Middle Schooler Reading Ship Breaker by Paolo BacigalupiWhat are some important questions a 7th grader should be able to answer after or while reading Ship Breaker? Especially one that lives in New...

Middle Schooler Reading Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

What are some important questions a 7th grader should be able to answer after or while reading Ship Breaker? Especially one that lives in New Orleans?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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There are certain questions that are universal:  which character do you most relate to and why?  What are the primary external and internal conflicts?  Would you have handled these conflicts differently?  If so, how?  Did the ending sufficiently wrap up all the loose ends?  If not, how would you write a more satisfying conclusion?

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This would definitely be a good choice for a middle school student in New Orleans. I am not sure exactly what you are looking for, but I would have students write about how realistic they think the portrayal of the future is, and possibly what they think can be done to prevent it. To tie in current events, I'd have them research the progress with cleanup and prevention of the oil spill.

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