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Copy of Introduce The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

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Transcript of Copy of Introduce The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

By Katherine Paterson
The Great Gilly Hopkins
Katherine Paterson
Interview with
Katherine Paterson
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
(cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr
(cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
What is the difference
between an
adopted child
and a foster child?
Under what circumstances
might a parent have to give
up a child to foster care?
What kinds of social or academic difficulties
might a child encounter who has lived in
series of foster homes?
Gilly Hopkins can't have what she really wants. Instead of being reunited with her mother, she is on her way to her third foster home and she is determined not to get along with anybody, especially her new foster mom. But Mrs. Trotter is equally determined to break through the hard protective shell Gilly has built around herself with love, patience, and humor. Gilly discovers that sometimes you have to let go of impossible dreams to make room for sweet dreams to come true-a place to call home and someone to love you unconditionally
Here are statements
related to the story you
are about to read. Do you
agree or disagree?
One can manage
without parents.
There is no use
in feeling sorry
for yourself.
Most of your troubles
are of your own making.
The best way to learn
is from your mistakes.
Moving home and schools
is a lot of fun.
Looking at the Title
What Can We Predict?

Based on the book's title, The Great Gilly Hopkins, can you predict what type of character Gilly is?

What if we look at the book cover. What clues give us insight into Gilly's character?
What about the table of contents?
After looking at the chapter titles, what overall impressions are you left with?

Can you make another prediction?
Turn and talk with the person sitting next to you to answer the following questions:
What is a foster child?
A child in foster care. A foster family is qualified by the state to accept children in their home on a short or long term basis. This family provides the child with a "safe" environment.
Gilly is a foster child...
What is a Social Worker?
People who help improve people's lives. In this book, the social worker works with foster children, and help arrange adoptions.
What is Adoption?
Adoption is different from foster children. Here, the children are not "removed" from the home by state.
The adopting parents are the legal parents of the child. They have all rights and responsibility for the child (instead of the biological parent).
Article about Linda Yolman and her 163 Foster Children

Vocabulary words:

Boarder babies
How would you describe Linda?
List NECESSARY characteristic traits to be a foster parent:
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