Saving Francesca

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MOST OF MY friends now go to Pius Senior College, but my mother wouldn't allow it because she says the girls there leave with limited options and she didn't bring me up to have limitations placed upon me. If you know my mother, you'll sense there's an irony there, based on the fact that she is the Queen of the Limitation Placers in my life. Francesca battles her mother, Mia, constantly over what's best for her. All Francesca wants is her old friends and her old school, but instead Mia sends her to St. Sebastian's, an all-boys' school that has just opened its doors to girls. Now Francesca's surrounded by hundreds of boys, with only a few other girls for company. All of them weirdosor worse. Then one day, Mia is too depressed to get out of bed. One day turns into months, and as her family begins to fall apart, Francesca realizes that without her mother's high spirits, she hardly knows who she is. But she doesn't yet realize that she's more like Mia than she thinks. With a little unlikely help from St. Sebastian's, she just might be able to save her family, her friends, andespeciallyherself.
Curriculet Details
57 Questions
47 Annotations
3 Quizzes

In this 9th and 10th grade digital curriculum, annotations include links to music referenced in the book, images of the setting and explanations of literary devices such as flashback. Interactive videos support engagement and cover subjects such as theme and imagery. The Common Core aligned questions and answers address setting and narration, along with the themes of family, recovery and mental illness. Our free online unit will increase student engagement with rich media annotations while supporting reading comprehension with questions and quizzes that are imbedded directly into the book. Be advised that this novel contains mature themes in the novel including strong language, references to teenage drug use, and underage drinking.

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Chapter 1

Remember that you can look up any words that are challenging by highlighting the word and clicking on the "Define" feature. 
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From the details in this passage we can infer that the narrator 
This detail indicates that the text takes place in Australia. The map below shows a picture of Sydney, Australia.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What does Francesca think is strange about her mother's behavior? 

Chapter 2

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Mia is __________________. 
The author is slowly revealing information about Francesca's mother. Watch this short video to learn more about how characters develop in a nonfiction text. (This annotation contains a video)
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Use the Define feature to look up the word bourgeois. Then, pick a synonym for the word bourgeois from the list below.  
The image below shows a rosary. A rosary is a beaded string that Catholics use to pray with.  (This annotation contains an image)
The image below shows a picture of Leo Tolstoy. Francesca is correcting William Trombal's mistake. Trombal confused Tolstoy with another person whose name is Trosky. Leo Tolstoy was the author of "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina." (This annotation contains an image)
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The italics represent the narrator's ________________________. 

Chapter 3

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Francesca is referring to ___________ when she says, "I am stuck with a sexist, anarchist ageist."  
The teacher is called "Brother Louis" because he is part of the Catholic Church. You may have heard nuns referred to as "sisters" in this same context. 
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The descriptive details of Francesca's mother reveal that her mother is _________. 
The image below shows a Discman. A Discman is an electronic device that plays CDs. They were popular in the late 1990s and 2000s.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 4

This is an example of a hyperbole. Natalia is not being literal when she says, "we killed ourselves laughing." Instead, she means that they were laughing really, really hard. 
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Who is Francesca referring to when she says, "a person with a social conscience is from Pluto"? 
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From this statement we can infer that William is 
The photo below shows music notes that have been converted into tablature.  (This annotation contains an image)
The image below is a picture of the cast of the soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful." It was a very popular soap opera that was known for being extremely dramatic.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which sentence below best explains the significance of the line "The door's still closed"? 

Chapter 5

Gelato is an Italian ice cream. The image below is an image of gelato. Why would it be strange for Francesca, Luca, and their father to go get gelato together?  (This annotation contains an image)
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The highlighted statement is an example of ______________. 

Chapter 6

A quadrangle is a four-sided plane figure, especially a square or rectangle. 
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Which specific details in this passage indicate that Francesca is depressed? 
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The italics in the passage represent Francesca's ________________. 
Francesca is experiencing some internal conflict around the fact that her family is going through a tough time and not talking to her about it. As a result, Francesca is starting to question who she is. Why do you think her parents won't open up about about her mother's condition? 

Chapter 7

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Why doesn't Francesca correct her Nonna? 
"Nonna" is the word for grandmother in Italian.  

Chapter 8

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Francesca's mother does not think that Francesca is ___________. 
Casarean section is a procedure in which the doctor delivers a baby through a surgical incision in the mother's stomach. 
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Another way to say "I'm vomiting out words," is 

Chapter 9

Rugby is a popular game in England and parts of the United States. If you have never heard of rugby, or are unfamiliar with rugby, watch this short video below that will give you a brief understanding of how the game is played.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Tara's tone is best described as ___________. 
Pride and Prejudice is a novel written by Jane Austen that was published in 1813. It is a classic love story that takes place among characters in the upper classes of England. 
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Explain how the author sets a despairing tone in this passage.  

