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Teaching The Glass Castle
Transcript of Teaching The Glass Castle
Written in the first person from Jeannette’s adult perspective
Written in the form of a flashback from present to past and back to present
Reflection on Walls’ childhood; realistic story
Tone reflects sadness and fear in situations, but offers hope and times of happiness
Written for a mature audience; contains emotionally heavy and sensitive material
Father was highly intellectual but an alcoholic
Mother educated as a teacher
Neither parent liked to work; family struggled financially
Parents merciless and free spirits, however, had good values and ideas
Family lived hand-to-mouth
Jeannette taught at an early age how to read
She excelled in school
Introducing the Novel
Homelessness in America
Journal response to photo
Video clip: Homelessness in America
Colbert Report interview with Jeannette Walls
PowerPoint: Jeannette Walls background
Read chapter 1 as a whole class
What's the Point?
Reading the Novel
Taboo & Controversial Topics
Why The Glass Castle?
Note-taking and citations
Whole class readings
Partner/small group readings
Nature vs. Nurture
Daily journal entries
A Million Little Pieces
by James Frey
A Child Called It
by David Pelzer
Excerpts from Anderson Cooper's
Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir or War, Disasters, and Survival
Various news articles on homelessness
by Amy Tan
Students may not connect to the themes or topics discussed within the novel
Parents may object to their children reading the novel
Some harsh language
Students can find something they can relate to
NOT a fairy tale story--REAL LIFE STORY
Different perspectives exposed
Different types of characters and characterization
Help students overcome struggles--HOPE
How would someone teach this book? These topics?
What are the benefits to teaching this novel?
How can this novel help students?
Jeanette Walls experienced many life-changing events in her life that helped define the kind of person she wanted to be. Even though you are only in ninth grade, there have probably been many events in your life which have affected your character development in some way. In this step of our unit, you will write a personal narrative, a sort of mini-memoir, about an important experience in your life that has greatly influenced the development of one of your specific character traits.