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The perplexing issue of personal identity is at the center of Jerry Spinelli’s young adult novel, Stargirl. Narrator Leo Borlock is a bit eccentric himself with his penchant for porcupine ties, but when homeschooled Stargirl Caraway enters his high school, she really stands out. Stargirl’s hair, her clothes, and her unfailingly sunny manner all make her a target for teenage hostility. When she becomes a cheerleader, she becomes instantly popular, but her unique personality is too vibrant for the popularity to last long. Only her desire to be a good girlfriend for Leo can prompt Stargirl to try to conform in appearance and behavior. However, when Stargirl cheers for the opposite team at a school football game, she is once again shunned. Leo admits to her that he is unhappy to be stigmatized along with her, and Stargirl disappears. Will Leo ever see her again? The ending is left ambiguous when years later, a porcupine tie arrives in the mail for Leo. Young adult readers will respond to the quest for identity that Spinelli so deftly portrays.

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    Study Guide: Stargirl (eBook)

    Learning Links/Novel-Ties
    25 Pages, Grades 6 - 10
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    Study Guide: Stargirl (eBook)

    Teaching literature is easy with Novel-Ties!This Learning Links Novel-Ties is specially designed for students in the middle grades. Chapter-by-chapter activities and worksheets allow students to be familiarized with the majority of literary devices, preparing them for more complex reading in the future. A story synopsis and worksheet answer key is provided for educators. Novel-Ties guides are a distinguished supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grades 7-8, including the following additional titles: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Animal Farm; Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl; The Hobbit; Johnny Tremain; A Lantern in Her Hand; The Lottery Rose; My Brother Sam is Dead; The Outsiders; The Pearl; Where the Red Fern Grows; A Wrinkle in Time; The Yearling; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Romeo and Juliet; Sounder; Dicey's Song; No Promises in the Wind; The Miracle Worker; Across Five Aprils; The Call of the Wild; Monster; Scorpions; The House on Mango Street; Forged by Fire; A Christmas Carol; Tangerine; Stargirl; Milkweed; Tears of a Tiger; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. All preceding Novel-Ties eBooks can be located by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.

  • Novel Study: Stargirl (eBook) cover

    Novel Study: Stargirl (eBook)

    Teacher Tested Educational Publications
    60 Pages, Grades 5 - 9
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    Novel Study: Stargirl (eBook)

    This Novel Study supports the superb novel, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. All Teacher-Tested Novel Studies follow a similar format. Teachers can provide each student with a different novel but use similar assignments that include comprehension questions and visual interpretations, assignments in plot and conflict, character webs, timeline, vocabulary crosswords, and formats to respond to letter and essay writing assignments.

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    Student Workbook/Study Guide: Stargirl (eBook)

    BMI Educational Services
    200 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Student Workbook/Study Guide: Stargirl (eBook)

    This Student Workbook/Study Guide consists of a variety of reproducible literary activities, such as vocabulary games and worksheets, in anticipation of state standardized tests. This collection of exercises will help amplify students’ analytical aptitude and critical thinking skills, and are easily incorporated into your pre-existing lesson plans.This eBook is an entry in the BMI Level 3 Literature Guides series, comprised of the following titles: The Great Gatsby; Of Mice and Men; Speak; Tears of a Tiger; To Kill a Mockingbird; Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl; The Book Thief; The Pearl; Sunrise Over Fallujah; The Crucible; Hoops; Stargirl; Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night; Hunger Games; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; Miracle Boys; Kite Runner. All aforementioned eBook Literature Guides can be viewed by clicking on the ‘View All In Series’ button to the left.

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    Stargirl: End-of-Book Test (Standards Based) (eBook)

    Novel Units
    8 Pages, Grades 5 - 6
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    Stargirl: End-of-Book Test (Standards Based) (eBook)

    This Standards Based End-of-Book Test will engage students and reinforce their competency in analyzing text and critical thinking. Exam creation is nearly instantaneous - simply download, print, and test! Students will be benefitted by the integration of state test preparation with quality literature. In addition to saving time, energy and sanity, a teacher guide with answer key is provided, ensuring a straightforward teaching experience free of hassle. Educators will be thrilled by this reputable and inexpensive series from Novel Units!This End-of-Book Test eBook is an entry in the Novel Units series for Grades 5-6, comprised of some of the following titles: The City of Ember; The Devil's Arithmetic; Poppy; A Family Apart; The Lightning Thief; The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle; Pictures of Hollis Woods; Crash, and many more. All aforementioned eBooks, as well as the rest of the series, can be found by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button located to the left. Please note that the Terms of Use Agreement for Single-Use Classroom license allows a maximum of 30 copies of this student test per purchase download. The included Teacher Guide is non-reproducible.