The Pigman By Paul Zindel The Pigman Pre-reading The title character (The Pigman) is an adult who greatly influenced the lives of the two main characters in the novel. List the names of three adults who have influenced (made an impact or difference) your own life. In what ways were they influential? What changes resulted from their influence? The Pigman Pre-reading Adolescents have many different feelings about growing up. What do you look forward to in adult life? What aspects of adulthood are you not sure about? In what ways will you have to change in order to carry adult responsibilities? Think-Pair-Share: Guilt 1. List all of the words that you associate with GUILT. 2. Using some of the words you listed, write a definition for GUILT. Unit 1 Vocabulary Review: Match the word to the synonym. 1. avocation a. immature 2. subliminal b. hidden, subconscious 3. repress c. hobby 4. infantile d. horror, mess 5. monstrosity e. keep inside Ch. 4-6 Reader Response What are your reactions to John and Lorraine’s phone marathon with Mr. Pignati? Would you have taken the money? Why or why not? What are your first impressions of Angelo Pignati at his home? at the zoo? What are your impressions of John and Lorraine’s home life? Unit 2 Vocabulary Review: Match the word to the synonym. 1. distort a. solidified, hardened 2. compassion b. sign, premonition 3. omen c. twist, bend 4. congealed d. humiliated, horrified 5. mortified e. crazy, out of control 6. berserk f. sympathy, concern Ch. 7-9 Reader Response “A house is not a home” is an old saying. What is the difference between house and home. Think about the places that John, Lorraine and Mr. Pignati live. Which would you call houses? Which would you call homes? Explain. Unit 3 Vocabulary Review: Match the word to the synonym. 1. mangy a. disturbed 2. maladjusted b. rotting, decaying 3. mooch c. shabby, dirty 4. putrid d. beg, take Implied Meanings Directions: Although John and Lorraine use psychological terminology in writing about each other, very often they do not fully understand these words and therefore misuse them. Explain what Lorraine or John meant using the underlined word. A dictionary definition of the term and a page reference from the novel are provided to guide your answers. Implied Meanings “She’s (Lorraine’s mother) what the psychologists call fixated on the subject (of how awful men are in general.” (Chapter 10) Fixate: to be persistently attached to some person, object or idea. “If I didn’t know how maladjusted John is at times, I would have simply walked out of that house and not spoken to him again as long as I lived.” (Chapter 12) Maladjusted: unable to adjust properly to the circumstances of one’s life. “The Assassin” 1. wife husband 2. lover 3. assassin boatman 4. (list in the order 5. most responsible for wife’s death) Ch. 10-12 Reader Response How were John and Lorraine affected by the Pigman’s heart attack? How does their relationship change as a result of it? Ch. 13-15 Reader Response Imagine that you are either John or Lorraine. Write a letter of apology to Mr. Pignati in which you explain why are you are sorry and how much he meant to you. Be sure to use specific details from the novel to write your letter.
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