Overall Response: When respectively looking at and reading the front and back cover of Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, I was expecting to engage in a silly novel about a hyperactive child who struggled with his impulse control, resulting in entertaining misadventures that would prompt some laughs and insight into what I perceived to be ADHD. At the end of reading this novel, I certainly felt a bit tired, as if entrusted to watch Joey Pigza, yet happy for this wonderful child, who is a good kid after all despite what he has been led to feel. No freaking kidding! As seen in the above descriptions, Gantos uses the dual setting of school and home to show ADHD in an entire new light, resulting in a much different and heartbreaking story than I expected. Consider how Gantos describes a hyperactive Joey literally bouncing off the walls of the school hallway at the beginning of the story p. Like Adriana insightfully noted, we saw how the ADHD affects other characters beside Joey, including his grandmother, mother, fellow classmates, teachers, etc.
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A Discussion Guide for Parents and Teachers This site provides a discussion guide for both parents and teachers that will help them learn about the book and what types of discussions they can have with the children because this book deals with some major issues such as ADHD. I think this site will be very useful to help the students get involved. This link has a variety of short answer test prompts that the students can answer individuality or within a group.
This exercise will help the students make connections to the story. Use this text to teach students more about Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Use this text to give students knowledge of single-parent families. Use this text to help students understand that in their classroom every child is different and that everyone should accept each other for who they are.
This will help those students who might need more background information on ADHD. I think this is a good topic for a book because at some time or another most students will have to deal with special needs children in the classroom.
Then have them jot down important quotes on one side and predictions they think might occur for each chapter on the other side. This will help the students stay connected to the text. This will help the students monitor how much they remember and how much they pay attention when the story is being read aloud. Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza swallowed the key. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Posted by.
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