The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane 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.

''The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane'' is about a china rabbit doll who endures many life challenges only to find happiness again. This lesson provides activities to help students think about the story and learn a bit of American history.

Analyzing the Miraculous Journey

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is about a rabbit that initially lives a cushy life with a little girl named Abilene. However, one day the china rabbit is lost at sea and becomes the pet of several owners including a hobo. Edward's most daunting tragedy happens when he's broken against a countertop, repaired, and displayed in a doll store until sweet Abilene, who has now become an adult mother, finds him and takes him home.

These activities allow students to analyze Edward's 30-year journey, learn about an actual historical ocean liner, the RMS Queen Mary, and recall the story's characters.

Edward Tulane's Travels

Life's been both kind and challenging to Edward. In this activity, students will recall his travels through life outlining his emotional journey to find happiness.

Materials

  • Black construction paper
  • Gel pens

Instructions

Distribute the black construction paper to each student. Ask students to place the construction paper vertically at the top of their desk and fold downward. Next tell them to fold the construction paper to the right, staple at the top left and cut in between the fold lines. The students should have a booklet with eight pages.

Ask students to create an artistic cover using the gel pens. Then ask students to choose seven of Edward's owners and write an overview of his relationship and what they believed he learned with the owner. Tell students to use one page per owner. Students must use the gel pens as they show up on black construction paper and look really cool. Allow students to decorate their booklet and share their story with the class.

The History of RMS Queen Mary

While The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a fictional story, the RMS Queen Mary is an actual ship that sailed for more than 30 years starting in the 1930s. Students will connect one of the most important scenes in the book by researching the RMS Queen Mary.

Materials

  • Computer
  • Presentation software
  • Projector (optional)

Instructions

Ask students if they remember the name of the ship where Edward became lost at sea. After the short answer, tell students the RMS Queen Mary is a real ship that sailed from the 1930s to the 1960s and they are going to research the history, purposes, and layout of the ship.

Divide students into groups of three or four and assign one of these topics to each group:

  • History of the ship
  • Overview of the interior
  • The ship's route with colored map
  • Permanent home and tourist attraction

Tell students to include pictures where applicable and allow them to present their findings once complete. Afterwards, pose the following discussion questions to the class:

  • Based on the explanation in the book, exactly where did Edward go overboard on the ship?
  • Do you think the tragedy could have been prevented? If so, discuss suggestions in detail.
  • How was Edward rescued after being on the ocean floor?
  • Did his life take a turn for the better or worse after the rescue? Explain.

Character Association Game

In this activity, students will be able to identify major and minor characters in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

Materials

  • Index cards
  • Container
  • Timer

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