Faith, Hope, and Ivy June

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When push comes to shove, two Kentucky girls find strength in each other. Ivy June Mosely and Catherine Combs, two girls from different parts of Kentucky, are participating in the first seventh-grade student exchange program between their schools. The girls will stay at each other's homes, attend school together, and record their experience in their journals. Catherine and her family have a beautiful home with plenty of space. Since Ivy June's house is crowded, she lives with her grandparents. Her Pappaw works in the coal mines supporting four generations of kinfolk. Ivy June can't wait until he leaves that mine forever and retires. As the girls get closer, they discover they're more alike than different, especially when they face the terror of not knowing what's happening to those they love most. From the Hardcover edition.
Curriculet Details
80 Questions
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3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 6th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining irony, figurative language, and point of view. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about theme and characterization. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of plot, structure, and textual evidence. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter One

Take a look at the cover of the book. Think about what you learn from the cover. (This annotation contains an image)
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? 
In 3-5 sentences, summarize what you have learned about Ivy June Mosley. 

Chapter Two

Did you notice the difference in the font from chapter one to two? Pay attention to the changes in font to see if you can figure out why the author switches font.  
Which of the following words is a synonym (word that means the same or similar as) for swelled head? 
Do you wonder what Ivy June did to Luke Weller's dad? This might be something that comes back later in the story.  
What is revealed by Ivy's reaction to receiving the money? 
This a picture of the area that Ivy June Mosley is from.  (This annotation contains an image)
Look at how Ivy June responds to her brother's question. What does this tell you about Ivy June?  

Chapter Three

What do you learn about Catherine that is quite different from Ivy June?  
What does it mean when the author writes in the italicized font, like this chapter and chapter one? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.  

Chapter Four

Ivy June is not close with her father. Keep this in mind as you meet her Grandfather, or Papaw in the next chapter.  
Ivy June's mother and sister do not think this trip is a good idea. Why are they against it? 
This is a picture of Lexington, Kentucky, where Ivy June will be living for two weeks. Think about how this differs from the picture you saw earlier that depicted where Ivy June lives.  (This annotation contains an image)
Mrs. Mosley's reaction to Ivy June receiving the money reveals that she is a ______________ character.  
The author points this out to reveal that Mrs. Mosley feels bad for the way she initially reacted.  
Ivy June's family has been giving her a hard time about this exchange program. Think about she feels now that they are celebrating with her.  

Chapter Five

The author often uses figurative language, like the simile in this sentence. Watch this video to review figurative language.  (This annotation contains a video)
Compare/contrast Ivy June's relationship with her Mammaw and Papaw with that of her family (mom, dad, and siblings).  
Did you know that you can request a birthday letter from the President for anyone turning 80 or older?  
This diagram explains the different types of coal mines.  (This annotation contains an image)
Watch this excerpt from an interview with the author, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Use this information to answer the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
What do you learn about this book from reading the author's interview? Use evidence from the interview to support your ideas. 

Chapter Six

This is an internal conflict that Ivy June is struggling with. Watch this video to review internal and external conflict.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Seven

What is the internal conflict that Catherine is facing? 

Chapter Eight

What do you expect Ivy June's school to give Catherine when she arrives? How will it compare to this basket? 
Why does Ivy June point out that Catherine's bedroom is fitted to one girl's individual taste? 
Ivy June's response to Peter shows that she is not offended by Peter's assumption that she did not know how to use a toilet. Would you have been offended? 
Catherine's house is obviously different than where Ivy June lives. What is the difference that bothers Ivy June? Explain using evidence from the text to support your ideas.  

Chapter Nine

This comparison is an example of  
Ivy June seems to like using similes. Similes compare two unlike things (Claire and a jack-in-the-box) using the words like or as.  

Chapter Ten

This is an example of a hyperbole, or an extreme exaggeration. A hyperbole is an example of figurative language, so it is not meant to be taken literally. 
How does the reader benefit from reading both girls' journal entries? 

Chapter Eleven

This is another example of figurative language. The author is giving the human quality of "whining" to the hair dryer. That is called personification.  
Why does Ivy June tuck her feet under her chair?  
Hymnals are book of hymns, or religious songs.  (This annotation contains an image)
Remember that Catherine does not like her step-grandmother, Rosemary. How do you think she will treat Ivy June? 
Based on this description of Rosemary, it is obvious that she cares about  
Lexington, Kentucky is well-known for horse racing because that is where the Kentucky derby happens. 
In 3-5 sentences, explain what happened between Rosemary and Ivy June.  

Chapter Twelve

Do you think Ivy June holds Catherine responsible for the way Rosemary behaved? 

Chapter Thirteen

Why would Ivy June love learning about mountains in science? 
It is ironic that Buckner Academy would have bad school lunches. Irony is when the opposite of what you expect happens. You would expect the fancy school to have good lunches.  
Chapters 1-13 

Chapter Fourteen

The point of view of this text is more sophisticated because it switches. Watch this video to review point of view and think about how it relates to this text.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is significant about the fact that Ivy June is a great singer?  
Catherine and her dad make a good point here. The way you are raised has major effects on the way you raise your children. Do you think that is a positive or negative thing? 
This paragraph shows that ______________ is very important to the Combs' family.  
This chapter was written in which point of view?  

