Stuck In Neutral
Terry Trueman
Chapter 1
• Conceited – having a high opinion of your
own abilities
Chapter 1
• What is the setting of the story?
• What is the point of view?
• Who is the main character?
Chapter 1
• Find the following figurative language:
– Page 1
• Hyperbole
• Allusion
– Page 3
• Onomatopoeia
– Page 4
• Simile
– Page 5
• Hyperbole
• Simile
Chapter 2/3
• Cerebral Palsy – a disorder usually
caused by brain damage occurring at or
before birth and marked by muscular
impairment
• Euthanasia – the practice of killing a
person or animal for humane reasons
Chapter 2/3
• What is wrong with Shawn?
• What is Shawn’s father planning to doto
him?
• Why is Shawn afraid of death?
• How would you feel if you brother or sister
were like Shawn?
Chapter 2/3
• Find the following figurative language:
– Page 7
• Hyperbole
• Allusion
– Page 9
• Allusion
– Page 14
• Onomatopoeia
– Page 15
• Alliteration
Chapter 4
• Intuition – know something is going to
happen without evidence
• Sincere – honest and open
• Compassionate – showing sympathy
Chapter 4
• Pulitzer Prize – A prize awarded annually
for excellence in American Journalism,
Literature or Music
Chapter 4
• Find the following figurative language:
– Page 19
• Alliteration (3)
– Page 20
• Personification
• Simile
– Page 22
• Personification
• Onomatopoeia
– Page 23
• Allusion
Chapter 4
• What does the Pulitzer Prize have to do
with our story?
• Why do you think Shawn’s father, Sydney,
wants to kill him?
Chapter 5/6
• Bray(ing) – make donkey sound
• premier – the first in importance
• Hors d’oeuvres – light food prepared in
small servings
Chapter 5/6
• Why does Shawn love and hate the
poem?
• Why does Shawn love his seizures?
Chapter 5/6
• Find the following figurative language:
– Page 25
• Allusion (2)
• metaphor
– Page 27
• Alliteration
– Page 32
• Onomatopoeia
– Page 35
• Simile
• Personification
– Page 35-36
• Cliché
Chapter 7/8
• profoundly – very great; strong; intense
• Prerequisites – something needed before
something else can happen
• Allocation – an amount to share
• Intolerable – very unpleasant; impossible
to bear
• Mafioso – member of organized crime
Chapter 7/8
• What is school like for Shawn?
• What do you think, should the state spend
money on trying to educate these kids?
• What do Shawn and dad have in
common?
Chapter 7/8
• Find the following figurative language:
– Page 38
• Metaphor
• simile
– Page 46
• onomatopoeia
– Page 52
• simile
Chapter 9
• Bulbous – rounded
• Resentment – angry feeling from being
treated badly
Chapter 9
• 4 Block
Visualize: Draw a picture
of Shawn
Predict: What do you
think Shawn’s dad
will do?
Describe Shawn – use
10 words – number
them.
Complete Chapter 9
Figurative Language
here:
Page 55
Allusion
Page 57
Personificat
ion
Chapter 10
• Vulgar – tasteless
• Crude – in a raw state
• Lucre - wealth
Chapter 10
• How does Shawn eat?
• Compare David’s mom to Shawn’s mom.
• Do you think Earl was right with what he
did?
• Think of a song to go along with chapter
10.
Chapter 10
• Find the following figurative language:
– Page 61
• Allusion
– Page 67
• Hyperbole
Chapter 11
• controversial – causing strong
disagreement
• excruciating – extremely painful
• terminal - fatal illness – leading to death
• Inoperable – too far advanced for surgery
• Intervene – become involved in a situation
• Vacantly – without an occupant
Chapter 11
• Susan Smith – killed her two sons ages 3
years and 14 months. Claimed an African
American man carjacked her, however she
drove her car into a lake and drown the
boys.
Chapter 11
• Euthanasia – medically assisted suicide –
illegal in most countries
• Dr. Jack Kevorkian was found guilty of
murdering his patients whom he helped
die.
Chapter 11
• Find the following figurative language:
– Page 74
• 2 Similes
– Page 81
• Allusion
Chapter 13/14
• Find the following figurative language:
– Page 96
• Metaphor
• Onomatopoeia
– Page 97
• Personification
– Page 98
• Cliché/Idiom
– Page 103
• Personification
• Metaphor
Chapter 15/16
• Vocab
– Respite – brief period of rest (a person who
provides)
– Kneading – massage muscles
– Armistice – break in fighting
Chapter 15/16
• Find the following figurative language:
– Page 109
• Alliteration
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