Tess’s mom suffers from bipolar disorder. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one out of every four adults experience a mental health disorder in a given year, one out of ten children live with a serious mental or emotional disorder, and over 50% of students with a mental disorder age 14 or older drop out of high school. Divide the children into five groups. Ask each group to make an informational poster about one of the following mental illnesses: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, severe anxiety disorder. Make sure their posters include at least one successful treatment or activity that helps people cope with mental disorders. Have the groups present their posters to the class and ask the class to give constructive feedback regarding the organization and information on the poster.
MOTOWN MUSIC (Musical, Interpersonal, and Verbal/Linguistic)
Winnie, Tess’s friend, has a band called The Salty Old Dogs. They specialize in Motown Music which plays an important part in the civil rights history of the United States. The Motown company, which was founded by a former Ford assembly line worker, desegregated “the music industry when its records began to audiences across racial boundaries.” Not only did Motown appeal to people of many races, it appealed to many people across socio-economic, political and religious boundaries. Pick a Motown song and perform it in front of the class, or write a report on a Motown musician/band. Ask students to explain how the lyrics of their song related to the social/political movements
during the civil rights era.
COMPARABLE CONTEMPORARY FICTION FOR GUIDED READING GROUPS
-A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
-Eggs by Jerry Spinelli
-The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
-Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
-Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick
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