The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

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For an eighth grader, Molly Williams has more than her fair share of problems. Her father has just died in a car accident, and her mother has become a withdrawn, quiet version of herself. Molly doesn't want to be seen as "Miss Difficulty Overcome"; she wants to make herself known to the kids at school for something other than her father's death. So she decides to join the baseball team. The boys' baseball team. Her father taught her how to throw a knuckleball, and Molly hopes it's enough to impress her coaches as well as her new teammates. Over the course of one baseball season, Molly must figure out how to redefine her relationships to things she loves, loved, and might love: her mother; her brilliant best friend, Celia; her father; her enigmatic and artistic teammate, Lonnie; and of course, baseball. Mick Cochrane is a professor of English and the Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, where he lives with his wife and two sons. From the Hardcover edition.
Curriculet Details
32 Questions
33 Annotations
4 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for middle school students contains interactive videos exploring point of view and character, as well as annotations describing cultural references, character development, and mood. Students will explore the themes of closure and friendship. 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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Chapter 1 - A Heartbreaking Dream About Toast

About the author: Mick Cochrane was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. As a boy, he played a great deal of baseball and was a passionate fan of the Minnesota Twins. His short stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines, including The Cincinnati Review, Northwest Review, Kansas Quarterly, and Water~stone. The Girl Who Threw Butterflies is his first book for young readers, and Fitz his first book for young adults.  (This annotation contains an image)
These highlighted paragraphs are mainly developing 
Molly's problem with the treatment of softball mainly deals with the issue of 
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?  

Chapter 2 - Some Serious Junk

This highlighted sentence contains an example of  
Below is an image of a Wilson A2000 baseball glove.  (This annotation contains an image)
Refer to the Edward Hopper painting in the checkpoint above. How does this painting relate to Molly's view of her mother?  
Below is an example of an actual Edward Hopper painting.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 3 - Her Stupid Plan

Watch the video below about static and dynamic characters. As you read more, consider which characters are static and which ones are dynamic. Do you think Celia will be a static or dynamic character?  (This annotation contains a video)
Use the Define feature for the word spiel. Which of the following words is the best synonym for spiel for the way it is used in this sentence? 

Chapter 4 - Welcome to Baseball

At times, an author must consider the clothing a characters wears. The clothes must be appropriate and reflect the character's personality. Read the two descriptions of Coach Morales and see how they establish contrasting views for Molly.  
At this moment Molly is feeling 
Watch the video below of major league baseball player Ryan Zimmerman's sidearm throw.  (This annotation contains a video)
Do you see any similarities between Morales and the descriptions of Molly's dad? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.  

Chapter 5 - Geography Lesson

Watch the video below about flashback, which is how Chapter Five has started.  (This annotation contains a video)
What does the repetition of the phrase "back then" indicate?  

Chapter 6 - It Comes from a Cocoon

The reference to Clark Kent and Peter Parker are examples of allusions. An allusion s a figure of speech, in which one refers covertly or indirectly to an object or circumstance from an external context. The author is confident enough that the reader will understand the references and draw the connection to both Superman and Spiderman. He uses these descriptions to emphasize the differences in Coach Morales appearance and behavior.  (This annotation contains an image)
At this moment Molly is  
The word rockets in this sentence describes the ball's 
Watch the short video below about the science behind the knuckleball.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 7 - Hardball

Watch the video below about point of view. Pay close attention to the part that explains third-person limited, which is the point of view for this novel.  (This annotation contains a video)
How is this moment, with Molly trying on her dad's jacket, significant to her point of view of coping with her dad's death?  

Chapter 8 - The Art of Graffiti

What is most important about this moment with Lonnie? 
Below is the image that Molly sees of Jackie Mitchell.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz #1 
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Chapter 9 - Secret Society

This could be in reference to the 2005 book about Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals, written by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The book was the basis for the 2012 film called Lincoln.  (This annotation contains an image)
Molly senses a change in Lonnie by his 
One theme that is emerging with this description of Lonnie is about 
Below is an image of Hoyt Wihelm.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 10 - A Zen Thing

Consider the points made in the article about girls playing baseball. Are the challenges valid, and should girls be allowed to play high school baseball? 
Follow the link below to read an article about girls playing high school baseball.  (This annotation contains a link)
Below is a short video about tension. This moment is a good example of tension in a story.  (This annotation contains a video)
This moment shows ____________ from Desmond to Molly. 

