Schooled by Gordan Korman Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

''Schooled'' is a children's novel about a boy from a commune who goes to a regular middle school. It's an outsider's perspective on real middle school experiences, which can help your students talk about what these experiences mean to them.


Schooled is a 2007 children's novel by author Gordon Korman, which follows the adventures of a boy who was raised on a commune as he transfers to a normal middle school. It's a fun fish-out-of-water story that helps to highlight many of the experiences that students have in middle school, from dances to bullying. The book is generally intended for grades 5-8, and that is the target audience for these discussion questions.

Questions about Characters and Plot

  • Who is the main character of Schooled? How are we introduced to Capricorn Anderson? What do we learn about him right away? What impact does this have on how we view Capricorn? Why do you think the author starts the book this way?
  • How would you describe Capricorn's personality? What are his character traits? How are those traits defined?
  • In your own words, what is Schooled about? What is the plot of this book? Try to describe it in one sentence. How is this plot established? Where does the central conflict come from?
  • Describe the other major characters in this book? Who is Rain? What is her relationship with Capricorn? What is her personality like? Who is Mrs. Donnelly? What does she represent to Capricorn? How is she similar to Rain, and how is she different? How is Mrs. Donnelly similar to Capricorn, and how is she different?
  • Who is Zach? What is his relationship like with Capricorn? Who is Sophie? What does she think about Capricorn? What are each of these characters going through?
  • How does Capricorn take a bad situation and begin to improve it? What does he do? How does he win over his classmates? How do his personality and character traits impact the plot? How do they impact people around him?
  • How does this story end? How is the central conflict resolved? Why do you think it ends this way? What is the author trying to say? How have each of the major characters changed by the end of the story?

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