Description: Key Ideas and Details Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 3A


3A: Predicting Outcomes

3A: Predicting Outcomes

Description: Predicting Outcomes

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Selection: J-11


Grade level: 10
Word count: 2199 words
Author: Diane Lang
Synopsis: Skylar and Jason's relationship is already strained when they're paired together for a class project. Will their "no-technology" challenge make them, or break them?
Excerpt: Skylar's relationship with Jason, one of the few seniors in Mr. Crawford's American literature class and her boyfriend for the past year, had become noticeably stressed and strained. Jason, meanwhile, glanced surreptitiously at Skylar, joking around with Conner and some other friends on the opposite side of the classroom.

Although their romantic feelings returned, neither of them lost sight of their convictions for the future, and they finally reached a mutual understanding. "I'm not disappointed anymore," Skylar admitted. "I felt rejected at first, but now that we've addressed things, I get your drift, as my parents would say."

Question: Based on what you have read, what could have happened if Jason had complained about being partnered with Skylar?
  1. Jason and Skylar would not have repaired their relationship while in the same class.
  2. Jason would have complained about being partnered with Amanda.
  3. Jason and Skylar would have received a poor grade on their assignment.
  4. Skylar would have complained about being partnered with Jason.

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Writing prompt: (Theme: relationships) Describe a character who struggled with society or family and how/if that struggle was resolved.


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