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Readers who love vampire romances will be thrilled to devour Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan. Team Human celebrates and parodies the Twilight books, as well as other classics in the paranormal romance genre.
Mel is horrified when Francis Duvarney, arrogant, gorgeous, and undead, starts at her high school. Mel’s best friend, Cathy, immediately falls for the vampire. Cathy is determined to be with him forever, even if having him turn her could inadvertently make her a zombie.
And Mel is equally determined to prove to her BFF that Francis is no good, braving the city’s vampire district and kissing a cute boy raised by vampires as she searches evidence in this touching and comic novel.

Curriculet Details
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Designed for students in 8th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining allusion, conflict, dialogue, and irony. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about satire and theme. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of characterization, theme, and irony. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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CHAPTER ONE: Two Girls and a Hazmat Suit

The video below explains satire. As you read this novel, look for evidence that this novel is an example of a satire. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following lines from the text show that it is written in first person point of view? 
There are anti-discrimination laws for vampires in Mel's town. Think about what types of anti-discrimination laws we have in our society. 
In which of the following passages does the author use a simile? 

CHAPTER TWO: Vampire in High School

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? 
When an author makes a quick reference to someone from history or literature, it is called an allusion. Here, the authors mention The Astor family, a family known for its importance in business, society, and politics in the United States and England during the 19th and 20th centuries.  
What does the highlighted text reveal about the narrator? 

CHAPTER THREE: The Deadly Allure of the Vampire in the Lunchroom

Satire uses irony, exaggeration, and sarcasm to create humor in a text. Which of the following lines does not help develop satire? 
Based on the highlighted text, Cathy can best be described as ________________. 
Notice how the authors use dialogue here to introduce another conflict in the story. 
When the authors refer to Anna as "Little Orphan Annie" they are using a/an _______________. 
Verbal irony is when a person says one thing but means another. It is often compared to sarcasm. Do you notice the verbal irony in the highlighted text? 
Which of the following lines is the best example of verbal irony? 

CHAPTER FOUR: Of Vampires and Humans

Below is a short video on hyperbole. Notice the narrator's use of hyperbole when she says, "A billion messages later..." (This annotation contains a video)
The denotation of a word is the literal meaning, while the connotation is the implied meaning or feeling associated with a word. What is Francis implying when he uses the word "droll" to describe Mel, the narrator? You may use the define feature for help if necessary.   
This paragraph explains the different terms for a group of vampires. Think about the different connotations of each term. 
The protagonist of Team Human is 

CHAPTER FIVE: The Great Rat Disaster

Think about the way that Mel feels about vampires and how she acts around them. Is her attitude and behavior acceptable? 
"The loudspeakers made their customary crackle and boom," is an example of 
The authors use a great deal of imagery to describe the rat in Mel's backpack. Imagery is when an author uses a lot of descriptions to create a picture in the reader's mind. To learn more about imagery, watch the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)

CHAPTER SIX: Home on the Range

The authors describe both parents' studies (offices) in great detail. Using those descriptions, compare and contrast Mel's two parents. Use details from the text to support your answer. 
Think about how Mel's parents reacted to the fact that Cathy is dating a vampire. Does it seem to be the same reaction as Mel had or different? 

CHAPTER SEVEN: Books as Camouflage

In the highlighted text, the authors compare Francis to a bad smell using a/an 
A little chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can actually be good for you when eaten in moderation. (This annotation contains an image)
In some religions, plagues are used as warnings or punishments for behaviors. 

CHAPTER EIGHT: The Great School After-Hours Escapade

The highlighted text is an example of which of the following literary devices? 
There are many popular novels about vampires. One such novel is called "Eclipse." Could this be an allusion to that novel? 
Anna seems to be more concerned about getting caught than Mel does. Which of the following traits best describes Anna? 
The authors are introducing an internal conflict for Mel. Can you tell what it is? 

CHAPTER NINE: Farewell to Francis

What can you infer about Mel's feelings toward her sister Kristin? 
This line is an example of hyperbole. How does Mel seem to feel about cheerleaders based on this line? 
What is most likely the reason that Francis pauses in the highlighted text? 
Which line from the text is the best example of a hyperbole? 
It seems like Mel is trying to convince herself that she has done the right thing. 

CHAPTER TEN: Cathy in Despair

What do the authors achieve by including the hyperbole, "I was afraid the fossilizing process would begin soon," when describing Cathy? 
Cathy seems to be pretty heart-broken over someone she has only known for a few weeks. 
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Mel just lied to Cathy's mom and told her she was in the bathroom when, in fact, Mel has no idea where Cathy is. Because of this, you could say that Mel is _____________. 

CHAPTER ELEVEN: Cathy in the Shade

Consider what kind of friend Mel seems to be. On one hand, she is completely set against Cathy and Francis dating, but on the other hand, she is possibly putting herself in danger to help her friend. 
Based on Cathy's actions, you can infer that she is ______________. 
The line, "We were so smart," is an example of which of the following? 

