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What is stargazer, skateboarder, chess champ, pepperoni pizza eater, older brother, sister hater, best friend, first kisser, science geek, control freak Will Tuppence so afraid of in this great big universe?

Jerry Spinelli knows.

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This free digital curriculum for middle school students contains interactive videos exploring inferences and text-based evidence, as well as annotations describing plot structure, important details, and point of view. Students will explore the themes of love and time. 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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Below is the author of the book, Jerry Spinelli.  (This annotation contains a video)
Watch the video below from Bill Nye the Science Guy, in which he explains atoms.  (This annotation contains a video)
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At this moment the narrator is feeling 
Watch the video below about point of view. This book is written in first-person point of view, which means everything we see is through the eyes of the character Will.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What is the dialogue mainly doing at this moment? 
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The narrator's tone toward BT is  
Below is an image of a Monopoly board to help you visualize the game.  (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? 
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How is the narrator's friendship with both BT and Mi-Su similar and different?  
The actions of a character can indicate their thoughts without the author having to come right out and state them. Consider what Will's feelings toward BT are right now and why Will feels that way.  
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The phrase "pilgrims on skateboards" is a  
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Use the Define feature and look up the definition for boggle. Which of the following words is the closest synonym for the word boggle?  
Below is a video about the Atomic Clock.  (This annotation contains a video)
Below is an image of the Emily Dickinson poem. Take a moment to read it.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How is the Emily Dickinson poem similar to Will's attitude about himself so far in the book?  
Watch the video below about conflict. What kind of conflict exists between Will and Tabby, internal or external?  (This annotation contains a video)
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What does Will think is the biggest reason he and Tabby don't get along? 
Below is an example of a spiral galaxy.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What theme is present with Will's interest in seeing galaxies? 
Below is an image of the Horsehead Nebula that Will did not get to see.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What is the dialogue mainly being used for right now?  
Notice the structure of the book. The narrator is using the proton's decay (PD) as a way to chronicle the passing of time. The passage of time is important to Will and it relates to the idea that life does not last. Short passages, such as the highlighted one, show Will's dreary mood.  
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Why is Will regressing at this moment? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.  
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Why does the author give so much detail about BT's home and room? 
Notice the details that describe the arrival of the truck. The phrase "death rattle" indicates the condition of the truck that BT's dad drives.  
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Why do you think it is so important to Will to be never ending?  
Mr. B is acting like a father figure to Will at this moment. Consider why Will is so comfortable talking to Mr. B.  
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Use the Define feature and look up the definitions for wallow. Which of the following is the best synonym for wallow as it is used in this sentence? 
Below is an example of some Old Maid cards. The objective is to match cards to get them from your deck and not be left with the single Old Maid card.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What is the underlying theme in this conversation between Mi-Su and Will? 
The phrase "bust his chops" is an idiom. An idiom is an expression which has a meaning that is not literal. Phrases such as "kick the bucket" and "raining cats and dogs" are other examples of idioms. 
Watch the video below about motif. The wedding presents are an example of a motif.  (This annotation contains a video)
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The way BT treats his sisters mostly reveals his 
If you're confused about what these small bits of dialogue are, they are Will imaging, and somewhat dreading, what Mi-Su's reaction will be to the kiss.  
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Which of the following questions best describes Will's main internal conflict at this moment? 
Watch the video below about textual evidence. Using textual evidence is an important reading skill.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why do you think Mi-Su hasn't said anything about kissing Will? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.  
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At this moment Mi-Su is ________ Will. 
Below is a clip from the film version of The Music Man with Marian the librarian.  (This annotation contains a video)
Notice how different BT is from Will. In literature this is known as a foil. A foil is a character with qualities opposite of the protagonist. These opposing qualities highlight the protagonist's qualities.  
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Why does the author most likely include this detail? 
Consider how Korbet Finn's behavior toward Tabby is similar to Will's toward Mi-Su.  
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The game of chess in these sentences is used as a/an 
This detail about Tabby reminds you about the age gap between her and Will. It also shows her innocence.  
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Do you believe that Will is a good brother to Tabby? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.  
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What word best describes Korbert? 
This is an interesting comment from Will because he is so concerned about the end of everything.  
For the most part, Tabby is the comic relief of the book. Her antics bring humor to the story.  
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What does Will realize at this moment? 
The figurine that Will gets for Mi-Su is based off of this scene with the musical number "76 Trombones."  (This annotation contains a video)
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In this sentence, the author uses a simile to describe Will's 
Below is an image of a forsythia plant.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The details in these two paragraphs suggest that Will is  
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Explain why the author uses a king and a queen chess piece to present Danny and Mi-Su?  
Check is a term used in chess to indicate that he opponent as a direct attack on the king. The objective of chess is to capture an opponent's king. Below is an example of a check move.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following shows that Will's parents want him to do the tournament?  
The Purple Cow is a real restaurant chain. Below is an image of a Purple Cow.  (This annotation contains an image)
This moment is the climax of the plot. The climax is the major turning point of the book at which everything changes.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What is the mood at this moment in the book? 
One of the big ideas Will faced at the beginning was the end of something in regards to the proton decaying. Consider what he is thinking right now seeing his sister in this condition.  
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The description of the carnival mainly contributes to  
Pay attention to a character's actions. Consider what you can infer about Will as he takes this action. Watch the video below about inferences to better understand the concept.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What sort of emotions is Will going through at this moment? Provide textual evidence to support your answer.  
Below is an example of a ventilator.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Will think such negative things toward the doctor? 
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Why does Will's mom ask him if he knows "what color [Tabby's] eyes are"? 
At this point Will's mom feels helpless because all she can do is wait. She does what she can to take care of Tabby, but there is very little she can do. This sense of helplessness is how Will has felt before, and he is feeling this way right now too.  
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Refer to the video trailer you just watched and compare it to how Will is feeling in his dream about being buried alive.  
Watch the video below for the trailer of the movie Buried staring Ryan Renolds. Being buried alive is a phobia, or fear, that many people have.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which theme is present at this particular moment? 
Remember the phone ringing while Will was pretending to be Tabby? You can safely assume that it was Will's parents trying to call him.  

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What is most significant about this paragraph? 
Below is a video from the Muppet Movie, in which, Kermit the Frog sings "The Rainbow Connection".  (This annotation contains a video)
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