What Janie Found

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Janie's two families appear to have made peace. Life seems almost normal. Janie has even decided to speak to her former boyfriend, Reeve, again. But then Janie's Connecticut father suffers a sudden stroke, and this tragedy leaves her mother reeling. Janie must step in to manage family finances and to support her mother emotionally. While handling her father's business matters, Janie discovers the one undeniable fact that could destroy both of her beloved families. And she alone must decide what to do.
Curriculet Details
43 Questions
58 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in eighth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations and interactive videos explaining point of view, figurative language and tone. Over the course of the novel, students will answer Common Core questions related to diction, characterization, and theme. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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This novel is the fourth book in the Janie Johnson series by Caroline B. Cooney. Over the course of the first three books, the reader is introduced to the teenage protagonist, Janie Johnson. Janie goes through a series of trials regarding her childhood kidnapping and identity. (This annotation contains an image)
The first section of the text is included to catch you up on the first three books. Janie's original name was Jennie Spring and she was kidnapped from the Spring family. A young woman named Hannah Javenson kidnapped Jennie and told her parents, Frank and Miranda, that the child was her own. Frank and Miranda decided to raise Jennie as their own child when their daughter Hannah abandoned Jennie. Jennie grew up believing that Frank and Miranda were her parents. 
During the first three books, Janie gets to know her original family, the Springs. She realizes that she loves both sets of parents as well as her siblings, the Spring children. 


Reeve, Janie's boyfriend, betrayed her trust by telling radio listeners about her private struggle with her identity and kidnapping. 
If you need to review the difference between simile and metaphor, watch the following video. It may help you answer the first question.  (This annotation contains a video)
The highlighted passage contains a _____ to describe ______. 
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? 
By now, you have probably realized that this novel is written from the third person point of view. Watch the video below to review the different types of third person point of view. (This annotation contains a link)
Which of the following options best describes the point of view of this story? 
Notice that there are several breaks in the text within each chapter. How does the point of view change when a different section begins? 
Reeve is experiencing a conflict as he struggles to decide what to do. Is his conflict internal or external? You should know the answer after watching the video. (This annotation contains a video)


Why is Stephen angry with Brian? 
What do Stephen's thoughts about the family indicate? Could he be homesick for his own family even though he keeps making excuses not to see them? Stephen is clearly experiencing a lot of conflict. 
A ski lift, like the one picture below, carries skiers to the top of a slope so they can ski back down. Skiing is a popular sport in Colorado, both with locals and tourists. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is an inference you can make about Stephen's character based on what you have read so far? 
Stephen has never let go of his anger towards Hannah. Which other characters share his anger? 


What emotions are several characters (including Janie, Stephen, and Reeve) feeling at this point in the novel? 
There are two main types of characterization in literature, indirect characterization and direct characterization. The highlighted text indirectly characterizes Lizzie by showing what another character thinks about her. Direct characterization is when an author describes a character's traits outright. An example of direct characterization would be "Lizzie is a difficult and grouchy person." (This annotation contains an image)
Brian has a realization about the wedding at this point. Why is Janie going to be in the wedding? Use a quote from the text to support your answer. 
Notice the author's use of simile in the highlighted text. Distorted images of Janie's father appear in her head like mirages over a hot road. Have you ever seen a heat mirage like the one pictured below?  (This annotation contains an image)
What does Janie's response reveal? 


If you are interested, you can read more about different types of cults at the link below. Some, but not all, cults are religious in nature. Cults sometimes encourage members to harm themselves or others. These groups can be dangerous.  (This annotation contains a link)
What type of figurative language does the author use in the highlighted text? 
Is Reeve a 'bad guy' or just a regular person who has made mistakes? As you think about his character, take into account that he does seem to feel remorseful about his decision to share Janie's private struggle with strangers. 
Consider what you know about the differences between the Johnsons and the Springs. Which statement is NOT accurate? 


