105 pages 3 hours read

Gordon Korman


Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2012

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Use this activity to engage all types of learners, while requiring that they refer to and incorporate details from the text over the course of the activity.

“A New Program for Hardcastle Schools”

In this activity, students will demonstrate their understanding of the novel’s messages about Human Growth and Development by creating a proposal for a new program that will help both ASD and Hardcastle Middle School students develop their potential.

The robotics program at ASD helps Donovan start to reach his true potential as a student and as a person. Of course, robotics isn’t for everyone. But what if Dr. Shultz noticed how this program bridges the gap between the ASD students and “regular” Hardcastle Middle School students and decided that it would be a good idea to create more programs like this, for everyone to participate in? Imagine that you are a student in this district and have been invited to create a program that will interest both ASD students and Hardcastle Middle School students.

Decide What Needs Your Program Should Meet

  • Look back at the text and find evidence of how students in each school can grow and develop to become more mature, well-rounded people.
  • Look for evidence of what kinds of interests both sets of students might share.