Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid
An ALA Notable Children's Book.
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Chapter - 1
What an interesting beginning to a wonderful story. In this story you will meet several kids who have been raised in an orphanage together. While two of the brothers, Moondance and TJ, have been adopted, a new family is Mop's biggest wish. As these interesting characters learn to play as a team in the town's little league baseball organization, they end up learning more about the importance of friendship and family.
Which earlier quote helps us understand Mop's reaction to Brian's complaint about her being a girl?
Did you know that when you are reading in Curriculet there is a tool that will help you understand the meaning of any word you may not know? Click and hold on the word "gravelly", then choose the DEFINE option. Which of the definitions best fits the context here? Use the DEFINE tool whenever you come to a word you don't know.
Chapter - 2
How are TJ and and Mop's experiences getting a nickname different?
An idiom is a figure of speech that uses words in a different way than their true meaning. Here, TJ says Mop would have given Eddie a "knuckle sandwich." This is a saying (idiom) that most people understand means a punch in the mouth. Watch this funny video to hear some other common idioms. (This annotation contains a video)
What theme is developing as we hear TJ's opinion of why he doesn't like taking Mop back to the Academy?
The theme of a story is the central meaning or idea the author wants to get across to the reader. Watch this short video about recognizing a theme. (This annotation contains a video)
We are getting to know Mop through stories TJ tells about her, as well as things she says to others. Watch this short video about how characters develop in a story. Let's see how Mop's character develops as we keep reading. (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter - 3
How does TJ's point of view influence how he describes his team? Provide some examples from the text to support your answer.
Have you noticed that TJ is telling us this story as if he is talking to us? This is called the "first person point of view". By using TJ to tell the story, the author limits our knowledge about the events to what TJ sees, thinks and feels. How would the story be different if another character, like Mop, were telling it?
This sentence might make us laugh a little. Authors sometimes use a form of figurative language called hyperbole. Hyperbole is an exaggeration that brings emphasis to the reader. Dad obviously can't talk "forever," but we understand that when it is his turn, he talks a very long time!
What can we infer about the relationship between Moondance and his dad?
Chapter - 4
How does this reaction by TJ fit with the other scenes in which he was playing baseball?
A slide rule is a tool that is used to make calculations. Below is a picture of a slide rule. You can tell Jim is serious about his coaching tips! (This annotation contains an image)
What can we infer from TJ's false statement, "I caught the ball"?
Even though Dad isn't saying much, we can tell from his body language that he is not happy. Body language often conveys the feelings of a character. As we continue reading see if other characters use body language to communicate their thoughts. (This annotation contains an image)
What does the idiom to "use elbow grease" really mean?
TJ is thinking of a famous song from the movie "The Sound of Music". Click the link below to listen to it. (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter - 5
What theme do you think is supported by the recent actions and conversation the boys have about the stuffed bear? Use details from the story to support your answer.
Ty Cobb was a famous baseball player whose nickname was "The Georgia Peach." Many believe he is the greatest baseball player of all time. (This annotation contains an image)
Which statement accurately compares and contrasts the visits by Peaches and Mr. Treaster?
In baseball, sometimes a batter will "bunt." This means they gently hit the ball so it falls near home plate so that other runners have time to get to the next base. Watch this quick video on what Coach Maria is asking Mop to do in the game. (This annotation contains a video)
How does TJ's point of view concerning Mop influence the mood in this part of the story?
The author has introduced us to several interesting characters so far in this story. Think about the differences between Peaches and Mr. Treaster as you watch this short video. Which character traits do you think each man displays in the story? (This annotation contains a video)
What can we infer from Mop's quote that "Moondance is a little lopsided"?
Let's Review the First Five Chapters
Chapter - 6
Wouldn't it be neat to catch light in a bottle? Did you know scientists have actually done what TJ is trying to do in his bedroom? Read this short science article about scientists who have caught light in a bottle! (This annotation contains a link)
What does Moondance's reaction to Rocky's comments demonstrate about his feelings concerning family? Choose a quote from the text to support your answer.
