The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls

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Jeannette Walls is riding in a taxi in contemporary New York City, on her way to an event, when she looks out the window and sees her mother digging through trash. Although Mom has been homeless for years, Jeannette feels a sudden sense of shame and gloom about Mom's life and begins to reflect on her childhood and how Mom and Dad's choices affected her.

Background Information

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Journal 3: Adversity

Define adversity. Facing adversity is not always about success. Sometimes failure is the adversity a person has to face. Discuss a time you have faced adversity. In what ways were you able to overcome the obstacle, or did you not succeed? What is/are the most important factor(s) in overcoming adversity? (i.e. individual determination, education, community or parental support, etc.). Why? What life lessons did you learn from facing such difficulty?

The Glass Castle Book PDF

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The Face of Homelessness

For many, the idea of being homeless is unthinkable. As the number of homeless children rise, the idea of being homeless is taking on a new meaning.

Read the article Sleeping Under A Roof, But Homeless Nonetheless. Choose your Lexile level and complete the activities that accompany the article.

The Glass Castle Reading Analysis Questions