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New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers tackles the social contract from a teen’s perspective in his novel All the Right Stuff. In one of his most thought-provoking novels to date, Myers weaves together political philosophy, basketball, and making soup in Harlem, with the depth that defines his writing career.
After his father is shot and killed, Paul Dupree finds a summer job at a Harlem soup kitchen. Elijah, the soup man, questions Paul about tough life choices, even though Paul would rather be playing basketball. Over the summer, Paul begins to understand the importance of taking control of your life.
All the Right Stuff includes a Q&A between Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman, coauthor of Kick.

Curriculet Details
52 Questions
18 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for students in 7th grade contains interactive videos exploring literary devices, as well as annotations describing the setting and unknown words. Students will explore how and why people act the way that they do through the author's vivid description of various philosophers' definitions of the social contract. 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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Chapter 1

For a quick overview of the text, watch this short video. (This annotation contains a video)
In the highlighted passage, what do we learn about the protagonist's view of fatherhood? 
We now know that this story takes place in the city of Harlem. What can you infer about this location from what you have read about it so far? 
Please watch this video and keep in mind details that may relate to the setting of this novel. (This annotation contains a video)
What does the highlighted passage reveal about Elijah's character? 
A theme is beginning to emerge in this novel. What does the onion symbolize, with relation to this theme? 
Which option below is an example of how Myers' life parallels Paul's? 
Why would an author choose to infuse details into his/her writing that emulate (copy) his/her life experiences? 
Please read the section of this article titled 'What Makes a Survivor?' While reading, consider how the author's life experiences relate to what we have learned about Paul's. (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter 2

The information that Elijah is making Paul consider is pertinent to the story because 
In the highlighted passage, Elijah begins to reveal the significance of the onions in his point about life and the social contract. Breakdown his words in this statement about learning "how to tell the differences between onions." 
At this point in the story, how interested is Paul in Elijah's teachings on the social contract? 

Chapter 3

For what reason has Keisha requested to work with Paul? 
Keisha can best be described as 

Chapter 4

Within the highlighted portion, the protagonist has an epiphany (a moment in which someone finds meaning in what was previously not understood). Please explain, touching on specific details from the text, what he is beginning to understand. 
Now that you know what a hyperbole is, please choose the passage from this page that includes a hyperbole. 
Watch this video to learn about hyperbole, an example of figurative language. (This annotation contains a video)
The term 'numbers man' refers to a person that has connections. This person has the appropriate 'numbers' needed to locate needed goods/services (often illegal). 

Chapter 5

What does the highlighted line reveal about Sly? 
In the highlighted passage, Sly finally defines social contract. Explain your understanding of this idea. 
As Sly is explaining the outcome of the free soda task, what life lesson/idea is he trying to convey to Paul? 
Quiz- Chapters 1-5 

Chapter 6

Breakdown the meaning of the highlighted passage. What is Elijah saying about these people? 
Please read the first paragraph of Hobbes' biography. Pay close attention to how this description relates to Elijah's. (This annotation contains a link)
The biography of Thomas Hobbes included the line, "We should give our obedience to an unaccountable sovereign (a person or group empowered to decide every social and political issue)." Which group does Elijah believe that Hobbes was referring to? 
The highlighted portion includes an example of a simile. The words "perfectly round face and wide eyes that made her look like a doll" compare CeCe to a doll, using 'like' in this comparison. 
By making this statement, what is Keisha revealing about their neighborhood? 
From what we have learned so far, what kind of mom is Keisha? 

Chapter 7

Explain the moral of the story about the crab. What does this story have to do with the social contract? 
The photo below is a glimpse into what Paul and Elijah might have seen, while walking down Malcolm X Boulevard/Lenox Avenue. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted passage includes a description of 125th Street. Which detail listed below was not included in Paul's description? 
Watch this video about similes and metaphors. Pay close attention because you will be asked to identify a simile, soon. (This annotation contains a video)
Which line from this page includes a simile? 
In the highlighted passage, John discusses how his own race turned against him. How does he rationalize to himself their actions? 

Chapter 8

It is becoming quite clear that Elijah believes that hoodlums 
A word that best replaces ignorance in the highlighted sentence is 

Chapter 9

For what reason does Paul assume his mother is not looking forward to seeing her sister? 
The acronym NYU stands for New York University. This school is a very well-known, prestigious school located in downtown New York City. 
The highlighted text contains an example of personification. This term means to give non-human things human-like qualities. In this example, time is being given the ability to fly. 
What does the description of Anthony's actions indirectly reveal about his character? 
Why might the author have chosen to include this portion of thought into this part of the book? 

Chapter 10

Click the link to learn more about Socrates. (This annotation contains a link)
In the highlighted passage, what is Sly trying to justify to Paul? 
Give a specific example from this page that either supports or refutes the following statement:Sly buys into and follows Elijah's definition of the social contract. 

Chapter 11

Read or listen to the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. As you read, consider how this poem relates to Paul's circumstances. (This annotation contains a link)
In "The Road Not Taken," Frost paints a picture of two roads separating in the woods. Relate what he says about these roads with Paul's current situation. Be sure to use specific details from the texts to support your point(s). 
Quiz- Chapters 6-11 

Chapter 12

On this page, Keisha explains her understanding of social contracts. How did her experiences with these contracts affect her? 

Chapter 13

How does what Elijah is saying about soup relate to the differences between Elijah's and Sly's views of the social contract? 
Read the highlighted portion on this page, along with the text that follows on the next, and answer the question. 
How does Paul's changing attitude towards the soups relate to his attitude towards the social contract that Elijah has been discussing? 
 (This annotation contains a link)
Read "Mother to Son," and consider what it has to do with what Elijah is trying to teach Paul. (This annotation contains a link)
How does the speaker's point in "Mother to Son" relate to what Elijah is trying to tell Paul in the highlighted passage? 

Chapter 14

What does this passage reveal about how Elijah's feels about the social contract? 
The highlighted passage includes a simile (comparing two dissimilar things using like or as). What two things are being compared to one another? 
For what reason has Elijah invited Sly to the soup kitchen? 
At this part in the novel, we see a shift in Paul's attitude toward the social contract. What is the likely reason for this shift? 
What is Sly's argument for why the Constitution is not a valid example of a social contract? 
A large portion of Sly's argument centers on the idea that Elijah's definition of the social contract oppresses the "little" guys. How does Elijah attempt to negate Sly's argument? 
Karl Marx (1818-1883) was a German philosopher, economist, and historian, and he is best known for his contributions to communist regimes in the twentieth century. He published numerous books during his lifetime, the most notable being The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Das Kapital (1867–1894). Marx's theory, known as Marxism, holds that human societies progress through class struggle: a conflict between an ownership class that controls production and a laboring class that provides the labor for production. 
This sentence includes an example of hyperbole. If you have forgotten what hyperbole is, watch the video below to refresh your memory. What is being exaggerated in this sentence? 
Watch this video, if you have forgotten the definition of hyperbole. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 15

Why has Sly invited the seniors from the soup kitchen to The Woods? 
Which word best describes the mood of this meeting of the minds? 
What is Elijah's reasoning for why a social contract is not perfect? 
How does Dreads' statement relate to Sly's argumument against the social contract? 

Chapter 16

Why has the author chosen to include this part into the story? 
Why does Paul think that it is important to teach Keisha about the social contract? 
In this portion of the novel, Elijah explains how citizens can make the contract work fairly. What does he believe should happen? 

Chapter 17

Why is Paul's mother upset with him, with regards to Keisha? 
How has Paul's learning about the social contract helped him to better understand his father? 
Quiz- Chapters 12-17