strategy called personification. When the "memory came back, sweaty and enclosing," the author gives "memory," which is not alive, the living characteristics of being "sweaty" and able to enclose Morgan. How does this sentence change the mood at this point?
In the last chapter and beginning of this one, we have gotten to know quite a bit about Morgan. Look back and cite two pieces of text evidence that support the following statement about Morgan. Morgan's greatest desire is adventure. Explain your reasons for your two choices.
This is a great example of a metaphor. Can you picture Starr talking on and on, sounding like the constant bullets of a machine gun? Do you know anyone who talks a lot like Starr?
How would you describe the relationship between Morgan and his father?
From Remy's point of view, how is Mac like Nickie?
Does this paragraph make you nervous? Does it cause some tension? Watch this short video about why author's use foreshadowing clues to keep readers turning pages. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Remy justify stealing the road sign?
Why do you think the author included the fact that Nickie saw Remy's reaction to having to sit next to him? How do you think that detail will affect events later in the story?
Look at the definition for "bludgeoning." How does this description by Morgan add to what you already believe about his sister, Starr?
How does stealing the Morgan Road sign change the direction of the story?
"Instead every muscle in his body kicked in, shouting for exercise" is an example of which of the following figurative language tools?
Sometimes characters struggle to make decisions. We, as readers, are able to watch this struggle as the author reveals the characters' thoughts. Watch this short video about conflict, and think about the internal conflict with which Morgan is struggling. (This annotation contains a video)
The details describing the Marland family at the basketball game suggest that they are
The author jerks the chain of our attention here! What do you think Remy means by "something else would have to happen"?
How are Morgan's earlier actions shaping the plot at this point?
The rising action in the plot of this story is very similar to a real-life story that occurred in Florida in 1997. Read this short article and see what similarities you notice. (This annotation contains a link)
What does the author mean when she says, "Remy Marland had just made a dent in the world"?
The author is writing this story using the point of view called third person omniscient. This means the narrator of the story knows and tells the thoughts and feelings of all the characters. In this section we are able to follow Morgan's thoughts as they are occurring. What do you think of his idea to get rid of the signs?
The personification the author uses here helps to set a mood of
Click the define button for "fatuous" (if you haven't already). Why do you think Morgan would call Mrs. Willit's remark about the New Testament having an interesting passage, 'fatuous'?
Why does Mac's question confuse Morgan?
Mrs. Willit's statement is a great example of irony. How do you think her opinion would change if she knew Morgan was the one who stole the stop sign?
Let's Review Chapters 1-5
Which word best describes Morgan's feelings as he sits in Driver's Ed class?
Tension is something an author builds into a story to keep the reader's attention. Tension occurs when the reader knows something bad is about to happen. How does the author create tension with the exchange between Taft and Morgan?
Which evidence from the story best supports the idea that Nickie does not feel guilty about stealing the stop sign?
This statement says a lot about Lark's character and her friendship with Remy. What do you think about her decision to distance herself from Remy?
Do you think Remy and Morgan would show more bravery by telling or keeping their secret? Explain your reasoning.
Denise Thompson's husband is not the only one who has taken out a full page ad seeking help in finding out who is responsible for his loved one's death. Watch this video about another real-life family who chose to take out a full-page newspaper ad. What similarities and differences to you notice in the ads? Do you think this would be an effective way to help solve the crime? (This annotation contains a link)
How does the setting of a vacation in Bermuda affect the relationship between Starr and Morgan?
Authors often use water to symbolize different things in literature. Have you noticed how this author has used water, and the characters often feeling like they are drowning or their lungs are full of water, to describe the depth of their worry?
What thought triggers Mr. Fielding's sudden guilt about veering away from his teaching commitments?
An analogy is a comparison of two things that aren't usually alike, but when compared help the reader's understanding of characters or events. Here the author uses the analogy of Mr. Fielding's personal stop sign to help us understand his depressed feelings about his own life.
