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ESL Curious George Class Discussion Topics

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

If you are reading H.A. Rey's 'Curious George' with ESL students, you can have many interesting group discussions. This lesson will help you and your students get as much as you can out of discussions of the text.

Discussing Curious George

Are you a teacher who works with students for whom English is not the first language? If so, then you know that your students might approach literature differently from native English speakers. Not only is vocabulary sometimes unfamiliar, but cultural ideas and norms might be new to your students.

The children's series about the little monkey named Curious George is a popular one; it has been spun off into beloved television cartoons, numerous short books and even toys. By helping ESL students access Curious George, the first book in the series, you can offer them insight into a cultural phenomenon.

Accessing Curious George is not necessarily easy, though, and it can help to have some discussion topics to get you started. The topics in this lesson will help your ESL students consider the text.

Topics About Characters

This section offers topics dealing with the specific characters in the text.

  • What are some of the words you would use to describe Curious George himself? What are some of the traits that make him unique?
  • Who in your life does Curious George remind you of, and why? What does this connection help you understand about his character and the story overall?
  • What do you dislike about Curious George? Why do these aspects of him bother you?
  • How would you describe the man with the yellow hat? What are some of his most memorable characteristics?
  • Name three things you like about the man with the yellow hat, and three things you dislike about him, using examples from the book to support what you are saying.
  • How can you describe the relationship that develops between Curious George and the man with the yellow hat? How does this relationship come to be?
  • How does Curious George change from the beginning of the story to the end of it, and why?
  • How does the man with the yellow hat change from the beginning of the story to the end of it, and why?
  • Describe three or four of the minor characters in this story. Think about the other people and animals George interacts with. What do you think about these characters; what can you learn from them?

Topics About Plot

Here, you will find topics that will move students toward comprehension of the plot of Curious George.

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