NOVEL STUDY QUESTIONS:

EXPLORING THE TEXT

  • What makes a girl labeled "good" or "bad"?
  • To what extent do you see Psyche taking after her mother's behaviour and mannerisms?
  • What emotions does swearing alleviate?
  • How might Eros interpret Psyche's revelation at the end of the book?

CONNECTING THE TEXT

  • How do you a girl labeled "good" or "bad"? How do girls label themselves? How do boys label them?
  • To what extent do you see yourself taking after a parent's behaviour and mannerisms?
  • What situations and contexts do you find yourself swearing a little or a lot?
  • How might you react to a friend or a lover's revelation that they have been raped or been "slutty"?
  • The word "virgin" used to mean young maiden (a teen girl), but has now since evolved to describe a person of any gender who has no experience with sexual contact. To what extent does a double standard around active sexuality exist in your community for young men and women? Have you ever had a personal experience or know someone who has been shamed for being or choosing not to be sexually active?

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

1.1 Discover and Explore

Express ideas and develop understanding

  • talk with others and experience a variety of oral, print and other media texts to explore, develop and justify own opinions and points of view
  • explore and explain how interactions with others and with oral, print and other media texts affect personal understandings 
  • extend understanding by taking different points of view when rereading and reflecting on oral, print and other media texts 

Experiment with language and forms

  • develop and extend understanding by expressing and responding to ideas on the same topic, in a variety of forms of oral, print and other media texts

Express preferences

  • explain preferences for texts and genres by particular writers, artists, storytellers and filmmakers

1.2 Clarify and Extend

Consider the ideas of others

  • integrate own perspectives and interpretations with new understandings developed through discussing and through experiencing a variety of oral, print and other media texts 

Combine ideas

  • examine and re-examine ideas, information and experiences from different points of view to find patterns and see relationships

Extend understanding

  • assess whether new information extends understanding by considering diverse opinions and exploring ambiguities

2.2 Respond to Texts

Experience various texts

  • experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres, such as essays, broadcast advertisements, novels, poetry, documentaries, films, electronic magazines and realistic fiction
  • identify and discuss how timeless themes are developed in a variety of oral, print and other media texts
  • consider historical context when developing own points of view or interpretations of oral, print and other media texts
  • compare and contrast own life situation with themes of oral, print and other media texts
  • express the themes of oral, print or other media texts in different forms or genres
  • consider peers' interpretations of oral, print and other media texts, referring to the texts for supporting or contradicting evidence

5.1 Respect Others and Strengthen Community

Appreciate diversity

  • examine how personal experiences, cultural traditions and Canadian perspectives are presented in oral, print and other media texts
  • take responsibility for developing and sharing oral, print and other media texts and for responding respectfully to the texts of others 

Relate texts to culture

  • analyze how oral, print and other media texts reflect the traditions, beliefs and technologies of different cultures, communities or periods in history

Celebrate accomplishments and events

  • explore and experiment with various ways in which language arts are used across cultures, age groups and genders to honour and celebrate people and events