Poets. Geniuses. Revolutionaries. The members of the legendary band Lemonade Mouth have been called all of these things. But until now, nobody's known the inside story of how this powerhouse band came to be. How five outcasts in Opoquonsett High School's freshman class found each other, found the music, and went on to change both rock and roll and high school as we know it. Wen, Stella, Charlie, Olivia, and Mo take us back to that fateful detention where a dentist's jingle, a teacher's coughing fit, and a beat-up ukelele gave birth to Rhode Island's most influential band. Told in each of their five voices and compiled by Opoquonsett's "scene queen," freshman Naomi Fishmeier, this anthology is their definitive history. From the Hardcover edition.
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Why is Wen so bothered by his dad dating Sydney?
Use the Define feature and read the definition of emulated. Which of the following is an antonym (meaning the opposite) of how emulated is used here?
This statement is an example of simile. Simile is a comparison that uses like or as. (This annotation contains a video)
Notice the change in point of view. The chapter started with Wen and you are now reading through the eyes of Stella. Keep track of the different characters introduced and how their perspectives add more information about Lemonade Mouth.
Which of the following does NOT influence Stella's idea to cut her hair?
Why is Stella so bothered by her IQ score?
Keep track of this statement and how is applies to Stella and the other characters throughout the book. Notice how these moments shape the character emotionally and physically.
Explain how Stella's outlook changes after she cuts her hair. Use text evidence to support your response.
This is what Charlie is listening to: (This annotation contains a video)
Keep track of how the meaning of this symbol plays out for Charlie. (This annotation contains an image)
"Outrageous swirl of stiff brown hair like a giant chocolate cake," is an example of _______.
Explain how being around Scott has affected Mo. Use specific examples from the text to support your response.
Notice how each character we have met is trying to be noticed, accepted, or praised by more popular students. Keep track of how the point of view of these characters is affected by their need to feel accepted.
Silver lining is a metaphor for hope. Mo is trying to find the positive aspects of her punishment and situation.
What unintentional effect is Stella's wild new look creating?
Compare Stella's motivation in protesting during the assembly to the outcome and her feelings afterward. What didn't change for Stella?
Both of these sentences are great examples of imagery. As the reader, you can feel Wen's humiliation through the description of his embarrassment. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is this realization so humiliating for Wen?
Based on what you know about each of the students in detention, what inference can you make about what Lemonade Mouth is? (This annotation contains a video)
How does Olivia change through her experience in detention?
Olivia mentions that what the group has experienced can't be random and has changed them somehow. How does this information change your thinking as the reader? What are you expecting to happen now that the group has shown musical ability?
Bollywood movies are a huge industry in India. These movies are colorful and filled with singing and dancing. (This annotation contains a video)
Explain how Mo's point of view is affected by family pressure and the need to succeed. Use text evidence to support your response.
Why does Mo assume the tone of Mrs. Reznik's note is negative?
Notice how each character reacts to the same situation. How does this added insight help readers better understand each character?
Explain the impact Aaron's voice has on Charlie's thinking and actions.
Notice the difference in how the kids view Mrs. Reznik. Mo is terrified of Mrs. Reznik whereas Charlie just thinks she is crazy.
Wen is more concerned with competing with Mudslide Crush's fans rather than their musical talent. The power of popularity is mentioned quite often and is an oppositional force for Wen and the rest of the group.
Explain how Mrs. Resnik's message to the group connects to each student's wish to be more popular. How will becoming a band help that?
Notice how this comparison illustrates how Wen feels at school after the mix up with Sydney. If Wen is the poison ivy, what does that say about how he is being received at school?
How is Sydney influencing Wen's pursuit of popularity? Use specific examples from the text to support your response.
Based on Olivia's letter, how do you think Wen will influence her decision to pursue the band?
Note the description of Stella as told by her mother. From what we have seen, Stella likes to push the limits and go beyond what is expected. Do you think these character traits will motivate Stella to join the band?
How is Stella's need for a revolution related to the quality of her home life?
Note the difference in how Mo wants to be seen at school and her reaction to Stella's pursuit for attention. Keep track of how the girls influence each other.
The reader knows that everyone at the table wants to be important and popular on some level. Explain the obstacles that the group faces in accepting their desires and pursuing the band.
Sista Slash's advice is going to mold and motivate the success and persistence of the band and members. Notice how the quote affects the group and lends to their growth.
How does Mo's perspective of Stella change after their conversation at Bruno's?
