All-American Girl

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Top ten reasons Samantha Madison is in deep trouble

10. Her big sister is the most popular girl in school

9. Her little sister is a certified genius

8. She's in love with her big sister's boyfriend

7. She got caught selling celebrity portraits in school

6. And now she's being forced to take art classes

5. She's just saved the president of the United States from an assassination attempt

4. So the whole world thinks she is a hero

3. Even though Sam knows she is far, far from being a hero

2. And now she's been appointed teen ambassador to the UN

And the number-one reason Sam's life is over?

1.The president's son just might be in love with her

Curriculet Details
66 Questions
63 Annotations
3 Quizzes

In this 9th and 10th grade digital curriculum, annotations include links to virtual tours, related articles, images of the setting, and explanations of literary devices such as hyperbole and simile. Interactive videos support engagement and cover subjects such as mood and tone. The Common Core aligned questions and answers address setting and narration, along with theme. Our free online unit will increase student engagement with rich media annotations while supporting reading comprehension with questions and quizzes that are imbedded directly into the book.

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Why did the author structure the prologue in a list like this? 

Chapter 1

What reaction do the parents have after viewing the art Sam is trying to sell? 
Below is an image by Georgia O'Keeffe. It is titled "Light of Iris." It is an allusion when the author references another famous person, literature, or work of art within a text. Here Georgia O'Keeffe is the allusion, and Lucy brought it up to try to show her sister why she had to share the drawings, but Sam knocked the idea down by telling her what the paintings are known for.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 2

Here is another example of an allusion. Watch the video below to get a better idea about allusions and see how many you can find as you read this story. (This annotation contains a video)
What does Sam's policy on who she will sell her pictures to versus who she will give the pictures to for free say about her personality and character? 
Which of the following describes Rebecca? 
Watch the video below to learn more about the different points of view a story can be told in. Once you have viewed it, consider what point of view this book is being told in and how it affects your understanding of the story. (This annotation contains a video)
The video below discusses making inferences versus retrieving information explicitly from the text. Watch this and consider what we can infer about Sam from her last top ten list. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on Sam's Top Ten Reasons I want to be Gwen Stefani List the reader can infer that she 

Chapter 3

Characters are developed in a story through direct and indirect characterization. Watch the video below and consider how Susan Boone is being developed both directly and indirectly. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following is an example of direct characterization of Susan Boone? 
Which literary device is present in the highlighted passage? 
Watch the video below to learn more about tone and mood, then reread the highlighted paragraph. Consider what the tone and mood are here. What is the speaker feeling here and how is she expressing herself? This is the tone. How do you feel reading it? This is the mood.  (This annotation contains a video)
What was wrong with Sam's drawing of the bowl of fruit? 

Chapter 4

Jack seems to be an interesting character. The reader can deduce that Jack and Sam get along well since they are both rebellious in some way. Sam looks up to him and appreciates the way he encourages her nonconformity. He is juxtaposed with his girlfriend, Lucy, who is reading Cosmo wearing the cheerleader uniform--symbols of conformity. Consider how these characters help create the mood and conflicts within the story as you read. 
Watch the video below regarding birth order and consider how this research relates to what Sam is saying here. Pay attention....there will be a multiple choice question about this! (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following is an accurate comparison explaining what Sam is saying about birth order and what the research from the video says? 
What is the tone in the highlighted statement? 
Look at the link to understand what Outward Bound is. This will help you better understand the simile here. The art lessons are supposed to be Sam's learning experience, her rehabilitation. (This annotation contains a link)
Based on the most recent top ten list, Sam believes she is much more ___________ than her sister Lucy. 

Chapter 5

Watch the video below about figurative language. There are several types of figurative language, and this will fill you in on a few. Consider which type of figurative language is present in the highlighted text. (This annotation contains a video)
Which type of figurative language is present in the highlighted text? 
There are many types of conflict that happen within a story. This is what helps develop the plot of a story and makes it interesting. Watch the video below to learn about internal and external conflict types, then consider which type of conflict Sam is having as she decides whether or not to go to art class? (This annotation contains a video)
How does Sam feel about skipping out on her art class? 
This has been some afternoon for Sam. Let's recap: she went to art class, pretended to go up, got a cookie from Capital Cookies while questioning her motives in skipping her class, even trying to compare it to her friend who "skipped out on God," listened to music for the last hour at Static, then jumped on the man who was about to gun down the president! Predict how you think this will impact her life. Will she be noticed more? Will she get recognition? 

