"The Fault in Our Stars" John Green

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a novel of infinities

At age 13, Hazel Grace Lancaster was prepared to die after she was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer. At age 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs, for now.

Two years post-miracle, the 16-year-old lives her life tethered to an oxygen tank. She has few to no friends and isn't into "normal" 16-year-old stuff until she meets Augustus Waters.

Augustus Waters and Hazel meet at a cancer kid support group. Augustus is not only gorgeous but interested in Hazel. He's also in remission.

As their relationship grows, Hazel must learn how life and death, healthiness and sickness define her as well as the legacy everyone leaves behind.

Meet Hazel & Augustus

Star-crossed Lovers

Augustus and Hazel met at a support group. Both battle with the side-effects of cancer. Being so close to the threat of dying lays heavily on their minds. They scramble with trying to hold on and create a grand love in a limited amount of time and space.

The Assignments

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1. FIrst, in your journals, answer this question

- John Green derives his book's title from a famous line in Shakespeare's Julius Casesar: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings." (I,ii,139-140). What does the line mean? Why would Green use it for his title? Why does John Green alter it to read "The fault in our stars" rather than ourselves? How does Green's meaning differ from Shakespeare's?

2. Create a found poem. A found poem creates an original poem out of previous text. Use this link to view an excerpt from text. Click here to see an example.

3. What is infinity? Why is this mathematical concept important to this novel? Follow this link to learn more about the idea of infinity. In your journals, give an example of a finite number and an infinite number. Then answer this-- why is the idea of infinity important to this novel?

Answer Key

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