Bring contemporary fiction into your secondary classroom with Carve in the Classroom.
The unnamed narrator of “The Dead Kid” reflects on her part in bullying Frankie, a boy who disappeared and was later found, dead, in an old refrigerator. She and her best friend Jean navigate around the omnipresent “mean kids,” a pair of boys aged 11 and 13, who exhibit the prototypical characteristics of “bad kids”: smoking, early sexuality, and hazing of other children. One night, the narrator and Jean are intruded upon by these boys while camping in the backyard, and the boys dare the girls to accompany them to the dump. The narrator accepts the dare, enjoying the attention that usually falls upon the prettier Jean. At the dump, the mean boys leave her in the refrigerator, where she begins to hallucinate and is rescued by the dump’s owner, Mr. Dunbar. Mr. Dunbar is a kind of tragic character throughout the story, and it is his musings that close it. This story is ideal for discussing peer relationships and the subtle power dynamics that govern them.
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/2008-winter-king/