Darnell Rock Reporting

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DARNELL ROCK IS not the kind of kid who volunteers to write for the newspaperit sounds too much like homework. But this is Darnell's last chance to pull himself together and make a positive contribution to his school. At first, Darnell would rather be hanging out with his sister and his friends. But soon he gets interested in theOakdale Gazette. Much to his surprise, Darnell discovers that people pay attention to the words he writes. Before he knows it, Darnell changes from a kid who can't do anything right to a person who can make a difference.
Curriculet Details
45 Questions
45 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 6th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining inference, author's craft and figurative language. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about literary devices and textual connections. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of summarizing, point of view, and characterization. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

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? 
Compare and contrast Tamika and Darnell. How are they alike and how are they different? 
Flashbacks are interruptions that writers use to insert past events in order to provide background or context to the current events of a narrative. By using flashbacks, writers allow their readers to gain insight into a character’s motivation and provide a background to a current conflict. Dream sequences and memories are methods used to present flashbacks. Watch the video to learn more about flashback. (This annotation contains a video)
What one rule does Linda Rock have for what her kids eat? 
Why does Darnell say he wants to join the school newspaper? 
How do you think Darnell feels about himself after the principal says this to him? How would you feel? 
What reason does Darnell give for possibly quitting the newspaper? 
Should Darnell take Larry's advice? Why or why not? 

Chapter 2

Point of view is the mode of narration that an author uses to let the reader “hear” and “see” what takes place in a story. Watch the video and then answer the question below.  (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this story written? 
Which of the following topics would make a good headline for the first school newspaper? 
Do you agree with Mark or do you think they should only print important news in the paper? 
According to Miss Seldes, what is the effect of not participating in things around the school? 
How do Darnell's opinions of joining the Corner Crew differ from Tamika's? 

Chapter 3

Why does Tamika assume that Darnell is in trouble when she sees him standing outside the principal's office? 
Denotation refers to the dictionary definition of a word. Connotation refers to the feelings and emotions associated with a word. Watch the video, then look at the word "scowl." Is the connotative effect of this word positive or negative? (This annotation contains a video)
What does this detail suggest about how Darnell feels about the interview with Mr. Baker? Why is he glad it is over? 
How might this interview have been different if Darnell and Mr. Baker had a better relationship? 

Chapter 4

"To turn over a new leaf" is an idiom that means to have a change in your behavior. Idioms are expressions that are interpreted to mean something very different from what the words say. Watch the video to learn more about idioms.  (This annotation contains a video)
How is Darnell trying to "turn over a new leaf" in his life? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
How do you feel about Friday afternoons at your school? 
Why does Darnell decide to stay for the Gazette staff meeting? 
Based on the details in the highlighted text, we can infer that  
How do you think Darnell feels about the answer Mr. Thrush gives him?  

Chapter 5

Why do you think Sweeby Jones asks Darnell to get champagne and caviar for them? Is he being sarcastic? 
What inference can you make about the men standing around the fire? 
What does this detail reveal about the ball? 
Which word BEST describes Mr. Baker in the highlighted text? 
Why will Sweeby Jones be a good topic for Darnell to write about? 
Why does Darnell choose not to walk out of Math class? 
Quiz One 

Chapter 6

'The Old Man and the Sea' is a novel written by the American author Ernest Hemingway. The book is about Santiago, an aging fisherman who struggles for days with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following does Darnell spend more time doing before he goes to sleep? 
Dialogue is conversation between characters in a story. Watch the video to learn more about dialogue. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the details in the highlighted text, what can you infer about Larry and Darnell's friendship? 

