Schooled by Gordon Korman Activities

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

After reading 'Schooled,' students will enjoy the following activities as they recall specific scenes, themes and learn more about Tai Chi in an engaging activity. These activities are for intermediate grades and up.

Fun Activities for Middle School

Schooled by Gordon Korman introduces students to the transition of life on a hippie commune to traditional school life. These activities designed for intermediate students will allow them to more fully understand and comprehend scenes and themes in the book.

Television Reporter

One of the most harrowing scenes in Schooled is the bus driver's heart attack. In this activity, students will outline the job responsibilities of a television reporter, then complete a role play simulating the role of a television reporter and camera person.


  • Microphone
  • Smart devices (laptop, cell phone or tablet)
  • Paper
  • Pencils


Lead a classroom discussion on the heart attack scene and ask students if they know someone who has had a heart attack. If so, allow them to share their experience. Then tell students they are going to participate in a role play simulation as a television reporter and camera person. Ask students to identify the role and job responsibilities of both careers. Write their responses on the board. Then pair students, distribute paper and pencils to each and ask them to identify one person as the television reporter and the other as a camera person. Ask the television reporter to independently write a one to two-minute news report on the bus driver's heart attack while the camera person prepares the most effective background and scene to record. After the assigned television reporter is finished writing their story, ask the pairs to switch roles and now the camera person turned news reporter will independently write a news story. After all pairs are finished, ask each to record their news stories using the smart device. Afterwards, have them compare and contrast their stories and discuss why they chose certain aspects to highlight. Then allow volunteers to play their news report for the class.

Policies Against Bullying

Bullying represents a central theme in Schooled. Hugh comments that he could write an encyclopedia of bullying techniques. In this activity, students will identify strategies to combat bullying techniques, analyze their school's bullying policy and suggest revisions to protect victims of bullying.


  • Poster boards
  • Markers
  • Computers or smart devices
  • Internet access

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