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Stargirl lesson plan

  1. 1. Stargirl: A Unit Plan Based on the story by Jerry SpinelliWritten by Mary B. Collins
  2. 2. This version distributed by eNotes.com LLC. ©2005 by Teacher’s Pet Publications, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED*Only the student materials in this unit plan such as worksheets,study questions, assignment sheets, and tests may be reproduced multiple times for use in the purchaser’s classroom. For additional copyright questions, please contact eNotes.com LLC or Teacher’s Pet Publications. http:// www.enotes.com
  3. 3. TABLE OF CONTENTS - StargirlIntroduction 7Unit Objectives 9Reading Assignment Sheet 10Unit Outline 11Study Questions (Short Answer) 15Quiz/Study Questions (Multiple Choice) 25Pre-reading Vocabulary Worksheets 43Lesson One (Introductory Lesson) 61Nonfiction Assignment Sheet 72Oral Reading Evaluation Form 65Writing Assignment 1 69Writing Assignment 2 76Writing Assignment 3 84Writing Evaluation Form 77Vocabulary Review Activities 85Extra Writing Assignments/Discussion ?s 78Unit Review Activities 87Unit Tests 91Unit Resource Materials 133Vocabulary Resource Materials 157
  4. 4. A FEW NOTES ABOUT THE AUTHORSPINELLI, Jerry 1941-Jerry Spinelli was born on February 1, 1941, in Norristown, Pennsylvania.While still a youngster, one of his poems about a hometown football teams victory was publishedin a local paper. This inspired him to consider a career as a writer. As an adult writer, he thought heshould write about topics that would be interesting to adults. The publishers he approached were notinterested in his work. After he married, he started writing about things his own children did. Oneincident, when his child ate some food he was saving for himself, was the inspiration for his firstbook, Space Station Seventh Grade.Space Station Seventh Grade (Little, Brown, 1982) tells the daily life of Jason Herkimer. Jason dealswith everyday incidents as well as serious issues such as his parents divorce, and living with astepfather. In the sequel, Jason and Marceline (Little, Brown, 1990), Jason and the trombone player,Marceline, develop a deeper, more caring, and romantic relationship.Who Put That Hair in My Toothbrush? (Little, Brown, 1984) is the story of Megin and Greg,siblings who fight a lot but unite against a common threat. The story is told in first person, withchapters alternating between Megin and Greg.Maniac Magee (Little, Brown, 1990) was the Newbery Medal winner in 1991. In this book, Spinellideals with the absurdities of racism. Jeffrey Lionel Magee is a Caucasian boy who is orphaned atthe age of three. He runs away from his aunt and uncles tension-filled home, and lives with asuccession of people. The first is a kind and loving black family. He leaves them when racist graffitiis sprayed on their home. Next he lives with an old man in the equipment room of the park, but theman dies. After that he lives with a racist, dysfunctional white family. Nicknamed Maniac becauseof his athletic feats, he tries to start better racial relationships between the blacks and whites. ManiacMagee also won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, 1990, American Library Association, 1991,and the D.C. Fisher Award, 1992.Spinellis other works include Dump Days, (Little, Brown, 1988), The Bathwater Gang (Little,Brown, 1990), Theres a Girl in My Hammerlock, (Simon and Schuster, 1991), and Fourth GradeRats (Scholastic, 1991.) He lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. 5
  5. 5. INTRODUCTION StargirlThis unit has been designed to develop students reading, writing, thinking, and language skillsthrough exercises and activities related to Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. It includes eighteen lessons,supported by extra resource materials.In the introductory lesson students review the format of a newspaper and look particularly at the“filler” items. Following the introductory activity, students are given a transition to explain thatStargirl used the fillers in the newspaper to find out things about people so she could send them theappropriate cards or greetings. Following the transition, students are given the materials they willbe using during the unit.The reading assignments are approximately twenty pages each; some are a little shorter whileothers are a little longer. Students have approximately 15 minutes of pre-reading work to do priorto each reading assignment. This pre-reading work involves reviewing the study questions for theassignment and doing some vocabulary work for several vocabulary words they will encounter intheir reading.The study guide questions are fact-based questions; students can find the answers to these questionsright in the text. These questions come in two formats: short answer or multiple choice. The bestuse of these materials is probably to use the short answer version of the questions as study guidesfor students (since answers will be more complete), and to use the multiple choice version foroccasional quizzes. It might be a good idea to make transparencies of your answer keys for theoverhead projector.The vocabulary work is intended to enrich students vocabularies as well as to aid in the studentsunderstanding of the book. Prior to each reading assignment, students will complete a two-partworksheet for several vocabulary words in the upcoming reading assignment. Part I focuses onstudents use of general knowledge and contextual clues by giving the sentence in which the wordappears in the text. Students are then to write down what they think the words mean based on thewords usage. Part II nails down the definitions of the words by giving students dictionary definitionsof the words and having students match the words to the correct definitions based on the wordscontextual usage. Students should then have an understanding of the words when they meet themin the text.After each reading assignment, students will go back and formulate answers for the study guidequestions. Discussion of these questions serves as a review of the most important events and ideaspresented in the reading assignments.Students are assigned to do a project with this unit. Students are members of the Sunflower Club,a club of students who pledges to do something nice each day for someone other than themselves.Students will try to keep this pledge and keep a list of what they did each day. After about twoweeks, students will share their experiences with the class. 7
  6. 6. Two lessons are devoted to the extra discussion questions/writing assignments. These questionsfocus on interpretation, critical analysis and personal response, employing a variety of thinking skillsand adding to the students understanding of the novel.After students complete the discussion questions, there is a vocabulary review lesson which pullstogether all of the fragmented vocabulary lists for the reading assignments and gives students areview of all of the words they have studied.There are three writing assignments in this unit, each with the purpose of informing, persuading,or having students express personal opinions. In the first assignment, students write to inform. Theywrite a “filler” for the newspaper. In the second assignment, students write to persuade Leo to acceptStargirl OR persuade Stargirl to find a better way to fit in with the group OR persuade you that Leoand Stargirl acted appropriately in the book and wouldn’t need to be persuaded to do anythingdifferently. The third writing assignment gives students the opportunity to do some creative writingby writing the plot summary for a sequel to the novel Stargirl.In addition, there is a nonfiction reading assignment. Students are required to read a piece ofnonfiction related in some way to Stargirl. After reading their nonfiction pieces, students will fillout a worksheet on which they answer questions regarding facts, interpretation, criticism, andpersonal opinions.The review lesson pulls together all of the aspects of the unit. The teacher is given four or fivechoices of activities or games to use which all serve the same basic function of reviewing all of theinformation presented in the unit.The unit tests come in two formats: short answer and multiple choice. As a convenience, twodifferent tests for each format have been included. There is also an advanced short answer unit testwhich is even more challenging.There are additional support materials included with this unit. The unit resource materials sectionincludes suggestions for an in-class library, crossword and word search puzzles related to the novel,and extra vocabulary worksheets. There is a list of bulletin board ideas which gives the teachersuggestions for bulletin boards to go along with this unit. In addition, there is a list of extra classactivities the teacher could choose from to enhance the unit or as a substitution for an exercise theteacher might feel is inappropriate for his/her class. Answer keys immediately follow thereproducible student materials. The student materials may be reproduced for use in the teachersclassroom without infringement of copyrights. No other portion of this unit may be reproducedwithout the written consent of Teachers Pet Publications, Inc. 8
  7. 7. UNIT OBJECTIVES Stargirl1. Students will explore the theme of individuality/nonconformity.2. Students will keep a log of the good deeds they do and share some of their experiences with the class.3. Students will practice reading orally and silently.4. Students will answer questions to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the main events and characters in Stargirl.5. The writing assignments are designed for several purposes: a. To check and increase students reading comprehension b. To make students think about the ideas presented in the novel c. To encourage logical thinking d. To provide the opportunity for students to practice good grammar and improve their use of the language e. To encourage students creativity6. Students will participate in group activities to improve their personal interaction skills.7. Students will study vocabulary from the book to improve their own vocabularies.8. Students will practice their public speaking skills. 9
  8. 8. READING ASSIGNMENTS StargirlDate Assigned Chapters Completion Date Porcupine Necktie-4 5-9 10-13 14-17 18-21 22-25 26-29 30-End 10
