Extension Activities for Shallow Pond

In addition to the book discussion questions for Shallow Pond, these resources may help you create tie-in activities or lessons to use in conjunction with reading the novel.

Nature vs. Nurture

Our identities, and whether who we are is a product of our genes or our experiences is one of the themes of Shallow Pond. The nature vs. nurture argument has long been a source of debate for psychologists. This article from PBS’s Nova titled “Nature vs. Nurture Revisited” sheds new light on this age old topic. A full lesson plan titled “It’s Genetic–Or Is it?” is available for free from PBS.

Ethics

Far older than the nature vs. nurture debate is the debate over what is right and what is wrong. Mr. Bunting’s actions and whether they can or can’t be justified, lead naturally to a larger discussion on ethics and the nature of right and wrong. For those interested in learning more about the subject, Oxford University professor Marianne Talbot offers a free online course titled “A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners.”

Volunteerism

Barbara’s high school requires that students complete volunteer hours before graduation. Volunteering can help students to gain valuable experiences while also giving back to their community. Encourage students to complete either individual or a group volunteer projects. The PBS Teachers website offers some helpful volunteerism resources.

Megan’s Law

As part of her volunteer training, Barbara learns about her state’s Megan’s Law site, which provides information on local sex offenders. Being aware of local sex offenders, can help you to stay safe. Click here for a listing of registries by state.

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