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.
Part One, A Woman on the Street, Abstract
* The author, Jeannette Walls, introduces herself as a successful journalist living and working in New York City.
Part Two, The Desert, Pages 9-61 , Abstract
* Jeannette sees her mother, who is now homeless, digging through a dumpster on the side of the road.
Part Two, The...
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