This statement embodies a major theme and connects back to each of the group members desire to be popular. (This annotation contains a video)
How is Stella's choice in songs creating conflict for the rest of the group?
Stella is only being flexible when her idea is being pursued. Notice how Stella relaxes after Olivia's comment. Stella is still in control and is motivated by personal goals rather than the success of the band. Keep track of how this affects the group.
Explain how comparing the band to size illustrates the impact their success will have on them individually and as a group.
The potential of the band keeps being described by size. Mrs. Reznick said the band would take up space and be enormous. Naomi describes their sound as gigantic. Keep track of the emphasis on size.
Mo's internal conflict with dating Scott is now being influenced by ______.
This is a huge moment for Mo. Not only is she pulling away from Scott, but she is realizing the value of each of the band members. For Mo to align herself with the band is a huge leap in her development. This also illustrates Mo as a dynamic character, as she is able to change her thinking and actions.
Mo still hasn't fully realized that Scott will probably not change his thinking about her band mates or her role in the band. This is an example of a static character.
What is ironic about Olivia's observation about Wen's reaction to Sydney?
Explain the effect the ukulele has on Stella's sense of self.
The lemonade cups have become a symbol for the less popular students. With the potential success of the band, do you think the meaning could change?
How is the use of the lemonade cups related to the message being delivered?
The coin toss is another example of yin and yang symbolism and symmetry. Do you think Charlie actually tosses the coin or did he take the easy way out?
Ray is calling Mo a traitor by referring to her as Benedict Arnold. Benedict Arnold is famous for betraying George Washington during the American Revolutionary War. (This annotation contains an image)
How is Stella spitting lemonade at Ray related to the negative perception Mel's Lemonade represents?
Chapters 1-3 Quiz
What are the positive outcomes of Stella's interaction with Ray?
Durga Pooja is an important Indian holiday where the mother goddess is worshipped. The celebration lasts ten days and includes fasting and feasts. (This annotation contains an image)
Note how Mo is trying to convince herself that she wants chemistry with Scott. Mo's doubts are blossoming and will eventually lead to the realization that he isn't worth her time.
Explain the importance of Wen's realization and how it affects his relationship with Stella. Use text evidence to support your response.
Compare Stella's need to diminish the lunches to Mo's motivation in defending herself against the princess label. What does the group not know about each girl's purpose in arguing?
Notice the mom's perspective of Stella. Based on Stella's view what might the reader be missing to explain this statement?
Stella's mother doesn't really know much about the band. Stella hasn't had an opportunity to share the experience and in turn her mother's inattention is creating conflict.
What does this statement reveal about Stella?
What conclusions can you draw from the removal of the lemonade machine and Charlie's bad feeling?
Keep track of Charlie's reaction to the teasing and when he decides to start listening.
How is the lemonade machine related to the sense of community and belonging for the students who work in the basement?
Notice the difference in word choice in each of the entries. Stella's vocabulary is very sophisticated compared to Charlie's or even Wen's. How does this affect the readers understanding of each character?
The group dynamic is changing as each member is facing individual challenges at home. The band can't be successful with distracted members.
What is truly motivating Wen's anger towards Sydney?
What does this statement reveal about the effects of Wen's behavior?
Sydney is becoming a permanent conflict for Wen and he is not managing the prospects very well. What does Wen need to do to get over his issue with Sydney?
What is Charlie realizing about himself through his interaction with Mo?
Mo is taking a chance in revealing this to Charlie. She is not playing it off as a joke but is using it to bait Charlie into responding to the idea. Hopefully he does.
Notice that Lyle's perspective is being introduced for the first time. Keep track of new character entries as they are presented.
Based on Lyle's description, what is different about the mood between the members of Lemonade Mouth?
Notice who Mr. Brenigan makes time to say he was rooting for Stella but ends his entry by saying it was a mistake. What purpose does he have in revealing both ideas to the reader?
What conclusion can you make based on Ray's statement and motivation to ruin the night for Lemonade Mouth? Be specific with your response.
What does Stella's statement reveal about her motivation and purpose in pursuing the band?
Notice how the change in character entries provides new information to the reader. We are aware that the members of Lemonade Mouth are worried their peers won't accept the change in performers. How would this view change if the members were aware of this statement?
Based on Jane's reaction, what have Wen and Olivia achieved with their lyrics? Use examples from the text to support your response.
