Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Prologue, Pages 12 - 26 Abstract
* The prologue offers details about Ellen's stay in jail.
* Ellen says that she wishes she had been able to do what her mother asked, but that she hadn't.
* In chapter one, Ellen recounts a four-day visit home to see her brothers who were both leaving for college.
* Ellen's mother has surgery, and...
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