Bring contemporary fiction into your secondary classroom with Carve in the Classroom.
Adolescence is fraught with emotional upheaval and impulsive behavior: for Jessica, the sixteen-year-old protagonist of “Firebug,” however, the struggle to manage frustration is particularly imperative. Growing “hot under the collar” is no metaphor for her; she grows warm with anger and projects a heat onto nearby objects—her sister’s hair, the garden, her sleeping mother—that causes them to ignite. Cortese’s second-person narrative is a believable account of a kid with a condition and the effects of this condition upon her family and social life. Jessica’s relatable character and her tangible struggles to manage anger and frustration make “Firebug” a particularly good choice for introducing magical realism to high-school students.
LESSON PLAN INCLUDES:
-detailed "about the author"
-interactive opening activity
-content & craft discussion questions
-expository and creative writing prompts
-literary connections with other works
-connect with the author information
Read or listen to the story online at http://carvezine.com/2012-winter-cortese/