The book begins with an excerpt from the advice column "Ask Annie" in Clayton High School's newspaper. Advice columns, where readers of a newspaper write in about their problems and a columnist responds with advice, have a long history. One of the most well-known advice columns was "Dear Abby," which was founded in 1956 and written (answered) by a woman named Pauline Phillips (pictured below). Advice columnists often choose a name other than their real name in order to protect their anonymity. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the highlighted section, we can infer that Betty Ann is
Sopranos (almost always female) have the highest voices or vocal ranges, followed by altos (usually female), tenors (usually male), and bass singers (almost always male). Each group is sometimes divided into first and second, which the first group having higher vocal ranges. For example, first sopranos sing a higher part than second sopranos. Below is a sample piece of music that shows the notes sung simultaneously by sopranos, altos, tenors, and bass singers to create a four-part harmony. (This annotation contains an image)
What point of view is Teen Idol told from?
Please watch the video below on point of view in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
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! You can start by checking out the definition of "phenomenal," which has more definitions than you might be aware of.
Based on the end of the previous chapter, the reader knows that the advice column "Ask Annie" is answered (written) by
What is feng shui? Follow the link below to get a quick overview. If you are interested, feel free to do more research on your own! (This annotation contains a link)
A theme is emerging in the book related to cruelty and how hurt people can be by things that others consider to be jokes. What are two different ways this theme has come up so far?
Use the definition feature for "chi," and you'll see that the second definition is more accurate in this context. Remember that Ms. Kellogg is the woman who is interested in feng shui and other forms of spiritual and/or alternative medicine.
Which of the following best describes the author's style of writing? Use the highlighted paragraph from Jen the narrator as an example.
Luers truly is the name of a show choir invitational (a large event where show choirs from many schools in the region compete against one another). Bishop Luers High School (show choir depicted below) claims to be the home of the longest running show choir invitational in the country! (This annotation contains an image)
Please watch the video below on structure in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
How are the chapters of this novel structured? Consider, for example, how they begin and how they end. How is this different from the structure of other novels you have read?
The diaphragm is a large muscle that extends across the bottom of the rib cage (underneath the lungs). It is an important muscle involved with respiration (breathing) and, yes, singing! (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted conversation is taking place
Trina might mean "pulchra," which is Latin for pretty or beautiful.
Visit the website below and read the article in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a link)
Compare the style of "Dear Abby" in the San Francisco Chronicle (written by Pauline Phillips) to the style of "Ask Annie," a fictional column written by Jen in the Clayton High School Register as part of the novel Teen Idol. What similarities do you find in the styles of Abby versus Annie? You might consider their tone, what types of topics they address, what kind of advice they give, etc.
Stephen King is the author of many popular books, some of which have also been made into movies such as The Shining, Carrie, and The Green Mile. J.R.R. Tolkien (pictured below) is a fantasy writer best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted section _____________________ Jen will develop romantic feelings for Luke.
First, check the definition of "accompanist" using the dictionary feature. Still confused? In this case, accompanist most likely refers to a pianist who is playing the piano as an accompanying part in the music (the main part being the choir's singing).
"The land of misfit toys" is a reference to a scene from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a popular animated television special that first aired in 1964. If you haven't seen it, please watch the clip below in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
How are the "misfit toys" as depicted in the video clip from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" similar to the Troubadours who eat lunch in the choir room?
Sky Bar is a popular poolside bar and lounge above the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood. Based on Luke's comparison, it is probably a place where anyone who enters is on display! (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted section is related to the emerging theme of
Please watch the video below of the beautiful and powerful spoken-word poem by Shane Koyczan called "To This Day" then answer the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
Both the spoken-word poem you just watched a video of ("To This Day") and the scene in Teen Idol you just read have to do with bullying at school. What similarities do you notice between the two in how they represent the subject of bullying, and what differences do you notice? Which piece stands out to you more, and why?
A drill press operator uses industrial tools to create holes in a variety of materials, commonly metal or wood. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Cara having trouble following Ask Annie's advice?
Dean Koontz is a popular contemporary American author. Most of his books are classified as suspense thrillers. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is it ridiculous that Lucas should be meeting someone?