In auto racing, members of the pit crew wait on the sidelines to help out with vehicle maintenance. They may refuel the vehicle, change a tire, or make other adjustments and repairs.  (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the video below and consider what themes may be emerging in the story.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which option expresses an emerging theme in the story? 
Have you ever been in a situation in which there was a person whom you felt that you should not like, but you liked him or her anyway? Despite the mistakes he has made in the past, Reeve's caring personality makes him very likable. 
Watch the following video about imagery and consider how the imagery in the highlighted text helps you to envision the scene. Can you imagine being there just from reading the details?  (This annotation contains a video)
Consider the following quotes from this page. Which of them is NOT an example of imagery? 
Consider how the happy mood at the race changes at this point in the text. What subject seems to always bring the mood down? 
The simile shows that Janie feels like 


Notice how the author uses repetition to emphasize the word "never." Does seeing the word repeated again and again help you to feel Brian's frustration? 
Watch the following video and consider how tension is building in this story. Which character or characters are the source of the tension felt by the others?  (This annotation contains a video)
What discovery do Brian, Reeve, and Janie have about Mr. Johnson? 
Part 1 Quiz 
This is a powerful statement. It is the first time that Janie has referred to Mrs. Johnson as a kidnapper instead of her mother. 


Explain why Stephen most likely reacts with horror to the news that his girlfriend's father was in the FBI. 
This is another example of a very tense scene. Consider how the tension relates to dramatic irony in this scene as you watch the video below and be prepared to answer a related question. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following options describes how the omniscient narration causes dramatic irony in this scene? 
Janie may not have suffered initially, but is she suffering now? Who else is suffering because of her kidnapping? 


Explain what the highlighted text means and also state whether it is an example of figurative language or literal language. 
How does the author create suspense in this scene? Visit the link below to review this literary device. (This annotation contains a link)
Three and a half years ago must have been when Janie was reunited with the Spring family. 
Watch the brief video below which discusses how authors use tone and mood. This video will help you answer the next question.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following phrases does NOT add to the serious, somber tone of the highlighted paragraph? 
"Brownies" refers to an age level in Girl Scouts. You can see all of the levels listed in the image below. (This annotation contains an image)


Why does Janie run upstairs to her room? 
Janie is making a daring decision which adds to the rising action of the story. Take a look at the plot diagram below to orient yourself with where you are in the story. (This annotation contains an image)
Consider how this novel is structured overall. In 2-3 sentences, explain how the structure of this novel is similar to or different from the structure of the last book you read. Consider whether the events occur in chronological order and if the texts are broken into different parts. 
There is some dramatic irony going on at this point in the story. As the reader, you know something that Janie does not. Earlier in the story, Stephen said “...if I stumbled on a clue, I’d follow through. I’d want a trial," when asked about Hannah. However his private thoughts revealed that he would not want to deal with the situation at all. Knowing what you know, do you think Stephen will help Janie corner Hannah? 


What does this line reveal about Brian?  
Follow the link to the myth below. Be prepared to answer a question after reading the myth. (This annotation contains a link)
How is Janie a similar character to Pandora? 


Consider the video you watched about internal versus external conflict. You should be able to identify the conflict between Janie and Reeve as an external conflict. Did you know that there are different types of external conflicts? Click on the link below to read more. The link will help you to answer the next question.  (This annotation contains a link)
Janie's response to Reeve propels the action in the story and creates tension by contributing to the ________  conflict in this scene. This conflict is an example of _______. 
What type of irony can you identify here? 


This chapter begins with a change in perspective, focusing on the point of view of which of the following characters? 
"Underground" is an example of a multiple-meaning word; there is more than one correct definition. Use the Define feature and decide which meaning of the word is meant in this particular context. 
Do you think Kathleen is being insensitive about the case? What does her father think? 
Miranda Johnson's actions _______ characterize her as a(n) _______ person. 
Can you see some foreshadowing regarding the relationship between Kathleen and Stephen? What do you predict will happen between these two? 
Part 2 Quiz 
How does the highlighted line add to the story? 


Hannah can be considered a character foil for Janie. Click on the link below and read the definition of the term "foil" as it is used in literature. (This annotation contains a link)
Which statement about the two characters supports the concept that Hannah is a foil for Janie? 