  9. 9. UNIT OUTLINE Stargirl 1 2 Study ?s P-4 3 Study ?s 5-9 4 5 Introduction PVR PVR Hot Seat Interviews PVR Ch 10-13Project Assignment Porcupine-4 Chapters 5-9Study ?s 10-13 6 Study ?s 14-17 7 8 Study ?s 18-21 9 10 Writing Speaker: Library: Nonfiction Nonfiction Reports Read 22-25 Assignment 1 Meditation & Assignment Prepare Sunflower Yoga PV 22-25 Club Reports PVR Ch 14-17 PVR 18-21Study ?s 22-25 11 Study ?s 26-29 12 Study ?s 30-End 13 14 15 Extra Discussion Sunflower Club PVR 30-End Writing Extra Discussion Questions Reports Assignment 2 Questions Writing PVR 26-29 Assignment 3 16 17 18Vocabulary Review Unit Review Unit Test P=Preview the Study Questions V=Do the Vocabulary Worksheet R=Read 11
  10. 10. STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS
  11. 11. STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS StargirlPorcupine Necktie - Chapter 4 1. Who was Leo Borlock? 2. What was Leo’s going away present from his uncle Pete? 3. What mysterious gift appeared on Leo’s doorstep on his birthday? 4. Who is Kevin? 5. Identify Stargirl. 6. Identify Hot Seat. 7. What unusual thing did Stargirl do in the lunchroom on the first day of school? 8. What was Hillari Kimble’s first theory about Stargirl? 9. List at least three unusual things Stargirl did in the first weeks of school?10. List four of the rumors going around school about Stargirl.11. “We fought daily, Kevin and I.” Why?12. What did Stargirl leave in the mailbox the day Leo followed her after school?13. Identify Wayne Parr.Chapters 5-9 1. What did Stargirl do that attracted so much attention at the football game? 2. What was the result of Stargirl’s halftime show? 3. Hillari told Stargirl not to sing happy birthday to her, and Stargirl agreed. Did Stargirl keep her promise? 4. Identify Archie. 5. Identify Senor Saguaro. 6. Describe Archie’s “school.” 7. By when did Stargirl Caraway become popular at school? 8. What did Stargirl do at her first football game as a cheerleader? 9. Identify Cinnamon.10. Identify Dori Dilson.11. Who won the oratorical contest at MAHS?12. What change took place in the students in the last weeks of December into January?Chapters 10-13 1. What day was Stargirl scheduled to go on Hot Seat? 2. How did Stargirl say the Pledge of Allegiance? 3. Who was the unexpected, unwelcome mourner at Anna Grisdale’s grandfather’s funeral? 4. What happened to Danny Pike? 5. What happened to Danny’s new bike? 6. What was unusual about Stargirl’s cheerleading? 7. What was the reaction of most students when Stargirl would cheer for them? 8. How was this basketball season different from every other sports season? 9. Of all the unusual things about Stargirl what struck the narrator as the most remarkable?10. Why did Stargirl leave the basketball game to talk to the bus driver?(Continued on next page) 15
  12. 12. Stargirl Study Questions Page 211. What trick did the basketball team and cheerleaders play on Stargirl?12. What was the job of the hot seat jury?13. Why did the narrator secretly wish no one would watch the Stargirl Hot Seat episode?14. What other names had Stargirl used?15. What was Stargirl’s philosophy about her name?16. What did the Hot Seat jury do to Stargirl?Chapters 14-17 1. When Kovac, the Sun Valley star player, was injured, who was first there to help? 2. At the end of the second play of the game against Glendale, what happened to Stargirl? 3. What was Stargirl’s Valentine message to Leo? 4. What was Leo’s reaction to Stargirl’s Valentine message? 5. How did Archie put the basketball game loss in perspective? 6. What nickname did the girls give Leo? 7. Describe Leo’s encounter with Stargirl the first time he went to her house. 8. Describe the enchanted place Stargirl took Leo to in the desert.Chapters 18-21 1. How did the students at school treat Stargirl after the basketball game loss? 2. How did Leo feel about getting the silent treatment? 3. How did Stargirl feel about getting the silent treatment? 4. What question did Senor Saguaro “ask” Leo in answer to Leo’s search about what to do about Stargirl? 5. What did Stargirl teach Leo? 6. Why was Stargirl’s giving unusual? 7. Who gave Leo the porcupine necktie? 8. How did Stargirl learn what was going on in people’s lives? 9. Describes Stargirl’s card game.10. Why did Stargirl drop money coins here and there?Chapters 22-25 1. Why was Leo surprised at Stargirl’s house, parents and room? 2. How did Stargirl’s happy wagon work? 3. Identify Peter Sinkowitz. 4. What was Leo’s reaction to Stargirl’s explanation of her Peter Sinkowitz project? 5. What did the students say about Stargirl during the shunning period? 6. What was Leo’s reaction to the “Stargirl loves Leo” banner? 7. What was Leo’s crime? 8. What was Leo’s problem, and what did he do about it? 9. When Stargirl forced Leo to talk to her about why he was avoiding her, what did he tell her? 16
  13. 13. Stargirl Study Questions Page 3Chapters 26-29 1. After Leo told Stargirl she should change, what did she do? 2. What was Leo’s reaction to Susan? 3. Identify Evelyn Everybody. 4. Did Stargirl’s change to Susan increase her popularity at school? 5. How many stones were in Susan’s happy wagon when Leo went to do homework with her? 6. Why did Susan’s vision and make her happy? 7. Why was Dori mad at Susan? 8. How did Susan behave in the car on the way to the contest? 9. What two birds did Susan talk about after the brief stop in the desert on her way to the contest?10. What was the title of Susan’s first speech at the contest?11. How was Susan’s final speech different from the others at the contest?12. Who welcomed to Susan at school after the contest?Chapters 30 – More Than Stars 1. Who returned to school Monday after the contest? 2. Identify Ukee Dooks. 3. Describes Stargirl’s presence at the Ocotillo Ball. 4. What happened to Stargirl after the dance? 5. Where was Stargirl’s secret office? 6. What was in Stargirl’s office? 7. What is the Sunflower Club? 8. After time passed, Stargirl’s mark was left on the school. What things showed this? 17
  14. 14. ANSWER KEY STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS - StargirlPorcupine necktie - Chapter 4 1. Who is Leo Borlock? Leo is the narrator of the story. 2. What was Leo’s going away present from his uncle Pete? Leo’s present was a porcupine necktie. 3. What mysterious gift appeared on Leo’s doorstep on his birthday? Leo’s mysterious gift was a porcupine necktie. 4. Who is Kevin? Kevin is Leo’s friend at school. 5. Identify Stargirl. Stargirl is a new girl at Leo’s school. She is quite different from everyone there. 6. Identify Hot Seat. Hot Seat is the school TV show produced and directed by Leo with Kevin as the on camera host who interviewed students at the school. 7. What unusual thing did Stargirl do in the lunchroom on the first day of school? Stargirl played her ukulele and sang “I’m looking over a four leaf clover that I overlooked before” while twirling and dancing around the tables. 8. What was Hillari Kimble’s first theory about Stargirl? Hillary said Stargirl wasn’t real. She thought Stargirl was a plant by the faculty to increase school spirit – Stargirl was a hoax. 9. List at least three unusual things Stargirl did in the first weeks of school? - She had a sunflower canvas bag with her lunch in it. - She played a ukulele and sang at lunch. - She dressed like Heidi (or Bo Peep), wore Indian buckskin, a kimono, and had enamel ladybug pins going up her stockings. - She sang happy birthday to the kids at school. - She made up a song about isosceles triangles and sang it in math class. - She turned left instead of right in a cross country meet, and never came to the finish line. - She brought her pet rat to school. - She danced in the rain at gym class time. - She laughed when there was no joke. - She danced when there was no music. - She made a “home” of her school desks with cloths in the flower in a vase.10. List four of the rumors going around school about Stargirl. She lived in a ghost town in the desert. She lived in a bus. Her parents were circus acrobats. Her parents were witches. Her parents were brain-dead vegetables in a hospital in Yuma. 18
  15. 15. 11. “We fought daily, Kevin and I.” Why? Leo was supposed to sign-up Stargirl for Hot Seat, and Leo was then to research her, but Leo was reluctant to sign her up, and Kevin was frustrated.12. What did Stargirl leave in the mailbox the day Leo followed her after school? She left an unsigned congratulations card.13. Identify Wayne Parr. Wayne Parr was a boy at school who did nothing special, but everyone noticed him because of his good looks.Chapters 5-9 1. What did Stargirl do that attracted so much attention at the football game? She put on a halftime show with the band, did warmups with the team, took the football from the tee at the start of the second half and kicked it into the stands, then left the stadium. 2. What was the result of Stargirl’s halftime show? The crowds cheered. A thousand people showed up at the next game. The cheerleaders accepted her, then everyone else in school accepted her as well. 3. Hillari told Stargirl not to sing happy birthday to her, and Stargirl agreed. Did Stargirl keep her promise? Yes, Stargirl did keep her promise. She didn’t sing to Hillari; she sang to Leo with Hillari’s name at the end of the song. 4. Identify Archie. Archibald Hapwood Brubaker was a patent paleontologist and friend to the kids at school. 5. Identify Senor Saguaro. It was an old cactus in Archie’s backyard. 6. Describe Archie’s “school.” Archie liked teaching and talking with the students. His “school” was always open, but “official” classes were on Saturday mornings. 7. By when did Stargirl Caraway become popular at school? Stargirl became popular by the first of December. 8. What did Stargirl do at her first football game as a cheerleader? Stargirl did all the regular cheerleaders cheers, but she didn’t take a break; she roamed and cheered all over the stadium (including with the opposing team’s cheerleaders). She did cartwheels and flips, and climbed the goalpost. She amazed everyone. 9. Identify Cinnamon. Cinnamon was Stargirl’s pet rat that Hillari Kimble threatened to drop down the stairwell.10. Identify Dori Dilson. Dori was a brown haired girl who wrote poetry. No one paid any attention to her until Stargirl did.11. Who won the oratorical contest at MAHS? Stargirl won. 19