Luke seems to suddenly be making less of an effort to fit in (wardrobe-wise) at Clayton, wearing suede pumas (pictured below) instead of the cross trainers that most of the other boys wear. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the dictionary feature to look up the definition of "barbarism." What does the narrator mean when she refers to "the barbarism existing in modern-day high school"?
By a "dead language," Luke is referring to the fact that Latin is not officially spoken in any nation on earth. However, many English words come from Latin roots, so some students take Latin to learn more about the English language (and yes, to try to score higher on the verbal section of the SATs). Other students take Latin just out of pure interest, however, and many students do not have the option of taking it at all, since it is not taught in all high schools.
Notice the language and structure of the highlighted section, in which most paragraphs begin with "they had never ... as I had." What does this section suggest about Jen's feelings toward Scott? How does the way it is written (the repetition, for example) change or enhance the effect of the section on the reader?
Please watch the video below on tone and mood in preparation for the question that follows. As you read the "Ask Annie" letter and response, consider Annie's tone. (This annotation contains a video)
Which set of words best describe the tone of Annie's response?
Bias crimes (also called hate crimes) are crimes motivated by the perpetrator's bias or attitude against an individual victim or group based on personal characteristics, such as their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
Structurally, the chapters often end with
Remember Luke's famed romance with his co-star Angelique? This tattoo is a dead giveaway to Trina and possibly others that he is Luke Striker!
Trina's character (for example, in the highlighted section) is portrayed as somewhat
Celebrities often try to disguise themselves in public in order to avoid exactly this kind of overwhelming and even dangerous scene. Below, for example, is a photograph of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian trying to hide their identities on the streets of Paris. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted sentence contains a
Please watch the video below on simile and metaphor in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
The expression "ride off into the sunset" refers to American Western tales, as portrayed in literature, radio, movies, and television from the period from the 1920s through the 1970s. Typically, at the end of the story, a character (usually a cowboy) would be said to be riding into the sunset, meaning that he was leaving the town where the events of the story had taken place. Viewed from a distance, it appeared that he was riding into a sunset. More recently, this expression has taken on a more romantic connotation: two people "riding off into the sunset" means they are leaving everything else in their lives behind to be together forever. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on what you know about the characters in the book, this letter sounds most like it has been written by
A pontoon boat is a boat that relies on pontoons (flotation devices) to support its weight and the extra weight of passengers. They are usually small and often used for pleasure boating and fishing. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the context, what does Jen mean by "that"?
Pamela Anderson has done some (occasionally controversial) ads, videos, and volunteer work in support of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). An example ad is pictured below. (This annotation contains an image)
What do you think about Luke's statement? Is Jen more like mayonnaise or special sauce, and what's the difference? Based on what you have read so far, do you think people at school respect and like her? Give one example of an incident or scene that supports your answer.
Winston Churchill led Britain against Nazi Germany during World War II. If you're interested in finding out more about him, feel free to follow the link below. (This annotation contains a link)
Use the dictionary feature to look at the three definitions for "iota." Which one makes the most sense in this context?
To knit one's brows is to move one's eyebrows down and closer together in an expression of anger or worry. Below is a photograph of Hugh Jackman with a knitted brow. (This annotation contains an image)
This is news to the reader! Why do you think the author chose to wait until this moment to reveal that Luke has asked Jen to the Spring Fling? Looking back, can you find any signs or foreshadowing that this might occur?
A Ferrari is an Italian luxury sports car. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted section, along with Luke's advice to Jen to "stop being nice little Jenny Greenley," is related to an emerging theme of
If you're not familiar with the scene the narrator is referring to, check out the video below. (This annotation contains a video)
How has Jen changed? What exactly is she doing differently, and what brought this change about? Use at least one example of her behavior to support your response.
Moonshine is a high-proof (meaning highly alcoholic) distilled spirit often made illicitly from corn. You can think of it as homemade whiskey.
Makeovers are often seen in movies and TV. After viewing the movie clip above, answer: how is the makeover presented in the movie "Clueless" different from the one Jen gives Cara?
Please watch the short clip below from the movie "Clueless" in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
How do you explain what is happening in the highlighted section? Based on the context, what do you think Courtney may have said to the girl next to her? And how and why does Courtney's behavior affect the people around her?
