Experience the hardships of being the new kid and how to persevere in a discriminatory climate.
The activities in this resource allow educators to customize their unit for individual student needs. Predict what will be revealed about the character Andy based on first impressions. Compare the different results from Jordan’s meeting with Maury and then with Drew. Recall events from the Secret Santa game in Jordan’s homeroom. Put events that take place during the holiday break in the correct order. Reflect on how you perceive others and how they perceive you. Play a game of “this or that” by comparing two different things and deciding which is better. Relate the plot or themes of chapter titles with their real-world counterparts. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, our worksheets incorporate a variety of scaffolding strategies along with additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key.
About the Novel:
New Kid follows seventh grader Jordan Banks as he embarks on his first day at a prestigious private school. His mother’s attempts to prepare him for the real world has hindered his dreams of attending an art school. At Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan is just one of a few other students who look like him. His initial experience is wrought with challenges from fitting in to facing racism. Throughout these many struggles, Jordan manages to make a few new friends, but still struggles to fit in with his old ones. Trapped between two worlds, Jordan is faced with the realization that some people are blind to the discrimination around them. When Jordan finally has enough and sticks up for a friend, he sees some change for the better in the school environment. New Kid is a graphic novel that shows the struggle of one character’s experience being the new kid at school, and how he perseveres to grow into a new kid in life.
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