  16. 16. 12. What change took place in the students in the last weeks of December into January? They became individuals, noticed each other, came to life, and enjoyed life without reservation or fear of being “different.” They accepted one another for who they were.Chapters 10-13 1. What day was Stargirl scheduled to go on Hot Seat? She was scheduled for February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. 2. How did Stargirl say the Pledge of Allegiance? “I pledge allegiance to the United Turtles of America and to the fruit bats of Borneo, one planet in the Milky Way, incredible, with justice and black bean burritos for all.” 3. Who was the unexpected, unwelcome mourner at Anna Grisdale’s grandfather’s funeral? Stargirl 4. What happened to Danny Pike? He had a bike accident and broke his leg. 5. What happened to Danny’s new bike? It was put in the trash. 6. What was unusual about Stargirl’s cheerleading? She cheered for everyone and everything without reserve. 7. What was the reaction of most students when Stargirl would cheer for them? They were embarrassed at first but when they realized they were being sincerely cheered by everyone who gathered around, they felt great and went home smiling. 8. How was this basketball season different from every other sports season? The team was winning. 9. Of all the unusual things about Stargirl what struck the narrator as the most remarkable? Bad things did not stick to her.10. Why did Stargirl leave the basketball game to talk to the bus driver? She felt sorry for the Red Rock players and thought her cheering was only making matters worse for them.11. What trick did the basketball team and cheerleaders play on Stargirl? They sent her back into the school to get something and told the bus driver everyone was aboard. They left her at Red Rock.12. What was the job of the hot seat jury? The jury’s job was to ask embarrassing and nosy questions that would make the person being interviewed squirm but not roast.13. Why did the narrator secretly wish no one would watch the Stargirl Hot Seat episode? He was afraid it would turn ugly.14. What other names had Stargirl used? She used the names Susan, Pocket Mouse, Mudpie, and Hullygully.15. What was Stargirl’s philosophy about her name? “My name is something I wear, like a shirt. It skits worn, I out grow it, I change it.”16. What did the Hot Seat jury do to Stargirl? They attacked her verbally, breaking the “only questions” rule. They told her they didn’t want her at their school. 20
  17. 17. Chapters 14-17 1. When Kovac, the Sun Valley star player, was injured, who was first there to help? Stargirl was the first one there to help. 2. At the end of the second play of the game against Glendale, what happened to Stargirl? Someone threw a ripe tomato in her face. 3. What was Stargirl’s Valentine message to Leo? “I love you.” 4. What was Leo’s reaction to Stargirl’s Valentine message? He avoided her. He didn’t want to be associated with her because of her unpopularity, but secretly he liked her a lot. 5. How did Archie put the basketball game loss in perspective? He compared it to the extinction of the species – a much greater loss and a broader picture. 6. What nickname did the girls give Leo? They called him Starboy. 7. Describe Leo’s encounter with Stargirl the first time he went to her house. Leo wanted to go undetected, so we went in the evening and stayed just in the vicinity at first. Then he went in closer. When Stargirl came out, he crowded behind the car and carried on a conversation with her from there, mostly talking about the rat. The important thing was that he began to recognize his feelings for her. 8. Describe the enchanted place Stargirl took Leo to in the desert. It looked ordinary with just some scrub plants and cacti in the desert. What made it enchanted was their meditation in silence.Chapters 18-21 1. How did the students at school treat Stargirl after the basketball game loss? They gave her the silent treatment – didn’t talk to her, pay any attention to her, or sit with her at lunch. 2. How did Leo feel about getting the silent treatment? He didn’t like it. It made him feel awkward to be around Stargirl at school. 3. How did Stargirl feel about getting the silent treatment? She didn’t seem to notice; she just kept talking to Leo. 4. What question did Senor Saguaro “ask” Leo in answer to Leo’s search about what to do about Stargirl? “Whose affection do you value more – hers or others?” 5. What did Stargirl teach Leo? She taught him to wonder, to read, to laugh, and to see. 6. Why was Stargirl’s giving unusual? She didn’t take any credit for it. 7. Who gave Leo the porcupine necktie? Stargirl gave him the necktie. 8. How did Stargirl learn what was going on in people’s lives? She read the “fillers” in the newspaper–the parts without headlines or pictures-- hospital admissions, death notices, birthday and wedding announcements, 21
  18. 18. coming events, and police blotters. She also listened to people around her and read bulletin boards. 9. Describes Stargirl’s card game. She would follow someone for fifteen minutes and try to figure out what kind of a card to send them.10. Why did Stargirl drop money coins here and there? She didn’t really like to carry coins, and she knew how happy it makes people to find money–a penny on the sidewalk or whatever. So she dropped some now and then.Chapters 22-25 1. Why was Leo surprised at Stargirl’s house, parents and room? He expected them to be unusual, but they were just ordinary. 2. How did Stargirl’s happy wagon work? She had 20 pebbles. When something made her happy, she put a pebble in the wagon. When she was unhappy, she took a pebble out. 3. Identify Peter Sinkowitz. He was Stargirl’s neighbor about whom Stargirl was keeping a scrapbook for his future enjoyment. 4. What was Leo’s reaction to Stargirl’s explanation of her Peter Sinkowitz project? He asked her if she was running for sainthood. 5. What did the students say about Stargirl during the shunning period? They said she was a self-centered spotlight hogger who thought she was better than everyone else, that she wanted others to feel guilty for not being as good as herself. They said she was a phony, and that she was the reason for the basketball team’s failure. 6. What was Leo’s reaction to the “Stargirl loves Leo” banner? At first he wanted to drag the Spanish teacher to the window and say, “Look! She loves me!” His second impulse was to run outside and rip the sign away. He ignored Stargirl all day and got away from her as quickly as he could after school. 7. What was Leo’s crime? Leo’s crime was that he linked himself to an unpopular person. 8. What was Leo’s problem, and what did he do about it? He wanted Stargirl and he wanted his friends at school, but he couldn’t have both. He avoided Stargirl and hoped something would change so that he could have both. 9. When Stargirl forced Leo to talk to her about why he was avoiding her, what did he tell her? He said she was too different and needed to change to fit into the group and that no one liked her.Chapters 26-29 1. After Leo told Stargirl she should change, what did she do? She changed. Stargirl was gone and ordinary Susan took her place. 2. What was Leo’s reaction to Susan? He said he had never been so happy and so proud in his life. 22
  19. 19. 3. Identify Evelyn Everybody. Evelyn was a fictitious person Susan made up, a person who personified the ordinary group. When buying something, Susan would ask Leo if Evelyn would like the item, so she’d be sure the others at school would approve of the item. 4. Did Stargirl’s change to Susan increase her popularity at school? No. 5. How many stones were in Susan’s happy wagon when Leo went to do homework with her? Only two stones were in her wagon. 6. Why did Susan’s vision and make her happy? She had a vision that she would win the state oratorical championship and return to school victorious, with a huge, cheering crowd to greet her, and she would be popular again. 7. Why was Dori mad at Susan? She thought Stargirl betrayed herself. 8. How did Susan behave in the car on the way to the contest? She was happy and animated, talking about the huge reception she would get at school upon her victorious return. 9. What two birds did Susan talk about after the brief stop in the desert on her way to the contest? She talked about the moa and the mockingbird.10. What was the title of Susan’s first speech at the contest? “I Might Have Heard A Moa” was the title of her first speech.11. How was Susan’s final speech different from the others at the contest? It didn’t seem to be a speech at all.12. Who welcomed to Susan at school after the contest? Dori and two teachers were there to greet her.Chapters 30 – More Than Stars 1. Who returned to school Monday after the contest? Stargirl returned. 2. Identify Ukee Dooks. The Ukee Dooks was the name of a ukelele group Stargirl started at school. Only Dori signed up, though. 3. Describe Stargirl’s presence at the Ocotillo Ball. Stargirl arrived in a bicycle side car decorated in flowers. Her physical appearance was stunningly beautiful. She danced alone until Raymond danced with her. Then she led the party in the bunny hop and became every bit as popular as she had been in December prior to the basketball game. At the end of the evening, she left with as much grandeur as she had arrived. 4. What happened to Stargirl after the dance? She disappeared. Her family moved away. 5. Where was Stargirl’s secret office? Stargirl’s secret office was in Archie’s tool shed. 23
  20. 20. 6. What was in Stargirl’s office? Cards, paints, phone books, calendars, and files on various people were in the office.7. What was the Sunflower Club? Years after Stargirl left, the Sunflower Club was formed at school. The members have to do “one nice thing per day for someone other than myself.”8. After time passed, Stargirl’s mark was left on the school. What things showed this? Several things were Stargirl’s legacy: the Sunflower Club was formed, there was a ukelele in the marching band, and at every basketball game when the opposing team scored their first basket, a small group of home team fans stood up and cheered. 24
  21. 21. MULTIPLE CHOICE STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS - StargirlPorcupine Necktie - Chapter 4 1. Who wasis Leo Borlock? A. Léo was the host of Hot Seat. B. Leo was the narrator. C. Leo used to be Hillari Kimble’s boyfriend. D. Leo was a boy at school who did nothing special but everyone noticed him because of his good looks. 2. What was Leo’s going away present from his uncle Pete? A. Leo’s present was a Bible. B. Leo’s present was a shirt. C. Leo’s present was a necktie. D. Leo’s present was a cake. 3. What mysterious gift appeared on Leo’s doorstep on his birthday? A. It was a card. B. It was a football. C. It was a microphone. D. It was a porcupine necktie. 4. Who was Kevin? A. Kevin was Stargirl’s boyfriend. B. Kevin was a boy at school who did nothing special but everyone noticed him because of his good looks. C. Kevin was the on-camera host of Hot Seat. D. Kevin was the narrator. 5. Identify Stargirl. A. Stargirl is Hillary’s cousin, a new girl at school. B. Stargirl is a new girl at school who is quite different from everyone else. C. Stargirl is the on camera host of Hot Seat. D. Stargirl is Kevin’s girlfriend. 6. Identify Hot Seat. A. Hot Seat was the name of a show that Leo produced and directed. B. Hot Seat was the name of Stargirl’s rat. C. Hot Seat was a chair in the lunchroom where new people had to sit. D. Hot Seat was a figure of speech for the position of a new kid at school. 7. What unusual thing did Stargirl do in the lunchroom on the first day of school? A. She flirted with Kevin. B. She played her ukelele, sang, and danced. C. She fed her rat. D. She gave Leo a necktie. 25