Below is a clip from the Disney version of Lemonade Mouth. Notice how the description from the text is similar or different from the film adaptation. (This annotation contains a video)
How did listening to the performance change Andrea's attitude about being at the dance?
Notice the quick change in Scott's thinking. He wants to allow himself to enjoy the performance but he can't escape Ray's influence.
How are the themes of wanting to feel accepted and finding your voice illustrated in this statement?
Stella has finally found her audience and is able to stand up for her ideas in an appropriate manner. Do you think her plan will work?
What outcome can you predict will result from Stella's speech?
Mrs. Resnik was right, the band made their voices heard and they were huge.
This is exactly what Stella wanted! Note the change in how the students receive Stella's message compared to how her first demonstration ended.
What is holding Olivia back from allowing her friends to visit her father in jail?
How has performing as a band affected how the group interacts with each other?
Notice how the dynamic of the group is shifting and becoming for comfortable. Mo and Stella are able to reveal truths about themselves and still feel safe and accepted.
What do you notice about what Olivia chooses to reveal about herself and the meaning behind her view of clouds?
Do you think the note is from someone trying to bully Charlie and the band members?
Which of the following terms does not describe how Charlie feels in this statement?
Keep track of how the students react to Lemonade Mouth being banned from the talent show. Will the students be able to fight for a change?
How is Charlie using the idea of yin and yang to rationalize why Mo doesn't like him and why the band was taken away?
Lemonade Mouth is becoming bigger than the band expected. Their success is becoming its own force to be reckoned with.
How is the band affecting how students are being treated in school?
Note the sense of togetherness the signs create for both the band and the school as a whole. Stella finally found a cause worth fighting for and her audience is standing with her through it.
Mo's jealousy and notice of Charlie is important to watch. She has written him off as being just a friend, but the success of Lemonade Mouth is going to challenge her thoughts.
Who is Charlie starting to act like in avoiding Mo?
Which of the following statements does NOT include a simile?
Notice Mo's hesitation and fear. Risking her future for the band isn't appealing for Mo. Keep track of how this affects her role in the band.
Explain the effect this statement will have on Stella. Use text evidence to support your response.
Notice that with just a glimmer of attention, Stella is feeling better about herself and her relationship with her mother. She is even motivated to share her IQ report.
Notice the change in Stella. She needed to have this moment with her mom to feel fully comfortable and settled.
What can you conclude about why Olivia changes her mind after seeing the mural?
Chapters 4-6 Quiz
Mr. Brenigan is attempting to control the Lemonade Mouth craze, but his restrictions are going to back fire and create even more buzz.
Wen isn't upset about seeing Olivia, he is actually reacting to ________.
This might be a turning point for Wen. Although Wen doesn't reveal what he feels, it isn't what he expects. This might lead to him being able to be nice to Sydney.
What purpose does Mrs. Reznik have in changing her posture as the group stares at her?
Explain why Mo is so impressed with Mrs. Reznik.
Charlie is another example of a dynamic character. He is evolving and reacting to his new found fame. Keep track of the changes and how long they last.
Notice that Scott hasn't heard Aaron's voice in quite some time. What do you think is causing the change?
Based on Olivia's reaction and odd invitation, what can you infer about where she is asking Wen to go?
Explain how the use of "confession" in this statement illustrates Olivia's feelings regarding sharing the story. Use text evidence to support your response.
Notice that Wen recognizes how hard this is for Olivia just by the tone of her voice. As the reader, you benefit from Wen's observation and get a better understanding of how Olivia is feeling without her actually saying it.
Explain why Wen is affected by seeing Olivia look happy and how it changes his perspective.
Charlie's observations build suspense for the reader and lead the way to a climatic scene. The entries so far have covered the beginning, success, and growth of the band. The next set of entries will explain why the entries were written and how the band overcomes future obstacles.
This is the climatic scene that the entries have been building up to. Keep track of how the group recovers from this scene and how the story is resolved.
Use the Define feature and look up the meaning of anarchy. How does this statement relate to the natural progression of a revolution?
It makes sense that Mo finally makes herself heard given the stress and pressure she is under. This is also a huge moment for Mo as she is challenging the authority of her father's wishes.
Explain what Mo's realization about herself and her father reveals about her character.
What is ironic about Stella's description about wanting to eat bacon?
Stella is obsessed with her IQ score and it has become an antagonistic force for her. In addition to being unhappy at school, Stella dismisses her own ability and in turn isn't doing well. Do you think Stella's performance at school would improve if she were happier or not so concerned with her IQ?
