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Cameron: "Deep inside, you know that whoever gets up in your face gets there because he knows you′re nothing, and he knows that you know it too."

Carla: "What I′m trying to do is to get by -- not even get over, just get by."

Leonard: "I have bought a gaw-juss weapon. It lies beneath my bed like a secret lover, quiet, powerful, waiting to work my magic."

Statement of Fact: 17-year-old white male found dead in the aftermath of a shooting incident at Madison High School in Harrison County.

Conclusion: Death by self-inflicted wound.

Ages 12+

Curriculet Details
17 Questions
41 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 7th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining the book’s structure, religious terminology, and anti-Semitism. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about motif and foreshadowing. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of diction, setting, and character development. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Homework #7

This book is set up like a school safety committee report. There are several pages of interviews conducted as part of the report. Here are a few terms on this first page that may be new to you. The mission statement tells the purpose of the committee's work. Prima facie is a Latin expression meaning on its first encounter or at first sight. The Miranda warning, also referred to as Miranda rights, is a warning given by police in the United States to criminal suspects in police custody before they are interrogated. The Miranda warning is part of a preventive criminal procedure rule that law enforcement is required to administer to protect an individual who is in custody and subject to direct questioning from a violation of his or her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. 
What does this first page of the Analysis Report tell you that is important to remember about Cameron? 
A derrick is a lifting device composed of one tower, or guyed mast such as a pole which is hinged freely at the bottom. It is controlled by lines (usually four of them) powered by some means such as man-hauling or motors, so that the pole can move in all four directions. A line runs down and over its bottom with a hook on the end, like with a crane. It is commonly used in docks and on board ships. Derricks are also used at sights where people drill for oil.  (This annotation contains an image)
An intelligence quotient, or IQ, is a score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. The abbreviation "IQ" comes from the German term Intelligenz-Quotient, originally coined by psychologist William Stern. Approximately 95 percent of the population scores an IQ between 70 and 130.  (This annotation contains an image)
How does the description in this passage make Cameron's father sound? 
A Mercedes ML 500 is a luxury midsized SUV.  (This annotation contains an image)
Civic groups are people joined together to network with each other and serve the community. National Civic League, Lions Club, Friends of the Library, NAACP, and ACLU are all examples of civic groups. 
Would you consider it appropriate to shoot at a target like this? How would you feel if you were surrounded by others engaging in this sort of target practice? 
A crèche is a religious model or tableau representing the scene of Jesus Christ's birth. It is often displayed in Christian homes or public places in December.  (This annotation contains an image)
After reading this far into Cameron's interview, what kind of personality traits do you see in him and his side of the story? 
This is an example of the author using foreshadowing. Here is a short video to explain this literary term a bit more. (This annotation contains a video)
Symbols are often utilized in stories and in every day life. Here is a short video that explains symbolism a bit more. (This annotation contains a video)
What sort of symbols has Cameron claimed Len "wanted to crush?" 
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. The Bully Project website has several ideas and resources to help you stop bullying from happening at your school. (This annotation contains a link)
What does it mean that Len came to the fight with a gun and with Cameron? Does it change how you view the fight scene described earlier? 
The word fascist is sometimes used to denigrate people, institutions, or groups that would not describe themselves as ideologically fascist. The Fascist party that developed in Italy in the 1920s rigidly enforced conservative values and behavior norms during the Mussolini regime. The term fascist was subsequently used to emphasize suppression of individual freedom. It has also been applied to a broad range of people and groups, including people of many religious faiths, particularly fundamentalist groups. In this sense, the word fascist is intended to mean oppressive, intolerant, chauvinist, dictatorial, racist, or aggressive.  
This was an old state fair and carnival shooting game. The goal was to shoot the target enough to win a prize. Some had people as targets. Others had animals, aliens, cans, rocks, or other objects as targets.  (This annotation contains an image)
What do the responses given about Cameron's story tell you about the interviewer?  
A Kalashnikov rifle is any one of a series of automatic rifles based on the original design of Mikhail Kalashnikov. They are officially known in Russian as "Avtomat Kalashnikova" (Kalashnikov Automatic) but are widely known as Kalashnikovs, AKs, or in Russian slang, as a "Kalash". They were originally manufactured in the Soviet Union, but these rifles and their variants are now manufactured in many other countries. The most popular model is the AK-47 pictured below.  (This annotation contains an image)
Lackey is typically used as a derogatory term for a servant with little or no self-respect who belittles himself in order to gain an advantage.  (This annotation contains an image)
The United States Army Ranger School is an intense 61-day combat leadership course oriented toward small-unit tactics. The United States Army Ranger School is not organizationally affiliated with the 75th Ranger Regiment. Ranger School falls under control of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command as a school open to most members of the United States Army; while the 75th Ranger Regiment is a Special Operations war fighting unit organized under the United States Army Special Operations Command. The two share a common heritage and subordinate battalions common lineage, and Ranger School is a requirement for all officers and NCOs of the 75th Ranger Regiment.  (This annotation contains an image)
Sexual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is forcing undesired sexual behavior upon another person. When that force is immediate, of short duration, or infrequent, it is called sexual assault. The offender is referred to as a sexual abuser or a molester. The term also covers any behavior by any adult towards a child to stimulate either the adult or child sexually. When the victim is younger than the age of consent, it is referred to as child sexual abuse. 
What sort of environment does Cameron's school sound like? How does that impact the students? 
Writing on the wall is a motif of this story. Here is a short video that explains motif a bit more. (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #8

