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For the very first time in his decades-long career writing for teens, acclaimed and beloved author Walter Dean Myers writes with a teen, Ross Workman.

Kevin Johnson is thirteen years old. And heading for juvie. He's a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he wants to prove he has more than just star-player potential. Kevin's never been in any serious trouble . . . until the night he ends up in jail. Enter Sergeant Brown, a cop assigned to be Kevin's mentor. If Kevin and Brown can learn to trust each other, they might be able to turn things around before it's too late.

Curriculet Details
55 Questions
35 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 7th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining terms used in soccer. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes and practice reading for factual details (RL7.1). Students will have opportunities to understand and analyze central themes and ideas of a story (RL7.2), and analyze how an author develops character's point of view in a text (RL7.6). This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 01

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Summarize what Bill Kelly did after he graduated from high school. 
In this book, look for ways the author describes the plot, theme, setting and other story elements, and be prepared to cite textual elements to show you understand what is happening as you read Kick.  (This annotation contains a video)
"Art Deco" is a style of building that became popular in the 1930's and 1940's. This building is an example of Art Deco style.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why did the policeman stop the car? 
To "press charges" means to formally charge someone with a crime. In this case, the father may decide to press charges against Kevin for stealing his car. 
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Why did the girl smile back at Kevin? 
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Why would the officer imagine that young Mr. Johnson was "a surly kid with a slightly turned-up lip"? 
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Why does Sergeant Brown hide half the donuts in his car? 

Chapter 02

The definition of "juvenile detention" can vary widely from place to place. In general, this is the place people under the age of 18 are held pending charges being filed against them, as a result of a crime the juvenile has been accused of committing.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
What did Kevin think about his juvenile detention experience? 
Felonies are more serious crimes and, if convicted, the individual could spend a year or more in state prison. Examples of a felony include murder or robbery. A misdemeanor is a lesser crime like shoplifting, and usually results in a fine and/or county jail time.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6
What is Kevin's perception of his situation? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Describe what Kevin noticed during his court appearance. 
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Who is the victim in this situation? 
These are the almojabanas that Kevin loves to eat. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 03

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Why does Sergeant Brown want to meet Mr. McNamara? 
Corned beef is a salt-cured beef. The meat is cured with large-grained rock salt, which are called "corns." (This annotation contains an image)
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How are Mr. McNamara and the officer acting towards each other? 
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How would you describe the interaction between Sergeant Brown and Mr. McNamara? 
A "big rig" is another name for a tractor-trailer truck that carries large amounts of cargo from place to place.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why do you think Mr. McNamara keeps asking if Christy will have to testify? 
Chp 1 - 3 Quiz 

Chapter 04

Dreadlocks are a type of hairstyle.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4
What does Kevin mean when he says he does not understand popularity -- that most popular kids are mean and not liked by others? How can both those statements be true? 
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What does the coach mean when he says that Kevin is on thin ice? 
A soccer forward plays a position typically near the opponents goal, and tries to score when on offense, as the women in red are trying to do in the image.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 05

A police precinct is the local, neighborhood building where police have offices and resources to assist them in their work.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Why is Michael McNamara part of this list of people? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6
What does the Sergeant think about anger? 
This refers to Dolores possibly being an "illegal alien." An illegal alien is someone in the U.S. "illegally," which means they did not follow the proper procedures to enter and then stay in this country. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6
Why does Sergeant Brown think he had seen the real Kevin for a change? 

Chapter 06

As you read, watch for clues about the mood of the story. How does the characters' moods vary from scene to scene? How does Kevin's overall mood change over time?  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why is Kevin at Christy's house? 
The picture below is of a 4-4-2 formation. (This annotation contains a link)
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What are some of the reasons Kevin is getting angry? 
A red card is given to a player who is being ejected from a soccer match.  (This annotation contains a link)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6
Do you think Kevin's opinion is justified? Why or why not? 
Chapter 4-6 Quiz 
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Why does Kevin think Sergeant Brown would go to Judge Kelly? 

Chapter 07

A fire escape is a series of stairs on the outside of (usually older) buildings which aid people if they need to rapidly get out of the building.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
What example did Sergeant Brown use to describe holding himself to a "higher standard"? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6
Why does Kevin want Sergeant Brown to talk to Christy's dad? 
A commanding officer is the person to whom Sergeant Brown reports, probably a lieutenant or captain.  
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What does Sergeant Brown ask Kevin to do? 

