Robert Blue

TEACHER'S COPY - MAY COPY PAGE 2 FOR YOUR STUDENTS

Identification and Discussion Questions

1. Which son, Bob (the older) or Billy (the younger), showed more maturity in the story? How?

(Billy because he returned home and went to work. Bob became angry because Billy was welcomed back.)

2. When Robert watched Billy go through the paces, Robert feared that both sons were actually lost to him. Why did Robert feel this way?

(Perhaps, seeing Billy's lack of enthusiasm, he knew that Billy's spirit was gone and he feared it would not return. Since Bob was angry with him, he might stay away once he completed college.)

3. Each member of the Blue family has a problem. What problem does each have?

(Robert: loss of closeness to his sons and regretting his mistakes.

Judith: loss of her husband's trust and confidence.

Bob: lack of feeling loved.

Billy: lack of maturity and the strength to live his life to its full potential.)

Activity

Ask students to silently and thoughtfully choose a character from this story in whom they can "see themselves," a character who has similar behaviors, beliefs, problems, or personality traits. Allow students to write two or three sentences in their journals or paper to be handed in detailing their response. Student names could be omitted if papers are collected.

Diverse Thinking

How does the picture on page 53 relate to this story?

Just for Today

Admit your mistakes. Forgive yourself. Then make changes within yourself so that you don't repeat those mistakes. Record these adjustments in your journal or have conversations with a trusted friend.

Vocabulary

from scratch


in lieu


acquiesce


fetch


clandestine


accord


wayward


crystallize


heir


deject


prodigal


parable