Stargirl Lesson Plan
- Grades: 6–8, 9–12
About this book
Conformity is a difficult issue for teens. Stargirl explores a character that doesn't try to "fit in" and is still happy in her own skin. Both girls and boys can relate to the themes in this story. Students love Stargirl's antics throughout the novel. She will remind them of favorite movie characters that do crazy things.
Students will examine cause-and-effect relationships within the story. Students will identify problems/conflicts and solutions within the plot of the story. Students will examine "conformity" as a main theme of the novel.
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Have students fill in a graphic organizer on problem and solution.
Towards the end of the novel, organize students into small groups of 3 or 4 to review information recorded on the sheet. Ask the students to discuss whether or not there is just one problem/conflict within the story and whether or not there is just one solution.
Have the students examine their own need to fit in versus the beauty of individuality. Ask each student to create an acrostic poem out of his/her own name identifying key personal characteristics and strengths each can celebrate.