Friend or Fiend?: With the Pain and the Great One

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What's the difference between a friend and a fiend? Jake is so embarrassed by a reading circle blunder, he vows never to speak in class again. Abigail believes she can no longer trust one of her best friends. Their teenage cousins have turned into fiends. And on the perfect snow day, who jumps on Jake and washes his face in snow? And who rescues him?
Curriculet Details
15 Questions
17 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring the setting and sequencing of events, as well as annotations about point of view and character traits. Students will explore the themes of family, friendship, and forgiveness. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Meet the Pain

The author of this novel, Judy Blume, spent her childhood making up stories in her head. Once she became an adult, she began to write the stories on paper. The novel you are reading is the fourth in a series about The Pain and the Great One. If you want to learn more about Judy, you can visit her website below. (This annotation contains a link)

Chapter One - Ben Is My Fiend

What information do you get from illustration above that you do not read in the story? 
All stories are told from a certain point of view. This video explains how to determine point of view. (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this chapter told? 
Do you think the teacher knows why Jake is not willing to read? 
Why is Justin calling his name? 
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? 
Why do you think Jake changed his mind about trick-or-treating? Use information from the text to support your answer. 

Chapter Two - Useless

This chapter is written in Abigail's point of view. Judy Blume changes the point of view in each chapter. You will know who is telling the story by looking at the picture in the beginning of the chapter. 
Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of useless. How would a person feel if they were called useless? 
A deli meats counter can have a long line, especially on the weekend.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which definition below matches how aisles is used on this page? 
Do you think a teenager should be talking to an adult like Sierra is talking to Mom? 
Why does "Sierra's face turn red"? 
It is important to pay attention to the order in which things happen in a story. This video explains the sequence of events and why you should pay attention to them. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section One 

Chapter Three - She Stole My Story

Abigail feels like she has been betrayed by her friend. How should she handle this situation? 
Which phrase on this page tells you some time has passed in the story? 
Sometimes you are asked to write a summary of a chapter or novel. This video explains summary writing.  (This annotation contains a video)
Write a summary of the chapter She Stole My Story.  

Chapter Four - Snow Day

You can see in the illustration that the mice are not real, but they do look like the live animal. 
Based on Mom's words and actions on this page, she is a _____ mother. 
The setting of a story is where and when it takes place. The video below explains why you need to pay attention to setting.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section Two 

Chapter Five - How Fluzzy Got His Name

"Bang" is an example of onomateopoeia. Onomateopoeia is a type of figurative language where words are formed from a sound associated with what it is named. 
Why is it important that Fluzzy was a "lost cat"? 

One Year Ago

The extra space below was put there by the author. It indicates some time has passed in the story. 

Chapter Six - Unicorn

How do you know the story is back to present time? 
Every story is written in a certain format or genre. Listen to this song and see if you can determine the genre of this novel.  (This annotation contains a video)
What genre is this novel? 
Here is a picture of a unicorn.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Abigail compare her brother to a unicorn? 

Chapter Seven - No Hats for Fluzzy

Listen to the excerpt from another Judy Blume novel, "Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One." (Click Read Sample.) Think about how Abigail and Jake are similar in both stories. (This annotation contains a link)
Compare and contrast Abigail and Jake from this novel to the excerpt you listened to above. Include information from both texts in your response. 
Quiz for Section Three