Chapter Fifteen

This journal entry reveals something to the reader that Ivy June does not know. How do you think that affects the story for the reader?  

Chapter Sixteen

The italicized chapters are written in which point of view?  

Chapter Seventeen

Why do you think the girls of Buckner Academy are better artists than the students of Thunder Creek?  
Ivy June writes the postcard to her parents and siblings in a very straightforward, objective tone. The one to her grandparents contains more ______________.  
What do you notice about the predicted coal usage of the United States?  
Use this chart to answer the following question.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Eighteen

Remember that Jennifer is one of the girls that wanted the singing solo that Ivy June was chosen for. Do you think this sleepover will be a positive experience for Ivy June?  
Why is Mrs. Paine asking about Mrs. Combs? 
This is an example of a ham, or amateur radio.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why do Mackenzie and Hannah exchange glances?  
Even though the girls meant well, how do you think Ivy June felt when the girls were offering her their used items? 
Ivy June's reaction to this situation reveals that she is _________________.  
Why is Catherine staring at Ivy June with cold eyes?  

Chapter Nineteen

Do you notice how the author italicizes specific words during their conversation? She is letting the reader know that these words are emphasized when spoken by the characters.  
Why does the author italicize certain words for the reader?  
Ivy June admires Claire's frankness. How is Claire being frank? 
Ivy June's view on the world is mature for a young girl. What do you think gives her this maturity?  
Here is the opening scene from the film version of Oklahoma.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why would the crowd of people be so bothersome for Ivy June?  
Think back to earlier in the book. What do you think the secret is about?  

Chapter Twenty

Through these journal entries the reader gets to hear both perspectives. How does that affect you as the reader? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas. 

Chapter Twenty-One

Do you think Rosemary is really trying to be nice? 
Why do you think Rosemary's face "softened a bit" and she accepts that Ivy June isn't going shopping?  
This chart reveals where in the United States Irish-Americans live. Use this chart to answer the following question.  (This annotation contains an image)
According to the previous chart, where do most Irish-Americans in Kentucky live?  

Chapter Twenty-Two

Of the characters that we know, who might be rude to Catherine when she is in Thunder Creek? 
Do you agree with Catherine? Are the girls more alike than they are different? 

Chapter Twenty-Three

Ivy June could have chosen any secret to tell Catherine. Why do you think she chose to share this secret? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.  
Remember Catherine saw the rock under Ivy June's pillow but never told her. Do you think she will tell her now? 
What can the reader infer from this sentence? 
Ivy June was worried about coming back looking different. She doesn't look different, but she has changed. Do you think people will notice this change? 
According to the way it is used in this sentence, hollow is which of the following parts of speech? 
Ivy June feels like her mother favors Jessie. Do you think she is right? 
Mary Todd Lincoln's birthplace is a popular tourist destination in Kentucky.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why wouldn't Ivy June mention the number of bathrooms? 

Chapter Twenty-Four

Here is the hymn that Ivy June is talking about.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does "hearing" the song in the video differ from reading the lyrics on the page?  
Ivy June learned her lesson and did not tell Shirl about Catherine's kind of boyfriend.  
Shirl's character often adds ____________ to the story line.  
What do you predict will be the most difficult part of living in Thunder Creek for Catherine? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.  
Computers, bathrooms, and pretty shoes cost money and Ivy June's family cannot afford those things. However, the affection and encouragement she wants is free. Do you think she will ever speak up and ask for it? 
This is a time when Ivy June is hoping for encouragement, but she does not receive it.  
“Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.” ― W. Somerset Maugham. Explain how this quote relates to Ma Mosley's advice to Ivy June. Use evidence from the text to support your ideas. 

Chapter Twenty-Five

Why does Ivy June compare her Mammaw's words to sandpaper against her ears? 
Papaw's silence is evidence that he agrees with Mammaw. Would you agree with her too? 
Jessie can be described as having which type of attitude? 
This scene between Ma and Jessie is important because it shows how Ivy June's trip to Lexington is having an effect on her family. Do you see it as a positive or negative effect? 
Remember that Catherine's school gave Ivy June a welcome basket of candy. Do you think Catherine is disappointed she did not receive one too? 
Why is Catherine able to get along well with Catherine's younger brothers?  
Why is Ivy June embarrassed by her sister? 

Chapter Twenty-Six

This is the type of bridge that Catherine is referring to.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which other character could be described as a hoot? 
Both girls have found that they envied something about the other girl's family. Do you think this is true for everyone? 
Chapters 13-26 

Chapter Twenty-Seven

This is a photograph of Cumberland Falls, Kentucky. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Why does the author have Grandmommy pronounce touch as tetch? 
Crocuses are flowers from the iris family.  (This annotation contains an image)
What quality does Ivy June share with her grandfather?  
To lance means to cut open. Therefore, Dr. Grace has to cut open the sore on Grandmommy's foot.  
Why are the girls wary of Catherine? 
It is ironic, or unexpected, that the teachers would treat Catherine poorly.  