How do the statements made by Morgan's dad and his mother, in the living room, contradict each other?
"Skeleton in the closet" is an idiom, which means it is a figure of speech that is not taken literally, but has a special meaning. Read this short story about the origin of this particular idiom. (This annotation contains a link)
Have you noticed how the author has structured the story since the accident? She writes a few paragraphs of what normal life is going on, and then interrupts it with continuous reminders from the characters' thoughts about the tragedy and their guilty feelings. See if you continue to notice this in the coming pages. How does it affect you as a reader?
How does the symbolic stop sign between Remy and Morgan summarize their current relationship?
Nickie's character holds a very important role in this story. Watch this short video to learn more about the different roles characters have in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
How has Morgan's call to Nickie affected the story?
This is called an allusion. An allusion is when an author refers to another piece of writing without specifically stating it by name. Here the author is referring to the children's story "The Princess and the Pea." In this story, only the true princess feels a pea that is buried under a large stack of mattresses as she tries to sleep. Remy's "pea" will be her guilt. (This annotation contains an image)
From Nickie's point of view, what is the worst thing he could do to Morgan?
Irony describes something that happens when you would expect just the opposite. It is ironic that the very way Morgan's dad would want teenage criminals to be punished, will end up putting his and his wife's name on the front page of the paper.
From this paragraph we can infer that
This is a figurative language tool called hyperbole. Hyperbole is an exaggerated statement that is not meant for the reader to take literally. Obviously, every minute didn't really last a century, but it seems that way to Morgan.
When Christine states, "Since when did anybody in this class ever tell the truth?" which of the story's themes is she questioning?
Authors often use repetition to create a strong image in the reader's mind. Repeating "lines" four times here lets us know how crowded the Motor Vehicles Bureau is the day Remy is there.
According to Remy, why did she tell Mr. Fielding the secret she had been keeping for so long?
Morgan makes this comment because Rembrandt, Renoir, and Monet are all famous artists.
Let's Review Chapters 6-10
This paragraph is filled with imagery and the simile of her mother being compared to a vicious vulture. How does this make you feel as a reader?
Remy's mom's point of view is that
This is a painting by an artist named Becca entitled, "Despair". How do you think it relates to Mac's statement, "Mac saw how his mother would look in old age"? (This annotation contains an image)
What is ironic about this part of the story?
How do you feel about the way Morgan's dad is talking to Mr. Fielding? Do you think Mr. Fielding should take any responsibility for what happened?
How does the fact that the Campbells are lawyers impact how the story develops?
Rabies makes an animal go crazy and do things it wouldn't normally do. It becomes dangerous and more violent. How does this simile help you more accurately picture Mr. Fielding at this point?
Explain why it was such a shock to Morgan to see his mother "putting away Christmas before Christmas had come." There were several times earlier in the story when Christmas at the Campbell house was described. Look back and use details from the text to support your answer.
This is the third time in the story we have seen these words emphasized with periods. This helps us, as readers, hear the importance of each word. Think about the powerful emotion this creates as you read it.
What can you infer from Bobby's cheerfulness?
Many people these days have never seen a cassette tape. Cassette tapes were made up of thin ribbon which held the data, often music. When you pulled the tape out, you often ruined the data. How does this simile help us, as readers, understand the effect of Mr. Thompson's laugh? (This annotation contains an image)
This is a very strong image. When something evaporates it is gone from sight. There is a famous saying, "Out of sight, out of mind." Do you think the people involved in this tragedy will ever completely put Denise Thompson out of their minds? (This annotation contains an image)
How does Mr. Thompson hope they will both be punished?
Why does Morgan thank Mr. Fielding?
Sometimes the author chooses a character to actually state the theme of the story. It is interesting that Mac would be the one to state that "love is always there," isn't it?
How does the pageant at the church provide the perfect setting for the author to reveal the theme of the story?
His hug being a Christmas present is a metaphor. Sometimes the best present is not a "thing," but an action.
Let's Review Chapters 11-14