Chapter 10

To "pigeonhole" someone means that you put them into one category that they cannot get out of. People typically do not like to be pigeonholed because it prevents them from being seen as fully developed human beings. 
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Another way to say "We haven't spoken for ages," is 
The video below shows the song "On My Own" from the movie version of the play "Les Miserables."  (This annotation contains a video)
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Based on this reaction, what can we infer about Justine? 
The mood of the chapter ends on a more positive note. Watch the video below to learn how authors create mood in their writing.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 11

Visit the link below to read the prayers that Catholics call "The Glorious Mysteries." (This annotation contains a link)
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Francesca stays outside with William because 
"Signora" means "Mrs." in Italian. 
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The evidence in this passage suggests that Francesca ___________ William. 

Chapter 12

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What evidence does the author present to show that Francesca's mother is very ill? How is her mother's illness affecting the family? 
"A charity case" is a way to say that Will Trombal feels sorry for Francesca. Francesca seems to be insecure about his feelings towards her and is resorting to negative thoughts like these.  
Quiz #1 

Chapter 13

"Pashing" is slang for kissing. 
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Another way to say "Justine Kalinsky is a wallflower" is  
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Why does Francesca have tears in her eyes? 

Chapter 14

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What does Francesca say to her mother? 
The image below shows a picture of Hyde Park. Hyde Park is located in Sydney, Australia.  (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the video below to hear the Whitlams' sing from the album Francesca references.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What does Francesca mean when she says "the worst thing happens"? 

Chapter 15

Watch the video below to hear the song "Venus." (This annotation contains a video)
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Why does Francesca feel guilty for being happy? 

Chapter 16

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Francesca believes that  

Chapter 17

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The tone of this line of dialogue can best be described as _______________. 
Thomas Mackee is making a play on the names of the Spice Girls. The Spice Girls were a popular music group in the late 1990s. The image below is a picture of the Spice Girls.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The word "blurred" suggests that Francesca 

Chapter 18

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The mood of the bus ride is best described as ____________. 

Chapter 19

Click the video below to listen to Abba's "Dancing Queen."  (This annotation contains a video)
To hear the song "Endless Love," watch the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Francesca takes care of Siobhan because 

Chapter 20

The image below shows ricotta cannoli.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The words "storm" and "slam" indicate that Francesca is ____________. 

Chapter 21

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What details in this passage indicate that Francesca has feelings for William? 
Watch the clip below to watch part 1 of Shakespeare's "Henry IV." Do you think this play would be interesting for teenagers to put on for a school drama performance?  (This annotation contains a video)
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In this passage, Francesca is trying to determine if  
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Francesca calls her grandparents Nonna and Nonna. Explain how this is an example of her Italian heritage.  

Chapter 22

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Which of Mia's symptoms are similar to the symptoms of acute depression described in this section? 
Depression is a very serious mental health condition. To learn more about depression, watch the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz #2 
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Where does Francesca want to live? 

Chapter 24

Pachelbel's Canon was written by Bach. watch the video below to determine if you have heard it before.  (This annotation contains a video)
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The tone of this passage is best described as ___________. 
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According to Nonna, why isn't it Mia's fault that she is depressed? 

Chapter 25

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From the way Francesca describes the kiss she had with Will Trombal it is clear that she  
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How does Francesca feel about Siobhon in this passage? 
The image below shows a Subaru WRX.  (This annotation contains an image)
Captain von Trapp is the father character pictured below in "The Sound of Music."  (This annotation contains an image)
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Francesca's tone is __________. 

Chapter 26

Les Miserables was referenced earlier in the novel. It is a popular Broadway play based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Watch the clip below for one of the most popular songs from the play.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why are Francesca and her mother sad? 

Chapter 28

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Francesca and her friends think that  

Chapter 29

This is an image of Gerringong on the South Coast of Australia.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Ms. Quinn is being ____________. 
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What details in this chapter indicate that Francesca is having fun? 
The image below shows the characters Han Solo and Princess Leia.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Jimmy is ___________. 
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Based on the evidence that Francesca gives about her life, take a few sentences to compare/contrast being a teenager in Australia to being a teenager in the United States.  

Chapter 30

Pay attention to the contrast between the imagery from Francesca's birthdays in the past to now. Watch this brief video to learn more about how authors use imagery in fiction.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Ms. Quinn is Francesca's ___________. 
A mirror ball is used in clubs and ball rooms to create a sparkle-effect throughout the room. Here is an image of a mirror ball.  (This annotation contains an image)
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The mood in this passage is best described as __________. 

Chapter 31

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Why is Francesca upset? 
Think about why Tara is upset that Francesca did not do anything for her birthday. What does this reveal about Francesca and Tara's relationship? 

Chapter 32

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What does the diction reveal about Francesca's emotional state? 
This passage is an example of the literary device called flashback. Watch the video below to learn more about why authors use flashback.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Francesca's mother is crying because  
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What does Francesca mean when she says she put a scar on her mother's stomach, "when I was born"? 

Chapter 33

See the map below to learn how long a trip would take from Sydney to Woy Woy.  (This annotation contains an image)
This is the movie poster from The Last of the Mohicans. It was a famous movie staring Daniel Day Lewis.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 34

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Throughout the novel, Francesca has been going through a challenging time. At this point in the novel she is _________. 
Grand Central Station is a very busy terminal in New York City. The image below shows an iconic view of the station.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 35

Listen to the song "Kind and Generous" and think about what this reveals about Mia's emotional state.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz #3