Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

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Angus:
My mixed-breed cat, half domestic tabby, half Scottish wildcat. The size of a small Labrador, only mad.

Thongs:
Stupid underwear. What's the point of them, anyway? They just go up your bum, as far as I can tell.

Full-Frontal Snogging:
Kissing with all the trimmings, lip to lip, open mouth, tongues ... everything.

Her dad's got the mentality of a Teletubby (only not so developed). Her cat, Angus, is trying to eat the poodle next door. And her best friend thinks she looks like an alien -- just because she accidentally shaved off her eyebrows. Ergghhhlack. Still, add a little boy-stalking, teacher-baiting, and full-frontal snogging with a Sex God, and Georgia's year just might turn out to be the most fabbitty fab fab ever!

Curriculet Details
42 Questions
40 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 7th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining how to use the curriculet dictionary to look up unknown words, how to identify literary devices such as mood, and how to identify figurative language like similes and metaphors. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about British holidays like Guy Fawkes night, and videos that help compare the book to the movie version of the story. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of character motivation, identification of literary devices, and plot questions. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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August

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?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
Which of the following individuals could NOT be considered a "bloke"? 
This novel was made into a movie in 2008. Watch the first few minutes of the movie, to see the movie's version of this "fancy dress party," and be prepared to compare it to the party in the story.  (This annotation contains a video)
Sometimes, authors want their readers to feel a certain emotion while reading part of their novel. This emotion felt by the reader is called mood. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
What mood is invoked by the party scene? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.7
What is one similarity between the movie and the story? 
The Teletubbies were a show for very small children that used actors dressed as weird aliens. See below for more details.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
The narrator says her father isn't like a normal dad for many reasons. Which is one reason she does NOT mention? 
This novel is written in the style of a diary. For us to get to know the narrator, we'll have to look at what she says, does, and thinks, as well as what others say to her. When authors give clues to readers about the personality of their characters, this is called indirect characterization. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3
How can you tell that the narrator does not trust Jas's advice? 
Since this is a diary, the reader must use clues, called inferences, to guess what she is referring to. In this case, "M and D" probably refers to "Mum and Dad." 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Find the word "row" in the highlighted paragraph. What does "row" most likely mean in this context? 
Based on the questions that the girls ask, as well as the way the hang on Ellen's words, it is clear that the narrator has never kissed a boy. 

September

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
If "tea" takes place between the hours of five and seven p.m., then it must be 
Note the narrator's humorous descriptions of girls who are "it." What might "it" mean? 
Here is an image of a school uniform, complete with beret.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Based on inferences, has Jas had a boyfriend before? 
Note the personification here, as her book takes on human characteristics.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Why would this question from Tom upset Georgia, the narrator? 
Note the capital letters "winked" and "smiled." Why might she put these letters in all caps? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Who does George meet on the way to school? 
By comparing her to a stoat, or a weasel, Georgia is using a simile, which is a type of descriptive language using like or as to compare two unlike things. If she had avoided using like or as, this would be a metaphor. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.5
Why would Georgia use all capital letters in the highlighted sentence? 
When there are many lines of dialogue that go back and forth between two people, it can get confusing to keep track of who is speaking. It is clear, however, that Georgia said this line. Why might she want Jas to stop talking about Tom? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Has Georgia been kissed before? 
This is yet another clue that she has never been kissed properly. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3
If you think about what happened that day at school, how does Georgia feel that night? 

October

Georgia feels she has changed because she's had her first kiss. This diary is written in first person, which means that the narrator is the main character. We will have to infer, or guess based on clues, what other characters actually think. Do you think her parents noticed a difference? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6
Because this story is written in first person, what can we know about Peter? 
Is Georgia a good friend to Jas? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
Which of the following literary devices can you find in the highlighted text? 
When you are reading a novel, sometimes you will notice an idea that comes up again and again. This idea that the text seems to revolve around is called a theme. They can be hard to find, but look for ideas that come up again and again. In this novel, the qualities of good friend is one theme. What other reoccurring ideas have you noticed so far? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
What kind of mood does the story about the school photo invoke? 

November

Do you know the story behind Guy Fawkes nigh? Watch this video to learn more.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.9
What is the difference between the history of Guy Fawkes and what Georgia describes? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2
What theme is evident as Jas and Georgia converse with each other? 
Did you try the dictionary function yet? It might be really helpful for the word "stroppy" in this highlighted sentence. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
In addition to the theme of the qualities of a good friend, there appears to be another theme emerging. What do you think it is? Hint: it is evident in the 4:20 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. sections on this page. 
Quiz 1 

December

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3
Who are the "Stiff Dylans"? 
Wondering what jimjams might be? You can use the dictionary function to find out! 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
Which of the following literary device describes the highlighted text? 
Georgia's father is moving to New Zealand to find a job. Does she really understand what is happening to her family? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3
Why is Georgia feeling sick? 
Remember the idea of mood? See what emotions you feel as you read the this section of her diary. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3
What mood do you feel as you read the scene about the concert? Explain. 
The "qualities of a good friend" theme is evident in this short sentence. Has Georgia been a good friend to Jas? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2
Which theme do you see in the highlighted text? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3
What do Georgia's interactions with her sister on Christmas say about her character? 
Will Georgia miss her father? 

January

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
What is the mood of the story about the swimming pool? 
Are you familiar with yoga? It is an exercise that focuses on stability and flexibility. See below for one version of Sun Salutation.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
This word does not appear correctly in Curriculet's dictionary because it is slang. Which definition makes the most sense for "bunking"? 

February

What might happen if Angus kills the guinea pig? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 
Note the theme of true friendship here. But is Georgia really a good friend to Jas? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
Which of the following literary devices is evident in the highlighted text? 

March

Since the point of view of this novel is first person, we can only infer that Jas is trying to look pretty for Robbie. What might Robbie want? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3
Why is Georgia "fab"? 
By talking to Jas, Georgia is really saying she forgives Jas. Was the fight really Jas's fault? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
What inference might the reader make about Georgia's mother and Jem? 
Here is Brad Pitt, on the left, with Leonardo DiCaprio on the right.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 2 

April

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.5
Who must be saying this line? 
Sometimes, words we think we know, such as chips, actually have different meanings in different countries. Try looking up the word "chips" in the dictionary! 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
What might the neighbor really be looking at? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Who is the neighbor most likely really looking at? 
Do you think Georgia still likes Robbie? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Using the highlighted text as evidence, how does Georgia seem to feel about her father? 

May

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2
Why doesn't Georgia get to play the final match? 

June

Do you think Rosie is being honest about Sven? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2
Which of the following is the best summary for what Georgia did? 
Do the girls really know what lesbians are? 
Is Jas a good friend to Georgia? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.5
Why does the author use all capital letters here? 
Throughout the text, the author has used the dates and times to help us understand how Georgia is changing. If this were not written as a diary, the end of this chapter wouldn't make any sense. 

July

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3
Which character in the story does Georgia have sympathy for now? 
Although you cannot use the dictionary to determine what this sentence means, you can infer that she wants Jas to say she is home sick. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Based on the exchange between Georgia and her mother, is Georgia's mother going to get a divorce? 
How old is Robbie?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
What does Georgia think might have happened to Angus? 
Georgia is making fun of the caretaker here. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
What is the mood of this scene? 
Quiz 3