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…
Book Unit Samples
This pdf contains novel study samples including:
- Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-3
- Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-3
- Constructed Response Question for Chapters 1-3
The unit Stargirl contains a tie-in unit about how to give a speech. You can check out the sample for it here.
Teaching Idea #1 – Free Teaching Guides
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. You’ll also find an answer key.
Teaching Idea #2 – Movie
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.