Chapter 1

  1. This story begins on June 12, 1963. Brainstorm a list of anything you know or think you know about the 1960s. Next, write a list of questions you have about the 1960s.
  2. How would you describe Addie Ann’s relationship with her brother Elias? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
  3. Elias tells Addie Ann, “Everybody’s got some fire, some rage. It’s how you use your fire that counts.” What does Elias mean by this? Do you agree or disagree with him? Use specific examples from your own life to support your answer.
  4. Addie Ann says, “What’s so special about the vote? Mama always carries on about it, but what difference could one of her votes make anyway?” Do you think it’s important for adults to vote? Why or why not? Do you think kids your age should be able to vote for local, state, and national leaders? Why or why not?


Going Deeper:

Addie Ann says that the dollar Uncle Bump gives her for graduating Acorn Elementary could buy twenty Hershey bars. Based on that information, how much did one Hershey bar cost in 1963?

Click here to view a grocery store advertisement that appeared in the Jackson Daily News newspaper in 1963. Find five items on the list. Write down what each of those items cost in 1963. Now go to the grocery store and figure out how much those same items would cost today.


One Cent Gumball


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