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Top ten things Samantha Madison isn't ready for

10. Spending Thanksgiving at Camp David
9. With her boyfriend, the president's son
8. Who wants to take things to the Next Level
7. Which Sam inadvertently announces live on MTV
6. While discussing the president's dubious policies on families, morals, and, yes, sex
5. Juggling her new after-school job at Potomac Video
4. Even though she's already the (unpaid) teen ambassador to the UN
3. Getting accosted because she's "the redheaded girl who saved the president's life," despite her new ebony tresses
2. Dealing with her popular sister Lucy, who for once can't get the guy she wants

And the number-one thing Sam isn't ready for?

1. Finding out the hard way that in art class, "life drawing" means "naked people"

Curriculet Details
38 Questions
40 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for high school students contains interactive videos exploring internal and external conflict, tone and mood, how to use textual evidence to answer Common Core questions, as well as annotations describing figurative language and persusation techniques used by speakers. Students will explore the themes of decision making and judging others. 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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This novel is the sequel to All -American Girl, in which Sam's life is changed after she saves the President.  (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? 
The overall tone of this top ten list is 

Chapter 1

How does the way the author introduced the "big change" Sam has made affect the reader? 
The woman in the middle is Ashley Simpson and on the far right you can see Gwen Stefani. Gewn Stefni is Sam's role model. Can you determine why she would be against looking like Ashley Simpson based on what you have heard so far? (This annotation contains an image)
Below is a map for the Washington, DC Metro. This is an easy way to get around the entire Washington area. Consider the problems that could arise from Samantha riding on the Metro. Are her parents being too overprotective by not wanting her to do this alone?  (This annotation contains a link)
Susan Boone has decided that Sam and David are mature enough to  
Below is an image of the Cleveland Park area which is the setting of this book. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following IS NOT an example of direct characterization of David from the highlighted passage? 
Watch the video below about tone and mood. Consider the word choice and the way Sam makes her statements. Try to determine her tone and the novel's mood as you read. (This annotation contains a video)
What is Sam's tone and the novel's mood in the highlighted text? 

Chapter 2

Sam was pretty surprised by her new Life Drawing class. When doing research on types of art and drawing classses, the following description of life drawing, or figure drawing appears: Life Drawing is drawing the naked human figure. The figure presents many technical problems - form, structure, foreshortening and so on. The nude figure allows the artist to express a great deal about human nature. Stripped of the cultural baggage of clothing, the nude figure can express every aspect of humanity, from the heroic to the pathetic. Below is an example of a life sculpture. This is The Statue of David by Michelangelo. Is a teenager like Sam mature enough to respect this type of art?  (This annotation contains an image)
How does Susan explain the reasoning behind life drawing? 
Read this brief article about what you should know before your first life drawing class. Consider how this description correlates to what Sam experienced.  (This annotation contains a link)
In what way is the experience of the person in the article different from Sam's experience in the life drawing class? 
Camp David is the country retreat of the President of the United States. It is located in wooded hills about 62 miles north-northwest of Washington, D.C., in Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Sam's internal conflict? 

Chapter 3

Manga is a Japanese comic. Sam is dismissing the comments about her hair because she is so shocked at her parent's reaction to her request. She has been battling with the idea of going to Camp David because she feels it means her relationship is going to go to the next level, but she is not so sure she is ready for that. (This annotation contains an image)
How does Sam feel about her parent's decision to allow her to go to Camp David with her boyfriend David?  
What is Lucy's tone with Sam in the highlighted section of the text? 
Remember the video about tone? Think about the tone in this part of the text with Lucy preparing Sam for her big step with David. Below is another video which provides visuals and examplesf tone and mood words.  (This annotation contains a video)
Based on this top ten list, what can the reader best infer about Sam's attitude towards her sister now? 