Chapter 6

What do the Secret Service agents think about Sam? 
This section of the text allows the reader to see that although Sam is intelligent, she is somewhat naive. Her worries at this time are that she not get caught skipping the art class. She doesn't really see the bigger picture. She just saved the president and could have been killed trying to do so. What other areas of life do you see her not being as sophisticated in?  
What happens to Sam during the scuffle with the man with a gun? 
Sam is treated like a queen as she goes to the hospital. The Secret Service is with her all the way, and they even guard her room. Her only problem is the picture that they post on TV. To learn more about the Secret Service, check out the link below.  (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter 7

What is Sam's father's tone in the highlighted statement? 
When the reader sees the conversation with Lucy, at first the reader thinks that Lucy is being nice and knows that her sister does not like the photo that is being publicized all over television, but then we learn of her true character based on something she says. Reread the highlighted passage and determine which statement allows the reader to know that Lucy is really pretty self-centered and concerned with herself and her own reputation.  
Reread the highlighted text. Which literary device is present? 
This is an example of a hyperbole. Saying that a troop of commandos would be needed to stop Lucy from the primping activities allows the reader to understand how determined Lucy is to get makeup on Sam and fix her hair. When you find examples of figurative language, try to determine the effect it has on you. Does it change your mood in some way? Does it help you understand something better than you did before? 
What is the effect of the use of hyperbole in this text? 

Chapter 8

Watch the video about emerging theme. Consider the highlighted portion of text and what changes Sam is going through. What theme do you see developing?  (This annotation contains a video)
Consider what Sam is saying about being brave. Do you think she was brave? Support your answer with text and examples. 

Chapter 9

Which quote from the highlighted text supports the central idea of this section of text? 
Watch this video about theme and central idea. While reading this section when David is introduced, consider what the central idea is and what statement supports it. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz: Chapters 1-9 

Chapter 10

Reread this section. Notice Sam's tone as she talks about Kris's sudden change of heart. Look at her word choice as she expresses herself. Examining word choice is one way to help determine the tone. How do you think Sam feels? The tone here is one of disgust. 
What does Sam think of most people in her generation? 
Consider what a hero is (use the Define feature if you need to). Think about what Sam did. Is she a hero? (This annotation contains a link)
Summarize the excuse that Sam gives Susan Boone and your reaction to it. 
Watch this video about irony. Consider the things that Sam says she stands for when she talks about "sticking it to the man," and rebelling against authority. Then think about the way she responded to Susan Boone in the conversation. How is this an example of irony? (This annotation contains a video)
Notice the simile that Lucy uses here to describe the way she views Sam's efforts in getting ready for school. The effect of this on the reader is we see that outsiders would think Sam is not excited at all about going to school and does not put much effort into her appearance. How do you think Sam appears to others?  
Infer, based on Lucy's character so far, what her intentions are in organizing these "social outings." Provide support from the text. 
Attached is a photo of Gwen Stefani, Sam's idol. (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter 11

Attached is a link so that you can take a virtual tour of the White House. This will be the setting for several events that are about to take place in the book. The tour will help you better visualize what Sam is experiencing.  (This annotation contains a link)
Reread the sentence and determine what the best synonym for the word "regimen" is. 
What is the effect of the simile in the highlighted portion of the text? 
These requests from Sam's mother allow the reader to better understand her. It helps the reader understand and infer that she knows her children well, and is concerned about being respectful and maintaining a good image at the same time.  
What is the President's tone in the highlighted text? 
Many times in fancy restaurants the chefs will garnish the plates with decorations cut from food. Below is an example of what the tomato rose may have looked like. Imagine how hard this muct have been for Sam to swallow since she is such a picky eater.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 12

What does David know about Sam? 
Consider the highlighted conversation. Is there a shift in tone here, or does it maintain its playfulness? 
What exactly is a witticism? 
Consider how David feels being the son of the President of the United States. Now think about what Sam says about having her artistic abilities and creativity stifled by Susan Boone. In what ways is David, as a teenager, being stifled? 
Which literary device is being used in the highlighted statement? 
What do Sam and Dolley Madison have in common? 
Watch the short clip on Dolley Madison and consider the ways Sam is similar and different from this legacy. (This annotation contains a video)
What does David do to memorialize Sam for history? 
Below is an article about teens who met the members of the United Nations. Read the article to get an idea of what the UN does and how teens fit into this platform. Would this be something Sam will enjoy? (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter 13

