87 pages 2 hours read

Watt Key

Alabama Moon

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2006

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Discussion/Analysis Prompt

Describe the character growth of Hal and Moon and how their growth compares. Use these questions to discuss plot and character details to support your answers.

  • How does Hal change from the novel’s beginning to the novel’s conclusion?
  • Who or what brought about the changes in Hal?
  • How has Moon grown in the novel?
  • What does Moon begin to understand about how he lived before his father died?
  • Describe the characters who are antagonists toward Moon and Hal.
  • Do all the antagonists have bad intentions for Moon?
  • Are the antagonists in the novel important to Hal’s and Moon’s character growth?
  • How could the antagonists have worked to help Moon rather than isolating him from authority figures?

Teaching Suggestion: Students may want to compile ideas for these questions through brainstorming in their notes or as bulleted points in small groups before joining a larger, whole-class discussion. Alternatively, you might provide students additional time to analyze the prompt independently before discussing aloud.

Differentiation Suggestion: Students who require additional assistance with whole-text analysis may benefit from focusing their discussion on Moon’s character growth in the novel.