Category Archives: Parent Guide

How an 11-Year-Old Boy Invented the Popsicle

This week in class, we’re reading “How an 11-Year-Old Boy Invented the Popsicle” by Shelby Pope for NPR.

In this article, the young innovator responsible for inventing the popsicle at 11 years old is discussed.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Growing Up and Resilience & Success as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Why should we value our youth?” and “Why do people succeed?”

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Examination Day

This week in class, we’re reading “Examination Day” by Henry Slesar.

In Henry Slesar’s short story “Examination Day,” a boy takes an intelligence exam administered by the government.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Fear & Paranoia as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How does fear drive action?”

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The Veldt

This week in class, we’re reading “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury.

In Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Veldt,” Mr. and Mrs. Hadley become concerned when they realize how dependent their children are on the technology in their futuristic home.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Friendship & Family and Technology, Progress & Industry as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What are the costs and benefits of technology?” and “What makes a family?”

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Excerpt from “Where Lovers Dream”

This week in class, we’re reading “Excerpt from “Where Lovers Dream”” by Anzia Yezierska.

In “Excerpt from ‘Where Lovers Dream’” Anzia Yezierska tells the story of a woman who runs into someone she used to know at a wedding.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Loneliness & Isolation and Love as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How are we changed by love?” and “What does it mean to feel alone?”

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All Summer in a Day

This week in class, we’re reading “All Summer in a Day” by Ray Bradbury.

In this classic Ray Bradbury short story, the children on planet Venus wait to see the sun for the first time in seven years.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Fear & Paranoia, Honor & Courage, and Loneliness & Isolation as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How does fear drive action?”, “What does it mean to be brave?”, and “What does it mean to feel alone?”

“Is it sometimes better to hide parts of ourselves so we can fit in?” “If someone doesn’t fit in, is it their fault?”

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The Kohlberg Dilemmas

This week in class, we’re reading “The Kohlberg Dilemmas” by Lawrence Kohlberg.

Lawrence Kohlberg was an American psychologist best known for his theories of moral development. Kohlberg explains there are six distinct stages of human moral development, and that a person may go through these stages throughout his or her life.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Morality as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What is good and how do we know?”

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God Sees the Truth, But Waits

This week in class, we’re reading “God Sees the Truth, But Waits” by Leo Tolstoy translated by Aylmer Maude.

In Leo Tolstoy’s short story, “God Sees the Truth, But Waits”, a man is convicted of a crime that he didn’t commit.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Justice, Freedom & Equality and Revenge & Betrayal as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Is revenge ever justified?” and “What is fair?”

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When You Are Old

This week in class, we’re reading “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats.

In William Butler Yeat’s “When You Are Old,” a speaker asks someone to reflect on their life and on lost love in their old age.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Growing Up, Loneliness & Isolation, and Love as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“How are we changed by love?”, “Why should we value our youth?”, and “What does it mean to feel alone?”

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The Second Coming

This week in class, we’re reading “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats.

In this famous poem, William Butler Yeats paints a terrifying, apocalyptic scene in order to describe the atmosphere of Europe following World War I.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Technology, Progress & Industry and War & Peace as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What should the future look like?” and “How are we changed by war?”

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Easter 1916

This week in class, we’re reading “Easter 1916” by William Butler Yeats.

“Easter 1916” is a famous poem by William Butler Yeats that deals with themes of war and loss of innocence. Although Yeats was an Irish nationalist, in the poem he describes conflicting emotions about the Easter Rising, an armed rebellion against British rule in Ireland.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of War & Peace as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How are we changed by war?”

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