Real Teens Read: Walk Two Moons

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“Never judge a man before you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.”

This month’s book selection for our our Real Teens Read literature discussion group is Walk Two Moons, a Newbery Award winner by Sharon Creech.

The teens also read two poems that are mentioned in the book:

  • “the little horse is newlY” by e. e. cummings
  • “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Walk Two Moons is a wonderful book, and the teens really enjoy it, as well as the poetry this time.

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We discussed the technique the author uses of a frame — telling a story within the story. The teens thought this made the novel more interesting, and we compared and contrasted aspects of the main plot and the parallel plot. Many of the teens like the way the serious, often tragic events of the story were handled, and they think that the author’s use of humor made the story even better. One of our guys ranks this as his favorite book.

literature discussion activities

After filling up on pizza and brownies, the teens did some leather crafting, and stamped away on arrowhead-shaped pieces to make personalized key rings.

We also have a field trip planned to a historical mill site where we can see ancient Native American petroglyphs.

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