Anticipation Guide for Tuesdays with Morrie by pharmphresh35


									                        Anticipation Guide for
                        Tuesdays with Morrie
True or False? What do you predict this novel will be about? After marking each one of the
below statements, you will be given opportunities to discuss, both with small groups and the
class, why you chose either true or false for each question.

True   False

____ ____ 1. We are often unsatisfied with our lives; people have meaningless lives.

____ ____ 2. Love always wins.

____ ____ 3. We are not sheltered by our fears.

____ ____ 4. Death is the center point of our lives.

____ ____ 5. A great way to die would be while sleeping.

____ ____ 6. It is okay to feel sorry for one’s self.

____ ____ 7. Silence affects human relationships.
____ ____ 8. People who are younger have more fun.

____   ____ 9. Teachers are your friends.

____ ____ 10. Popular culture does not teach us to feel good about ourselves.

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               A Teacher’s Anticipation Guide for
                     Tuesdays with Morrie
      Anticipation guides allows readers to make predictions about the text that they will begin
      reading or are already reading. This strategy prepares readers prior to a reading
      assignment by asking them to react to a series of statements related to the content of the
      material. This strategy according to Erickson, Huber, Bea, and McKenzie (1987) relates
      prior knowledge to new information to enhance comprehension, creates interest which
      stimulates discussion on the topic, and creates possibilities for integrating reading and
      writing instruction.

      The anticipation guide for Tuesdays with Morrie will be given to students before they
      begin reading the text. The topics and themes discussed in this book directly relate to
      human behavior and characteristics which will allow students to use what they know and
      how they feel to answer the questions. A class discussion could be used before the
      students answer the guide; however, it could influence students’ initial reactions to the

      Step 1: The major concepts in this novel include: death and life, popular and self culture,
              family, love, regret, feelings, and fear.

      Step 2: To create student interest and to stimulate reflection on prior knowledge and
              beliefs write statements that are declarative about the major topics. The
              statements should be thought-provoking and reflect the students’ backgrounds.

     Step 3: Have students read the worksheet with the declarative statements. Allow students
             time to react to each statement, display the guide either on the blackboard or an
             overhead, or distribute individual worksheets. Give clear directions for what the
             students are to do with the guide, such as writing a “T” for true or an “F” for false
             in the left-hand column for each statement. Make sure to leave space for responses
             on the sheet. Students can complete the guides individually, in pairs or small
             groups, or as a whole class.

     Step 5: Conduct a class discussion about the concepts before the students read Tuesday
             with Morrie. Students are expected to support their answers with more than a “yes”
             or “no” response. Students are to give examples from past experience and explain
             the decision-making process.

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     Step 6: Have students read the selected text, evaluating the statements from the
             anticipation guide.

     Step 7: Revisit the guide after you have read Tuesdays with Morrie to allow students to
             compare and contrast their original responses with current ones. The objective is to
             see what information the reading of the passage has allowed them to learn.

     The anticipation guide allows students to anticipate some of the major concepts that will
     be encountered during their reading of Tuesdays with Morrie. The discussions that follow
     stimulates review of what students know and believe and allows them to expand on these
     concepts. Teachers can use this guide to preview students’ beliefs and knowledge about
     the topics and themes in Tuesdays with Morrie.

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                             Anticipation Guide for
                             Tuesdays with Morrie
True or False “Answer” Sheet
1. We are often unsatisfied with our lives; people have meaningless lives.

* This statement is true. Many people’s days are full. They are busy working and running
errands, yet they remain much of the time unsatisfied. People seem half-asleep, even when they
are busy doing things they think are important. Morrie says that this is because they are chasing
after the wrong things. We really don’t experience the world fully because we’re doing things we
automatically think we have to.

2. Love always wins.

*This statement is true. Morrie teaches Mitch about the “tension of opposites.” Life is a series of
pulls back and forth. Its like a pull on a rubber band. And most of us end up somewhere in the
middle. Or its like a wrestling match, and love always wins (40). The most important thing in life
is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in

3. We are not sheltered by our fears.

*This statement is false. Often people want to do one thing, but because of fear do another.
Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. We are too busy being afraid. We’re afraid of the
pain, we’re afraid of the grief, and we’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails (104).

4. Death is the center point of our lives.

* This statement is true. Everyone is going to die, and we should not fear or be ashamed of it.
Everyone knows they are going to die but nobody believes it, and if we did we would do things
differently. Do not think of this as morbid; rather, look at death as an opportunity to reflect on
what you could do to make the best of your time. To know you are going to die, and to be
prepared for it at any time is better. This way you can actually be more involved in your life while
you’re living (81).

5. A great way to die would be while sleeping.

*This statement is false. Morrie feels fortunate and “lucky” by the fact that he gets time to say
good-bye. Although his body is slowly withering away, he gets the time to see his family, and say
the things he never thought of to say before.

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6. It is okay to feel sorry for one’s self.

* This statement is false. Mitch reflects on all of the people he knows who have spent hours feeling sorry
for themselves. He suggests that people out a daily limit on self-pity with just a few tearful minutes, and
then on with the day (57).

7. Silence affects human relationships.

*This statement is true. We are embarrassed by the silence. Mitch sits in Morrie’s class one day,
and for the first fifteen minutes of class, Morrie says absolutely nothing. The students squirm and
fidget. This is because we find comfort in the noise (54).

8. People who are younger have more fun.

* This statement is false. If you have found meaning in your life, you don’t want to go back. You
want to go forward. You want to see more, do more. Morrie says that “all younger people should
know something. If you’re always battling against getting older, you’re always going to be
unhappy, because it will happen anyhow” (118). Morrie also discusses that the truth is, part of us,
is every age up to our current age (120).

9. Teachers are your friends.

* This statement is true. Mitchell is the author’s real name, however all of his friends call him
Mitch. Right away, Morrie is given permission to call him Mitch (25). We all need teachers in our
lives—someone to probe you in a positive direction because it won’t happen automatically.

10. Popular culture does not teach us to feel good about ourselves.

* This statement is true. We are teaching the wrong things. Morrie teaches that you have to be
strong enough to say that if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it. Instead, create your own
culture. We are so caught up in egotistical things like career, having enough money, getting a new
car, getting a prom date— we don’t stand back and ask, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something
missing? (65)

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