  22. 22. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 1-4 Continued 8. What was Hillari Kimble’s first theory about Stargirl? A. She said Stargirl was planted by the faculty to increase school spirit. B. She said Stargirl was lonely and did these things for attention. C. She said Stargirl was just plain mean. D. She said Stargirl was a joke.9. What unusual thing did Stargirl do in the first weeks of school? A. She was a guest on Hot Seat. B. She won her first cross country meet. C. She made friends with everyone. D. She sang happy birthday to kids at school.10. What rumors were going around school about Stargirl in those early weeks of the school year? A. She was Archie’s niece. B. She lived in a ghost town in the desert. C. She was pregnant. D. She was a genius.11. “We fought daily, Kevin and I.” Why? A. Kevin and Leo both who wanted to date Stargirl. B. Leo wanted to be the on-camera man. C. Kevin wanted Stargirl on Hot Seat, but Leo didn’t want to put her through that. D. They were brothers; brothers always fight.12. What did Stargirl leave in the mailbox the day Leo followed her after school? A. She left a porcupine necktie. B. She left her pet rat. C. She left a cake. D. She left an unsigned congratulations card.13. Identify Wayne Parr. A. Wayne was the host of Hot Seat. B. Wayne was Leo’s friend. C. Wayne was nobody special but everyone noticed him because of his good looks. D. Wayne was the star of the basketball team. 26
  23. 23. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 5-9 1. What did Stargirl do that attracted so much attention at the football game? A. At the start of the second half she took the football from the tee, kicked it into the stands, and left the stadium. B. She ran onto the field to help an injured player for the opposing team. C. She threw tomatoes at the opposing team. D. She played her ukelele in the marching band. 2. What was the result of Stargirl’s halftime show? A. The crowd booed, and Stargirl became unpopular. B. She was expelled from school. C. The crowd cheered, and Stargirl became more popular. D. Leo lost interest in her. 3. Hillari told Stargirl not to sing happy birthday to her, and Stargirl agreed. Did Stargirl keep her promise? A. Yes, she stopped singing happy birthday to anyone. B. No, she sang it to her anyway. C. Yes technically. She sang it to Leo but used Hillari’s name at the end. D. Yes, she didn’t sing it to Hillary; she only played it on her ukelele. 4. Identify Archie. A. Archie was the name of the cactus in the desert. B. Archie was the name of Stargirl’s rat. C. Archie was Stargirl’s father. D. Archie was the paleontologist and friend to the kids. 5. Identify Senor Saguaro. A. He was the paleontologist. B. He was the principal. C. He was a cactus in the desert. D. He was Stargirl’s rat. 6. Describe Archie’s “school.” A. Archie school was at his home in the desert. Official classes were on Saturday mornings. B. Well, it wasn’t really Archie’s school. It was a regular public school, but because he was such a tyrant the kids said it was his school. C. Archie’s school wasn’t really a school at all. It was only an “enchanted place” in the desert where Stargirl and Leo went. D. The kids at school made such a fuss over Stargirl’s rat, Archie, that it seemed like he owned the whole school. 7. By when did Stargirl Caraway become popular at school? A. She became popular by Halloween. B. She became popular by December. C. She became popular by Valentine’s Day. D. She became popular by Homecoming. 27
  24. 24. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 5-9 Continued 8. What did Stargirl do at her first football game as a cheerleader? A. She played her ukelele. B. She was the most enthusiastic cheerleader and amazed the fans. C. She spent most of her time selling refreshments. D. She sat with Leo and Kevin and cheered from the stands. 9. Identify Cinnamon. A. Cinnamon was a cactus. B. Cinnamon was Stargirl’s nickname. C. Cinnamon was the name Stargirl gave her bicycle. D. Cinnamon was Stargirl’s rat.10. Identify Dori Dilson. A. Dori was Hillari’s best friend. B. Dori was Stargirl’s rat. C. Dori was Stargirl’s true friend. D. Dori was Kevin’s girlfriend.11. Who won the oratorical contest at MAHS? A. Stargirl B. Kevin C. Leo D. Dori12. What change took place in the students in the last weeks of December into January? A. They fought with each other constantly. B. They became individuals, accepted each other, and enjoyed life. C. They had elections for new student government officers. D. They got the Christmas spirit. 28
  25. 25. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 10-13 1. What day was Stargirl scheduled to go on Hot Seat? A. December 24 th, Christmas Eve B. February 14th, Valentine’s Day C. January 6 D. February 13 2. How did Stargirl say the Pledge of Allegiance? A. “I pledge allegiance to the United States of America.” B. “I pledge allegiance to the United Turtles of America.” C. “I pledge allegiance to the United States of Canada.” D. “I pledge allegiance to no one.” 3. Who was the unexpected, unwelcome mourner at Anna Grisdale’s grandfather’s funeral? A. Senor Saguara B. Danny Pike C. Hillari D. Stargirl 4. What happened to Danny Pike? A. He fell off his bike and broke his leg. B. He won the oratorical contest. C. He got lost in the desert. D. Stargirl’s rat bit him. 5. What happened to Danny’s new bike? A. It got stolen. B. It got run over by a car. C. It got put into the trash. D. Kevin borrowed it and wrecked it. 6. What was unusual about Stargirl’s cheerleading? A. She had an unusually high squeaky voice. B. She cheered for everyone and everything wholeheartedly. C. She made funny faces at people while she did it. D. She cheered with her voice but didn’t move her body. 7. What was the reaction of most students when Stargirl would cheer for them? A. They would ignore her. B. They would just look at her like she was crazy. C. They laughed at her. D. They were embarrassed at first, but then they felt great and went home smiling. 8. How was this basketball season different from every other sports season? A. The team was winning. B. The team was losing. C. No one cared about it. D. They didn’t have a team. 9. Of all the unusual things about Stargirl what struck the narrator as the most remarkable? A. Her total disregard for what other people thought of her B. Her tireless compassion and endless ability to give to others C. The fact that bad things did not stick to her D. Her physical appearance 29
  26. 26. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 10-13 Continued10. Why did Stargirl leave the basketball game to talk to the bus driver? A. She felt sorry for the Red Rock players and thought her cheering was only making matters worse for them. B. She was bored with the game. C. She had made a grand exit and was embarrassed to go back in. D. The cheerleaders were being mean to her.11. What trick did the basketball team and cheerleaders play on Stargirl? A. They hid her pom-poms. B. They dumped a cooler of water on her. C. They taped her locker shut. D. They sent her into the school, told the bus driver everyone was present, and left her at Red Rock.12. What was the job of the hot seat jury? A. They were to be rude and confrontational. B. They were to judge the success of the interview. C. They were really only there to make polite applause at the appropriate times. D. They were to ask embarrassing and nosy questions that would make the person being interviewed squirm but not roast.13. Why did the narrator secretly wish no one would watch the Stargirl Hot Seat episode? A. He was afraid it would turn ugly. B. He was embarrassed to have her on the show. C. He knew she would make Kevin look bad. D. He had a bet with Kevin that no one would watch Stargirl.14. What other names had Stargirl used? A. Pocket Mouse, Mudpie, Hullygully B. Susan, Ratgirl, Evelyn C. Mudpie, Susan, Evelyn D. Pocket Mouse, Mudpie, Stargazer15. What was Stargirl’s philosophy about her name? A. Her name was like art. B. Her name was like the desert. C. Her name was like a shirt. D. Her name was like her enchanted place.16. What did the Hot Seat jury do to Stargirl? A. They were actually pretty nice to her considering what they could have done. B. They gave her a thumbs down. C. They asked her very personal questions hoping to embarrass her. D. They attacked her. They told her they did not want her at their school. 30
  27. 27. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 14-17 1. When Kovac, the Sun Valley star player, was injured, who was first there to help? A. The team’s coach B. A Sun Valley cheerleader C. Stargirl D. Leo 2. At the end of the second play of the game against Glendale, what happened to Stargirl? A. Someone threw a ripe tomato at her. B. A Sun Valley player missed a pass, and the ball hit Stargirl. C. Her cheering had become so outrageous that everything stopped, and everyone in the gymnasium stared at her. D. She suddenly felt ill. 3. What was Stargirl’s Valentine message to Leo? A. “To thine own self be true” B. “Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved” C. “A rose is a rose” D. “I love you” 4. What was Leo’s reaction to Stargirl’s Valentine message? A. He immediately told Kevin. B. He went immediately try to find her to tell her of his feelings for her. C. He avoided her. He didn’t want to be associated with her because of her unpopularity, but secretly he liked her a lot. D. He wrote her a message back. 5. How did Archie put the basketball game loss in perspective? A. He told the boys about the championship game he had played and lost in high school. B. He compared it to the extinction of a species. C. He showed the boys Barney, the skull of the Paleocene rodent. D. He showed the boys Mr. Bones and explain to them life itself is most important. 6. What nickname did the girls give Leo? A. Leo the Lover B. Tiger boy C. Starboy D. Cowardly Leo 7. Describe Leo’s encounter with Stargirl the first time he went to her house. A. He carried on a conversation with her from behind the car. B. He followed her but never actually talked to her. C. He never really talked to her – only to Cinnamon. D. Stargirl forced him to come out from his hiding place to talk to her. 8. Describe the enchanted place Stargirl took Leo to in the desert. A. It was a beautiful and lush oasis. B. The mica in the sand twinkled like pixie dust in the sunlight. C. It was like a ghost town – windblown and a deserted. D. It was very ordinary with some scrub plants and cacti in the desert. 31
