A Separate Peace by John Knowles - Character Map: Using a spider map graphic organizer, instruct students to analyze main characters from A Separate Peace. Sections include Physical Traits, Character Traits, and a Quote.
You know that part in chapter 3 of A Separate Peace where Gene narrates, "For me this moment in history..." then goes on to poetically describe America during WWII? I had my students do this for our current America, and life from their point-of-view so insightful. "There are too many phones and not enough socializing" "Money is hard to get but easy to spend because everyone wants the newest and greatest" "To waste time in America is immoral"
A classic coming-of-age story about two boys, set around the time of the Second World War. Dealing with one of the boy’s jealousy of another, and the tragic accident resulting from it, the novel mourns and reflects on the specific moment when all innocence is lost. After all, a boy cannot go on thinking life is about ice cream and tree forts forever.