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Ordinary People

By Judith Guest (3)

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Tragedy first wounds and then fragments a middleclass family in Judith Guest's novel Ordinary People. When Buck Jarrett dies in a freak boating accident, his younger brother Conrad struggles to accept that he has survived while his brother has not. Conrad's subsequent suicide attempt leads to a long hospitalization, which only partially stabilizes the depressed teenager. The situation is worsened by his mother's emotional withdrawal, as Beth tries to reassert some normalcy by compulsively straightening the house, privately awash in grief for her beloved Buck. Her behavior profoundly affects both Conrad and his father Calvin. Conrad begins to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Berger, who helps him to unlock his grief and grapple with his survivor's guilt. Conrad also develops a relationship with a girl that aids him in his healing process. But as his mother and father increasingly draw apart, the family is once again broken. With a skilled depiction of a family dealing with grief’s shattering tendencies, Guest’s novel is highly recommended for young adult readers.

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    Prestwick House
    76 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Teaching Unit: Ordinary People (eBook)

    For either the new or experienced teacher, Prestwick House's Teaching Units serve as a useful resource for teaching a new book, with a broad selection of eBook guides available for immediate download. Chapter-by-chapter exercises help students achieve scholarly objectives with essay and discussion questions, vocabulary lists, and a multiple-choice test. Educators will save time and energy with this indispensible teaching resource.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Teaching Units series. Other best-selling titles include: The Lottery; Life of Pi; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; A Thousand Splendid Suns; The Outsiders; The Gift of the Magi; I Know What You Did Last Summer, and many more. The aforementioned best-selling eBook guides for teaching, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.


     
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    Activity Pack: Ordinary People (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    112 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Activity Pack: Ordinary People (eBook)

    It's possible to energize student learning while accomplishing state-set objectives and national criterion with Prestwick House Activity Packs! Students will learn crucial abstract literary concepts, including the subtlety of style and plot, the elaborateness of theme, and the inclinations of their favorite characters. With this eBook, a variety of reproducible exercises are offered, giving students hands-on experience that will prove integral to their literary experience and indispensible to educators.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Activity Pack series, comprised of some of the following titles: Into The Wild; Life of Pi; The Picture of Dorian Gray; The Poisonwood Bible; The Bluest Eye; Beowulf. All aforementioned Prestwick House Activity Packs, as well as the rest of the series, can be viewed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button on the left.


     
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    Response Journal: Ordinary People (eBook)

    Prestwick House
    45 Pages, Grades 7 - 12
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    Response Journal: Ordinary People (eBook)

    This Prestwick House Response Journal is specifically designed to help students relate ideas in literature back to their own experiences. This eBook provides chapter-by-chapter reproducible prompts to help students reflect on what they've read, bridging their life experiences with the adventures of the characters. As part of the response-centered movement, critical thinking journals make a superb warm-up activity that will eventually culminate into a personal reference.This eBook is an entry in the Prestwick House Response Journals series. Other best-selling titles include: Rebecca; The Secret Life of Bees; Into The Wild; The Bluest Eye; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Brave New World; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and many more. The aforementioned best-selling eBook response journals, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.