  28. 28. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 18-21 1. How did the students at school treat Stargirl after the basketball game loss? A. They treated her like a hero. B. They gave her the silent treatment. C. She was more popular than ever. D. They were very mean to her. 2. How did Leo feel about getting the silent treatment? A. He didn’t care; he was just happy that Stargirl loved him. B. He didn’t like it, and it made him feel awkward to be around Stargirl. C. He didn’t mind it because he knew none of those kids was as good of a person as Stargirl was. D. He didn’t even notice it. 3. How did Stargirl feel about getting the silent treatment? A. She didn’t seem to notice it; she just kept talking to Leo. B. She tried to be even more outgoing and cheerful so the other kids would feel guilty for giving her the silent treatment. C. She hated it. She went home and cried every night. D. She said it made her feel special because, after all, not everyone gets the silent treatment. 4. What question did Senor Saguaro “ask” Leo in answer to Leo’s search about what to do about Stargirl? A. “Look into the desert for the answer.” B. “Barney is to Cinnamon as Stargirl is to whom?” C. “Whose affection do you value more -- hers or the others’?” D. “Why don’t you ask Stargirl?” 5. What did Stargirl teach Leo? A. To navigate in the desert, to be himself, and to be honest B. To respect others, to laugh at himself, and to trust no one C. To wonder, to revel, to laugh, and to see D. To not be afraid, to love, and to enjoy surprises 6. Why was Stargirl’s giving unusual? A. It was too personal. B. It was too public. C. She didn’t take any credit for it. D. She only gave to people who didn’t want it. 7. Who gave Leo the porcupine necktie? A. Kevin B. His mother C. Hillary D. Stargirl 32
  29. 29. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 18-21 Continued 8. How did Stargirl learn what was going on in people’s lives? A. She asked them. B. She asked other people about them. C. She read the newspaper. D. She guessed. 9. Describes Stargirl’s card game. A. She wrote the names of classmates and neighbors on small cards and would choose at random one person to be kind to each day. B. She wrote the names of her classmates on the backs of a deck of cards. She put the cards face down into stacks and drew one card from the top of each stack. The name on the back of the higher card was the person she would be kind to that day. C. She would follow someone for 15 minutes and try to figure out what kind of card they needed to have sent to them. D. She would go into a shop, choose a card from the rack, and then think of someone for whom the card would be appropriate.10. Why did Stargirl drop money coins here and there? A. She was careless. B. It was good luck. C. She wanted to know if Leo would notice. D. She knew that people like to find money. 33
  30. 30. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 22-25 1. Why was Leo’s surprised at Stargirl’s house, parents and room? A. They were all very ordinary. B. They were even more bizarre than what he had imagined. C. The house was painted green, her parents were dressed in green, and her room was painted green. D. Cinnamon wasn’t the only pet. Stargirl’s parents had a house full of unusual pets, and Stargirl’s room looked like the local pet shop. 2. How did Stargirl’s happy wagon work? A. When Stargirl was happy she curled up in her happy wagon to daydream. B. When Stargirl was happy she put a pebble in her happy wagon. C. She would wind it up to play a happy tune when she felt sad. D. When she was feeling sad, she would put Cinnamon in her happy wagon and take him into the desert to her enchanted place. 3. Identify Peter Sinkowitz. A. He was originally Mr. Bones. B. He was the injured player from the Red Rock team Stargirl ran to help. C. He was Stargirl’s father. D. He was the neighbor boy Stargirl kept a scrapbook for. 4. What was Leo’s reaction to Stargirl’s explanation of her Peter Sinkowitz project? A. He asked her if she was running for sainthood. B. He thought the whole idea was silly. C. He thought it was wrong of her to be spying on Peter. D. He was jealous. 5. What did the students say about Stargirl during the shunning period? A. They said that she was a self-centered spotlight hogger. B. They said she was secretly a witch. C. They said she should be ashamed of herself. D. They said she was an ungrateful troublemaker. 6. What was Leo’s reaction to the “Stargirl loves Leo” banner? A. Leo was proud that she had put the banner up. B. At first Leo was glad it was up, but then he wanted to run outside and rip it down. C. Leo was angry when he saw the banner. D. Leo didn’t really care about the banner. He thought, “If she wants to put a banner up, that’s her business.” 7. What was Leo’s crime? A. Leo’s crime was that he had allowed Stargirl to be interviewed on Hot Seat. B. Leo’s crime was that he didn’t stand up for Stargirl among the other students. C. Leo’s crime was that he linked himself to an unpopular person. D. Leo’s crime was that he shunned Stargirl too. 34
  31. 31. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 22-25 Continued 8. What was Leo’s problem? A. Leo’s problem was that he didn’t have a date to the dance. B. Leo’s problem was that he didn’t understand Stargirl. C. Leo’s problem was that he wanted Stargirl and his friends at school but couldn’t have both. D. Leo’s problem was that he had to choose between Stargirl and Kevin for a best friend. 9. When Stargirl forced Leo to talk to her about why he was avoiding her, what did he tell her? A. He told her he didn’t like her anymore. B. He told her she was too different and needed to change to fit into the group. C. He told her he wasn’t avoiding her. D. Senor Siguaro told him to stay away from her. 35
  32. 32. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 26-29 1. After Leo told Stargirl she should change, what did she do? A. She slapped him in the face. B. She started crying. C. She changed. Stargirl was gone and ordinary Susan took her place. D. She refused to change and told him if he couldn’t like her the way she was, they were finished. 2. What was Leo’s reaction to Susan? A. He missed Stargirl. B. Susan bored him. C. He said he had never been so happy and so proud in all his life. D. He thought Susan was a much better person than Stargirl, and he never regretted the fact that she had changed. 3. Identify Evelyn Everybody. A. Evelyn was another of Stargirl’s aliases. B. Evelyn was a fictitious person that Stargirl made up. C. Evelyn was another new kid at school who, like Stargirl, was very unusual. D. Evelyn was another competitor at the oratorical contest. 4. Did Stargirl’s change to Susan increase her popularity at school? A. Yes B. No 5. How many stones were in Susan’s happy wagon when Leo went to do homework with her? A. 7 B. 15 C. 5 D. 2 6. Why did Susan’s vision make her happy? A. It showed that she and Leo would live happily ever after together. B. It showed that she would have much success in her life. C. It showed that she would win the oratorical championship and would be popular at school again. D. It showed that her family would be reunited. 7. Why was Dori mad at Susan? A. Dori was mad at Susan for going to the dance. B. Dori was mad at Susan for having great expectations about the oratorical contest. C. Dori was mad at Susan for betraying herself by giving up Stargirl. D. Dori was mad at Susan for not inviting her into the ukulele club. 36
  33. 33. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 26-29 Continued 8. How did Susan behave in the car on the way to the contest? A. She was happy and animated, talking about the huge reception she would get at school upon her victorious return. B. She was exceptionally quiet and reserved focusing entirely on the competition ahead. C. She was brooding and unhappy because she had given up Stargirl. D. She was angry at Leo for wanting her to change, and they argued all the way to the competition. 9. What two birds did Susan talk about after the brief stop in the desert on her way to the contest? A. finch and crow B. moa and mockingbird C. mockingbird and eagle D. moa and road runner10. What was the title of Susan’s first speech at the contest? A. “I might have been a Stargirl” B. “I might have been a moa.” C. “I might have been a mockingbird.” D. “I might have been alone.”11. How was Susan’s final speech different from the others at the contest? A. It was much longer than the others. B. It was shorter than the others. C. It was not like a speech at all. D. It was poetic.12. Who welcomed to Susan at school after the contest? A. Dori B. Archie C. Leo D. the cheerleaders 37
  34. 34. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 30-end 1. Who returned to school Monday after the contest? A. Evelyn B. Stargirl C. Ukee Dooks D. Leo 2. Identify Ukee Dooks. A. Stargirl’s ukelele group B. A new girl at school C. One of Archie’s relics D. A snack cake with cream filling 3. Describes Stargirl’s presence at the Ocotillo Ball. A. She went, but no one noticed her. B. She went and was stunning, but had a big fight and show-down with Hillari. C. She was stunning and the belle of the ball. D. She and Leo were practically the king and queen of the event. 4. What happened to Stargirl after the dance? A. She was popular at school again. B. She was shunned by Hillari and her friends. C. She returned to Susan. D. She disappeared. 5. Where was Stargirl’s secret office? A. at her enchanted place in the desert B. in her bedroom C. at Archie’s place D. at the back of the school 6. What was in Stargirl’s office? A. Stargirl’s personal diary was in her office. B. Stargirl’s office had the usual office items plus a variety of caged animals. C. Stargirl’s office had cards, paints, phone books, calendars, and files on various people. D. Stargirl’s office was empty. 7. What is the Sunflower Club? A. The Sunflower Club was a gardening club started at the school in memory of Stargirl. B. Members of the Sunflower Club had squares of cloth material with sunflowers on them which they used as place mats on their school desks. C. Members on the Sunflower Club cheered for the opposite team at sports events. D. Members of the Sunflower Club took an oath to “do one nice thing per day for someone other than myself.” 38
