Mick Harte Was Here

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Curriculet Details
16 Questions
19 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in the 6th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining character motivations, cross-curricular connections, and necessary background knowledge. It also contains videos that support comprehension such as videos about plot exposition, genre, and theme. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to plot structure, theme, and vocabulary. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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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. Is there a word on this page you need to look up?  (This annotation contains an image)
How does this detailed description of Mick mostly contribute to the plot? 
If you have siblings, this might be a familiar argument in your house! Have you ever had a disagreement over cereal or the prize inside?  (This annotation contains an image)
What does Phoebe mean by the following statement from the text?"Men who walk around in boxer shorts and socks are deceptively quiet, by the way." 
Watch this video on plot exposition. As you watch, think about all of the things you have learned about Mick, Phoebe, and their parents in just the first few pages of this book.  (This annotation contains a video)


Read the highlighted statement from the text. Why did Mick insist on wearing these clothes to church? 
Do you sense that Phoebe has regrets about the normal brother-sister argument she had with Mick as well as not telling him "good-bye" after school on the day of his accident? It is not uncommon to look back and relive the events (and maybe even feel guilty them) that occurred just before the loss of a loved one.  (This annotation contains an image)
How has the author revealed Phoebe's point of view regarding the day that Mick had his accident? 
It is true that keeping busy when you are worried or stressed will help you feel better and help pass the time! Sometimes, doing nothing can make you feel even worse!  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Phoebe think that it "sounds terrible" that she and Zoe laughed? 

The Serengeti Sucks

Everyone responds to the death of a loved one differently. There are no "rules" about what or how you should feel. Everyone has to grieve in his or her own way.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does Phoebe mean when she says that the family was "in way over our heads"? 
Based on what you have read in the text, why does Phoebe say the "Serengeti sucks"? 
Phoebe's mother is overcome with grief for her son. This doesn't mean that she doesn't care about Phoebe, but she is so devastated by her loss that she can barely take care of herself at this time.  
Quiz 1 


Zoe is trying to be a helpful friend to Phoebe, but Phoebe is still too hurt from Mick's death to hear what Zoe has to say. When someone we care about is grieving, we may say the wrong thing in the attempt to make the person feel better.  (This annotation contains an image)
How is the author building Phoebe's point of view in this part of the text? 

Tap Dancing on God's Piano

You may have realized by now that you are reading realistic fiction. Watch this video on realistic fiction, and as you watch, think of all the things you have read that you let know that Mick Harte Was Here is realistic fiction.  (This annotation contains a video)
In this section of the text, Phoebe describes the way she treats her mother as well as how the family is interacting in the days following Mick's death. How does this contribute to the development of the story? 
Listening to a friend who is having problems is the best gift you can give. When someone is expressing his or her feelings, that person doesn't really want advice or suggestions. Most often, a listening ear is all that is needed.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Phoebe say that "everyone seems to have all of these easy answers"? 
Watch this video on theme. After you watch, have your theme "radar" turned on, and see if you can identify a possible theme on this page.  (This annotation contains a video)

Getting a Grip

What did Phoebe's father mean when he told Mick "to get a grip"? 
What can you tell about the relationship between Phoebe's and Mick's parents ? Is their dad being mean when he makes "the cuckoo sign" at their mom, or is he having fun in a playful way?  (This annotation contains an image)

Dogs Can Laugh in Heaven

Sometimes, people develop a fascination or interest with tragedies and the people connected to the incident. It is very inappropriate for the kids at school to draw attention to Phoebe in this way. It is most likely that they are not thinking about her feelings.  
Think about what you have read in the text. Why does Phoebe say to Mrs. Berryhill that Mick will "never be lost"?  You might find it helpful to consider what Phoebe means by this. Make sure that you use evidence from the text in your response.  
Studying the origin of words and phrases can be very interesting. Word scholars believe that "olli-olli-oxin-free" dates back to the Middle Ages! It probably started as "all ye come in," and as it was repeated and mispronounced over centuries, it became "olli-olli-oxin-free."  (This annotation contains an image)
How does this interaction between Phoebe and her mother contribute to the story? 
Why do you think the family doesn't eat in the dining room anymore? Is there a painful reminder of Mick in the dining room?  (This annotation contains an image)

Common Sense and Good Judgment

How do the highlighted words contribute to the development of Phoebe's point of view regarding the accident? 
Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever completely changed your mind?  (This annotation contains an image)
What does Phoebe mean when she says, "my voice broke..."? 


A bike helmet is critical safety gear when riding a bike. A fall from a bike can result in your head hitting a hard surface, and you don't even have to be riding fast for this to happen. A simple fall from the bike can be deadly. Helmets are designed to protect your head in the case of a fall.  (This annotation contains an image)
Learning to make predictions as you read is an important skill. What do you think Phoebe is going to do in the unguarded wet cement?  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Phoebe say that finding the stick could "give you shivers"? 
The following page of the text includes some important facts about bike safety that the author has included. After you read these facts, you will take your final quiz. 

Author's Note

Quiz 3