Surviving the Applewhites

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Will anyone take on Jake Semple?

Jake Semple is notorious. Rumor has it he burned down his old school and got kicked out of every school in his home state.

Only one place will take him now, and that's a home school run by the Applewhites, a chaotic and hilarious family of artists. The only one who doesn't fit the Applewhite mold is E.D.—a smart, sensible girl who immediately clashes with the unruly Jake.

Jake thinks surviving this one will be a breeze . . . but is he really as tough or as bad as he seems?

Curriculet Details
34 Questions
35 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for middle school students contains interactive videos explaining conflict and point of view, as well as annotations describing foreshadowing, not fitting in, and The Sound of Music. Students will explore the themes of identity and teamwork. 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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Chapter One

Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize winning author who wrote primarily about the lives of upper class Americans in the early twentieth century.  (This annotation contains an image)
Jake's tone could best be described as 

Chapter Two

A motor lodge is like a motel for people passing through on car trips. Motor lodges, also called motor inns, became popular in the 1950s. The picture below shows what Wit's End might have looked like then, with it's separate cottages for guests.  (This annotation contains an image)
The atmosphere at Wit's End is very 

Chapter Three

The main themes of this novel deal with identity, fitting in, and teamwork. As you read, note how E.D. and Jake have never fit in with their surroundings, and how each of them has cultivated their own identities.  
How is the Creative Academy different from most schools? Cite examples from the text. 

Chapter Four

This is not the reaction that Jake is used to getting from people, and most of the Applewhites treat Jake differently than anyone else ever has. Notice how this effects Jake. 
How would you describe the narration of this novel? 
The Applewhites are a large and boisterous family, and this results in many conflicts. Watch the short video below to learn more about conflict in literature so you can look for examples as you read. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter Five

What kind of butterfly does E.D. need to catch to finish her project? 
A lathe is a tool that turns wood so it can be carved or sanded. (This annotation contains an image)
Is Jake getting the reaction that he wants to from Lucille? If not, what reaction was he hoping to get? 

Chapter Six

The third person narration alternates chapters between Jake's and E.D.'s points of view. Watch the short video below to learn more about point of view in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
"Destiny looked around, like a spy scanning for witnesses" contains an example of 
Ophelia was a character from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. She descends into madness and drowns in a river, likely having committed suicide.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Seven

Randal's reaction was one of  
The Sound of Music was a musical play that later became the classic 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews. The story is based on the singing Von Trapp family who escaped Austria while it was under German rule during World War II. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Eight

What does the highlighted dialog about dinner (or the lack of) tell the reader about what life with the Applewhites is like? Cite examples from the text. 
Jeremy Bernstein, as well as the reader, are now discovering that the Applewhites are a famous creative family.  
All of the following are talents the Applewhites posses EXCEPT for 

Chapter Nine

E.D. feels left out in the dinner conversation about her artistic family. Poeple feeling like they don't belong is a theme of this novel, and it is evidenced in both E.D. and Jake. Look for examples of this as you read.  

Chapter Ten

Jake wants people to be shocked by him and afraid of him. How is Destiny's reaction different than what Jake anticipates and how do you think Jake will react to this? 
Quiz #1 

Chapter Eleven

Here is an example of a papier-mâché chrysalis with a butterfly to show you what E.D.'s teaching opportunity might look like. (This annotation contains an image)
At this point in the story, the relationship between Jake and E.D. could best be described as 
A variegated fritillary butterfly. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Twelve

Jake is starting to feel like he is losing his _____________. 

Chapter Thirteen

Everyone in the family is bothered by Randolph's constant playing of The Sound of Music soundtrack while he is working on casting the play.  
How does E.D.'s attitude towards her schoolwork set her apart from the rest of her family?  

Chapter Fourteen

The SS, standing for Schutzstaffel, was Hitler's army. Below is an old German recruiting poster.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Fifteen

In the highlighted selection, the __________ of the house seem to be a metaphor for the chaos of the family who lives there. 
Below is a picture of a great spangled fritillary, the butterfly that E.D. needed to finish her project. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Sixteen

How does the highlighted passage show that Jake is changing? 
E.D. is jealous that Winston prefers Jake. Since E.D. doesn't identify with the people in her family, the loss of the dog's affection is a blow for her. 

