Would you choose to live forever if you had the option? That is the key question in Natalie Babbitt’s novel, Tuck Everlasting. At first thought, we all think, of course, but this novel will make you think twice about what living forever would really mean. Would you still jump at the chance? Will Winnie? Should Winnie?
Tuck Everlasting was first published in 1975 and has been made into two film versions over the years. It leaves the reader with the question, is immortality a blessing or a curse?
Summary of Tuck Everlasting:
*From the book jacket
Is eternal life a blessing or a curse? That is what young Winnie Foster must decide when she discovers a spring on her family’s property whose waters grant immortality. Members of the Tuck family, having drunk from the spring, tell Winnie of their experiences watching life go by and never growing older.
But then Winnie must decide whether or not to keep the Tucks’ secret-and whether or not to join them on their neverending journey.
This is a very thought-provoking novel that will be sure to create lots of deep thinking and dialogue within your students. Wonderful class discussions and debates will erupt over whether it’s better to live forever or to live as intended.
I offer a complete novel study to accompany Tuck Everlasting for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.
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Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!
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