Access Hollywood is a weekday television entertainment news program covering events and celebrities in the entertainment industry.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber is a composer who has created many musicals, including Phantom of the Opera and Cats. Why does Jen consider him a better choice as a judge than the former Miss Kentucky?
An orchestra pit is the area of a theater where the orchestra performs. It is often a lowered section right in front of the stage, as seen in the photo below. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted sentence suggests that Jen is feeling
Use the dictionary feature to examine the three definitions of the word "riser." Which definition makes the most sense in this context?
Recon is an abbreviation of reconnaissance, which is a military term for inspecting or exploring an area.
At this point, do you think Jen has feelings for Scott? Why or why not? Use evidence from the book to back up your response.
Notice how the author splits a sentence between two paragraphs... you don't see that every day! Authors occasionally do this for effect, to emphasize the sentence and sometimes to imply a passage of time.
In the highlighted sentence, Luke uses a common metaphor that compares ruffling the feathers of a bird to
The highlighted part of Jen's response is interesting, given her newfound confusion over her relationship with Scott and whether they have feelings for one another!
The highlighted section suggests that Jen believes that
"Ragging" is a slang expression meaning to nag, yell, or be upset at someone for something.
What does the highlighted sentence suggest about what it means to be a "real friend"? Using this definition, in what ways has Jen been a real friend in the past, and in what ways has she not?
Here the phrase Tudor refers to the medieval-looking architecture style of Kurt's house. (This annotation contains an image)
Both Scott and Jen want Vicky to say it was them who came by because they are trying to
Not familiar with kettledrums? Below is a photograph of a few modern kettledrums of the type that would be used in the percussion section of an orchestra. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is the word "someone" in quotation marks?
"Bibat" in Latin translates to drink in English.
Jen was worried that she and Trina would never be friends again, but Trina's confession suggests that
Please watch the video below on irony in preparation for the question that follows. (This annotation contains a video)
The highlighted paragraph is an example of ______________ because the audience is aware that Jen writes the "Ask Annie" column, but Trina is not.
This sounds like the popular saying, "You don't know what you have until it's gone!"
How do you interpret these last two lines? What does Jen mean by saying that no one gets the picture, least of all her?
Can you recall the video on irony from the last chapter? Here we have an example of verbal irony, where a speaker says the opposite of what he or she means. Jen is clearly NOT thankful that reporters are following her around!
The descriptions of Trina and Jen waiting outside and of the photographers in the trees help to
National Geographic is a monthly magazine that primarily contains articles about geography, history, and world culture. The magazine is known for its thick square-bound glossy format with a yellow rectangular border and its extensive use of dramatic photographs. Below is a sample cover. (This annotation contains an image)
Is Jen's behavior (making fun of the dance and the people there) consistent with her character?
Interestingly, the word "neutral" seems to have taken on a new meaning. To Luke, it seems to mean staying out of conflicts (or preventing them altogether) in a way that is cowardly. Jen knows that Ask Annie is supposed to be neutral, but she is finding that being neutral is not always the right thing to do.
Luke and Geri Lynn appear to be together! Looking back, which of the following foreshadows the possibility that this might occur?
Luke is referring to the essays Luke and Geri Lynn wrote back when Luke was pretending to be Lucas. She wrote an essay in support of journalism and the media, and he wrote one about the negative impact of the media on the lives of celebrities.
Why does Geri Lynn believe that Luke and Jen are just friends, but Jen's other friends don't?
So what WERE they feeling guilty about then? Sounds like maybe they've been kissing!
Why do you think the author chooses to wait so long to have Jen figure out that she's in love with Scott? What effect does this have on the story's plot, interest level, or character development? How would the book be different if Jen had made this realization earlier?
This is the "Ask Annie" letter that seems most directly relevant to what Jen is going through herself, which is probably why she answers it the way she does!
Queen Anne's lace is the common name for the flowering plant you see pictured below. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Scott likely mean in the highlighted sentence?
How do you interpret these final lines of the main text of the novel (highlighted)? Do you think Jen is making a joke? Or does she truly have ambitions for the white house? Explain your answer, using the context as well as evidence about what you know about her character.
Please watch the following video on protagonists and antagonists in preparation for one of your final quiz questions. (This annotation contains a video)