Allow plenty of time
for students to discuss how they feel after reading the stories.
Have students briefly summarize the three stories and have them
share the data noted in their logs. Make sure they include the significant
facts of each story. Ask students:
- Despite differences
in age, what features did Krystyna, Lili and Alexander share in
- How did each child
attempt to cope with his or her circumstances and the problems
he or she faced?
- Does being hidden
away from one's family make a difference in how each child coped?
- What do you think
was crucial to the survival of each child?
Although these stories
are about children in extreme circumstances, many of the attitudes
and behaviors discussed have some relevance to how students "problem
solve" in general. Have students discuss "what works for
them" and what behaviors and attitudes have contributed to
their own successes and failures.
The discussions arising
out of these readings are meant to be open-ended. However, students
must be willing to support their conclusions with evidence or examples.