Ideas for Learners Promoting Literacy, Inquiry, and Meaningful Learning Experiences
No Talking by Andrew Clements

Book Summary

It begins with a boy who reads about silent protests, and the phrase, "you have the right to remain silent." After an experimentally quiet morning and an explosive argument with the girl at the next table, the challenge is on. Who can talk the least - boys or girls? How will their teachers and families react?
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No Talking

Book Review

This book examines ethics involved in a competition - are people keeping score in an honest way? It also depicts students solving problems - in a fairly simple way, but they are the ones managing the system and analyzing the strengths and unintended consequences. An interesting look at social movements and the importance of examining things we may take for granted.


Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Choosing Not to Speak
  • Social Movements
  • School Relationships
  • Gender-Based Contests

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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