Notice how Stella's mother is influenced by her own let downs and isn't giving Stella room to make her own mistakes. Keep track of how the negative comments affect Stella.
Explain how Stella's reaction is related to her mother's dismissive attitude but also to the loss of the band. Use text evidence to support your response.
Explain the effect playing music has on Charlie's thoughts and actions.
Charlie's decision to confront Mo is actually brave and demonstrates his growth. The letdown also brings back Aaron's voice.
What does the use of simile in this statement convey about Wen's appearance?
Wen still cannot accept that his father is happy with Sydney. He discounts their relationship to make Sydney the bad guy.
What does this statement reveal about Olivia's wants and needs?
Each of the band members faces their own challenges at home. Through the entries and the reactions of their peers, we learn more about each characters wants and needs. With each obstacle the reader is given access to more than one perspective of a given situation and the result of the confrontation.
This is a huge realization for Mo. If she can take this truth and accept it she may be able to allow herself to slow down and let Charlie be part of her life.
Explain how Mo's decision to stand up to her father is influenced both by Charlie's confession and now her father's negative assumption about her whereabouts.
What is Wen finally allowing himself to admit about why Sydney bothers him?
Notice how Wen is hinting at what is about to happen and including the idea that the outcome will have a lasting impression.
Leave it to Stella to include alliteration in her entry. Notice how her description includes three words that begin with s in a row. Watch the clip below to learn more about alliteration. (This annotation contains a video)
What does Stella's observation of their response reveal about how the group feels about their behavior?
How does this realization relate to Stella's view of herself? Use text evidence to support your response.
Not only has the group achieved their dreams of popularity, but they have also forged a friendship that none of them expected to find. This scene illustrates the strength of the bond and the solidarity of the group.
Explain how this scene illustrates a change in how Stella's mom approaches her daughter's interests.
This is an example of what Mrs. Reznik's outfit might look like. (This annotation contains an image)
The use of ________ in this statement brings to life Delly's disappointment and concern.
What does Richie's comment reveal about the impact Lemonade Mouth has had on the school?
This statement connects back to how all the members of Lemonade Mouth felt when they first began playing. The band has inspired their fans to push beyond their comfort levels and challenge their fears.
What can you conclude about how Ray will treat his peers in the future based on this incident?
Explain how this scene embodies everything Lemonade Mouth has worked to become and now represents. Use text evidence to support your response.
Notice how the paper is approaching the lemonade revolution in a positive way. The group is being commended for their determination not being reprimanded for their actions.
The compilation of the different entries not only provides different perspectives, but it also creates moments like this statement. Mo has come full circle in her thinking and in turn unknowingly labeled herself as perfect for Charlie. As the reader, you are aware of his fascination with yin and yang, tossing coins, and balance. Mo's statement is even more exciting because of that knowledge and their connection.
Explain how Mo's new outlook on life is related to her experience with Lemonade Mouth. Use text evidence to support your response.
Use the Define feature and look up the meaning of aberration. Based on the definition, which of the following is an antonym (meaning opposite) for aberration?
This is a huge moment for Charlie. Not only does he go against the coin toss, he realizes he doesn't need Aaron's help anymore. Charlie's character development has been heavily influenced by the band but also his interactions with Mo.
Notice how Mo and Charlie challenge each other and grow their interactions. Both characters are learning more about themselves as they challenge their thinking, actions, and motivation.
How does Charlie's response to how the universe works relate to his previous explanations?
Reread the poem and use the Define feature for any confusing terms. The very basic message being conveyed is to seize the moment. How does this idea relate to Wen and Olivia? For the full poem, click the link below. (This annotation contains a link)
How does the poem influence Wen's perception of Olivia and their friendship?
Notice how even Wen is aware of Stella's preoccupation with her intelligence. The letter will help Stella overcome this feeling as it gives reason for her poor performance. Stella can move forward and not question her ability
Explain the significance of the letter and how it affects Stella's view of herself. Use text evidence to support your response.
The article reminds the group that everyone has challenges they face and work through. The article compliments the group for doing so in such a graceful, dignified way.
Explain why Olivia chose this moment to end her part of the story. Use text evidence to support your response.
Olivia has also demonstrated this same ideal in making herself vulnerable to the group and letting them get to know her.
What factors led to Stella's gradual acceptance of Leonard?
Chapters 7-10 Quiz