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You couldn′t really tell about Mama′s brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl′s, and she only knew 23 words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the inside of the kitchen cabinet. Most of the words were common ones, like good and more and hot, but there was one word only my mother said: soof.

Although she lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbour, Bernadette, Heidi has a lucky streak that has a way of pointing her in the right direction. When a mysterious word in her mother′s vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi′s thirst for the truth leads her on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past.

Curriculet Details
49 Questions
50 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 6th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining symbolism, theme and imagery. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about tone and mood. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of characterization, various examples of figurative language, and vocabulary in context. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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This statement made by Heidi is very insightful. Can you think of any other examples of things that we accept as fact even though there is no real proof? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Which word best describes the tone created by the author in the chapter? 

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Think about the two adults in Heidi's life. She says her mom has a "bum brain." Their neighbor and caretaker, Bernadette, has a disability called "agoraphobia" which prevents her from leaving her home without severe anxiety. How do you think this will affect Heidi's future?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Bernadette and Heidi could not go outside together because ______. 
Watch the video to learn about foreshadowing. The author is providing you with a hint of something to come. (This annotation contains a video)

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Bernadette developed agoraphobia right after her father passed away.  What can you infer about their relationship before he died? 
Is Bernie's advice true? What can you learn if you "listen" to the eyes of the person in the picture?  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
It is obvious that Heidi's mother is not able to care for an infant on her own. Even though she is not able to properly care for her, how can you tell that she loves her baby? Provide at least two specific examples from the text to support your response. 
Think about the relationship between Heidi, her mom, and Bernadette. To whom was the relationship the most beneficial? Do you think that Bernadette needs Heidi and her mom just as much as they need her? 

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
What is the gray matter that is being referred to in the sentence? 
Why do you think that Heidi continued to listen to Zander even though she did not believe him?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
In the sentence, there is a comparison between the word soof to a burr.  This is an example of a _______. 
For the first time, Heidi begins to wonder about family members other than her mother. Are you close with your family? How does your relationship with your family affect you?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.6
Heidi had not given much thought to her family background. Now, she is consumed with wanting to know about her history.  Do you agree that a person has a right to know about their history? Support your response by using evidence from this text, textual evidence from another story, and/or a personal experience.   
Why do you think Heidi ended her list with only one question? Do you have any predictions about the meaning of the word "soof"? 

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Why do you think Heidi is so excited about this errand?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
What event is Heidi's mother remembering? 
Here the author uses various forms of figurative language as Heidi thinks about her mother's memories. Can you identify at least two different types of figurative language in the highlighted text? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Which animal would be classified as a marsupial? 
Before reading on, make a prediction about the pictures. What types of things could Heidi learn from the pictures? 

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
What do you think Heidi meant when she said twisted up? 
Before reading on, make a prediction about how Heidi's mother will react to the pictures. Do you think she will recognize anyone? Do you think she will be able to answer any of Heidi's questions? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Why would the author use the word cooed instead of said in this sentence?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Based on her actions, which word would best describe how Mama was probably feeling? 
Why do you think Heidi was so determined to make her mom show her soof? Do you think she was right in trying to make her mom answer her question? 

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
The highlighted phrase means that Heidi is ______ asking questions while Bernadette is on the phone. 
Based on her actions in the novel so far, what character traits could be used to describe Bernadette? Click the link below to see a list of character traits.  (This annotation contains a link)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
What can you infer about Bernie's feelings towards Heidi based on her making an effort to walk outside of her apartment? 
Although Zander and Heidi's relationship has not seemed very sincere up to this point, do you think Zander's actions show that he would be a good friend? 
What did Heidi mean by this statement? How do you think it made Bernadette feel? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Which word would best describe Bernadette's reaction to Heidi? 
So B. It Quiz 1 

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Heidi seems to have put a lot of thought into her plan to go to Liberty.  Her actions show how much ________ that she has to learn more about her mother's past. 
How do you think Heidi feels about her success in purchasing a bus ticket? Would you have done the same thing if you were Heidi? 

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
The highlighted statement is an example of a ________. 
Is this behavior characteristic of Heidi? Watch the video to learn more about the different types of characters in novels. (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
Heidi was already changing as demonstrated by some of her recent actions. Discuss how Heidi has changed so far, and provide at least two examples from the text to support your response. 
After viewing the video, think about one or two developing themes of the novel. (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Reflect on Heidi's thoughts and actions.  Which response below best describes one of the developing themes of the novel? 
At this point, do you think that Heidi is being brave or foolish? Do you think that she will find what she is looking for when she arrives in Liberty? 

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Who wore the red sweater in the pictures that had been found? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Based on the context of the sentence, which word below would be the best synonym for the word feud? 
Bernadette did not approve of Heidi's trip. How do you think Bernadette reacted to not hearing from Heidi at the next stop? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
In this simile, _______ is being compared to a soft twig. 
As Heidi is telling her story, do you think that Alice believes her?  

