Tunes for Bears to Dance to: Questioning Strategy, Discussion Web

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Readers of Robert Cormier's Tunes for Bears to Dance to are asked to consider the morality of the central character's actions

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Instructional Ideas

  • Rather than asking readers to consider Henry as either good or evil, revise the essential question to focus on how people respond to issues of morality
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a series of materials developed to accompany a reading of Robert Cormier's Tunes for Bears to Dance to
  • Rather than treating the novel as a coming of age story or of a tale about the loss of innocence, the activity asks readers to label Henry as either good or evil
Pros

  • Readers must supply evidence from the text to support their assessment of Henry
Cons

  • The activity suggests that Henry is either entirely good or entirely evil