  35. 35. Stargirl Multiple Choice Study Questions Chapters 30-End Continued 8. After time passed, Stargirl’s mark was left on the school. What thing below did not show this? A. The Sunflower Club B. The winner of the oratorical contest received the Stargirl Award. C. There was always a ukelele in the marching band. D. At every basketball game when the opposing team scored the first basket, a small group of home team fans stood up and cheered. 39
  36. 36. ANSWER KEY - MULTIPLE CHOICE STUDY/QUIZ QUESTIONS StargirlCh. 1-4 Ch. 5-9 Ch. 10-13 Ch. 14-17 Ch. 18-21 Ch. 22-25 Ch 26-29 Ch 30-end 1. B 1. A 1. D 1. C 1. B 1. A 1. C 1. B 2. C 2. C 2. B 2. A 2. B 2. B 2. C 2. A 3. D 3. C 3. D 3. D 3. A 3. D 3. B 3. C 4. C 4. D 4. A 4. C 4. C 4. A 4. B 4. D 5. B 5. C 5. C 5. B 5. C 5. A 5. D 5. C 6. A 6. A 6. B 6. C 6. C 6. B 6. C 6. C 7. B 7. B 7. D 7. A 7. D 7. C 7. C 7. D 8. A 8. B 8. A 8. D 8. C 8. C 8. A 8. B 9.D 9. D 9. C 9. C 9. B 9. B10.B 10. C 10. A 10. D 10. B11. C 11. A 11. D 11. C12. D 12. B 12. D 12. A13. C 13. A 14. A 15. C 16. D 40
  37. 37. VOCABULARY WORKSHEETS
  38. 38. Stargirl Vocabulary Chapters Necktie-4Part I: Using contextual clues and prior knowledge, write what you think the underlined wordmeans.1. I inspected the box, the tag, the paper. Nowhere could I find the giver’s name. . . . at the time I simply considered the episode a mystery._____________________________________________________________________________2. The girl was picking up her ukelele. And now she was strumming it. And now she was singing!_____________________________________________________________________________3. Kevin held up his hands and framed a marquee in the air. “Hot Seat! Coming Attraction – Stargirl!”_____________________________________________________________________________4. Someone called out, “Who’s scamming us?” “The administration. The principal. Who else? Who cares?” Hillary wagged her head at the absurdity of the question._____________________________________________________________________________5. “We could use the show to expose her. Can’t you see it?” He did the marquee thing with his hands: “Hot Seat Uncovers Faculty Hoax!”_____________________________________________________________________________6. Mica Area High School – MAHS– was not exactly a hot bed of nonconformity. There were individual variants here and there, of course, but within pretty narrow limits. . . ._____________________________________________________________________________7. Every few days in the lunchroom she serenaded someone new with “Happy Birthday.”_____________________________________________________________________________8. She made up a song about isosceles triangles. She sang it to her Plane Geometry class. It was called “Three Sides Have I, But Only Two Are Equal.”_____________________________________________________________________________ 43
  39. 39. Stargirl Vocabulary Worksheet Chapters Necktie-4 Page 29. And each night in bed I thought of her as the moon came through my window. I could have lowered my shade to make it darker and easier to sleep, but I never did. In that moonlit hour, I acquired a sense of the otherness of things. I liked the feeling the moonlight gave me, as if it wasn’t the opposite of day, but its underside, its private side, when the fabulous purred my snow- white sheet like some dark cat come in from the desert._____________________________________________________________________________10. We both wanted to go into television. Kevin often said he wanted to be a sleazy talk show host, and he wasn’t kidding. . . . We conceived Hot Seat together and convinced the faculty to let us do it._____________________________________________________________________________11. Her caught-in-headlights eyes gave her a look of perpetual astonishment, so that we found ourselves turning and looking back over our shoulders, wondering what we were missing._____________________________________________________________________________12. She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew._____________________________________________________________________________13. We were walking westward. . . .After a while she veered from the highway. I hesitated, then followed._____________________________________________________________________________ 44
  40. 40. Stargirl Vocabulary Worksheet Chapters Necktie-4 Page 3Part II: Match the words to their dictionary definitions.___ 1. Episode A. Having two sides___ 2. Ukulele B. Signboard projecting over an entrance to a building___ 3. Marquee C. Can’t be caught___ 4. Absurdity D. Thought up; imagined___ 5. Hoax E. Incident; event___ 6. Nonconformity F. Caused to believe something___ 7. Serenaded G. Deceitful prank___ 8. Isosceles H. A small four-stringed guitar___ 9. Acquired I. Lasting for eternity___10. Conceived J. Gave a musical performance–especially one for a sweetheart___11. Convinced K. Turned___12. Perpetual L. Got___13. Elusive M. Something that is ridiculous or unreasonable___14. Veered N. Refusing to be bound by the accepted rules or practices of a group 45
  41. 41. Stargirl Vocabulary Chapters 5-9Part I: Using contextual clues and prior knowledge, write what you think the underlined wordmeans.1. She to did and an imaginary flute. She pogoed into the air and knocked her bare heels together. The cheerleaders gaped from the sidelines. A few people in the stands whistled. The rest – they barely outnumbered the band – sat there with What is this? on their faces._____________________________________________________________________________2. She plucked [the football] off the tee and danced with it, spinning and hugging it and hoisting it into the air. The players looked at their coaches. The coaches looked at the officials. The officials blew their whistles and began converging on her._____________________________________________________________________________3. They seemed to linger on the field, drawing out their notes, waiting. Finally, reluctantly, they marched to the sideline._____________________________________________________________________________4. We found ourselves looking forward to coming to school, to seeing what the bizarre and take she’d be up to. She gave us the something to talk about. She was entertaining._____________________________________________________________________________5. Stargirl finally came in. She went straight to the food line, blithely smiling as usual. Both she and Hillari seemed unaware of each other._____________________________________________________________________________6. We sat on rockers; the porch was full of them. “So, men,” he said, “business or pleasure?” “Bafflement,” I said. “There’s a new girl in school.”_____________________________________________________________________________7. We were gathered in the auditorium for the annual oratorical contest. Sponsored by the Arizona League of Women Voters, the event was open to any high school student who cared to show his or her stuff as a public speaker._____________________________________________________________________________ 46
  42. 42. Stargirl Vocabulary Chapters 5-9 Continued8. Nor would you know that inches below your feet, frogs are sleeping, their heart beat down to once or twice per minute. They lie dormant and waiting, these mud frogs, for without water their lives are incomplete, they are not fully themselves._____________________________________________________________________________Part II: Match the words and dictionary definitions.___1. Gaped A. Extravagant act or gesture___2. Converging B. Relating to public speaking___3. Linger C. Stared at wonderingly as with the mouth wide open___4. Bizarre D. Cheerfully; carefree___5. Antic E. Tarry; wait around___6. Blithely F. Frustrate; puzzle___7. Baffle G. Approaching the same point from different directions___8. Oratorical H. Asleep; not active___9. Dormant I. Strikingly unconventional; odd 47
  43. 43. Stargirl Vocabulary Chapters 10-13Part I: Using contextual clues and prior knowledge, write what you think the underlined wordmeans.1. Hand written across the bottom were the words: “This is how she says the Pledge of Allegiance.”_____________________________________________________________________________2. We expected to lose. We were comfortable with losing. In fact, most of us were oblivious to it, since we didn’t even attend the games._____________________________________________________________________________3. One day we were bored, indifferent, satisfied losers; the next we were rabid fanatics, stomping in the grandstand, painting our faces green and white, doing the wave as if we had been perfecting it for years._____________________________________________________________________________4. And right there in the middle of it all, in the midst of this perfect season mania, was Stargirl, popping up whenever the ball went through the net, no matter which team scored._____________________________________________________________________________5. By the start of the fourth quarter we were a head, 78 to 29. . . . she said she felt sorry for the Red Rock players. She felt her cheerleading was only making the massacre worse._____________________________________________________________________________6. [Becca] jabbed her finger at the Stage. “Who do you root for?” Stargirl hesitated. She smiled, she threw out her arms. “I root for everybody!”_____________________________________________________________________________Part II: Match the words and the dictionary definitions.___1. Allegiance A. Slaughter___2. Oblivious B. Loyalty___3. Fanatics C. Hold back in uncertainty___4. Mania D. People obsessed by an excessive enthusiasm for something___5. Massacre E. Unaware___6. Hesitate F. Craze; excessively popular thing to do 48
