Shining Through a Social Storm

Navigating Through Relational Aggression, Bullying, and Popularity

Story written by: Skylar Sorkin and Illustrated by: Sydney Green

CCSS and AASL Questions written by: Paula Yohe, M.L.S., M.Ed.



1.How is Jayden different than Brittney?  How do you know?  What sentence(s) from the story      support your answer. CCSS RL 5.1  AASL Standard(s)  1.1.6,  2.1.1


2.How does the author use the way Jayden responds to her situation to develop the theme of the story?  CCSS RL 5.2  AASL Standard  1.1.6,  4.1.3


3.How are Jayden and Brittney alike and different? What specific details from the story support your comparison?  CCSS RL 5.3  


4.On page 35, what is meant by “The butterflies in her stomach madly started fluttering,” in paragraph. CCSS RL 5.4  


5.Why is Chapter 3 important?  How does it provide the connection between chapters 1 and 2 and chapters 4 and 5?   CCSS RL 5.5  


6.What information is unknown because the story is told from Jayden’s point of view? How does that impact the story?  CCSS RL 5.6


7.Use the vocabulary footnotes on page 11 to clarify the meaning of the words.  Use print or digital resources to determine the correct pronunciation of the words and use the new words in sentences.  CCSS L 5.4


8.Prepare a two page opinion paper on bullying. Support your point of view with reasons and information. Be sure to include a concluding statement to support your opinion. CCSS W 5.1 AASL Standard 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 3.1.3


9.Prepare a multi-media presentation on bullying and its effects on others.  CCSS SL 5.2 and SL 5.5  AASL Standard 1.1.6, 1.2.3, 2.1.6, 3.1.3, 3.1.4


  1. 10.On page 35, find the words, courageously and faithfully.  Pronounce the words orally and read the definition.  Read the words in the sentence.  Write a sentence for each new word.

      CCSS RF 5.3 and 5.4