Mrs. Butler and Ms. Casaccio's Best Stargirl Lessons
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1. Standard 1
a. interpret and analyze information from textbooks and nonfiction books
for young adults, as well as reference materials, audio and media
presentations, oral interviews, graphs, charts, diagrams, and electronic
data bases intended for a general audience
b. use a wide variety of strategies for selecting, organizing, and categorizing information
c. relate new information to prior knowledge and experience
2. Standard 2
a. read and view texts and performances from a wide range of authors, subjects, and genres
3. Standard 3
a. analyze, interpret, and evaluate information, ideas, organization, and language from academic
and nonacademic texts, such as textbooks, public documents, book and movie reviews, and editorials
4. Standard 4
a. listen attentively to others and build on others’ ideas in conversations with peers and adults
b. express ideas and concerns clearly and respectfully in conversations and group discussions
c. use verbal and nonverbal skills to improve communication with others
1. Peer Pressure Reading from the Internet and Discussion Questions
2. K-W-L Worksheet
3. “Above the Influence” Commercials
1. Peer pressure is the influence people of the same age or rank have on others.
2. Peer pressure has the potential to be either good or bad.
3. Regardless of age or rank, many people find it difficult to resist peer pressure
because of the desire to fit in.
4. Though Stargirl manages to resist peer pressure for several months while at Mica
High, she eventually succumbs to its grasp.
5. The K-W-L worksheet is an effective way to organize information and pose questions
when reading an informational text.
1. What is peer pressure?
2. Where does peer pressure come from?
3. What can I do when confronted with peer pressure?
4. Why is it important to choose your friends carefully?
5. How do Stargirl and Leo respond to the peer pressure at Mica High?
6. What is the nature of the friendships and relationships amongst the students at Mica
7. How does the K-W-L worksheet work to organize and focus reading?
Students will be able to:
1. Define peer pressure.
2. Read an article about peer pressure for information and suggestions on how to
recognize it and combat it.
3. Record their knowledge of peer pressure and pose questions as to what more
they would like to learn on the subject.
4. Apply what they have learned about peer pressure to Stargirl.
5. Engage in a small group discussion with their peers, sharing their opinions and
reactions to the article while establishing connections between the text and their own
6. Further develop their critical thinking skills by exploring the social dynamics of Mica
High and drawing conclusions based upon the author’s descriptions.
1. Distribute K-W-L worksheet. Casaccio’s Question: What do you know about peer pressure?
What do you wish you knew? Record your answers in the column marked “K” and “W.” Students will
share their responses aloud with the class. (3 min)
2. Distribute informational handout on peer pressure to each student.
3. Call on students to read the article on peer pressure aloud. (5 min)
4. Break students up into four groups to discuss the questions immediately
following the essay. Remind students of proper behavior when participating in a
discussion group. (Circulate around the room to ensure all groups are on task and
listen in for responses). (8 min)
5. The class will reconvene and the members of each group will share the nature of their
discussions with the other students.
6. To conclude the lesson, show commercials from the “Above the Influence” website.
Remind students to keep all that we have discussed today in class in mind while watching the clips.
7. Encourage students to further explore this website at home.
7. Completion of the “L” column will serve as the Casaccio Question for Thursday.
1. The teacher will assess students’ ability to relate to the novel and apply it to their own
lives through their responses to the letter posed by Leo in the advice column assignment.
2. The K-W-L strategy will assess students’ prior knowledge and critical thinking
3. Students’ recording of what they learned from the reading will serve as an
indicator of their ability to gain information from a non-fiction text.
4. The small group discussions that follow will evaluate students’ ability to apply
outside information to a text and draw conclusions based upon it, as well as their
capacity to work well with others and respect the ideas and contributions of their
Last Modified: Monday March 06 2006