Tuck Everlasting Unit Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

''Tuck Everlasting'' is a children's book for upper elementary and middle school students by Natalie Babbitt that explores themes related to coming of age, immortality, and love. This unit plan provides an outline for an instructional unit about this novel.

Tuck Everlasting

If you could live forever, would you? If you fell in love with someone who was immortal, would that change your view? These are questions students will ponder as they read Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. In this book, a teenage girl named Winnie Foster is struggling for independence from her own family when she meets the Tuck family. The Tucks inadvertently gained immortality and have to deal with a series of challenges related to their special circumstances. This unit plan serves as a guideline for a novel study on Tuck Everlasting for teachers to use in the classroom.

Teaching the Novel

As students embark on this novel, teachers will want to pre-teach some of unfamiliar terms, such as immortality, to students to enhance comprehension when students encounter this theme in their reading. Connecting eternal life in Tuck Everlasting to other familiar stories, such as the elixir of life from the Harry Potter series, will increase student engagement and provide context for understanding why the gift of eternal youth may not be as great as it seems. The Tuck Everlasting Lesson Plan is a great resource for the examination and discussion of the theme followed by an opportunity for students to create their own fiction writing about similar topics.

Classroom Discussions

As students are reading this book, they will get the most from their reading if they alternate between different configurations, such as teacher read-alouds, small group literature circles, and silent reading. Some chapters might be read in class with other chapters assigned for homework. Regardless of the configuration, there should be some discussion after each chapter to support comprehension. The Tuck Everlasting Comprehension Questions contain questions about the characters, setting, and plot that range from basic recall to deeper analysis in ways that support students regardless of instructional level.

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