Schema: staying at home alone; trying to keep family problems a secret; living with relatives; worrying about adults in your life
Point of View: The story is told from a young boy, Johnson’s, point of view.
Inference: We can infer that Mrs. Clyde called Miss Roy. The text says Mrs. Clyde kept an eye on them.
What do you infer the tall building is where the children meet her mother? a hospital, drug rehab facility
Figurative language: “crying washes you out inside”
Cause and effect: Because the children were left alone for days, the effect is that a social worker takes the children to their Aunt Gracie.
Compare and Contrast: How does Johnson compare and contrast living with his mother and living with his aunt?