A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith Discussion Questions

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

''A Tree Grows in Brooklyn'' is one of the most popular American novels from the early 20th century. These discussion questions will help your middle and high school students dig deeper into the plot and themes of the book.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Published in 1943, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn tells the story of a young girl, Francie, who grows up in Brooklyn, New York, during the early 1900s. The story is loosely based on the author, Betty Smith's, own childhood. If reading this book in your middle or high school classroom, your students will connect to Francie's successes, failures, internal and external struggles. The questions in this guide are broken into two sections: plot and theme. Use these discussion questions once students have finished reading the novel.

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