Chapter 11 - Glow-In-The-Dark Stars

The phrase "forbidden fruit" is an example of  
In many ways, this novel is a coming-of-age story. These types of stories show growth in the character. The growth is not just physical but emotional as well. Molly is learning how to deal without her dad around. When she looks at Caitlin's innocence, she considers her own growth.  

Chapter 12 - Abraham Lincoln's Eyes

Below is a closeup image of Abraham Lincoln. Look at his eyes to understand Molly's point of view right now.  (This annotation contains an image)
Use the Define feature and look up the definition for pseudo. Which of the following words is the best antonym for pseudo? 

Chapter 13 - Team Player

Why does the author include the reactions of the other boys? 
Consider the reason why Molly is crying. They are tears of joy because she faced a challenge and succeeded. However, they could also be tears in relation to her dad. Part of the reason she tried out for the baseball team is because of him.  

Chapter 14 - A Link in the Chain

Below is an instructional video about pitchers covering first base. Watch the first minute to see examples of major league pitchers covering first.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Lloyd saying such cruel things at this moment? What does this reveal about him?  

Chapter 15 - Molly Stirs It Up

Below is an image of the actress Meg Ryan to give you an idea of Molly's mother's hair style.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is Molly's attitude toward her mom at this moment? 
A Richter scale is a machine used to measure the magnitude of an earthquake.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does this conversation between Molly and her mom show? 

Chapter 16 - Molly's Grip

The "unhappy static, some kind of miserable Muzak" is a metaphor for 
This detail about Celia adding "Jamaican-flavored variations" is another character detail that shows Celia's uniqueness.  
Quiz #2 

Chapter 17 - Signs

Watch the video below about character development and consider how this applies to Molly.  (This annotation contains a video)
How is the opening of this chapter evidence that Molly is changing more as a character? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.  

Chapter 18 - Game Day

This paragraph contributes mostly to  
Consider why Lonnie is saying his hand doesn't hurt. What does this say about him and feelings toward Molly?  

Chapter 19 - Gimme Some

The positive description of the setting creates a hopeful mood for the beginning of the chapter.  
Molly's internal conflict at this moment results from 
Consider what friendship means in all the context of the book. The idea of private language, secrets, and shared ideas are important in the friendships in the book.  
Which theme is present with James showing Molly the handshake? 

Chapter 20 - Keeping Score

Why does Molly call the warmup "catch"? 
This moment is another good example of how third-person limited point of view works in a book. We cannot watch the game while Molly warms up. We can only see what she sees. See the diagram below to better understand how different points of view affect a story.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 21 - Wild In a New Way

This is an example of internal conflict that Molly is experiencing. She is distracted, unable to focus. Watch the video below to better understand internal conflict.  (This annotation contains a video)
Coach Morales is telling Molly to get 
Why is this moment with Molly looking at the stands significant? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.  
Below is an example of a Norman Rockwell painting, who is known for his wholesome depictions of American life.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 22 - Yes Crazy

Joan of Arc is considered a heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. Joan said she received visions of the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret and Saint Catherine instructing her to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. It is appropriate for Celia's character to reference Joan of Arc. Consider why.  (This annotation contains an image)
Molly's tone at this moment is 
Weather can be used to create a certain mood. Typically, rain creates a somber mood, but here it is not somber. There is a bond between all three of the friends. They are protected from the rain. This gives a sense of security and comfort for Molly, Celia, and Lonnie.  
Do you believe there's any significance to this gesture of Molly's mom bringing out lemonade? Explain your view.  

Chapter 23 - Moonlight

The movie Molly is remembering is called "The Stratton Story", staring Jimmy Stewart. Below is a trailer for the movie.  (This annotation contains a video)
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