Chapter 08

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What is Kevin's viewpoint about getting kicked out of the last game? 
Dribble means to control the soccer ball down the field with your feet and legs.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What can you infer by Dolores walking home? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6
How did Kevin react when he found out he was benched for the start of the game? 
The "box" is the area right in front of the goal. The "post" is the goal post - either the upright piece on either side of the goal, or the top piece that connects the uprights. 
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Why did Kevin feel great after the game? 

Chapter 09

Characters often change as a story unfolds. As you read this chapter, and those that follow, be aware of the ways Kevin changes and be able to describe them. Watch the video below to learn how characters develop.  (This annotation contains a video)
Sherlock Holmes was a fictional detective. (This annotation contains a link)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Why do Sergeant Brown and Kevin get into an argument? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6
Why does Kevin think he needs to be the man of the house? 
William Butler Yeats was a famous poet from Ireland and is considered one of the most important literary figures of the 20th Century.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6
Describe how Sergeant Brown's opinion of Kevin changes while they are at the training facility. 
Railroad ties are large pieces of wood used to position and stabilize the rails that trains ride on.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How did the relationship between Sergeant Brown and Kevin change during their trip to Sea Girt? 

Chapter 10

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Why does Kevin feel resentment? 
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Why has Kevin been avoiding Christy? 
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Why did Christy start crying? 
A Tsunami is a giant wave or series of waves that can cause major coastline flooding.  (This annotation contains a link)
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What does Kevin think about playing without fear? 

Chapter 11

Watch this video for a definition of the "theme" of a story. Think back over the story you have read so far. What do you think is Kick's overall theme?  (This annotation contains a video)
The district attorney represents the government to prosecute criminal cases in most of the U.S.  (This annotation contains a link)
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Why would McNamara want probation for Kevin? What would this mean to Kevin? 
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What does the sergeant mean when he says he wants to "connect the dots"? 
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What does Sergeant Brown think about the Greenville organization? 
Espresso is a specific kind of coffee that is very strong and is made by forcing steam through coffee beans.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What important change is taking place with Kevin? 
A court order is an instruction from a judge or court requiring a person to do (or NOT do) something. In this example, what is Sergeant Brown suggesting the court order would be needed for? 

Chapter 12

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
What is Sergeant Brown's son's occupation? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6
Describe what Christy said about her mom's depression, and how she was reacting to it. 
"Domestic violence" typically occurs in the home, and involves violent or aggressive behavior, usually toward a spouse or partner. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6
Why did Kevin not tell the truth about the car accident? 
The goalie can touch the ball with his hands, and then kick it out of danger with a punt away from the goal. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Describe the New Jersey Golden Eagles. How do Kevin and his team members feel about this game? 

Chapter 13

"Common sense" is the ability to behave and think using sound judgement based upon reasonable ideas, and is often learned via life experiences. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
What started the chain of events that eventually led to Kevin crashing the car? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Why would Sergeant Brown lie? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.6
What does Sergeant Brown observe about the McNamara family at dinner? 
Love in the Time of Cholera is a book written by Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez of Columbia. It is the story of two people who fall in love at a young age, and it examines the many different aspects of "romantic love."  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why do you think Mr. McNamara had such a reaction to Sergeant Brown's comment about getting help for depression? 
The Grand Inquisitor was put in charge of various Inquisitions (trials or questionings) in the medieval period for the Catholic Church. One of the goals was to understand people's adherence to the Church's rules.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2
What was the phone call from Mr. McNamara about? How did Sergeant Brown react to the call? 

Chapter 14

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
Describe Kevin's process for getting ready to do "major things." 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2
Describe the big news that Christy has about both Kevin and her mom. 
This is a kick taken by a player after getting fouled, from the spot of the foul, with only the goalie to defend the goal.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why was Kevin going into a trance on the field? 
Overtime is the extra period - or more - that must be played in soccer to determine the winner. In this case, neither team scored, so the winner will be determined by penalty kicks. The team with the most successful penalty kicks wins the game. 
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How does Kwame react to Kevin's game? 
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What is implied by Kevin and Sergeant Brown's conversation? 
Chapter 7-14 Quiz