Chapter Seventeen

Randolph is going to use "color-blind casting" to cast the Von Trapp family in The Sound of Music. What does this mean? 
A guru is a spiritual teacher, usually of Hinduism or Buddhism.  

Chapter Eighteen

How would you describe the reaction to Randolph's unconventional casting? 
Below is a picture of the black swallowtail butterfly. (This annotation contains an image)
At this stage in the novel, the relationship between Jake and E.D. could best be described as 

Chapter Nineteen

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's comedic plays. The characters in the play are manipulated by fairies who live in the forest in which the play is set. (This annotation contains an image)
What are E.D.'s complaints about Jake? Use examples from the text in your answer.  
It is clear that Randolph's attitude is what made the entire technical staff quit the play. What happens next is surprising. Read on to see how the family is gong to come together to help save Randolph's play! 
Why is this a big moment for E.D.? 

Chapter Twenty

The family, once chaotic and unfocused, has now come together in an incredible show of teamwork. Everyone in the house is now dedicated to helping the play succeed and are doing their parts. This shift towards cooperation and teamwork becomes one of the major themes of the novel. 
How do you think Destiny is feeling right now? 
Quiz #2 

Chapter Twenty-one

Claiming that Destiny's fire was an arson attempt is not an accurate portrayal.  
Here is a short scene from The Sound of Music. Mrs. Montrose's daughter is auditioning for the role of the youngest girl, Gretl. Watch it before answering the question below.  (This annotation contains a video)
After watching the clip of The Sound of Music above, what do you think of the changes Randolph is making to the production? Do you understand all of the fuss surrounding his choices or not? 
"Better to cancel than to have a Gretl with a voice like a buzz saw" is an example of simile.  

Chapter Twenty-two

The author is foreshadowing that something bad will happen with Wolfie. Watch the video below to learn more about foreshadowing, and then look for the incident being foreshadowed as you read. (This annotation contains a video)
The description of Priscilla singing makes her voice sound 

Chapter Twenty-three

Why does Mrs. Montrose react oddly to the meal placed on the table? 
Remember that it was said earlier that the yogurt balances out how incredibly spicy the cooking is. This will come into play soon. 
Why do you think that Randolph is being uncharacteristically quiet during dinner? What do you think he is thinking about? 

Chapter Twenty-four

This is quite the contrast to how Mrs. Montrose and Priscilla arrived, neat and prim and proper, and therefore completely out of place around the rest of the Applewhite clan. 
"There it stayed, opening and closing its wings gently as if the whole thing had been a game that it had easily won" contains an example of 
Casting Destiny as Gretl and changing the script to accommodate it is yet another example of Randolph's uncharacteristic casting. As you read, notice if Mrs. Montrose reacts to this as you would expect for her to.  
Jake believes that in the new spirit of Applewhite teamwork, the show will go on. 

Chapter Twenty-five

What had E.D. not explained to her father that would help him to understand Mrs. Montrose's reaction? 
E.D. has thought of a way to save the play. Jake's prediction at the end of the last chapter was correct!  

Chapter Twenty-six

Why is it such a big deal that Hal is out helping the family? How does this go along with the book's theme of teamwork? 
The story behind the making of the play is becoming famous. Read on to see how this effects the production. 

Chapter Twenty-seven

How is E.D.'s role as the stage manager changing how she feels about her place in the family? Do you think she still feels like she will never fit in, or have her differences now become assets? 

Chapter Twenty-eight

This is completely opposite about how Jake felt at the beginning of the novel, when he based his identity around being the bad kid. 
Why is Marcia upset by Jake's appearance? 

Chapter Twenty-nine

The atmosphere of opening day was ________, much like the atmosphere at the Applewhites had been at the beginning of the novel. 
The rain E.D. feared has arrived. The barn is leaking on the stage and the actors cannot hear their cues! 
How does E.D. save the play during the pivotal scene? 

Chapter Thirty

The Applewhite family, chaotic and focused on themselves for the first half of the novel, has managed to come together and create something great. Not only do all of the people who felt left out play valuable roles in the success of the play, but they learn what they can accomplish when they work together.  
Quiz #3 
Jake tells Destiny that he wants his hair to be it's natural color. How does this symbolize how Jake has grown as a person since the beginning of the novel?