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Tuck Everlasting Activities

Instructor: Lisa Roundy

Lisa has taught at all levels from kindergarten to college and has a master's degree in human relations.

The activities in this lesson will help students assign deeper meaning to 'Tuck Everlasting'. Included are both group and individual activities that can be assigned to take home, or incorporated in the classroom.

Activities for Tuck Everlasting

The following list of activities will help students better connect with the book, Tuck Everlasting, through exploration of the deeper meaning that exists beyond the surface of the story. Activities included focus on finding meaning through examination of different literary elements. Both group and individual activities are provided.

Activity for Understanding Setting

  • Have students illustrate a map that depicts the main settings in Tuck Everlasting. This can be completed as a group project in class, or as an individual take home assignment. Make sure that all of the places with an important role in the story are labeled. When the map is completed, have a class discussion about the places labeled on the map, why each is depicted in a certain way, and how this helps make the story meaningful.

Activities Regarding Theme

  • As an individual activity, have students imagine that they could choose to stay the same age forever. Have them write about what age they would choose and why. They should each provide at least three reasons why they would want to be that age and three problems with staying that age forever.
  • Imagine the Tucks are still everlasting and wandering the earth. Have a class discussion to brainstorm how you might recognize the Tucks if they came to your hometown. Then, have the students break into small groups to develop a skit that will role play seeing the Tucks. In their skit they must describe where they see the Tucks, what they are be doing, and how they recognized them.
  • Divide the class into two groups. Have one group represent the Tucks and Winnie. The other group will represent the man in the yellow suit and his followers. Have a class debate regarding whether the water should be kept a secret, or whether it should be made known.
  • Have your students imagine they are going to bottle the water and sell it to the public. Have them create a marketing campaign for the water. They must include packaging for the product, a billboard or newspaper advertisement, and a television commercial. Be sure to include both the pros and cons of drinking the water in the marketing campaign. For example, the packaging might have a slogan promoting eternal youth, but would also have a warning label stating that the results are irreversible.

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