CHAPTER TWELVE: Kitchen of the Undead

The author uses a great deal of description on this page, including imagery, a simile, and a metaphor. Can you find any of them? 
A lute is any plucked string instrument with a neck and a deep round back. (This annotation contains an image)
"Bon mot" is a French term that literally means "good word." Francis's bon mots are clever or witty remarks. 
Which of the following is the best summary of the situation? 

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Lovers' Meeting. Plus Tea

The name Heathcliff refers to a character from the classic novel Wuthering Heights. He is considered a romantic hero who is in love with the character Catherine Earnshaw. Do you think Cathy's name is a coincidence? (This annotation contains an image)
How could you best describe Mel's feelings in the highlighted text? 
Why is it strange that Kits lives with Francis, Camille, and the others? 

CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Vampire Promenade

Do you think Mel dislikes all vampires or just Francis? 
What caused Kit to stop smiling when he was talking to Mel? 
Quiz #1 
The vampires are the ones that Mel considers to be monsters, but a human left her child there for the "monsters" to murder. Do you think this will influence Mel's thoughts? 


Rickets is a disorder caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate. It leads to softening and weakening of the bones. (This annotation contains an image)
When Kit says that Francis "won't stop for months," the authors are using _____________. 
Does Kit seem like a "pet" to the vampires or does he seem more like a member of the family? Use details from the text to support your claim. 

CHAPTER SIXTEEN: Caught in a Really Bad Romance

Watch the short video below about static and dynamic characters. As you continue to read, think about the characters. Which ones are static and which ones are dynamic? (This annotation contains a video)
Which of these characters seem to be most supportive of Cathy and Francis? 
An idiom is an expression whose words cannot be taken literally. Mel didn't actually insert her foot into her mouth; she simply said something she shouldn't have.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is not an example of a conflict that Anna is facing? 

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: A Modest Proposal from Francis

Does Mel have a reason to be worried about Cathy, or is she overreacting? 
Watch the short video below about emerging themes. Are you beginning to notice any themes that are developing in this novel? (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following literary devices do the authors use in the highlighted text? 
The authors use _____________ to describe Cathy in the highlighted text. 


Which of the following themes is not being developed in Team Human? 
It seems that the whole town of New Whitby is divided on the issue of vampires and of people choosing to "change." 
After reading the annotation above, explain why the authors used this allusion when describing the look that Mel gave Ty. 
"Et tu, Brute?" translates to mean "Even you, Brutus?" It is a line from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." This expression has come down in history to mean the ultimate betrayal by one's closest friend. 
Thinking about how Anna and Mel are reacting to Cathy's news, which of the following is the best summary? 

CHAPTER NINETEEN: My Enemy's Enemy Is My Date

Because of Mel's behavior and attitude, you could say that she is _______________. 
Think about why Mel agreed to go, and why she suggested the beach. Would you want Mel as your friend? 

CHAPTER TWENTY: Double Date of the Damned

Why do the authors compare the man to "an asphyxiating prune in a Speedo"? 

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE: Volleyball and Sex

Which of the following lines from Team Human is the best example of a hyperbole? 
Lines such as this help add to the satirical nature of this novel. 
It's clear that Kit's "shade" interacts much like any other family. 
"Vampires were ruining my life!" can best be classified as a/an _____________. 
The authors have introduced yet another internal conflict for Mel. Now that she knows that Kit plans to become a vampire, will she continue to see him? 

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO: Fun with Zombies

Fort Knox is a fortified vault building located within the United States Army post of Fort Knox, Kentucky, and it is used to store a large portion of the United States' official gold reserves. (This annotation contains an image)
Mel expects Kit to be able to handle the situation, and that Cathy would be the one to become sick or upset. Instead, it's Kit who can't handle it. This is an example of ____________. 


Kits's statement in the highlighted text is an example of _______________. 
Mel truly believes that she is doing the right thing by trying to convince Cathy to stay human. She is trying to be a good friend. 
Consider both Cathy's and Kit's reactions to the zombies. Briefly compare and contrast the reactions of the two. Remember, to compare means to identify similarities, while contrast means to identify differences. 

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR: Clues over Cantonese

Mel may get her ideas about vampires from her parents. It seems they also feel that it's wrong for Cathy to change. 
After watching the short video below, do you think the highlighted text could be an example of foreshadowing? (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following statements best describes Mel and Kit? 

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE: The Center for Extended Life Counseling

Think about other novels about vampires that you might have read. Is this novel similar or different from the others? 
This paragraph shows a large divide between the humans and the vampires in the clinic. 