  44. 44. Stargirl Vocabulary Chapters 14-17Part I: Using contextual clues and prior knowledge, write what you think the underlined wordmeans.1. This was the start of the period that blurs as I try to recall it. Incidents seem to cascade and merge. Events become feelings, feelings become events. Head and heart are contrary historians._____________________________________________________________________________2. Sun Valley’s lead had increased to 19 points midway through the second quarter. Our once-raucous fans were stunned into silence, and that’s when it happened._____________________________________________________________________________3. At that moment Kovac was running past, trying to avoid the divers, and his right foot came down on a prone player’s sneaker – so it was told in the newspapers the next day._____________________________________________________________________________4. She seemed subdued. She did not play her ukulele. She did not play with a rat. She just ate and talked with the girls at her table._____________________________________________________________________________5. Archie spent the whole session that way, nodding and smiling and raising his eyebrows. We dumped our disappointment on him, the devastation of the loss._____________________________________________________________________________6. For a person so different, her house was surprisingly ordinary . . . . Not a blade of grass in the small front yard, but rather barrel and prickly pear cacti and clusters of stones._____________________________________________________________________________7. To the person who expects every desert to be barren sand dunes, the Sonoran must come as a surprise. Not only are there no dunes, there’s no sand._____________________________________________________________________________8. We sat side-by-side, lotus style, facing west._____________________________________________________________________________ 49
  45. 45. Stargirl Vocabulary Chapters 14-17 Continued9. We put on our shoes. We headed for the highway. I expected her to interrogate me, but she did not. . . . We walked across the desert hand in hand, saying nothing._____________________________________________________________________________Part II: Match the words and dictionary definitions.___1. Merge A. Destruction___2. Raucous B. Noisy; boisterous___3. Prone C. Without vegetation___4. Subdued D. Join together___5. Devastation E. Sitting cross-legged with the feet above the thighs___6. Cacti F. Lying face down___7. Barren G. Question___8. Lotus H. Plural of cactus___9. Interrogate I. Calmed; quieted 50
  46. 46. Stargirl Vocabulary Chapters 18-21Part I: Using contextual clues and prior knowledge, write what you think the underlined wordmeans.1. For the rest of the day, and the next and the next, I grew increasingly paranoid. Walking with her in and around the school, I was intensely aware that the nature of our aloneness had changed. It was no longer a cozy, tunnel-of-love sweetness, but a chilling isolation._____________________________________________________________________________2. “The Amish in Pennsylvania have a word for it.” “What’s that?” I said. “Shunning.” . . . “The shunee, so to speak, has gotten himself in Dutch with the church, so he’s excommunicated. The whole community is in on it. Unless he repents, nobody speaks to him for the rest of his life._____________________________________________________________________________3. The question that came to mind then sounded silly, but it’s persisted_____________________________________________________________________________4. We listened in rapture, and so, I half believed, did the Tumbleweed and cacti, the desert, the mountains, while listening to the girl in the long, falling skirt._____________________________________________________________________________5. She taught me to revel. She taught me to wonder. She taught me to laugh. My sense of humor had always measured up to everyone else’s; but timid, introverted me, I showed it sparingly: I was a smiler. In her presence I threw back my head and laughed out loud for the first time in my life._____________________________________________________________________________6. “. . . Do you know how many bulletin boards there are in town?” “Sure,” I said facetiously, “I count them every day.” “So do I,” she said, not kidding._____________________________________________________________________________ 51
  47. 47. Stargirl Vocabulary Chapters 18-21 ContinuedPart II: Match the words to the dictionary definitions.___1. Paranoid A. To take great pleasure or delight___2. Shun B. In fun; as a joke___3. Persisted C. Ecstacy; the state of being transported by a lofty emotion___4. Rapture D. To avoid deliberately and consistently___5. Revel E. Showing unreasonable distrust or suspicion___6. Facetiously F. Held firmly to some purpose or undertaking despite obstacles or setbacks 52
  48. 48. Stargirl Vocabulary Chapters 22-25Part I: Using contextual clues and prior knowledge, write what you think the underlined wordmeans.1. My inspection yielded two curious items. One was a wooden bowl half filled with sand-colored hair._____________________________________________________________________________2. I’ll do it for a few more years, then I’ll give it to his parents to give to him when he’s older and ready to appreciate it._____________________________________________________________________________3. On his back porch, we talked of a thousand things and laughed and swooned in pipe smoke and ate pizza._____________________________________________________________________________4. My first impulse was to drag at the Spanish teacher to the window and say, “Look! She loves me!” My second impulse was to run outside and rip the sign away._____________________________________________________________________________Part II: Match the words with the definitions.___1. Curious A. Eager to acquire knowledge___2. Appreciate B. Faint___3. Swoon C. Urge___4. Impulse D. To be thankful or show gratitude for 53
  49. 49. Stargirl Vocabulary Chapters 26-29Part I: Using contextual clues and prior knowledge, write what you think the underlined wordmeans.1. She was beginning to look vaguely familiar. Tentatively I whispered, “Stargirl?”_____________________________________________________________________________2. The laughing stopped, and from that moment on she did a perfect imitation of a sullen, pout-lipped teenager._____________________________________________________________________________3. In my mind’s eye, I pictured her aiming her incredible zeal and energy exclusively at the Electrons. We could have won games on her cheering alone._____________________________________________________________________________4. This sort of silliness went on until we rounded the mesa and saw the brown mist on the horizon that announced our approach to the city of Phoenix._____________________________________________________________________________5. Accustomed to seeing stiff, mortified contestants, the audience responded with uncertain titters. They didn’t know what to make of this unconventional teenager anymore than we had on the first day of school._____________________________________________________________________________6. We swung around back to the parking lot and – yes– there was a car, and another car. . . . [Dori] stood apart from the teachers, alone in the black shimmery sea of asphalt._____________________________________________________________________________Part II: Match the words with the definitions.___1. Tentatively A. Out of the ordinary; unusual___2. Sullen B. Pavement___3. Zeal C. Brooding; gloomy___4. Mesa D. Uncertainly; experimentally___5. Unconventional E. Enthusiasm___6. Asphalt F. Flat-topped elevation with one or more clifflike sides 54
  50. 50. Stargirl Vocabulary Chapters 30-EndPart I: Using contextual clues and prior knowledge, write what you think the underlined wordmeans.1. Susan seemed in a trance. She sat beside me, staring vacantly at the sign through the windshield._____________________________________________________________________________2. Classrooms, hallways, courtyard, lunchroom – everywhere I went I heard her disparaged, mocked, slurred. Her attempt to become popular, to be more like them, had been a total failure._____________________________________________________________________________3. And I knew what I should do. I should go out there and stand in front of them and applaud. I should show’s Stargirl and the world that I wasn’t like them, that I appreciated her, that I celebrated her and her insistence on being herself._____________________________________________________________________________4. Her hair is incredible. . . . It fluffs like a meringue high upon her head._____________________________________________________________________________5. Every action echoed down the line behind her. The three hops of the bunny became three struts of a vaudeville vamp._____________________________________________________________________________6. The words seem to fit her, though I could not grasp of their meaning. He saw the vacant look on my face and laughed._____________________________________________________________________________7. Tacked to one wall was a municipal map of Mica._____________________________________________________________________________8. He said these things with a sly grin, knowing they would confound me as I mulled them until our next meeting._____________________________________________________________________________ 55
  51. 51. Stargirl Vocabulary Chapters 30-End ContinuedPart II: Match the words to the dictionary definitions.___1. Trance A. City___2. Disparaged B. Fluffy pastry topping made of beaten eggs___3. Applaud C. Empty___4. Meringue D. Belittled___5. Vamp E. Consider mentally___6. Vacant F. Express approval by clapping hands___7. Municipal G. A state of detachment from one’s physical surroundings___8. Confound H. To cause to become confused___9. Mull I. Unscrupulously seductive woman 56
  52. 52. ANSWER KEY - VOCABULARY Stargirl 1-4 5-9 10-13 14-17 18-21 22-25 26-29 30-end1 E C B D E A D G2 H G E B D D C D3 B E D F F B F F4 M I F I C C A B5 G A A A A B I6 N D C H B C7 J F C A8 A B E H9 L H G E10 D11 F12 I13 C14 K 57
  53. 53. DAILY LESSONS