Chapter 4

Below is a short documentary about the "Untouchables" in the lower caste in Hindu society. Watch it and consider if the metaphor of Kris treating teen like this is true. Do teenagers truly treat others in this way? Have teens gone too far in ostracizing others who are not up to speed with the latest fashion? (This annotation contains a video)
Based on Sam's description of Dauntra, what would be one word to describe her best? 
Read the attached short article on the importance of SAT scores. How do you think Dauntra's attitude about the scores will effect her future? (This annotation contains a link)
What comparison is Dauntra making in the highlighted portion of the text? 
Read this short selection on fascism. After reading it, consider whether or not Dauntra has a point.  (This annotation contains a link)
Make a prediction about what is going to happen with Sam and her private life based on her comments in this chapter. 

Chapter 5

Watch this video and consider how it is an example of the word "waggish." (This annotation contains a video)
Admist all of the uncertain things in a teenager's life, there are many things to worry about. How does Sam feel about her realtionship with David? 
Based on what we know about Lucy and the family dynamic, isn't it strange that Lucy is hapily sitting with Harold on a Friday night studying SAT vocabulary? Can you predict what may happen with Lucy and Jack and the SAT? 
What is the author's purpose in using the allusions in the highlighted text? 
Consider this conversation between Sam and David. Based on his reactions and responses, do you think that "Parcheesi" to him really meant sex, or has Sam completely blown all of this out of porportion? 
Chapters 1-5 Quiz 

Chapter 6

A die-in, which is also known as a lie-in, is a kind of protest where participants pretend that they are dead. This type of protest is used by a variety of protesters. Generally, the protestors stay in an area for a short time instead of being forced to leave by the police. They want to draw attention to their cause by drawing attention to themselves as they lie in the street pretending to be dead with banners on themselves.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Lucy so facinated with Harold Minsky? 
Below is a trailor for Hellboy. Consider the theme of this movie as mentioned by Sam. Is this a lesson teenagers in general need to hear more of?  (This annotation contains a video)
 Make a prediction about what is to come for Lucy and Sam. Support it with evidence from the text in this chapter.  
Since this is told in first person, we know exactly what Sam is going through and what she is struggling with, but as outsiders, we are able to rationalize and look back on the events. Does David really want to have sex with Sam? Is she really handling this in a mature way? What is she doing to their relationship by avoiding David? Consider all of these things as we continue to read and see the choices that Sam makes.  

Chapter 7

By having Sam's rivals, reporters, a confrontation about a girl who had sex, and a call from David, happen all at once, the author has used what literary device? 
So that you can have an auditory sense of Sam's taste, here is Harajuku Girls by Gwen Stefani. (This annotation contains a video)
Consider this statement Sam makes about patriotism. Do you think that this is really what it means to her? Is this even an explnation of what patriotism is? 

Chapter 8

Explain why you think Sam spilled the paint. 
What does Sam mean by the highlighted comment? 
It's interesting to hear this coming from Lucy. She has been mostly a self-centered, stereotypical "popular" girl throughout the series. Hearing her say that she wanted time to herself and time with her friends instead of always being with a boyfriend really casts her in a different, more mature light. It is important for girls to stand up for themselves at this age and be able to do things on their own. Consider Sam and David's realtionship. Does it have any suffocating factors, or are they both able to be themselves? 
Watch this video about theme and consider how the allusion to Hellboy contributes to an emerging theme in this book.  (This annotation contains a video)
Reread the highlighted text. Consider what the word "indignant" means. Select the word that is the best antonym for indignant. 

Chapter 9

Read the attached short article by an M.D. to learn more about double standards when it comes to teens and sex. Consider the reasons listed for the differences. (This annotation contains a link)
After reading the article about double standards, which is not a reason for the attitude difference mentioned in the article? 
Read this brief article about protesting at work. How is this similar to or different from what Dauntra wants to do? (This annotation contains a link)
In realtion to the complaints mentioned in the article about protesting at work, how would you catagorize Dauntra's complaint? 
Below is a link to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The four general principles are: • that all the rights guaranteed by the Convention must be available to all children without discrimination of any kind (Article 2); • that the best interests of the child must be a primary consideration in all actions concerning children (Article 3); • that every child has the right to life, survival and development (Article 6); and • that the child’s views must be considered and taken into account in all matters affecting him or her (Article 12). Consider how this relates to the facts that Sam just put before the reader in the latest top ten list. 
After listening to all of the facts Sam brings up regarding other countries, it is clear that she feels _____ that she lives in America. 

