Jeannette's parents believe that children need: Freedom and the chance to learn to fend for themselves. What other memoirs does this book remind you of? Were there other comparable memoirs that came to mind? Much of the abject poverty depicted in The Glass Castle, especially in Welch, is a product of the shift of much of the United States away from a manufacturing and industrial economy during the second half of the twentieth century. Which were the most shocking, the most inspiring, the funniest? What do people like about Jeannette's story? What has happened to Maureen at the end of the novel? Does your school have a protocol for homeless students? They refuse to conform to them. Walls speaks informally with faculty and staff in Oviatt's Presentation Room that day at 4 p. Why is it important that, just before leaving for New York, Jeannette tells her father that she doesn't believe he'll ever build it? Material World: A Global Family Portrait.
How would the story be different if told by one of her siblings? Describe the metaphor of the glass castle and what it signifies to Jeannette and her father. What were his strengths and weaknesses, his flaws and contradictions? Do you believe that Jeannette is happy with her life at the end of the novel? But all is not lost! Do you think John is a better match for Jeannette than Eric was? Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Jeannette Walls spent a tumultuous childhood, along with her brother and sisters, as her independent and eccentric parents wandered around the American Southwest, before the family settled in Welch, West Virginia when she was a teenager. If she was, how was she neglected? The Glass Castle: A Memoir. Discuss the tone of the book, and how do you think that Walls achieved that effect? There's still enough time for you to read The Glass Castle before author Jeannette Walls visits campus on Sep. How would you describe the shift in the book's tone? Name one example of foreshadowing on page 18. The packet is extensive and includes ideas for faculty teaching freshman writing both 155 and 115 ; University 100; and other subjects sociology, child development, and others as well as ideas for Community Engagement projects.
Why is it important that, just before she leaves for New York, Jeannette tells her father that she doesn't believe he will ever build it. What is the overall message of the novel? How does the initial impression of her mother as a homeless woman affect your reading? On what occasions did he actually come through for them? Would you be able to forgive your parents? Glass Castle Essential Questions: 1. How is each part a significant time in her life? Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. Glass Castle Discussion Questions 1. What is Jeannette's manner of telling her story in Part 1? Why do you think this is? Walls ultimately followed her sister Lori to New York in 1977, when she was 17, where she graduated from Barnard College. What would their side s of the story be like? If so, why did Jeannette's parents treat her and her siblings in this way? San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1994. Berkeley, Calif: Ten Speed, 2007.
As a teacher, how would you handle the situation of having students that move around a lot and do not have stability in their lives? What type of childhood does Jeannette say she had? Contact Cheryl Spector at x6535 or via. Were you able to be equally nonjudgmental? If so, what is it? How does her current economic status affect the view of her parents? Do you believe that Jeanette's parents truly do love their children, or do they just feel obligated since they brought them into the world? Jeannette believes that the way she is raised is normal. According to Erikkson, how will her experiences as a child, such as falling out of the car and her father chasing after her mother with the car, affect her when she is older? Last fall, my 114 students read a variety of essays from a composition anthology. She has written two novels other than The Glass Castle, and currently lives with her second husband, John Taylor, in Virginia. This section contains 6,980 words approx. Why do you think she does this? Was Jeannette neglected as a child? Available in Oviatt Library and a good first information competence search assignment for your freshmen.
Towns like Welch no longer had a thriving economic center and fell into desolation as a result. And therefore, faculty especially those teaching in are invited to suggest additional ideas for approaching the book from their own disciplines. If you were Jeannette, how would you handle instability? Why is the book still popular years after its release? Version for faculty--with answer key--available from Cheryl Spector or Ronit Sarig on request. What basic needs do Jeannette's family not always provide? Why do you think she opens with that story, and how does it set the stage for the rest of the memoir? The Glass Castle spent 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list when it came out in 2005, and is currently being turned into a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence. Before writing a memoir, Walls had already published one book, entitled Dish: The Inside Story of the World of Gossip, which delves into the historical and cultural context of gossip and relies upon her years as a gossip columnist. Unless otherwise stated, this discussion guide is reprinted with the permission of Scribner. Both novel and essay inform the student writings, exercises and essays.
How does her current economic status compare to her parents? What kind of man was Rex Walls? Do you believe that as children we are raised in bubbles and do not know what is going on around us? How would you safely and effectively integrate these different bubbles? Would you still see them? What effect did such a big move have on the family -- and on your reading of the story? Did the parents neglect their children on purpose?. And how do you think those traits shaped Jeannette's life? Version for faculty--with answer key--available from Cheryl Spector or Ronit Sarig on request. What are Jeannette's parents' feelings regarding society's rules? Jeannette doesn't say very much about her sister, Maureen, but what can we understand from how little she says? A novel is one way to go. . . .
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