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Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt - Discussion Guide



Winnie Foster, Grandmother Foster, Mr. Foster, Mrs. Foster

Angus Tuck, Mae Tuck, Miles Tuck, Jesse Tuck

Man in Yellow Suit, Treegap Constable, Old Horse, The Toad


Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.


Analyze themes: racism, prejudice, friendship, honesty, love and family, injustice, etc.

Define any symbols (The Fountain of Youth, Loneliness, The Music Box, The Pond, Fishing With Miles.

Pre-Reading/Post-Reading Activities

Language Arts: Fantasy & Magical Thinking.

Science: Nature, Ponds, Fishing.

Classroom Projects: Art, Writing, Music