At health care facilities, educational institutions, insurance companies, and police stations people are required to fill out an incident (or accident) report. The form is filled out in order to record details of an unusual event. The purpose of the incident report is to document the exact details of the occurrence while they are fresh in the minds of those who witnessed the event. This information may be useful in the future when dealing with liability issues stemming from the incident. Anyone who has had to fill out these forms repeatedly or been questioned extensively about an unusual event will often begin calling it an "incident."  
How are the language choices of this interviewer different than the previous interviewer?  
An automatic firearm is any firearm that will continue to fire so long as the trigger is pressed and held and there is ammunition in the magazine/chamber. While both "semi automatic" and "fully automatic" weapons are "automatic" in technical sense that the firearm automatically cycles between rounds with each trigger pull, under conventional usage a merely semi-automatic firearm is not correctly referred to an "automatic weapon" or an "automatic firearm." A semi-automatic firearm fires one round with each individual trigger pull; a fully automatic continuously fires rounds while the trigger is pressed and held. Both semi- automatic and automatic weapons are legal to own in the US.  
Antisemitism (also spelled anti-semitism or anti-Semitism) is prejudice, hatred of, or discrimination against Jews for reasons connected to their Jewish religion or heritage. A person who holds such positions is called an "antisemite." As Jews are an ethnoreligious group, antisemitism is often considered a form of racism. This historical photograph below is one example of antisemitism.  (This annotation contains an image)
An interest rate is the rate at which interest is paid by a borrower (debtor) for the use of money that they borrow from a lender (creditor). For example, a small company borrows capital from a bank to buy new assets for its business, and in return the lender receives interest at a predetermined interest rate for deferring the use of funds and instead lending it to the borrower. An interest checking account would make a small percentage of interest to add to the account based on how much money is kept in the account.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the fact that Cameron's parents focus on money and social status bother Cameron so much?  
The Galil is a family of Israeli small arms designed by Yisrael Galil and Yaacov Lior in the late 1960s and produced by Israel Military Industries Ltd. The rifle design borrowed heavily from the AK-47 and had a modified gas diversion system similar to the AK-47 to reduce the recoil of the rifle making it easier to fire especially in automatic mode.  
A psychiatrist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who must evaluate patients to determine whether or not their symptoms are the result of a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental, or a strictly psychiatric one. In order to do this, they may employ the psychiatric examination itself, a physical exam, brain imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and blood laboratories. Psychiatrists prescribe medicine and may also use psychotherapy.  (This annotation contains an image)
What role do the actions of the bullies Cameron, Len, and Carla fight with have on Cameron's self image according to this passage? 
In psychology, coping is expending conscious effort to solve personal and interpersonal problems, and seeking to master, minimize or tolerate stress or conflict. The effectiveness of the coping efforts depend on the type of stressor/conflict, the particular individual, and the circumstances. Psychological coping mechanisms are commonly termed coping strategies or coping skills. Coping responses are partly controlled by personality (habitual traits), but also partly by the social context, particularly the nature of the stressful environment.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #9

There are a lot of different allusions to different texts in this passage. The "Yellow Brick Road" is the road Dorothy follows to get to Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz. "Follow some bluebird to happiness" alludes to the Disney cartoon versions of Snow White and Cinderella. and "hear that lonesome whistle wail" is a line from the lyrics of the Johnny Cash song "(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle."  (This annotation contains an image)
Based on what you’ve read so far, what are some of Carla’s personality traits?  
Convoluted means something is extremely complex and difficult to follow. 
SWAT (acronym for "Special Weapons And Tactics") is a commonly used proper name for law enforcement units which use military-style light weapons and specialized tactics in high-risk operations. "SWAT" is commonly used internationally, as a term for these units.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 1 

