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Lesson: Perks of Being a Wallflower


Author: Neil Klein
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 12 - 12

Introduction

This lesson comes after completing The Perks of Being a Wallflower. We will discuss the novel (it’s implications in regards to Charlie’s life, his relationships with the other characters, etc.). In addition, we will use technology to research prevalent themes in the novel, most notably, child sexual abuse.

Goals

The student will use appropriate strategies to respond to text. a) Summarize content and filter relevant information in order to build a knowledge base. b) Interact with text to connect to and form personal interpretations. c) Interpret ideas, recognize logical relationships, and draw conclusions based on sufficient evidence. d) Make connections to previous learning, other content areas, and personal experiences.

Directions


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Title: Perks of Being a Wallflower - upcoming movie URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1659337/
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Title: A Childhood Changed - Child Sexual Abuse URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1JROZascas
Directions: Link to a video that shows how a victim of child sexual abuse may feel.


Title: Who for? URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OypdSMMX318
Directions: A video that depicts what Charlie probably felt.



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Activity: Review website and links


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Spend 15 - 20 minutes reviewing this website and some of the links. Be prepared to discuss what you find.



Activity: Discussion questions


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1. Would you be friends with Charlie? Why or why not? 1. Discuss how Charlie's being molested by his Aunt Helen was foreshadowed throughout the novel. 2. Discuss whether the loneliness Charlie experienced is typical of a teenager?s life. 3. Discuss how Charlie put other people's feelings first and how this ultimately had a negative or positive affect on his life. 4. Discuss how sexual abuse damaged Charlie?s life. 5. Discuss how being a wallflower has its advantages and disadvantages for Charlie.



Activity: Letter to Charlie


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Choose one of letters Charlie wrote and compose a reply. Offer him advice in regards to what happened in the letter you are responding to (has any thing similar happened to you or someone you know?). Things to consider: Why Charlie wrote the letter, What is/was happening in Charlie's life, Charlie's relationships with other characters in the book, Charlie's feelings. Think critically about: Your relationship to Charlie (are you a friend, family member, therapist.......?), Which letter you choose to respond to and it's contents, Why you chose this letter, How Charlie might react to what you write. Review the rubric (in the coaching strategy - journal - Rubric) to help structure your writing.




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