Chapter Twenty-Nine

What does the phrase "waiting to see me fall on my face" mean? 
Earlier you made a prediction about what would bother Catherine the most. Did you predict something hygiene related?  

Chapter Thirty

Why does Ivy June ask Howard if he has a bone stuck in his throat? 
This is an example of a razor strop.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Thirty-One

This chart reveals the amount of workers vs. the amount of welfare recipients. Pay attention to the Kentucky information to help you answer the next question.  (This annotation contains an image)
According to the previous chart, do most people from Kentucky agree with Papaw or Catherine? Use evidence from the text and the chart to support your ideas.  
Why do you think the headband makes Shirl jealous? Would you have reacted the same way? 
What is the tone (attitude) of the conversation between Jimmy and Ivy June? 
This is a _______________ comment made by Ivy June.  
Ivy June and Catherine singing this song together there in the mountains is significant because they are combining something important from both of their hometowns.  
Why does Papaw have ten people to support?  
If it was the other way around, do you think Catherine would have bathed in Ivy June's "dirty water?"  
Why do you think Shirl is treating Ivy June this way? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.  
This is a common occurrence. When one sense weakens, the others get stronger.  
Why is Ivy June afraid when Sam Feely rides into their yard?  

Chapter Thirty-Two

This is an example of irony. The reader expected something to have happened to Papaw, when it was actually Catherine's mother that is sick.  
The highlighted sentence is an example of which literary device? 
Go to this website and find a superstition that you believe to be true. If you do not believe in any of them, pick one you enjoyed. You will need this to answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
Many families pass on superstitious ideas from generation to generation. Explain the superstition that you chose from the website.  
Do you think people would have treated Catherine differently if they knew? Or is that something that would have happened in Lexington, but not in Thunder Creek? 
Why is it significant that Catherine holds her mother's locket as she sleeps?  

Chapter Thirty-Three

The grass is always greener on the other side is a popular idiom (commonly used phrase that is not meant to be taken literally). How does this idiom relate to Ivy June's journal entry? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.  

Chapter Thirty-Four

The highlighted sentence is another example of an idiom. This phrase means that things will get better.  

Chapter Thirty-Five

What does the phrase Some friends are more fragile than others mean? 
A bookmobile is a library that travels and is set-up in a truck or van.  
Papaw's description of the corn shucking game is similar to the game _______________, which Ivy June and her friends play.  
Here is an example of a greased pig chase.  (This annotation contains a video)
The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.--Joseph Priestley. How would Ivy June feel about this quote? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.  
The author points out the police car speeding by for a reason. She is foreshadowing or hinting that something bad is about to happen. Before continuing, watch this video on tension. Be prepared to explain how the author creates tension in these next few pages.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Luke Weller look at them as they leave?  
The author is creating an eerie tone by having this tragedy occur as sunlight is streaming through the windows.  
How does the author create tension during this situation?  

Chapter Thirty-Six

It is ironic that Catherine is now trying to comfort Ivy June during a time of need, when a short time ago, the tables were turned.  
During this time, the author creates a feeling of ____________ in the room.  
Do you think this poem would bring comfort to Ivy June? (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following words would be the best synonym for the word chastened?  
What reason could Ivy June have for blaming herself for the fact that her grandfather is among the missing men? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.  
President Obama once said "Love tested by tragedy brings us together again." This quote rings true for Shirl and Ivy June.  
Why does Catherine look at Mammaw after Ivy June's response?  

Chapter Thirty-Seven

It must be difficult for Catherine to feel both joy that her mother is doing well, but sadness for Ivy June and her family.  
Catherine describes an example of _______________ in this sentence.  
Based on this last sentence of the journal entry, what is a theme emerging in this book? Use evidence from the book to support your ideas.  
In order to answer the following question, watch this video on theme.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Thirty-Eight

What does this tell you about Catherine?  
The setting is bursting with life as the characters are dealing with the possible deaths of so many loved ones.  (This annotation contains an image)
How is Ivy June feeling at this point?  
We are about to reach the climax of the story: the most suspenseful part of the book that turns us from focusing on the conflict and moves us toward the resolution.  
Watch this video of an underwater rescue to compare/contrast with Papaw's rescue.  (This annotation contains a video)
This reveals that they were so close to killing the men when they were actually trying to rescue them.  
Compare/contrast the underwater rescue from the video with the rescue Papaw explains to his family. Use evidence from the video and text to support your ideas.  
Catherine was there for Ivy June when she really needed her. How would it have been different if Ivy June was alone? 
Do you understand what they mean by "truth is stranger than fiction?" Often times things that happen in real life are stranger than things you could make up in a story.  
Why is Ivy June able to give the rock to Catherine?  

Chapter Thirty-Nine

Watch this video to answer an upcoming question about static and dynamic characters. (This annotation contains a video)
Is Ivy June considered a dynamic or static character? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas.  
Chapters 26-39