Chapter 10

Which type of figurative language is Susan Boone using in the highlighted text to explain art to Sam? 
Watch this video on figurative language and consider what literary devices Susan Boone is using while discussing Sam's painting.  (This annotation contains a video)
Chapters 6-10 Quiz 

Chapter 11

A town hall meeting is an informal meeting held in an area to encourage debate and expression on different topics. The president holds these all over the US and beyond to discuss various topics and have conversation with the average people of the United States. Consider what this town hall meeting is about. Who would attend a meeting like this in your community? 
Which is the main reason Kris is so excited this evening? 
Sam is using the same metaphor that Susan Boone used to explain drawing. She is saying that you cannot look at only one part of the family and change it, you have to look at the whole and make changes that way, just like looking at the whole house before decorating. What is right in one case may not be in another. Consider where you stand on this issue.  
Comment on what Sam and the President are saying here. What is your point of view on this topic? 

Chapter 12

When orators speak to people, they use many different forms of rhetoric to persuade their audience to see and hear things their way. After watching this video, think about what the President and what Sam each say at the town hall meeting. Which forms of persuasion do they use? (This annotation contains a video)
After hearing the video about ethos, pathos and logos, which form of persuation do you think Sam uses when she was speaking to the people at the town hall? 
Summarize how you feel about role models and the impact they have in your life and your decision making. Who plays the biggest part in your decision making? 
Read the following excerpt from on parents as role models: "Although your children are busy with school, extracurricular activities and friends, they are still watching you and taking mental note. Two of the most important aspects of being a good role model are leading by example and keeping open communication. In leading by example, parents help their children make healthy choices. By keeping communication open, parents can help children deal with issues such as peer pressure and other negative influences." Consider how you feel about this statement to parents. Do you, as a teenager, feel that this is true? (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter 13

Which literary device is being used in the highlighted paragraph? 
After watching this video on similes and metaphors, consider which is being used in the highlighted statement. (This annotation contains a video)
The author juxtaposes the usual loudness of the cafeteria to the unusual silence that is present now. What literary device does she use to enhance this? 
After watching this video, consider what is being juxtaposed in the highlighted section of the text. (This annotation contains a video)
If you had to state one word that describes the crowd at this time, which would be the best choise? 
People are stronger in numbers, especially when they are standing up to someone and for something they believe in. Consider why all of these people banned together and supported Sam. 

Chapter 14

Which word best describes Sam's feelings as she sits at the Thanksgiving Day dinner at Camp David? 
Below is a picture from 1989 when President George Bush invited his staff to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Camp David. (This annotation contains an image)
Watch this video on irony. Try to understand the three different types and then consider the highlighted section of the text. Which type of irony is present here? (This annotation contains a video)
Watch this video on irony. Try to understand the three different ypes and then consider the highlighted section of the text. Which type of irony is present here? (This annotation contains a video)
Which literary device best describes Sam's change in thought about the Right Way button? 
This entire book has been about Sam struggling with the idea of having sex with her boyfriend. She has gone through changes and shared her thoughts with the reader. Now, the reader gets to see David's side of this entire fiasco. He never meant sex when he said Parcheesi! 
If this book were told from an omniscient point of view, how would the understanding of the plot have been different? 

Chapter 15

What is the BIG CHANGE that Sam's father promised? 
The ACLU, or the American Civil Liberties Union, is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Dauntra has hired someone from the ACLU to protect her rights in the workplace. Consider how you feel about this. Is she right, or is she abusing the system? (This annotation contains a link)
How has Sam inspired Dauntra? 
Chapters 11-15 Quiz