Lawn Boy Returns

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Gary Paulsen's funny follow-up to Lawn Boy is full of big surprises and big laughs. Lawn Boy says: The summer I was twelve, mowing lawns with Grandpa's old riding mower turned into big business. With advice from Arnold the stockbroker, I learned all about making money. Six weeks and hundred of thousands of dollars later, life got more complicated. You see, the prizefighter I sponsor, Joey Pow, won a big fight. And a TV interview made me famous. As Arnold says, "Capitalism plus publicity equals monster commerce." Even my best friends wanted a piece of the action. Meanwhile, some scary guys showed up at Joey's gym. . . .
Curriculet Details
19 Questions
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3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 3rd grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining foreshadowing, literary devices and point of view. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about character traits and onomatopoeia. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of word choice, character development, and plot. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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This is the second novel in the Lawn Boy series. The Foreword gives provides a recap of what has already happened and hints to what is coming up next.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 1 - The Origins of Economic Collapse

Why is Joey excited when he is introduced to Zed? 
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 - The Status Quo in Economic Endeavors—at Best, an Unreliable Concept

Compare Lawn Boy's reaction to Zed to Grandma's. Why is Lawn Boy suspicious about Zed's arrival? 
Why is Lawn Boy worried about telling his friends about his lawn business?  
Lawn Boy spent most of his summer cutting lawns instead of playing with friends. Notice how this influences how he reacts to his friends helping out.  

Chapter 3 - The Methodology of Team Development

Serious coin is another way of saying that a person has a lot of money.  
Summarize why Lawn Boy is pleased with how his friends reacted to his success. Use examples from the text to support your response.  

Chapter 4 - The Prudence of Adding Personnel to Manage Material and Financial Well-being

Use the Define feature and look up the meaning of liaise. Based on the definition, which of the following is a synonym (meaning the same)?  
Lawn Boy is different from his friends in a lot of ways. Notice how he reflects on the importance of his lawn mower and how it helps him stay calm. What other characteristics describe Lawn Boy? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 5 - The Code of Conduct for Dispute Resolution

Lawn Boy isn't the only person worried about Zed. Keep track of how Joey handles having Zed around.  
Based on how Joey is treating Rock, what can you predict about Zed's role at the gym? 
Predict what Joey might be referring to when he says he has "concerns" about the fight. How might Zed or Rock be involved? 
Joey is worried about something, but we don't know what or why. This statement is an example of foreshadowing, or hints at what is to come later in the book.  
"Dragged him behind us like a toddler dragging a security blanket," is an example of a simile. A simile is a comparison that uses like or as. Watch the video below to learn more about simile and metaphor. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 6 - Brains Good, Brawn Sometimes Better

How does Joey's reaction to Bruiser Bulk relate to his treatment of Zed? 
Splat and thunk are examples of onomatopoeia, which is a word that imitates the sound being described.  (This annotation contains a video)
Chapters 1-6 Quiz 

Chapter 7 - The Detrimental Influence of Fame and the Loss of Privacy as a Result of Prosperity

Using the Define feature, look up detrimental and prosperity. Which of the following also fits as a title for chapter seven? 
This statement is a great example of a metaphor. A metaphor is a comparison used to describe an image. Can you picture how hot the lights feel based on this comparison? 

Chapter 8 - The Model of Capricious Development

Remember, Lawn Boy started his business to earn enough money to buy parts for his bike. He never intended to be so successful or famous. Keep track of how he reacts to the attention and how it effects him. 
In your own words, explain what you think Kathy means when she says Lawn Boy is "bigger than sliced bread." Use examples from the text to support your response.  

Chapter 9 - Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Management

Why is Lawn Boy not interested in talking about salaries or office guidelines with Arnold? 
The success of the business also showcases Lawn Boy's maturity. Notice that he is able to take care of himself and realizes that he needs to be alone in order to feel less overwhelmed. That's pretty huge for a middle schooler! 

Chapter 10 - The Juxtaposition of Financial Status and Jurisprudence

Notice how Arnold reacts to the arrival of the lawyers. This detail gives readers more information about Arnold's characteristics. Why do you think it is important for readers to see how a character grows or changes? 
How is the arrival of the lawyers related to Lawn Boy's feeling that Arnold has new issues for them to talk about? Use evidence from the text to support your response.  

Chapter 12 - The Entire Organization Imperiled by a Threat, Perceived or Real, to One Part

Why didn't Lawn Boy get a chance to ride his bike after it was fixed? 
Think back to the end of Joey's fight and how Zed and Rock left so quickly. Do you think Zed is involved with these locals or is he just scared of them? 
Think back to Joey's fight and how quickly Rock and Zed left the arena. Do you think Zed is working with these locals? Why do you think he left so fast? 
Chapter 7-12 Quiz 
Lawn Boy's bad feeling turned out to be correct. This also connects back to Joey's comment about being worried about the fight. Do you think he knew about the group of locals? 

Chapter 13 - Crisis Management as a Form of Team Building

In your own words summarize what the group has in plan for Zed and his pals. Use examples from the text to support your response.  

Chapter 14 - The Abrupt Termination of Proven Liabilities, with Some Pain

Notice the sentence variety here. Lawn Boy is describing what he sees and then adds his reaction. Read the statement again and pause with each reaction. What did you notice? 
Which of the following best describes Lawn Boy's reaction to seeing Grandma with Zed? 
Lawn Boy is gathering the crowd together with his mower. Watch the clip below to see a border collie herd sheep.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 15 - The Perils of Free Enterprise

How might Lawn Boy feel differently if he had called his parents earlier in the week? What do you think would have gone differently? Use examples from the text to support your response.  
Lawn Boy cut off his dad before he was done talking. What do you think the life-changing part could be? 

Chapter 16 - Accumulation of Wealth Through Inheritance

What do you think this statement means? 

Chapter 17 - Leadership for Social Change and Renewal

This is a huge idea and step for Lawn Boy. He has gone from working all day, everyday, to realizing he needs time to just be a kid.  
Based on Lawn Boy's decision and Grandma's comment, what is the meaning of "A ship is safe in the harbor, but that's not why ships are built"? 

Chapter 18 - The Theorem of What Comes Next

Notice how relieved and relaxed Lawn Boy is. He is still in middle school and he spent his summer stressed out. Yes, he became rich, but was it worth it? 
What does Lawn Boy want to do when he sees there isn't an ice cream parlor? 

Chapter 19 - The Axiom of Shifting Paradigms

Chapters 13-19 Quiz 
Lawn Boy is embracing his grandfather's advice and moving forward. What do you think his next adventure will be?