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The Chocolate War 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.

''The Chocolate War'' is a novel written by Robert Cormier in 1974 that is still popular with young adult readers today. Use this discussion guide in your middle school class to help students think critically about the book.

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

In The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier uses the characters of Jerry, The Goober, Archie, The Vigils and Brother Leon to make statements about stereotypes, conformity, and peer pressure. The book has been around for nearly 25 years and remains controversial today. If reading this book in your classroom, these discussion question will help your students dig into the deeper meaning behind the plot. The questions are broken into two groups: plot and extension questions. The plot questions will ensure that your students have an understanding of the key events and the extension question will help your students apply the takeaways from this book to their own life.

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