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX: Hard Out There for a Vamp

The highlighted text helps develop which of the following themes in Team Human? 
No one seems to believe that Dr. Saunders would have actually run off with a vampire patient. What does this make you think? 
Does Adam seem like a reliable source of information? Why or why not? Use details from the text to support your answer.  
Why is Kit so upset after the conversation with Adam Wasserman? 


The authors develop the theme of ________________ in the highlighted text. 
Kit used his humor and sarcasm to ___________. 
What might Mel be thinking? What are some possible explanations for Dr. Saunders's disappearance? 

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT: Jumping to Conclusions

Remember that Kit gets most of his knowledge about humans from TV. Is this a reliable source? 
Why is Mel so upset by Kit's actions? 
Quiz #2 

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE: Desperately Scandalizing Francis

Why is Mel's statement ironic? 
Think about the qualities that Adam said make a good vampire. Does Cathy have these qualities? 
Which of the following is not evidence of Francis's discomfort and annoyance? 
When the authors use the phrase, "Piece of cake," what are they accomplishing? 

CHAPTER THIRTY: Interrogation with the Vampire

Remember, Kit told Mel not to call Araminta "Minty" if they ever met. 
Marie-Therese was the vampire who wanted to eat Kit when they found him. Mel is surely nervous around her. 
Why does Mel visit the vampires' home? 
Given the new information that Mel now has, what is her conflict? 

CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE: Friends Don't Let Friends Become Undead

In all of the situations, Cathy's friends are the voices of reason, even though she is the one who claims to "fix things." 
Think about Cathy at the beginning of the novel, and think about her now. Do you feel she is a static character or a dynamic character. Cite details from the text to support your answer. 
It's easy to tell that Cathy is fed up with Mel's actions, especially since she uses her full name. 

CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO: The Craziness of Humans

Which of the following lines from Team Human is the best example of verbal irony? 
Kit is completely confused about why Mel is angry with him. He doesn't understand many aspects of human culture. 
When two words that seem to be opposites are used together, it is called an oxymoron.  (This annotation contains an image)
Based on everything that Mel has learned about the situation with Anna's father, what do you think will happen? Use details from the text to support your thoughts. 

CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE: What We Found in the Basement

Now that Mel has settled down, she realizes that she may have overreacted about Anna's dad. 
Why does Mel keep mentally talking to Cathy as she is going into the basement? 
Mel keeps saying that she is probably wrong. Does she really think she is wrong, or is she Just hoping that she is wrong? 
Mel could be in danger if she continues trying to find out what happened to Mr. Saunders, but she does it anyway. This shows that Mel is _________________. 

CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR: Human Crazy, Vampire Crazy

Why does Mel really want to walk? 
The highlighted lines help support which of the following themes? 

CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE: Eternal Youth and Endless Nodding

Below is a short video that briefly explains the game of "Go" and how to play. Have you ever played this game? (This annotation contains a video)
How do Cathy and her mother compare with each other? In two or three sentences, explain how they are similar and how they are different. Use examples from the text to support your answer. 
Even though Cathy's mom is very agreeable, she still tells Mel that it's not her decision. What does this make you think? 

CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX: Whatever Happened to Lily Jane

Which sentence below is an example of an idiom? 
Should Mel stay out of things? What would you do if you were her? 

CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN: Taking a Running Leap Down the Rabbit Hole

Think about Mel's reasoning about why she will stay friends with Cathy, but why she will not want to continue to see Kit. Do her reasons make sense? Why or why not? Use details from the text to support your answer. 
What does this new information suggest about Anna's parents? 
Think about all of the people that have made comments about the situation. Nearly all of them have stated that they never thought Dr. Saunders would have run away with a vampire. Were they right? 
Which of the following passages is the best summary of the recent events? 

CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT: Principal Saunders's Crime

The authors describe the moon, the bay, and the sea as being "sharp." Did they use this particular imagery because of the situation? If the scene were different, would they have described it differently, with "softer" words? 
Why do the authors compare Anna's crying to a storm breaking? 
Even though he is right in front of them, Mel is thinking about Dr. Saunders in the past tense. What would cause her to be thinking this way? 
Based on the highlighted text, which of the following does not describe Anna? 

CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE: The Temperature of Rooms

Based on what the girls witnessed, do you think Cathy will still want to become a vampire? Why or why not? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.  
Cathy seems to be very sure of herself and of her decision, despite what she has seen and the risks involved. 
Which of the following themes does the highlighted text support? 


Some of Kit's family members seem shocked by this. Are you surprised? 
While this novel is full of verbal irony, here the authors use situational irony. The situation is opposite of what we expected. 

CHAPTER FORTY-ONE: Crossing the Bridge

What are the authors suggesting with the highlighted metaphor? 
Mel is still struggling to accept Cathy's decision. 
Mel is finally accepting Cathy's decision, and she is even trying to accept Francis and to stop blaming him. 

CHAPTER FORTY-TWO: Prelude to a Win

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