Use the Define feature to look up "frisson." If you had to use a synonym to describe this, what would it be, and does this describe Sam and David's interaction?  
Describe how Sam feels about herself based on her interpretation of the way David and everyone else feel about her. Use examples from the text to support your claims.  
The Medal of Valor is given to people who have risked their safety to protect others. View the site below to learn more about this medal. Based on the qualifying statements, has Sam earned this?  (This annotation contains a link)
What type of figurative language is being used in the highlighted text? 
Based on what Sam told us about Kris in the beginning of the book and the way Kris is acting now we can see deeper into her character. To characterize her, the reader needs to look at Kris' actions, what she says, and what others say about her. She used to ignore her once closest friend Sam, but now that she knows the President and is "famous," Kris is interested in her again. She never invited her to parties before, but now she is and the statements she makes in the highlighted portion allows the reader to understand that she is selfish and wants to look good and be on TV. Her actions and statements to Sam are self-serving.  
Summarize the way some things have changed for Sam now that she has this status as the "it" girl at school. Use specific examples from the text. 

Chapter 14

Consider Sam as a person. She dresses in all black, is an artist, and has only one real close friend. Her sudden popularity after saving the President is making her feel insecure. She was actually pretty happy being herself. This idea is part of an emerging theme dealing with liking yourself for who you are and not wanting to be someone else.  
What is the author's purpose in including Jack with the From My Window package? 
Follow the link below for information about the New York United Nations building. Read about what you might see while going on a guided tour of this facility. Can you imagine how this would be interesting to Sam or Jack based on their characters? (This annotation contains a link)
What is Catherine trying to tell Sam in the highlighted text? 
Getting to go to this party is important to Catherine. She has always been the kind of girl that does not fit in with the "cool" kids at school, and she sees this as an opportunity to break into this unknown world. The attached article talks about what it means to be popular and some of the consequences. Read it and consider Sam and Catherine's relationship and status at school. Do they need to be popular to be happy? (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter 15

By using the words "shielding me," "battering rams," "ran," "yelled," and "screamed" the author helps create a tense, chaotic scene which puts the reader in a suspenseful and unsettled mood. Watch how the author uses words to create different moods.  
What type of conflict is following Sam everywhere she goes? 
Explain, in your own words, how the egg could be a symbol of a life lesson. 
The egg itself is white, but it takes on a little bit of everything around it. It is a blank canvas that can be interpreted by those looking at it. See if you can take these ideas and apply them to a theme that is emerging in the book.  
Which of the following words best describes Sam as she is drawing or painting? 
Sam's tone here is humorous. She is able to make these sarcastic, funny remarks to help her through this situation that she views as almost stifling. Consider her tone in #4. Is it the same, or different?  
Based on this top ten list of duties of the Teen UN Ambassador, Sam views this position as 

Chapter 16

What is Catherine's tone in the highlighted section of text? 
The mood that is created through Catherine's pleas is tense and sympathetic for the reader. The reader is wondering what Sam is going to do and feels bad for Catherine who is so desperate to go to the party. 
Why does Sam decide to go to the party? 
Do you think this is the number one reason Sam asked David to go to the party? Consider the frisson and the moments they have had together. Where do you think this could be headed? 

Chapter 17

Which literary device is present here? 
By referring to the frisson idea as a seed and saying that it has germinated, Rebecca is saying she thinks that because she gave Sam the idea that David and her would be a good couple, the idea is growing and blossoming into a relationship. Using metaphor in this fashion is called an extended metaphor. Sometimes poems have extended metaphors that can last the entire poem.  
What does this comment infer about David? 
David has already proven himself to be a pretty good judge of character, and one who is not shallow. Having a girl talk about herself all night would probably rub him the wrong way. 
Sam is struggling with the idea of thinking she is in love with one person, and feeling "frisson" for someone else. What type of conflict is this? 
Prior to the knee incident, what was the mood of the date? 
These awkward moments on dates and the confused feelings that Sam is having about Jack and David are completely normal and part of growing up. This book is about growing up. This type of literature is sometimes referred to as Bildungsroman. This means coming of age. Several things happen to the characters which test them and they go through changes which eventually lead them to growing up. Can you think of any other instances in the book so far that illustrate this concept? 