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Watch the video to learn more about an author's use of imagery. (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Why was Heidi concerned about the bus driver realizing that she was no longer traveling with Alice? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Do you think that Heidi has learned her lesson about lying? Using at least two examples from the text, tell whether or not you believe that Heidi will be honest from now on. 
At this point, Heidi seems to be frustrated with her quest to learn the meaning of "soof." Do you think she still believes that the trip is worth all the trouble? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Which word best describes how you think Heidi feels as she honestly answers Georgia's questions? 
Before you continue to read on, if "soof" is a person, who might the person be? 

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Which response best matches the definition for the word  "temple" as it is being used in the sentence? 
At this point in the novel, do you think that Heidi is crazy to go through so much to go to Liberty? If you were Heidi, would you continue to Liberty or return home? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
What does it mean when Georgia states that her father says "she leaves no stone unturned"? 
Why do you think Heidi is so eager to learn more about Georgia? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Was Heidi's mama really like a mother? Using at least two examples from the text, answer whether you think that Heidi's mama was a mother to Heidi. 
If you were Heidi, do you think you would be happy to see your grandmother after such a long time? Would you be angry and wonder why she had not contacted you sooner? 

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Why do you think the author uses the word "bawling" instead of "crying"?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
To console means to comfort.  Why was Heidi weeping inconsolably? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
What do you think Heidi is going to do with the jar? 
At this point in her journey, Heidi seems to be discouraged with the events of her trip. What would you say to Heidi to encourage her? 

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Watch the video to review the definitions of tone and mood in writing. (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Using complete sentences, explain how the author's words affect the mood the passage. 
Do you have any predictions about the man's identity?  

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Which word is a synonym for "puzzled"? 
Thurman Hill had not responded to Bernadette's phone calls or letters. How do you think Heidi will greet Mr. Hill when he enters the room? How would you greet him? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
Using two to three examples from the text, briefly describe your first impression of Thurman Hill. Make sure to use complete sentences and complete thoughts. 
Based on his reaction, do you think Thurman Hill knows Heidi's mom? How do you think he feels after seeing the pictures? 
To whom do you think Mr. Hill is referring? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Why do you think Ruby is unable to find any records under the name "It?" 
Quiz 2 
Why do you think Thurman Hill called the police on Heidi? 

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Who is Ruby? 
How do you think Sheriff Roy knew about Heidi's lucky streak?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Why do you think Bernadette made this deal with Sheriff Roy? 
Do you think Heidi was only saying this in reference to her trip to Liberty? What else could Heidi have meant by this comment? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
What does Heidi mean when she said she ran out of steam? 
Briefly reflect on the story. Who could Diane DeMuth be?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
What is a synonym for the word "pruned" as it is used in the context of this sentence? 
Watch the video to learn more about symbolism. Think about the symbols in Heidi's dream. Based on her dream, does she think Thurman Hill is going to help her find out more about her mother? (This annotation contains a video)

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
Why was Heidi so anxious to go to Hilltop to see Elliot? 
How do you think Heidi feels about Ruby putting her things away without asking? Do you think Ruby's actions imply that she is a caring person or a nosy person? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
Who did Heidi figure out was the Santa in the picture? 

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What truth could Thurman Hill be avoiding? Do you have any predictions about why he lied to Heidi? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
In this sentence, Heidi says that the mist wrapped itself around Ruby.  This is an example of ________. 

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Heidi has already explored this idea when she compared the truth to the color of a dinosaur's skin. Why do you think the author chose to include Heidi's discovery of the article at this point in time? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Bernadette's statement creates a (an) _____ tone.  
Do you agree with this statement? Is it better to know the truth about everything or should some information remain unknown? If you were Heidi, would you have gone through what she went through in an attempt to learn the truth? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Mr. Hill seems to be _____ for lying to Heidi and mistreating her on her first visit to Hilltop. 

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What emotions do you think Heidi is feeling at this point in time?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
When Heidi arrived at Hilltop, she described this plant in great detail while wondering if it was real. What is symbolic about the petals easily wrinkling and falling to the carpet like tears? Provide details from the text to explain your response in complete sentences. 
Before reading any further, what is your predication about the meaning of soof?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Why was it impossible for Bernie to have not been at home? 
Heidi is making reference to the drawer of baby clothing at Ruby and Roy's home. Why do you think she says the sorrowful mist was there for her? 

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Why did Heidi feel as if she had lost her grandmother on this day? 

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Do you think Heidi is crying due to the pain from her pulling her hair or because her mom is gone? Why do you think this is the first time that she has cried? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Which choice below an antonym for the word reluctantly? 

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Now that the origin of the word soof has been revealed, explain Heidi's statement that soof was her mama's name for love. Use at least two examples from the text to support your response. 
Do you think that the events that have occurred contributed to Heidi's appearance? Do you think that her experiences could have physically changed her? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
Why did Ruby believe that Heidi has passed her luck on to her? 
The image below is a picture of a box of Jujyfruits. The company name is located in the top left corner. (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 3