Chbosky, Stephen (1999). The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Pocket Books
- Genre: Realistic – Fiction, Young adult, Epistolary
- Grade Level: 8th grade and Up
- My prediction of the book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” was that it might be about a boy who is struggling to know his true identity. However, I did not expect the plot line to thicken so quickly, and jump straight to suicide. The way the author created and crafted this book was well written, especially when being written in the first person. It allowed me to see outside the window and know what is happening from the characters point of view. This is a good read, for using all three CRF activities that I have chosen from Pinterest, especially the “self-reflection, ” which can be an excellent way to either use it as an extension or as an introduction to this book, so children will be able to mirror themselves before mirroring other peoples life.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower had a lot of different plots, and issues that were happening from the first-person point of view. What captured my attention is the way it was written, it was written in a way where it was directed towards the audience. Being oblivious about events that exist in the world can be very scary, I strongly feel that teaching specific topics and shinning some light on events that we are always hiding under the rug, can be a very informative learning opportunity.
Lesson Sketch based on the book that includes a lesson objective, 2-3 discussion questions based on the book, a standards-based lesson activity, and at least three links to outside resources, websites, lesson ideas, etc. related to the book that could be used in a lesson or with your future students.
• Lesson Objective: Students will be able to analyze the development of the main character by comparing the students’ personal experience to one of the main characters in the book.
• Discussion Questions:
1. Does not knowing the character’s real names affect your attachment to them?
2. There are so many books, songs, and movies referenced in this book. What do they mean to the characters? How do they affect the way you read the book?
3. Does Charlie write more frequently when he’s happy or when he’s stressed? Why?
4. Do you like that the story is told through letters? Do you feel you know the kind of person Charlie is? His friends and family?
• Standard-based lesson Activity:
Students will create a poster board of themselves that will demonstrate a list of characteristics of themselves, both, inside and outside. Students will then create and choose a thinking map that will help them build and develop a written paper, of the similarities, and differences between the main character and themselves.
3 Links to Outside resources :
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower Official Trailer #1 (2012) – Emma Watson Movie HD