Driver's Ed Ideas for Reports and Papers
by Caroline B. Cooney

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Consult Court TV Online—Stop Sign Hearing Updates. Summarize the trial of Florida v. Miller, Cole, and Bailie "The Stop Sign Case" and compare/ contrast this 1997 trial and its circumstances with that of Remy and Morgan in Driver's Ed. Summarize the ongoing petitions concerning the original verdict.

2. In American popular culture, narratives that involve a journey by a form of mechanical transportation often are called road works. These journeys are really about the personal growth of the protagonist. Read either Gary Paulsen's The Car (1994) involving Terry Anders, or Joan Bauer's Rules of the Road (1998) involving Jenna Boiler, and compare/ contrast their maturation to either Morgan or Remy.

3. Keeping a secret, especially when it compromises your integrity, is a humbling yet illuminating experience. Read Paula Fox's One Eyed Cat (1982) and compare/contrast Ned's experiences with Remy and Morgan. Does Ned have more of a challenge because his father is a minister? Explain.

4. Destroying a life and accepting responsibility for it is the focus of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the AncientMariner. Compare/contrast the way in which the mariner comes to closure to that of Remy and Morgan. To what extent does religious belief influence these characters?