Waiting for Normal

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Addie is waiting for normal.

But Addie's mom has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, jubilation or gloom, her way or no way.

All or nothing never adds up to normal.

All or nothing can't bring you all to home, which is exactly where Addie longs to be, with her half sisters, every day.

In spite of life's twists and turns, Addie remains optimistic. Someday, maybe, she'll find normal.

Leslie Connor has created an inspiring novel about one girl's giant spirit. waiting for normal is a heartwarming gem.

Curriculet Details
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Designed for students in 6th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining humor, character development, and figurative language. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about similes and metaphors and irony. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of theme, summary, and point of view. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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chapter 1: tin box on a tar patch

The highlighted text is an example of a simile. Similes are used to make a direct comparison between two objects. Addie is comparing her ever changing life to a road that keeps changing. Watch the video to learn more about similes and metaphors. (This annotation contains a video)
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What does the highlighted text reveal about Dwight's character? 
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How is Addie's relationship with Dwight different from Mommer's? Why do you think this is so? Use two examples from the text to support your argument. 
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Which description best represents the setting of the story so far? 
A reprobate is someone who is sinful or immoral. Would you describe Dwight as a "reprobate"? 

chapter 2: small stuff

Have you heard this one: What did the math book say to the other math book? Answer: Boy do I have problems! The purpose of humor is to make the reader laugh. Sarcasm, verbal irony, hyperbole, paradox, puns, and similes are just a few examples of techniques that add humor to literature. Watch the video below to learn more about the use of irony. (This annotation contains a video)
The highlighted text is one example of sarcasm. Sarcasm is a form of verbal irony. Mommers doesn't really mean the trailer is "classy." In fact, it is quite the opposite. 
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The highlighted text is an example of which of the following literary devices? 
The number "six" is repeated in this chapter. Why is the number six important to Addie? 
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Which is the best meaning for the word "chat" as it is used in the sentence? 
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What does the final line of the chapter reveal about Addie's point of view? 
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A theme is beginning to develop. What is it? 

chapter 3: welcome pie

The highlighted text is a reflection of Addie's life so far. Poverty and a lack of stability have her caged like an animal. The reader can infer from Addie's positive point of view that there is abundant life and possibility inside her longing to get out but held trapped like the plants and trees are held at bay by the greenhouse windows. What about the Empty Acre? Can the reader infer anything from the emptiness of the lot or the potential for creating something new there? 
Quiz #1: Chapters 1-4 

chapter 4: according to webster's

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Which word below describes how Mommers feels in the highlighted text?  
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What is the purpose of the highlighted sentence?  
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How did the judge's decision to split up Addie and her sisters change her life? Use evidence from the text to support your argument. 
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Which of the phrases from the passage best helps the reader understand the meaning of "morally unprincipled"? 
You will notice the characters in the story have a unique way of talking that helps define their socioeconomic place in the world. You would expect someone from a poor, uneducated background to speak differently than someone from a middle class or wealthy background. Pay attention to the author's word choice and use of language as you read. Can you spot the differences in how the characters speak? 
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In your own words, explain what Addie means when she says she doesn't have the Love of Learning? 

chapter 5: the over-underpass

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In the context of the paragraph, explain what Addie means when she says "You can't ignore history." 
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Which sentence from the highlighted text best helps develop the themes of divorce and the disintegration of the family?  
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Which sentence from the last paragraph best supports the theme of normalcy? 

chapter 6: a renovation

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What is the purpose of the highlighted sentence? 
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Which sentence from the passage best illustrates Addie's learning difficulties? 

chapter 7: tryouts and friendships

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Which of the phrases from the passage best helps the reader understand the meaning of "assimilate?" 
The highlighted text is an example of a metaphor. A metaphor is a word or phrase that is used to make a comparison between two people, things, animals, or places. What does Robert mean when he says Addie is an "amazon?" Learn more about metaphors by watching the video included here. (This annotation contains a video)
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Is Addie a good friend to her classmates? Use evidence from the text to support your argument. 

chapter 8: gates and bridges

The highlighted text is an example of an idiom. Idioms exist in every language. An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally, like “bought the farm” has nothing to do with purchasing real estate but refers to dying. Idiom also refers to a dialect or jargon of a group of people, either in a certain region or a group with common interests, like in science, music, art, or business. Watch the video to learn more about idioms. (This annotation contains a video)
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Which statement best describes the central idea of the highlighted text? 
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Do you agree with the highlighted statement? Why or why not? Use examples from your own experiences to support your argument. 