Sometimes authors use interesting details about a character to make them come to life for the reader. Even though we don't know much about Grandma Lois, we can make some inferences just based on the paragraph describing her laugh. What can you infer about Grandma Lois at this point?
Who do you think Mop is actually thinking about when she says, "...she's too big for people to want her just because she's cute and everything"?
Throughout this section the author gives us clues that Mop is comparing herself to Taffy. She states how Taffy is not young and cute anymore. Then she talks about Taffy not being happy if she is sent far away. How does this comparison help us, the readers, understand Mop's feelings?
Chapter - 7
Before reading on, think about the characters we have met so far. Who do you predict Sister Carmelita is referring to when she says, "I got one idea who might find him for us"?
A habit is a long, loose dress worn by nuns in the Catholic religion. (This annotation contains an image)
Why did the author choose to include these tales about Four Times Seven in the story?
This section is packed with great images for us to picture in our mind. Can't you just see a crowd of people marching down the street and Miss Sally pushing the grocery cart with the cat kennel inside? Watch this short video about the importance of imagery, and continue to look for the details that make this scene come alive! (This annotation contains a video)
Does the illustration on this page match the image you had in your mind of Four Times Seven? Explain why or why not, and use details from the last few pages to support your answer.
One definition of a "legend" is a character who has stories from the past that are believed by many people but cannot be proved to be true. Given this definition, do you think Four Times Seven deserves the title of being a legend?
Chapter - 8
What's the biggest difference between Chrissie and Mop?
Did you smile at the end of this sentence? TJ's point of view concerning his own baseball skills is always the opposite of the truth. Have you noticed how the author continues this pattern throughout the chapters? Do you think TJ's opinion of himself will change at all as the story continues?
Chapter - 9
Which quote best expresses TJ's point of view concerning his dad's reaction to the game?
Did you know there is a name for when authors use sound words to make the story more interesting? Using words that are sounds is called onomatopoeia.
What can we infer when TJ states, "I imagined myself doing some of the things he did"?
Chapter - 10
Doesn't it seem a little strange that Mop isn't more worried about Taffy? Using what we know from events in the previous chapters, we would think she would be very upset. What does this make you think?
How do each of the paragraphs on this page work together to move the story along?
Let's Review Chapters 6-10
Chapter - 11
Themes of the importance of family and friendship have developed over the course of the story. How do you think this paragraph relates to those themes?
How does this scene fit in with other events that have happened in the story?
Now that we know where Taffy is, let's find out a little bit more about llamas. While you read this short article about how to care for a backyard llama, think about what the story has said. Are they caring for Taffy like the article suggests? (This annotation contains a link)
Chapter - 12
Think about the behaviors of Mr. Treaster and Rocky. Explain how they are similar, and then answer this question. Do you think Rocky would act any differently if he played for Maria? Why or why not?
Knowing what we know about how Rocky has been hitting home runs during the game, and now Maria has put TJ in the outfield, what do you predict will happen next?
Chapter - 13
This is another great example of hyperbole. Why do you think TJ feels like everyone in the entire world is at the game?
Who can we infer called the man from the Children's Welfare Association?
What do you think Maria means by "later on"? When would Maria have to worry about the man in the suit giving her trouble? This is an important point in the story because the reader is given a foreshadowing hint. Watch this video to find out more about foreshadowing. (This annotation contains a video)
The way the author wrote this paragraph helps us picture exactly what is going on. This is called ______________.
Do you remember the final play of the last game, game two? The winning catch was all up to TJ. Now, the most important batter of the championship game ends up being TJ. What do you think will happen, and how do feel about the suspense being built up by the author?
Chapter - 14
From TJ's point of view, what caused Mop to change and act differently than she had in the past?
Let's Review the Final Four Chapters