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Lexie, by Audrey Couloumbis, is the story a girl named Lexie who used to love going on vacation with her family to the shore. Now her summer vacation will be different because Lexie's mom and dad are divorced, and for the first time her Mom won't be there. To make matters worse, her Dad has a new girlfriend who will be joining them on vacation along with her two sons. As you read, think about a favorite family vacation memory.
Why does Lexie not want to go on vacation to the shore?
Lexie is adjusting to her parents' divorce. She is sad to leave her mom behind and go on vacation with her dad. Have you experienced a divorce in your family? Can you relate to Lexie's feelings?
How does Lexie react when she learns that Vicky will joining in on the family vacation?
Lexie is vacationing in Seaville, New Jersey which is a small community located within Dennis Township on the Jersey shore. The image below is a picture of the Jersey shore. (This annotation contains an image)
How does Lexie feel when she learns Vicky and her two sons will be staying with them all week?
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?
Which of the following descriptions does not describe the setting of the beach house?
As you read, think about the traits of the characters in the story. What are their personalities like? How are they feeling? The following video will show you how to identify character traits. (This annotation contains a video)
Explain the ways in which Lexie's experience of arriving at the beach house has been the same as it was in the past, and how it is different now that her parents are divorced.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show was popular T.V. series that ran from 1970-1977. Today you can still watch reruns of the show. Lexie thinks that Vicky acts like the lead character, Mary. Watch the following video to see the character of Mary. (This annotation contains a video)
Lexie does not like when ___________.
As you read, pay attention to the illustrations. Think about how the illustrations can create a mood or reveal details about the characters and the setting of the story.
How does Lexie feel about her dad's relationship with Ben?
Read the highlighted passage. Think about the meaning behind Vicky's hug for Ben? Do you think Ben will be a troublemaker on the trip? Make a prediction.
Why does Lexie feel that riding in Vicky's car is horrible?
The highlighted passage reveals that Lexie feels uncomfortable around her Dad and Vicky. She doesn't like that they only talk to each other and don't pay attention to her. If your parents have divorced and started dating someone new, have you ever felt the way that Lexie does?
Describe the mishaps or awkward situations that Lexie experiences at the restaurant.
As you read words and phrases in the text, you will come across literal and non-literal or figurative language. The following video will help you distinguish between literal and figurative language. Look for examples of both in the text. (This annotation contains a video)
Vicky and her children are ________.
In the highlighted passage, Lexie reveals that her dad ruined her vacation. Why does she feel this way? Think of all the things that have gone wrong so far.
Which of the following statements is an example of figurative language?
In the highlighted passage, Lexie is really missing her mom. Think about a time when you were away from a parent and you missed them. What do you think Lexie should do?
Lexie is not very fond of Ben. Explain why she doesn't like him. Include evidence from the text to support your answer.
Sea urchins are spiny sea creatures that move slowly and feed on algae. Have you ever seen one? The following image shows what sea urchins look like. (This annotation contains an image)
What does Lexie like to do at the shore?
In the highlighted passage, Lexie and Ben are watching a sand shark swim. Below is an illustration of a sand shark. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is not something Lexie finds as she explores the shore?
Read the definition for the word, "canal." The following image shows a canal in the sand. (This annotation contains an image)
Describe the things Lexie and Ben are doing to free the sand shark.
Think about who the narrator of the story is, and how the narrator's point of view is different from your own point of view or those of the characters. For example, Ben believes that girls are stubborn. Do you share his point of view? Why or why not?
Which of the following character traits best describes Lexie?
As you read, think about the ways in which the story's beach setting is important to the story's plot and character development. The following video will help you understand the importance of setting in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following describes a typical day at shore before Lexie's parents got divorced?
Think about the ways in which Lexie and Ben have worked together to save the shark, and how their relationship is changing and growing. Do you think they will become good friends? Make a prediction.
Ben can be described as ________.
Study the illustrations at the end of the chapter. What do they reveal about the characters? What do you notice about the setting? How are the characters feeling?
How does the sand shark get back into the ocean?
Read the highlighted passage. How do Lexie and Ben make a great shark rescue team? How did Lexie's dad and Vicky contribute to the shark's freedom?
Describe the ways in which Lexie interacts with Harris and the character traits she reveals during her time with Harris. Include evidence from the text to support your answer.
In Chapter 16, Ben has a negative attitude toward Lexie's dad. Why do you think he is feeling this way?
How does Lexie feel about Harris?
Lexie reveals that the horseshoe crab that she has been saving is important to her, even though it is no longer alive. The following image shows what a dead horseshoe crab looks like. What do you think of it? Do you think it is cool and special like Lexie does? (This annotation contains an image)
What is bothering Lexie?
Have you noticed a theme or central message devloping in the story? The following video will show you how to identify a theme in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
At the end of Chapter 18, Ben tells Lexie how he is feeling about his mom's relationship with her dad, and Lexie reveals that she knows how he feels. Describe how Lexie and Ben are feeling about Jim and Vicky's relationship.
Have you noticed how the chapters in the story are structured? Each chapter builds on the previous chapter to continue the story.
Which of the following is a similarity between Harris and young Lexie when she was three years old?
At the end of Chapter 19, Ben sneaks out of the house. Where do you think he is going? Make a prediction.
Why does Ben sneak out and hide under the deck?
In the highlighted passage, Ben and Lexie reveal that they would both like some alone time. They are both adjusting to a new family situation following a divorce. Have you noticed the central message or theme of divorce and new family relationships?
Describe how Lexie is feeling when her dad insists that she take Harris beachcombing. Include evidence from the text to support your answer.
Harris likes to be called "Mack" because he likes Mack trucks which are large, heavy trucks. The image below shows a Mack truck. (This annotation contains an image)
Lexie is worried about ___________.
When Lexie learns that it's true that her dad plans to marry Vicky, she feels hurt that he hadn't told her. Have you experienced a parent or both parents remarrying after a divorce? Can you relate to Lexie's feelings?
What is the meaning of the phrase, "death look"?
In the highlighted passage, we learn that Lexie and her dad are worried that Lexie's mom will be sad when she hears the news about Jim and Vicky's plans to marry. How do you think she will react to the news? Make a prediction.
Explain how the events in the story and the beach setting help Lexie's new family get to know each other better and deal with problems that arise within a stepfamily.
Lexie finally finds the hermit crab she has been hoping to find on her vacation. Hermit crabs carry their shells with them, and when they grow too big for a shell they must find a new one. The following video shows a hermit crab changing shells. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Lexie's mother feel when she learns that Jim is marrying Vicky?
Think about the ways in which Lexie's life has changed for the better since the beginning of the story. When parents divorce and remarry it is a big adjustment, but many good things can come after a divorce.