chapter 9: tv and toast dinners

The highlighted text supports the central theme of normalcy. Addie sees the normal moments of her life as being some of the best because they are free of conflict. As you will see, the theme of normalcy runs through the entire novel. Think about what it means to be normal. Do you have a normal life? Do your friends have normal lives? 
Mommers suffers from a mental illness called bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is also known as bipolar affective disorder, manic-depressive disorder, or manic depression. Bipolar disorder is most commonly associated with periods of high energy and activity called mania followed by feelings of sadness, anger, hopelessness, and loneliness. The highlighted text illustrates how Mommers behaves during periods of mania. How do you think these periods of hyperactivity affect Addie? 
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Read the linked article called "The Bipolar Puzzle" about little boy named James: www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/magazine/14bipolar-t.html?pagewanted=allYou have now read two texts about Bipolar Disorder. Write a brief essay that compares and contrasts the author's purposes and how their purposes are conveyed in the two texts. 
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Which statement best describes why Addie hates Jeanette for the Judgement? 

chapter 10: a gift of cream and honey

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What can you infer about Katie from the author's choice of words and the use of language in the highlighted text? 
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The highlighted text is an example of which literary device? 
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What does the simile in the highlighted text reveal about Mommers?  

chapter 11: a bunch of numbskulls

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What does the word "grind" mean as it is used in the passage?  
Addie learns that Elliot is gay and dating Rick, the owner of Numbskull Dorry's Pub. Why do you think the author chose to include a gay character in the book? How does Addie react to the news? Does the reader learn anything new about Addie from her reaction? 

chapter 12: a violent storm

Mommers seems reluctant to meet new people. Why do you think this is the case? Do you think she is frightened that others will realize she has a mental illness? Maybe she thinks she is socially superior to the people that inhabit the corner and is embarrassed by her current living arrangements. 
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What is the difference between people being nice and actually being wanted? Which do you think applies to Addie? Use evidence from the text to support your argument. 
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Based on what you have read so far in this chapter, what can you infer about Soula? 
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Choose the word that best describes Soula's point of view based on evidence from the text in this chapter. 

chapter 13: evening interview

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What does the highlighted text reveal about Mommer's character? 

chapter 14: waiting for mommers

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The highlighted text is an example of a(n) 
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Read the three pages of the online article about Dyslexia from Kidhealth.org: http://kidshealth.org/kid/health_problems/learning_problem/dyslexia.html# Pretend you are a doctor explaining Addie's learning disability to Mommers and Dwight. Use evidence from both texts to argue for or against a diagnosis of Dyslexia. 
The reader learns that Addie isn't scared by Mommers being out all night. She thinks Mommers isn't coming back because she has a history of not coming home for several days. Addie remembers the times Mommers left her alone for long periods of time and is worried it will happen again. 
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Which sentence from the passage best shows Grandio's feelings for Mommers?  

chapter 16: another dish of fish-and-chips

Quiz #2: Chapters 5-16 

chapter 18: a phone call from the mansion

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Why does Addie not tell Dwight the truth? 

chapter 19: the new blue car

Watch the video featuring the song Mommers references in the text. "You Can Drive My Car" was a hit for The Beatles in 1965. The song was written by Paul McCartney and was included on the album "Rubber Soul." (This annotation contains a video)

chapter 20: all or nothing

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Why does Addie not tell Soula the truth? 
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Which sentence best tells why Mommer's has feelings of resentment toward Addie? 

chapter 21: dwight explaining hannah

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The highlighted text best helps develop which central idea of the novel?  
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What is the meaning of the word bittersweet as it is used in the story?  
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The highlighted text is an example of a(n)  

chapter 22: all about twos and fours

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What does the highlighted text tell you about Hannah's character, and what is important to her? 
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Explain what makes Hannah a hero. Use evidence from the text to support your argument. 

chapter 24: breakfasts and boxes

Hannah and Mommers are alike in many ways and yet so very different in other ways. They both work from their homes and use the Internet as their store. The reader doesn't really know what Mommers sells to her customers. Hannah, however, seems to be very serious about her business. She works very hard to make sure her customers receive their crafts and are satisfied with the product. In contrast, Mommers appears to be only pretending to work in order to gain money and affection from a man noone has never met and appears to have no ambition at all. She seems to love the children yet never does anything to convince her family. 
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How does Addie define what a hero is? By her definition, is she a hero? Use evidence form the text to support your answer. 
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Based on what you have read so far, why do you think Addie's scalp starts "tingling?" 
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Which of the words below explain how Addie is feels based on the highlighted text? There can be more than one correct answer. Do you have a better to describe how she feels? Write the words in the box provided. Surprised Shocked Uncertain Curious AngryConfused 

chapter 25: a ton of turkey soup

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What is the meaning of the word regular as it is used in the story? 
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What is Soula talking about in the highlighted text? 

chapter 26: from good to bad

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The highlighted text is an example of a(n) 
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What is the meaning of the word period as it is used in the story? 
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Why does Addie not want Dwight to know she is growing up? 
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Elliot says, "Most couples learn that there are some things you can do together and some things you can't." In your own words, explain what he means. 
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Why does Addie dislike the dress? 

chapter 27: willing to bloom

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Which character can be compared to the Chinese hibiscus? 

chapter 28: twists and turns

The highlighted text is an example of an alliteration. An alliteration is a literary device similar to rhyming. Alliteration is the repetition of the same sound at the beginning of two or more words next to one another in the same sentence. “She sells sea-shells down by the sea-shore” or “Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers” are both alliterative phrases. Watch the video below for more information about alliteration. (This annotation contains a video)

chapter 29: the counting-on part

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Summarize in your own words what is happening in the highlighted passage. 
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How does the highlighted text help develop Addie's point of view? 

chapter 30: a frozen good-bye

Pay close attention to the description of the setting in the highlighted text. The author chooses her words carefully to help the reader develop a sense of what something or someone can look like or how they feel. In doing so, she also sets the tone and the mood for the story. The mood of a story is the attitude an author adopts towards a character, a place, or an event in a story. In the case of the highlighted text, the author wants us to feel how disconnected Addie's world is. She also wants the reader to feel how cold, dark, and devoid of life the setting is at the time the story takes place. Watch the video for more information about tone and mood. (This annotation contains a video)

chapter 32: a few gifts before christmas

Responsibility is an important theme in "Waiting For Normal." Some of the characters take responsibility for themselves and some do not. Some take responsibility for others. Think carefully about all the characters in the story so far. Which characters are responsible for themselves and which are not? Which characters are responsible for others and which are not? 
Quiz #3: Chapters 17-32 

chapter 33: waiting for normal

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The title of the book must be very important if Addie actually says it while talking to Mommers. As you have probably learned by now, normal means different things to different people. What does normal mean to Addie? What is she really waiting for? Please answer thoughtfully. 

chapter 35: another thing to borrow

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Addie reveals she isn't happy about the new baby and couldn't be happy about it. Using evidence from the novel, explain Addie's point of view. 
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Choose a word that describes Addie based on evidence from the text. There is more than one correct choice listed below. determined angry reluctant frightened reticent hopeless Find a sentence in the passage with details that support your response. 

chapter 37: a visit from grandio

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Mommers asks a very revealing question. Compare and contrast what is important to Mommers and what is important to Addie. Use evidence from the text to support you argument. 
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What does the highlighted text reveal about Grandio and Dwight? 

chapter 38: valentine hearts

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Why has Addie decided not to go back to Lake George?  
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The highlighted passage helps develop the theme of 
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Addie's behavior has changed from the beginning of the story. How has her behavior changed? What has caused the change? Use evidence from the text to support your argument. 

chapter 39: the goosh in my gut

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What is the purpose of the highlighted text? 

chapter 40: fiesta night

Soula is experiencing a medical condition known as jaundice. Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin, eyes, and other parts of the body. The condition usually indicates problems with the liver. Read more about Jaundice by clicking on the link below. (This annotation contains a link)
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Do you agree with Soula's statement? Include details from the novel to support your argument. 
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The highlighted text is an example of a 
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Which sentence helps you to understand the meaning of "trailer stuffing"? 
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Who is Addie concerned about catching them? 
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Do you think Mommers is making a good choice not to tell Pete about the new baby? Please add two details to support your evaluation. 

chapter 41: making changes

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Using your own words, explain what Soula means when she tells Addie "the chemo is the cure but the cure is a killer." 
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The highlighted text best helps develop which central idea of the novel? 
Addie has not mentioned lacking the Love of Learning since Chapter 35. She is starting to realize that people are smart in different ways. She may not be a brilliant student, but she is smart in other ways. She can learn and play music just by listening to it. Addie knows when she or others are in danger or in need of help.  

chapter 43: a hero in the fog

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Why does Soula look away from Addie? 
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Using your own words, explain why Addie wrote H-E-R-O in the fog on her window. 

chapter 44: after the fire

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Using your own words, explain why everyone is in a good mood after the trailer fire. 

chapter 46: the going-away note

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The highlighted text is an example of a(n) 
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What does the highlighted text reveal about Addie? 
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How was Addie a hero for Soula? Use two examples from the text to support your answer. 

chapter 47: defining normal

Child endangerment means placing a child in a potentially harmful situation, either through negligence or misconduct. Reckless endangerment means person commits the crime of reckless endangerment if the person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person. 
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Do you agree with Addie's definition of normal? Defend your argument by including information about your personal experiences and the text. 
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Which statement best explains why Addie defend Mommers? 

chapter 48: full of surprises

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What is the purpose of the highlighted text? 

chapter 49: all to home

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Use your own words to explain how Addie knows Mommers loves her and her sisters? 
Quiz #4: Chapters 33-49