Value: Empathy/Understanding Other Perspectives
Time: 20 min
Appropriate Ages: 3+
Book: The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee
Available on Amazon HERE
Read the story, stopping at the following pages in the story to ask these discussion questions:
What do you notice about different sides of the wall?
Do you think the wall is important to the knight?
Why or why not?
What does the knight plan on doing?
What are some things you are noticing about the different sides of the wall?
Has your opinion about the different sides changed?
Has the knight's?
What has the knight learned?
What is the author trying to say about life?
3-7 Years Old:
Act out the story! The actor playing knight can narrate, or an adult can read the narration while the knight and animals characters act it out!
8+ Years Old:
How could you change the elements in the story, but keep the same message, story line, and theme? Instead of a knight that mistakenly thinks his side of the wall is the safest, what about a baker who thinks only his cupcakes taste the best, only to find out he was mistakenly using an unsafe ingredient? Or a soccer player who thinks he plays for the best team in the world, only to find out another team had the secret to better skills?
Present your story adaptation in a short skit.
What applications of this message do you see in the world around you? Culturally? Politically? Religiously?