Which of the following sentences uses coast as it is used in the highlighted text? 
Can you identify the example of personification in this sentence? The video below can help you review how authors use this literary device. (This annotation contains a video)
Think about Stephen's characterization of the people who choose to live in this area. Why might Hannah decide that this place would be a good location for herself? 
Click on the link below to watch a quick clip explaining hyperbole. Why is this sentence an example of this type of figurative language? (This annotation contains a video)
Hannah is making a joke at the expense of the Spring children, who led very sheltered lives after the kidnapping of their sister. How would you feel if you were one of the other characters in this scene? 
Which of the following is not a conflict that Janie is currently grappling with? 
This character really has a sense of entitlement! Rudeness seems to be pretty much Kathleen's entire personality. She is a flat character. Take a look at the video below and try to distinguish between the flat and round characters in this story.  (This annotation contains a video)


Which option accurately describes how the language in the highlighted text affects the scene? 
Do you find it easier to tell a fib to someone whom you don't trust and respect? 
The Rocky Mountain National Speedway, pictured below, is a real racetrack in Colorado. Realistic fiction books, like this novel, often include real locations.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following do you know only because the third person narrator is omniscient as opposed to limited to Kathleen's perspective?  
Denver is about 25 miles southeast of Boulder. You can see the locations of the two cities on the Colorado state map below. (This annotation contains an image)
What inference can you make from the highlighted text? 
Stephen is smart enough to know that something is going on. Did you predict that he would eventually find out the real reason behind the trip to Colorado? 
What type of figurative language is used in the highlighted text? How do you know? 
Although Janie is trying to cover up the real reason for her visit, there is some truth to her lie. Because of the omniscient narration, you know that she has had thoughts of 'disappearing' before. 


Which word best describes Kathleen's tone here? 
Think back to the plot diagram. You are nearing the climax of the story. Consider what Janie is anticipating. What event do you believe will be the climax of the story? (This annotation contains an image)
Good writers often use figurative language to draw your attention to something and create powerful images in your head. Can you sense an ominous "storm" coming in the story?  (This annotation contains an image)
The phrase ___________ adds to the overall __________ mood of this scene. 
Consider which of the main themes the highlighted text relates to. Authors reiterate themes through their stories because themes are so central to a text. 
In 2-3 sentences, explain how this scene would be a different experience for the reader if it was written from Stephen's perspective. 
Follow the link below and read over the definition of "connotation." Consider the connotation of Kathleen's invented word, "kidnapette." Does it seem like a word associated with the victim of a serious crime? Or is Kathleen trivializing Janie's trauma? (This annotation contains a link)
This is a cruel remark to make towards someone. Consider what you know about Janie's father. Is he being intentionally callous towards Stephen for some reason? 


If you have never been in a college dormitory before, the picture below will give you an idea of what a standard dorm room looks like. They tend to be small and without a lot of furnishings. Keep in mind that these are just temporary housing arrangements for students, not long-term homes. (This annotation contains an image)
Which statement best summarizes the main idea of the first several paragraphs of this chapter? 
Do these statements echo the thoughts of any of the other characters? Who in the story could relate to Stephen's feelings? 
Consider how the mood shifts between the last scene and the current one. What causes the shift in mood? What word would you use to describe the mood of the current scene?  
Watch the following video about symbolism. Consider how Janie's letter to Hannah could be a symbol of betrayal. Does Janie feel ashamed that she almost gave in and betrayed the trust of her siblings by mailing the letter?  (This annotation contains a video)
What inference can you make about Janie from the highlighted text? 


Does the author's use of imagery help to create a scene like the one below in your mind? (This annotation contains an image)
Explain what Reeve means by the statement "What you have to do...is unkidnap yourself." How could Janie achieve this? 
How is paying a ransom for Janie much different than paying an allowance to Hannah? How does this statement change your perspective and attitude towards Mr. Johnson? 
Click the link below to read "The Legend of the Trojan War." Explain in your own words how Brian plans to take a concept from this legend and use it to help his family.http://greece.mrdonn.org/trojanwar.html 


Remember that Stephen was walking down a trail with Kathleen while Brian, Janie, and Reeve made their plans to send Hannah a "Trojan Horse." The reason behind the visit and the decision that was made were never discussed with Stephen. He has always been in the dark. 
As the theme of the story moves from betrayal to forgiveness, we are currently arriving at the ______ of the plot. 
Final Quiz