Resources I used while teaching The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier to grade level 9th graders in Colorado.


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


The Chocolate War Bullying



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LA.9-12.1.1: Reading and Writing

using a full range of strategies to comprehend essays, speeches, autobiographies, and first-person historical documents in addition to the types of literature mentioned above.

LA.9-12.2.1: Reading and Writing

using fictional, dramatic, and poetic techniques in writing;

LA.9-12.2.2: Reading and Writing

conveying technical information in a written form appropriate to the audience;

LA.9-12.2.3: Reading and Writing

supporting an opinion using various forms of persuasion (factual or emotional) in speaking and writing;

LA.9-12.2.4: Reading and Writing

incorporating material from a wider range of sources (for example, newspapers, magazines, interviews, technical publications, books) in their writing and speaking;

LA.9-12.2.5: Reading and Writing

selecting a focused topic and drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading a legible final copy;

LA.9-12.2.6: Reading and Writing

writing in various specialized fields such as career and academic interest areas (for example, scientific, technical, business communications); and

LA.9-12.2.7: Reading and Writing

experimenting with stylistic elements such as voice, tone, and style.

LA.9-12.3.1: Reading and Writing

using pronoun reference correctly in writing and speaking;

LA.9-12.3.2: Reading and Writing

using phrases and clauses for purposes of modification and parallel structure in writing and speaking;

LA.9-12.3.3: Reading and Writing

using internal capitalization and punctuation of secondary quotations in writing;

LA.9-12.3.4: Reading and Writing

using manuscript forms specified in various style manuals for writing (for example, indenting for extended quotations, precise placement and form of page numbers, appropriate line spacing); and

LA.9-12.3.5: Reading and Writing

refining spelling and grammatical skills and becoming a self-evaluator of their writing and speaking.

LA.9-12.4.1: Reading and Writing

recognizing an author's point of view, purpose, and historical and cultural context;

LA.9-12.4.2: Reading and Writing

using reading, writing, listening, articulate speaking, and viewing to solve problems;

LA.9-12.4.3: Reading and Writing

knowing what constitutes literary quality based on elements such as the author's point of view, the author's selection of significant details, theme development, and the author's reflection of events and ideas of his or her lifetime; and

LA.9-12.4.4: Reading and Writing

critiquing the content of written work and oral presentations.

LA.9-12.5.1: Reading and Writing

using organizational features of printed text such as citations, end notes, and bibliographic references to locate relevant information;

LA.9-12.5.2: Reading and Writing

evaluating information in light of what they know and their specific needs;

LA.9-12.5.3: Reading and Writing

using organizational features of electronic text such as bulletin boards, database keyword searches, and e-mail addresses to locate information when technology is available;

LA.9-12.5.4: Reading and Writing

using strategies to gain information from journals, research studies, and technical documents; and

LA.9-12.5.5: Reading and Writing

using available technology to access information, conduct research, and produce a carefully documented product.

LA.9-12.6.1: Reading and Writing

reading, responding to, and discussing novels, poetry, short stories, non-fiction, content-area and technical material, plays, essays, and speeches;

LA.9-12.6.2: Reading and Writing

using literary terminology accurately, such as theme, mood, diction, idiom, perspective, style, and point of view;

LA.9-12.6.3: Reading and Writing

identifying recurrent themes in United States literature;

LA.9-12.6.4: Reading and Writing

developing and supporting a thesis about the craft and significance of particular works of literature, both classic and contemporary, from a variety of ethnic writers.

LA.9-12.6.5: Reading and Writing

comparing and contrasting stories, novels, poems, and other forms of literature from different countries, time periods, or cultures;

LA.9-12.6.6: Reading and Writing

using novels, poetry, short stories, non-fiction, autobiographies, plays, essays, speeches, literary criticisms and analyses, and any other literature to explore academic, personal, or career issues; and

LA.9-12.6.7: Reading and Writing

understanding the common themes in the literature of the United States and in world literature.
Curriki Rating
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-04-25.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This resource offers excellent lesson plans for teaching the themes of bullying and peer pressure through The Chocolate War (alternative titles with the same themes are offered as well). In an 18 page document, a five week lesson is provided. It also includes: background information, activities for group work, individual work, and on-going activities. Each week’s lesson offers: objectives; complete materials and methods for instruction; assignments; quotes, texts, video clips and supporting materials from related sources; questions to guide the reading; and assessments. Assessment for the unit includes: peer response journals, bullying information sheets, webquest presentations, poems, concrete representations of issue in the novel and a handbook or play. Also included is a lesson directing the student to write a letter to him or herself about bullying.

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