Chapter 7

What choice did Darnell's father make when he got out of the Army that caused his life to be different from Sweeby Jones' life? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
Can you identify the literary device used here? If you said flashback, you are correct. Remember, flashbacks are interruptions that writers use to insert past events in order to provide background or context to the current events of a story.  
Why does Darnell ask Miss Seldes about interviewing someone? Why might he want to know what kinds of questions to ask? 
Why is Darnell going to buy pork and beans? 
What is meant by "a sharp edge to Sweeby's voice"? 
Do you think Sweeby or any of the other men will eat the beans? Why or why not? 
What does Darnell realize about Sweeby Jones? 
Why does Angie point out the zit on Eddie's nose to everyone? 
What do you think of Darnell's idea to put a garden where the old courts are? 
How would you describe the way Darnell feels about his article and the attention he is getting from it? 
Why would it be a good idea to know what requirements are needed for a scholarship when you are in middle school? How would it help you plan for your future? 
Which event below caused Colin to get suspended from school? 

Chapter 8

Why does Peter Miller want to talk to Darnell? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of vagrant? Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for vagrant? 
Which of the following are characteristics of the kids who never get in trouble? 
Why does Darnell correct Larry's grammar?  
How does Darnell know that people want to help themselves? Who does Darnell learn this from? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of dignity. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for dignity? 
Why is Angie mad? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
Dialect is the language used by people of a specific area, class, or district. The term dialect involves the spelling, sounds, grammar and pronunciation used by a particular group of people and it distinguishes them from other people around them. How would you describe Darnell's dialect? 
What do the details in the highlighted text reveal about Angie? 
Why do you suppose Darnell stepped in and helped Johnny? What does Darnell understand about boys that Angie does not? 

Chapter 9

Why does Larry think Tamika would be a good person to coach Johnny Cruz? 
How would you describe Larry and Darnell's friendship? Do you and any of your friends have a relationship like theirs? 
Do you recall what conversation between two or more characters in a story is called? If you said dialogue, you are correct. 
What reason does Sweeby Jones give for not having a place to live? 
What is meant by "you're in a world of trouble"? 
Do you think Darnell has enough information to write an article about Sweeby? 
What lesson can be learned from the farmer and the mule story? 
What causes Darnell to feel scared about the interview with Sweeby Jones? 

Chapter 10

What does this detail reveal about Miss Seldes? 
Do you suppose Darnell will take Miss Seldes's advice? 
Have you ever not completed your homework? Were you afraid you were going to get in trouble for not having your homework? 
What can you infer about Eddie Latimer based on his reaction to Mrs. Finley's question? 
How has Molly's skin changed since she has been sick? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
Do you suppose Darnell wishes he had not said this out loud? 
Quiz Two 

Chapter 11

Onomatopoeic words create a sound effect within the text, making it more descriptive and interesting. Watch the video for more examples of onomatopoeia.  (This annotation contains a video)
What common characteristic does Darnell notice between Sweeby and Chris? 
Conflict is a literary element that involves a struggle between two opposing forces, usually a protagonist and another character. There are two types of conflict, internal and external. Internal conflict deals with the emotions and feelings of a character. External conflicts arise when a character finds himself in struggle with outside forces that hamper his progress. What type of conflict is Darnell experiencing? 
What causes Darnell to not be able to focus in math class? 
Why is Darnell calling the Oakdale Journal? What might he tell them? 
What is Darnell going to do with the story he has written? 

Chapter 12

What does Tamika's statement reveal about her character? 
Do you think Mr. Baker will allow the article to be read during announcements? Why or why not? 

Chapter 13

The articles that Linda and Darnell wrote are of opposing opinions. This is causing a debate among the students. They feel as if they must choose a side. Whose side would you choose? 
Why does Darnell most likely make this statement to Chris? 
How are Linda and Darnell alike? How are they different? 
How has Darnell's writing in the paper changed the way people see him? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 

Chapter 14

Why does the builder give Tamika a dirty look? 
How does Darnell feel about speaking at the city council meeting? 
Who offers to help the homeless grow crops in the community garden? 
Did you expect Sweeby Jones to be a speaker at the council meeting? How might his point of view help the case against the homeless? 
Who is Darnell referring to when he says "I have to check with my editor to see what she wants"? 

Chapter 15

How has Darnell's persistence in the homeless garden paid off? 
Why does Mrs. Lucas warn Darnell about the tomatoes? 
What can you infer is the reason the old man is in the garden? 
Quiz Three