Stargirl starts on the first day of eleventh grade for our narrator, Leo Borlock. The buzz around the school is, “Did you see the new girl?” Stargirl goes to school for the first time as a tenth grader. Up till then, she had been homeschooled. Due to Stargirl’s unusual behavior including carrying her pet rat to school, singing while playing the ukulele at lunch, wearing strange clothing, and so on, most students peg her as an outcast even though she is extremely friendly to everyone. Leo develops a crush on Stargirl. He even follows her one day after school just to see where she is headed. He discovers that she is delivering a congratulations card to a stranger.
After attending a football game in which Stargirl runs across the football field playfully cheering and stirring up the crowd, she is asked to join the cheerleading squad. Students began to like her. At this point, students love Stargirl’s upbeat, quirky actions. People begin attending the football games, not to watch the game, but to see Stargirl’s playful antics including cheering for the opposing team. By Thanksgiving, Stargirl is the most popular person at the school.
This will change…
Free Teaching Activity
Enjoy this free activity. This link takes you to Google Slides. Choose between the online and printer-friendly versions. Students answer four questions to compare different characters in the novel. An answer key is also included.
Filming for the movie version of Stargirl took place in September-November 2018 in New Mexico. Disney plans to air the movie on their new streaming service called Disney+ in the fall of 2019. Grace VanderWaal, the winner of the 2016 season of America’s Got Talent, plays Stargirl.
Stargirl wins the oratorical contest making presenting speeches a great tie-in unit. Teach reading and analyzing speeches with movie clips. Click here for a free sample lesson.
Lessons include identifying, analyzing, and writing speeches. Choose between persuasive, informative, or entertaining speeches.
Check out the Stargirl Book Unit with this free sample. The sample includes vocabulary, comprehension questions, and a constructed writing prompt for Chapters 1-3.
The full unit includes:
- List with 22 Focus Words
- Bookmarks and Word Cards
- Practice Booklet
- Vocabulary Test
11 Comprehension Quizzes – These quizzes include multiple-choice, sequencing, matching, and short answer questions.
15 Constructed Response Writing Questions – These are long answer questions. Students can plan out their answers on the graphic organizers provided. Using the organizer, students write their answers in paragraph format.
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