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1. As Jenna encounters different rules of the road, she relates them to life. As you begin Rules of the Road, start two lists, Rules of the Road and Rules for Life. Write down particular events in the story which fall under each heading. When the lists are completed, compare...
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1. As Jenna encounters different rules of the road, she relates them to life. As you begin Rules of the Road, start two lists, Rules of the Road and Rules for Life. Write down particular events in the story which fall under each heading. When the lists are completed, compare and contrast the two. How do the two lists relate to each other? What insights can you draw from them?
2. In chapter two, Jenna talks about attending Al-Anon, an organization that helps families of alcoholics. Later Harry Bender talks about Alcoholics Anonymous. Choose one of these organizations and create a display featuring a description of the organization, brochures acquired from a local group, and a list of guidelines participants use to help themselves. Consider audio or video taping an interview with a worker/ leader to include in the display.
3. Jenna's Grandma Boiler has Alzheimer's disease. Research this disease, choosing a format for recording your research. After completing the research, write interview questions, make an appointment with a health care worker who treats Alzheimer's patients, and conduct an interview, sharing your results with the class.
4. Shoes are very important in Jenna's life. Create a collage that conveys her passion about her job and shoes.
5. Mrs. Gladstone is making the trip to Dallas, visiting her stores along the way, because of a threatened stock takeover by her son, Elden Gladstone. Contact a stock broker who will spend a little time with you and give you some basics about how the stock market works. Gather some publications to help you share your findings with the class. Be sure to find out about stock takeovers and how they work.
6. Track Jenna's journey from Chicago, Illinois, to Dallas, Texas. Place flags or some other device on a map to indicate their stops.
7. Early in the story Jenna, tells Mrs. Gladstone that teens do not receive respect and that their money is just as good as anyone else's. In chapter fifteen, Mrs. Gladstone and Alice claim senior citizens need to receive more respect. Find a spot in a restaurant or a mall frequented by senior citizens. Choose a good observation point for yourself. Observe the service and respect given to seniors. Keep journal entries of your observations. You may need to observe on several days. Write an analysis of your observations. Do the same with teens. Compare your observations of the two age groups.
8. Jenna says she makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the world. Her recipe is in chapter twenty-three. Bring the materials and tools to class where you can prepare her recipe and serve it to classmates.
9. Does the stock meeting in chapter twenty- four describe the way such meetings are conducted? Find out. Contact business owners and stock holders. Conduct interviews to determine how their meetings are conducted. Can any stockholder speak at a meeting as Jenna did?
10. Find an Alcoholics Anonymous member willing to sit for an interview. Prepare a list of questions based on what you have learned about alcoholism from Rules of the Road. Compare Jenna's dad and the person you interview, describing their differences and similarities.