The novel, Blind, by Rachel DeWoskin is a journey into the mind of a high school girl who is suddenly blinded by a tragic accident. The central idea of growing up while overcoming an adversity is developed via a story line blended between her old life (before the accident) and her current life (after the accident).
The subject matter is for your mature student as some of the subtopics the characters is exposed to her in her life and that of her friends includes some drug use, premarital sex, suicide, and a gay character. While these topics come into play this study guide focuses on the central theme of overcoming adversity and her growth and thought process during this experience.
This 70 page Novel Study guide address the common core standards for the High School student by exploring inferences, explicit text meaning, denotation of vocabulary words, analyzing text and comparing text to other literature. A poetry lesson is included to join with the character's study of Spring. This guide asks for the students to reflect and develop thoughts and ideas on topics and use critical thinking skills. The questions are also designed for personal reflection as well as class discussions. Creativity comes into play as the students will also engage in some hands on activities such as puzzles, and illustrations. Many students also have a desire or need for service points and one activity is provided to help them help others with a braille activity.
Can a person be both irrational and rational, like a toddler's reasoning?
How can a blind person learn more about others without seeing them, or asking them?
The character, Emma, becomes philosophical with her reflections such as "remembering what holds days together is more important than a few big ticket, smile for the camera events."
Others like: "I used to believe seeing and thinking were the same thing."
Consider if a 'fresh-cut green town' can become a ' cracked outside and a scarlet, pulsing center, volcanic, like my fear."
Newness was trying to suck me under while I struggled to float or swim to some familiar land."
"Is it possible to know yourself if you are not around the things and people who made you you?"
Students can FEEL Emma's raw emotions and will be able to empathize with her ordeal.
Many Figures of Speech are used and analyzed as well!
The Novel Study Guide includes a Braille HOW TO with flashcards that are ready to be printed and cut apart for each student's convenience.