Thank you for purchasing this study guide for one of James Preller's most popular books, Bystander. This book presents the powerful story of Eric Hayes, a 7th grade student at Bellport Central Middle School and his encounters with school bullying. It is also a tale of a young man’s broken relationship with his father, his changing connection with his mother, and his newly formed and fragile friendship with Mary, a student at the school who has been both bully and target. Eric is forced to make mature, life-altering decisions while all the while trying to fit in and understand the new community of which he is now a part. His struggles to make these decisions and, “do the right thing,” will impact all readers. While geared to a middle school audience, this book can easily be read by advanced upper-elementary school students and can also be used successfully in selected high school classes. Administrators, as well, will understand the benefit this book’s message brings to students, faculty and staff.
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This study guide supports the following Common Core reading standards:
RL 1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
RL 2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
RL 3 Analyze how and why individuals, events and ideas develop an d interact over the course of text.
RL 4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices, shape meaning or tone.
RL 5 Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs and larger portions of he text relate to each other and the whole.
RL 6 Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
RL 10 Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.