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external image a&p1.jpg The setting of this short story is at an A&P shop a few miles down from the beach.

external image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTo-oqhJHUPnqf7u6nAMlghOtlbrcKl9WDhywH5kYe8S0_X7Cm2NwThis picture relates back to the text because it is a cartoon of the three girls being interrogated by the manager of the A&P shop, in their bathing suites.
external image wp32.jpgThe manager yells at the girls because they were not properly clothed to be shopping in public, so this picture is a representation of a sign outside of the store.

external image red_bow_tie_apron-p154683981523657907zvbke_400.jpgSammy hands the manager his apron and bow tie at the end of the story since he decided to quit his job because he was unhappy about the way the manager embarrassed the girls.

external image richterHerring.gifThe three girls had gone to the A&P store to buy fancy herring snacks, this picture is representing the herring snacks that they claimed to be purchasing for their mother.


Character Tracker by: Rachel Mutzabaugh

The cash register watcher woman is rude. In this story, the author states that "I (Sammy the cashier) stood there with my hand on a box of HiHo crackers trying to remember if I rang it up or not. I ring it up again and the customer (referring to the cash register watcher woman) starts giving me hell. She's one of these cash register watchers, a witch about fifty with rouge on her cheekbones and no eyebrows, and I know it made her day to trip me up." The author also states that "By the time I (Sammy the cashier) got her (referring to the cash register watcher woman) feathers smoothed and her goodies into a bag - she gives me alittle snort in passing, if she'd been born at the right time they would have burned her over in Salem".

The girl in the plaid bathing suit is kind of shy and a follower. The author states that "She (referring to the "queen" girl) kind of lead them, the other two (referring to the girl in the plaid bathing suit and another girl) peaking around and making their shoulders round." The author also states that, "You never know for sure how girls' minds work but you got the idea she (referring to the "queen" girl) had talked the other two (referring to the girl in the plaid bathing suit and another girl) into coming in here with her, and now she was showing them how to do it, walk slow and hold yourself straight." The author also refers to this girl when he says "...and buzzed to the other two (referring to the girl in the plaid bathing suit and her friend), who kind of huddled against her (referring to the "queen" girl) for relief".

The "queen" girl is very confident. The author states that "She didn't look around, not this queen, she just walked straight on slowly". The author also states that "...but you got the idea she had talked the other two into coming in here with her, and now she was showing them how to do it, walk slow and hold yourself straight." Talking about this girl, the author says "She must have felt in the corner of her eye me (Sammy the cashier) and over my shoulder Stoksie (another cashier) in the second slot watching, but she didn't tip. Not this queen."

Lengel, the A&P store manager, is dull. The author states that "Lengel's pretty dreary, teaches Sunday school and the rest, but he doesn't miss that much." The author also states that "Lengel sighs and begins to look very patient and old and gray." Also, talking about Lengel, the author states that "His face was dark gray and his back stiff, as if he'd just had an injection of iron".

Sammy, a cashier at the A&P, is brave. On page 4 of this story, Sammy quits his job at the A&P. Lengel says to him "I don't think you know what you're saying." Sammy says to Lengel, "I know you don't, but I do." Then, after telling Lengel that he quits, Sammy "folds the apron, "Sammy" stitched in red on the pocket, and puts it on the counter, and drops the bow tie on top of it." Lastly, after walking out of the A&P, Sammy's stomach kind of fell and he "felt how hard the world was going to be me (himself) hereafter."



Costa's Levels of Questions
1. What is the author and main character of this story's job?
2. How is the A&P similar to the grocery store that your family shops at? Give at least three reasons.
3. How do you think that Sammy's life will change since he is nineteen years old and has now quit his job? Why do you say that?

Kyle Seago
Costa's Question
Level 1- Identify all of the characters and tell what they did.
Level 2- Sequence all of the main events in order from the beginning to the end.
Level 3- Evalute all of the details that describe the setting, what time period do you think this story takes place in.

Vocabulary Builder
Chunky: definition- short and thick; in the book this word is used to describe a character.
Aisle: definition- passageway between seating areas as in an auditorium or passenger vehicle or between areas of shelves of goids and in stores; The author uses this word to describe y the setting.
Oaky hair: definition- rough brown looking; the author describes a character as having oaky hair.
Faint: definition- lacking conviction or boldness or courage; faint is used by a character to describe her mood or tone.
Crummy: definition- of very poor quality; the author uses this word to describe a building, the setting.
Argue: definition- present reasons and arguements; this word is describing the mood and tone.
Nervous: definition- causing or fraught with or showing anxiety; author used nervous to sets a mood for a character.
Narrow: definition- not wide; the author used narrow to describe the hand of a character.
Embarrassing: definition- causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation; this is used to set tone and mood.
Patient: definition- enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance; the auther used this word to describe the mood of a character.

Extender: Vicky Donnelly
1) Mean Girls is a movie and this story refers to it as the 3 girls walking into the store. There is one girl who is the head of the gang. she is normal the most attractive girl of the bunch. Then you have the two side kicks which one is normal slightly chunky and the other maybe a tad bit too tall. Both story's resemble these types of girl groups in high schools.
2) Romeo and Juliet is a play. these story's are alike because they both deal with a guy kind of watching a girl in the story's case multiple girls and being pretty creepy with the way he just watches them go around the store. In Romeo and Juliet Romeo watches Juliet and followers her around and stands outside of her house just watching her and listening to her talk to her self.
3) The song Grenade by Bruno Mars reminds me of this story. in the fact that there is a guy in the story who quits because his boss was embarrassing the girls in the store then they disappear when he tries to go see them. In the song the guy will do anything for the girl because he loves her then she goes for the other guy. These are similar except the love part.
4) The movie The Proposal is also like this story. in the movie the main guy risk going to jail for the girl he loves to stay in America she gives up the truth that they were not really getting married and he runs after her. as in the story the register man quits for the girl then looks fir her and she is gone.

Costa's questions
1) How many girls walk into the store in there swim suites?
2) Analyze why the man who worked the registers was watching the girls in the store.
3) Predict what will happen in the register man was to see the group of girls again.