Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day
TODAY MOLLY Learned her wacky grandma was coming to spend the day at school with her; Lost her Notebook with Everything that Matters in it, including her homework; Got a black eye. Tore her skirt. And it's only 9 a.m. Could things get any worse? You bet!
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What do we learn about the relationship between Molly and Irene early on?
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The highlighted sentence uses hyperbole to tell us that the purse is very heavy. To learn more about hyperbole and other kinds of figurative language, watch the following video. (This annotation contains a video)
The highlighted sentence uses __________ to describe the arrival of the Marys.
Throughout the book, Irene calls each Mary by the wrong name, and answers, "Whatever" when corrected. Do you find this funny, and why?
Below is a reproduction of The Scream, a famous painting by Edvard Munch. Do you think it captures how Molly feels now? (This annotation contains an image)
What does the highlighted sentence mean?
St. Jude is one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. Why does Molly pray to him?
Why is Molly unhappy at this moment?
Have you noticed that so far, each chapter begins with a short epigraph from Molly's notebook? Why do you think the author has done this?
Why are the students fascinated by Irene? Give two reasons.
Irene seems to have a magical effect on everyone she encounters. Do you know anyone like this?
Why is Molly anxious when Irene is quiet?
Below is a photograph of a girl with braids and cornrows. Imagine Molly's feelings about having this on only one side of her head. (This annotation contains an image)
What do Molly and Brenda/Benet have in common?
Simian refers to higher primates such as monkeys and apes. You can see a few grooming one another below. (This annotation contains an image)
Whose point of view is represented in this story?
We keep seeing how Molly and Irene are so different from each other. Watch this video about character traits, and then make a chart to compare Irene and Molly. At the end of the book, see if this list changes at all. (This annotation contains a video)
What can we infer about Irene from this scene outside the Principal's office?
The clenched fist, pictured below, has been an icon used by revolutionaries. What does it suggest about Erica, Chloe and the others? (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Molly uncomfortable in this setting?
While Tommy blows off what he does to Todd, it is important to recognize that bullying is a problem at schools and needs to be stopped. If you or someone you know is a victim of bullying, tell an adult and check out the resources provided by the organization cited below. (This annotation contains a link)
At your school, is there a group of students similar to those described as belonging to the "Trouble Bench"? What do you think of them and their reputation?
Which of the following expresses one of the main ideas of this book?
How does this conversation about food exemplify the relationship between Molly and Irene?
Are you surprised by the way Molly reacts to Irene's ideas, or have you come to expect negativity from her? Explain your thinking.
Watch the following video and then provide some examples of how this book fits into the genre of realistic fiction. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following does Irene not cite as a reason to attend school?
To give you an idea of one of Irene's clients, we include a photograph of a potbellied pig below. (This annotation contains an image)
Read the highlighted text, and decide what Molly is probably thinking when she says this.
While bullfighting, pictured below, is illegal in 49/50 U.S. states, it is both legal and popular in many other parts of the world. (This annotation contains an image)
Make a list of the different ways that Irene distracts teachers. Do you think these tactics would work in your school? Why or why not?
What makes this final paragraph of Chapter 9 humorous? How would you describe this scene to someone?
Why is Molly relieved that it is the last class of the day?
Why does Molly rush to tell Jake that she is different from Irene? Do you think they are totally opposite?
Which of the following does Jake not give as a reason for liking Molly?
Notice that the epigram for this chapter is a quotation from Irene, and not from Molly's notebook. What might this suggest?
What do you think of Molly's relationship with her notebook? Do you agree that the quality of her days depends on having it or not?
Compare this discovery to the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy learns that she always had the power to return home. Below is a clip from the film version of the 1939 film. (This annotation contains a video)
What contributes to Molly's new, good mood?
Now that you are finishing the book, watch the talk below with author Gary Paulsen. Does he say anything which you see reflected in this book? Is there anything you want to think about more? (This annotation contains a video)