  54. 54. LESSON ONEObjectives 1. To introduce Stargirl unit 2. To distribute books, study guides and other related materialsNOTE: Prior to this lesson, have a local newspaper available for each of your students for Activity #1.Activity #1 If your students are not familiar with newspapers, show them how they are puttogether–the various sections, the contents, the kinds of things included in the newspaper. Showthem major news articles, personal interest stories, sports, weddings, obituaries, police beat, etc.Then, be sure to show them the filler portions–short pieces that fill out the columns, little bits ofnews, etc. These are usually particularly interesting in small, local papers. Transition: Tell students that the main character of the book they are about to read makesit a point to read all those little filler parts and often sends people cards or does things for thepeople who are mentioned in the fillers–just as her way of being nice.Activity #2 Distribute the Project Assignment Sheet and discuss the directions in detail. Explain tostudents that they are all now members of the Sunflower Club, a club of people who at least oncea day does something nice for someone else. They are to keep a log of the date and a shortexplanation of the nice thing that they did. Later in the unit, they will share with the class someof the more interesting things they did.Activity #3 Distribute the materials students will use in this unit. Explain in detail how students are touse these materials. Study Guides Students should preview the study guide questions before each readingassignment to get a feeling for what events and ideas are important in that section. After readingthe section, students will (as a class or individually) answer the questions to review the importantevents and ideas from that section of the book. Students should keep the study guides as studymaterials for the unit test. Vocabulary Prior to reading a reading assignment, students will do vocabulary workrelated to the section of the book they are about to read. Following the completion of the readingof the book, there will be a vocabulary review of all the words used in the vocabularyassignments. Students should keep their vocabulary work as study materials for the unit test. 61
  55. 55. Reading Assignment Sheet You need to fill in the reading assignment sheet to letstudents know when their reading has to be completed. You can either write the assignment sheeton a side blackboard or bulletin board and leave it there for students to see each day, or you can"ditto" copies for each student to have. In either case, you should advise students to become veryfamiliar with the reading assignments so they know what is expected of them. Extra Activities Center The Unit Resource Materials portion of this unit containssuggestions for a library of related books and articles in your classroom as well as crossword andword search puzzles. Make an extra activities center in your room where you will keep thesematerials for students to use. (Bring the books and articles in from the library and keep severalcopies of the puzzles on hand.) Explain to students that these materials are available for studentsto use when they finish reading assignments or other class work early. Nonfiction Assignment Sheet Explain to students that they each are to read at least onenon-fiction piece from the in-class library at some time during the unit. Students will fill out anonfiction assignment sheet after completing the reading to help you evaluate their readingexperiences and to help the students think about and evaluate their own reading experiences. Books Each school has its own rules and regulations regarding student use of schoolbooks. Advise students of the procedures that are normal for your school. 62
  56. 56. PROJECT ASSIGNMENT - Stargirl Stargirl performs random acts of kindness every day. Whether it’s sending a card or a noteor singing Happy Birthday to someone, cheering for someone, helping someone in need, or a varietyof other things, she’s always thinking about other people and what might make them happier or feelbetter–whether she really knows the person or not. At the end of the book, a Sunflower Club isformed at school, and the members pledge to do something nice for someone else each day. You are now a member of the Sunflower Club, and it is your duty to do something nice forsomeone each day, whether you really know the person or not. As you read the book Stargirl, you’llstart to get more and more ideas about things you can do. Meanwhile, here is a little list ofsuggestions that will help you start to think of things you can do.* Make a birthday card and give it to a classmate whose birthday it is.* Wash dishes at home without anyone asking you to do so.* Give someone a compliment about themselves–what they’re wearing, how their hair looks, etc.* Let someone in front of you in the lunch line.* Give someone your dessert from lunch or bring something extra from home to give to someone who doesn’t have a very nice lunch.* Carry someone’s books for them to the next class.* Give someone some encouragement about something he/she is trying to do.* Volunteer to do something you wouldn’t normally do.* Instead of having a “why should I do it” attitude, adopt a “what else can I do” attitude.Keep a list of all the things you do. On a sheet of paper, put the date on the left followed by a shortexplanation of the thing you did. In about 2 weeks, you will be asked to share with the class someof the more interesting nice things you did. Be creative, be thoughtful, be kind. 63
  57. 57. LESSON TWOObjectives: 1. To preview the study questions and vocabulary for Porcupine Necktie - Chapter 4 1. To have students practice reading orally 2. To read chapters Porcupine Necktie - 4 3. To evaluate students oral readingActivity #1 Have students complete the prereading work for Porcupine Necktie through Chapter 4.They should review the study questions and do the required vocabulary work.Activity #2 Have students read Porcupine Necktie - Chapter 4of Stargirl out loud in class. Youprobably know the best way to get readers within your class; pick students at random, ask forvolunteers, or use whatever method works best for your group. If you have not yet completed anoral reading evaluation for your students this marking period, this would be a good opportunityto do so. Continue oral reading in class over the next couple of days until everyone’s oral readinghas been evaluated. Then, students may read silently for in-class reading assignments. An oralreading evaluation form is included with this unit for your convenience. If time runs out in class,students should do this assignment as homework and have it completed prior to the next classperiod. 64
  58. 58. ORAL READING EVALUATION StargirlName Class DateSKILL EXCELLENT GOOD AVERAGE FAIR POORFluency 5 4 3 2 1Clarity 5 4 3 2 1Audibility 5 4 3 2 1Pronunciation 5 4 3 2 1 5 4 3 2 1 5 4 3 2 1 Total GradeComments: 65
  59. 59. LESSON THREEObjectives 1. To review the main ideas and events from the first reading assignment of Stargirl 2. To preview the study questions and vocabulary for chapters 5-9 3. To read chapters 5-9 4. To complete the oral reading evaluations if they have not yet been completedActivity #1 Have students answer the study guide questions for Porcupine Necktie through chapter4. Allow time for any necessary discussion. Write the correct answers on the board or overheadprojector so students can copy them down for study use. Teachers Note: Depending on the students level, different students may write theanswers on the board or even ask the questions to lead the group discussion. Jump in asnecessary to guide the discussion. Use whatever techniques your particular group will handlebest.Activity #2 Give students time to preview the study questions and do the vocabulary workfor chapters 5-9. Review the vocabulary worksheet answers or do the worksheet together asa class orally.Activity #3 Have students read chapters 5-9. If you have not yet completed the oral readingevaluations, this is a good time to do so. If you have completed them, students may readsilently if you choose. This reading assignment should be completed prior to the next classmeeting. 66
  60. 60. LESSON FOURObjectives: 1. To review the main ideas and events from chapters 5-9 2. To pull the idea of Hot Seat from the novel and in a modified way apply it to class 3. To get students to learn some things about each other they may not have known or appreciatedActivity #1 Orally discuss the answers to the study questions for chapters 5-9 as directed for thefirst reading assignment.Activity #2 Sometimes students can be in the same class with each other even for years but notreally know each other. This Hot Seat exercise is not to make anyone squirm and certainly not toroast anyone; it’s only intended to get students to recognize some abilities or interests theirclassmates might have that they had not recognized before. Tell students to pretend that they are Hot Seat jurors. They are to come up with severalquestions they would like to ask someone on the Hot Seat. You can either brainstorm this listorally together or have students write down a list of questions on their own or in groups. Givestudents guidelines about the questions: nothing too personal, nothing that would intentionallyembarrass the person being asked the question, etc. When the question lists are completed, they can be used in one of a couple of differentways. You can do this exercise as a group, with students taking turns being on the Hot Seat andthe class asking questions from the question list. (Not every question has to be asked to eachperson.) Or students can pair up with a person and ask each other the questions on the list, andyou can call out to switch partners every few minutes, giving each student the chance tointerview and be interviewed by several classmates. When the exercise is completed, have a short evaluation period. Ask students what theylearned that they didn’t know before. 67
  61. 61. LESSON FIVEObjectives: 1. To preview the study questions and vocabulary for chapters 10-13 2. To read chapters 10-13Activity #1 Give students time to preview the study questions and do the vocabulary work for chapters10-13. Discuss the answers to the vocabulary worksheets.Activity#2 Give students the remainder of the class period to read chapters 10-13. If this readingassignment is not completed prior to the end of the class, it should be finished prior to the nextclass meeting. LESSON SIXObjectives: 1. To review the main events and ideas from chapters 10-13 2. To practice writing a short, informative composition–a newspaper filler article 3. To preview the study questions and do the vocabulary work for chapters 14-17 4. To read chapters 14-17Activity #1 Discuss the answers to the study questions for chapters 10-13 as directed previously.Activity #2 Distribute Writing Assignment #1 and discuss the directions in detail. Give students timeto complete the writing assignment.Activity #3 When students finish the writing assignment, they should preview the study questions anddo the vocabulary work for chapters 14-17, then they should read those chapters. If theydo not complete this assignment in class, they should do so prior to the next class meeting. 68

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