Homework #10

In an explosive, pyrotechnic device or military munition, a fuse (or fuze) is the part of the device that initiates function. In common usage, the word fuse is used indiscriminately. However, when being specific (and in particular in a military context), the term fuse describes a simple pyrotechnic initiating device, like the cord on a firecracker, whereas the term fuze is used to indicate a more sophisticated ignition device incorporating mechanical and/or electronic components.  (This annotation contains an image)
According to the New Testament of the Bible, Judas Iscariot was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. He is infamously known for his kiss and betrayal of Jesus to the hands of the chief Sanhedrin priests in exchange for a payment of thirty silver coins. Though there are varied accounts of his death, the traditional version sees him as having hanged himself out of remorse following his betrayal.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does the phrase "whoop-de-doing it up" mean? 
A generator is simply a device that moves a magnet near a wire to create a steady flow of electrons. The action that forces this movement varies greatly, ranging from hand cranks and steam engines to nuclear fission, but the principle remains the same. One simple way to think about a generator is to imagine it acting like a pump pushing water through a pipe. Only instead of pushing water, a generator uses a magnet to push electrons along. This is a slight oversimplification, but it paints a helpful picture of the properties at work in a generator.  (This annotation contains an image)
This is a passage from the Bible: "In that day," declares the Sovereign LORD, "the songs in the temple will turn to wailing. Many, many bodies--flung everywhere! Silence!"  

Homework #11

Negligence is a failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances. The area of tort law known as negligence involves harm caused by carelessness, not intentional harm. Through civil litigation, if an injured person proves that another person acted negligently to cause their injury, they can recover damages to compensate for their harm. Proving a case for negligence can potentially entitle the injured plaintiff to compensation for harm to their body, property, mental well-being, financial status, or intimate relationships. 
Do you agree with the final report and dissent of the investigation? Should the school be at fault for not monitoring Len more closely? 

Homework #12

"Depressed area" is another term for poverty stricken locations, which are often thought to be more dangerous. Statistically, that is not true with school shootings.  

Homework #13

An indictment in the common law system is a formal accusation that a person has committed a crime. Historically, in most common law jurisdictions, an indictment was handed up by a grand jury, which returned a "true bill" if it found cause to make the charge, or "no bill" if it did not find cause. Today, the grand jury has been abolished everywhere outside the United States.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 2 

Homework #14

Emergency medical technician (EMT) or ambulance technician are terms used in some countries to denote a health care provider of emergency medical services. EMTs are clinicians, trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries and accident scenes. EMTs are most commonly found working in ambulances. EMTs are often employed by ambulance services, governments, and hospitals, but are also sometimes employed by fire departments and police departments. Some EMTs are paid employees, while others (particularly in rural areas) are volunteers.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #15

What are Miranda rights and why are they important? 

Homework #16

Halle means "hall" in German. So this phrase seems to mean Hall Yule/Christmas--a joke about the religious holiday season. 
A buoy is a floating device that can have many purposes. It can be anchored (stationary) or allowed to drift with the sea wave.  (This annotation contains an image)
When Len refers to his "rats getting busier" what does he mean? 
Immigration is the movement of people into another country or region to which they are not native in order to settle there. Immigration is a result of a number of factors, including economic and/or political reasons, family re-unification, natural disasters or the wish to change one's surroundings voluntarily. 
Officially known as the Republic of Yemen, this is an Arab country in Western Asia, occupying the southwestern to southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen is the second largest country in the peninsula, bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, the Red Sea to the west, the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea to the south, and Oman to the east.  (This annotation contains an image)
According to the Bible, God commands Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice (Genesis 22:5 and 22:8). After Isaac is bound to an altar, the angel of God stops Abraham at the last minute, saying "Now I know you fear God." At this point Abraham sees a ram caught in some nearby bushes and sacrifices the ram instead of Isaac. 
Would things improve for Len if he joined the military and left Harrison County?  
The minstrel show, or minstrelsy, was an American entertainment consisting of comic skits, variety acts, dancing, and music, performed by white people in blackface or, especially after the Civil War, black people in blackface. Minstrel shows lampooned black people as dim-witted, lazy, buffoonish, superstitious, happy-go-lucky, and musical. By the turn of the 20th century, the minstrel show enjoyed but a shadow of its former popularity, having been replaced for the most part by vaudeville. It survived as professional entertainment until about 1910; amateur performances continued until the 1960s in high schools, and local theaters. As the civil rights movement progressed and gained acceptance, minstrels lost popularity.  (This annotation contains an image)
Pyramus and Thisbe is the story of two lovers in the city of Babylon who occupy connected houses/walls, forbidden by their parents to be wed, because of their parents' rivalry. Through a crack in one of the walls, they whisper their love for each other. They arrange to meet near Ninus' tomb under a mulberry tree and state their feelings for each other. Thisbe arrives first, but upon seeing a lioness with a mouth bloody from a recent kill, she flees, leaving behind her veils. When Pyramus arrives he is horrified at the sight of Thisbe's veil, assuming that a fierce beast had killed her. Pyramus kills himself, falling on his sword in proper Roman fashion, and in turn splashing blood on the white mulberry leaves. Pyramus' blood stains the white mulberry fruits, turning them dark. Thisbe returns, eager to tell Pyramus what had happened to her, but she finds Pyramus' dead body under the shade of the mulberry tree. Thisbe, after a brief period of mourning, stabs herself with the same sword. In the end, the gods listen to Thisbe's lament, and forever change the color of the mulberry fruits into the stained color to honor the forbidden love.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #17

Quiz 3