Here at Novel Novice, we love finding ways to incorporate new YA novels into the classroom. So we’re giving our August Book of the Month Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin the classroom treatment. Check out our ideas below, and share yours in the comments below!
- Compare Wise Young Fool protagonist Ritchie Sudden to the classic Holden Caulfield from J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. How are Ritchie and Holden alike? Different?
- Analyze the events that take place in Wise Young Fool and write out a timeline of key moments leading to Ritchie’s arrest. Can you pinpoint an exact moment that lead to his arrest? Or do you think it was a combination of things? Use examples from the book to support your claim.
- At the end of Wise Young Fool, Ritchie writes a critical essay about what he deems the “worst band names” of all time. What do you think is the worst band name of all time? Write a short critical essay explaining your choice, and offer suggestions for a better band name.
- Create a band poster for Ritchie’s band, Wise Young Fool. Be creative! (If you want, use the book trailer as inspiration.)
- Read one of Sean’s other novels (The Infects, You Killed Wesley Payne, Fade to Blue, or Going Nowhere Faster) and compare it to Wise Young Fool. Compare and contrast things like writing style, characters, plot, etc.
- Have a discussion about the way Wise Young Fool approaches music, and the image it presents about rock ‘n’ roll. What did you notice? What did you like/dislike?
For the comments: Have more ideas for using Wise Young Fool in the classroom? Share them below!