by Traci Swain
Play this Book Boys video in your classroom after reading The Tiger Rising to kick-start discussions about friendship and interpersonal bonds.
The Book Boys know a thing or two about friendship—and that’s just one of the reasons why they were so moved by Kate DiCamillo’s The Tiger Rising.
In the story, Rob and Sistine have an unconventional but authentic and relatable relationship. Watch this video with your students to discover why the Book Boys think this multifaceted story about bonds and overcoming obstacles is a great way to start a conversation about the challenges life throws our way.
Ask your students these conversation-prompting questions:
• In the video, Max mentions themes. Can you think of some additional themes pertaining to issues Sistine and Rob face?
• Allister talks about the symbolism of the suitcase. Can you list some of the symbols and metaphors in The Tiger Rising?
• Elliott’s favorite character is Willie May. Who are some other strong characters in The Tiger Rising? Who is your favorite character? Are they strong? Why or why not?
You can also keep the dialogue going with the literature circle classroom discussion questions and activities provided on page 117 of the book.
How did the Book Boys’ discussion on The Tiger Rising inspire your own class conversation? We’d love to hear from you! Please share with us on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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While the Book Boys come from diverse backgrounds and were definitely different growing up, they all have one thing in common: they really want to get kids excited about books and reading.
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