Chapter 18

Summarize how this date has gone so far. Now that Jack is in the room, predict what you think might happen. 
Jack is truly being himself here at the party. This is the same way he always talks, but now that David is here to witness it, it seems a little more harsh and irrational than it usually does to Sam. How do you think she will react to this outburst? 
Use the Define feature to look up "rectitude." Select the word that could act as a synonym for rectitude in this sentence. 
Sam is really growing up here. She has gained a deeper understanding of who David is and feels bad for what just happened. It is clear that David really likes her and we can see her internal struggle where she may be realizing that she likes him as well. Try to predict what will happen between these two next. 
Quiz: Chapters 10-18 

Chapter 19

Which literary device is present in the highlighted text? 
The literary decive above affects the reader by allowing the reader to create an auditory image of the laughing at the party. It seems that after David left Sam standing there he continued carrying on with others at the party. All of the girls seemed to think he was pretty funny.  
What does Sam select to read once her friend Catherine falls asleep? 
Follow the link for more information about Dolley Madison. What is different about Sam's description of her and the video you viewed earlier as well as this website? (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter 20

What is Sam's tone in the highlighted passage? 
Sam is still dealing with an internal struggle over her feelings for Jack versus David. Consider all that has happened and the way she reacts when she is around David and Jack. Do you think she is being totally honest with herself? 
How does Sam decorate her cast? 
Although Rebecca is the youngest in the family, she may be the most insightful. When she says that Sam is completely blind, she means that Sam cannot see the relationship that is right there in front of her - David - because she is so obsessed with Jack, who will never be her boyfriend. 

Chapter 21

Which literary device is used to express the importance of Sam's presence at the International Festival of the Child? 
Below is a clip of the Beaux Arts Trio. The Beaux Arts Trio was one of the most important piano trios for the classical-romantic repertoire. (This annotation contains a video)
David and Sam have both been dressed up for this event. They are both in clothing they would never select for themselves. What could this facade symbolize in the bigger picture? Consider what is going on with the From My Window contest as well.  
Explain, using examples from the text, why it is so imprtant to Sam that Maria's picture be the representative picture for the United States in this contest for the UN. 
Read the article and watch the video attached to see how history is being censored in the world today. Think about how the article and this action by the president are similar. (This annotation contains a link)
Why won't David discuss the painting with his father? 
David is helping to futher characterize Jack and is opening Sam's eyes at the same time. What Sam originally saw as admirable and rebellious she now sees in a different light. Paying close attention to character's actions and what others say about them can help develop a character fully.  

Chapter 22

What is the effect of this simile? 
Below is a teen advice site on love and relationships describing what love is. Read through this and consider what Lucy is telling Sam about her feelings for David. What exactly are these feelings that Sam is having for David and Jack? (This annotation contains a link)
How does Sam feel about telling Jack he is not the winner of the From My Window contest? 
This passage shows how much Sam has grown over the course of this text. It also supports the theme that being yourself is sometimes the best and most honest way to live your life and represent yourself. 
Summarize how Sam has resolved her internal conflict to realize that she is actually in love with David. Use examples from the text to support your claims.  
What is the main reason Sam feels she will die early? 

Chapter 23

Sam can no longer take advice from her family. Lucy's advice has backfired, Teresa is not too supportive, and her parents seem oblivious. She decides to go see the person who helped her to "see." Are you surprised at her changed feelings towards Susan Boone? 
Just as Susan Boone helped Sam learn to see, she is helping her learn to hear as well. Consider what she is saying here. What is Sam missing from the conversation she had with David? 
When David tells Sam she has a right to free speech, what was he trying to tell her to do? 
Explain how the highlighted text reflects one of the themes of this book.  

Chapter 24

This passage demonstrates how Sam has grown and matured throughout the book. She is being rebellious, but in a tactful, respectful way. She never disrespects the president, but makes it clear that this is the best painting for the US to put in the art show. Consider the paintings that were described. Is there a single image you can think of that would represent the United States as a whole? 
How does the interview with Candace Wu affect the outcome of the From My Window contest. 
How does Sam finally apologize to David? 
WOW! This is a little twist. Throughout the entire book Lucy has been self-centered and focused on appearance. Here she has done something completely for another person-- her sister. This is an admirable move on her part. Lucy has changed, which makes her a dynamic character in literature. What other characters have changed throughout the book?  
What is the highlighted text an example of? 

Chapter 25

Based on the fact that David is wearing a t-shirt of her favorite band, do you think he saw the interview? Could it just be coincidence? (This annotation contains a link)
Which word below describes both Sam and David? 

Chapter 26

Below is a link to view the White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room so that you can imagine what it must have been like when Sam gets her award. (This annotation contains a link)
How does David memorialize his new relationship with Sam? 
Quiz: Chapter 19-26