Lesson 7: The Attack

Getting Started

Consider how Kino and Juana's lives are different as a result of the pearl they discovered. Everything has changed for them, but perhaps not in the ways they expected.

Stuff You Need

  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • colored pencils or markers
  • journal

Ideas to Think About

  • What is man's natural response to change?
  • How can poverty or wealth change a person's life, character, and perspective?
  • How do people's experiences shape and change their circumstances and their perspectives?

Things to Know

  • Book discussion questions can include "right there" questions, "think and search" questions, "author and you" questions, and "on my own" questions.


  • Analyze the effects of characterization. (LA)
  • Analyze the connections of relationships between and among characters. (LA)

Introducing the Lesson

Today your child will read the penultimate chapter in the story and will write questions about the chapter. Look over the questions your child developed as discussion and comprehension questions for the chapter he read.

Ask your child to share some of the stylistic devices he recorded in his log.
Reading and Questions
Materials: The Pearl by John Steinbeck, journal
Read Chapter 5 and then develop four discussion questions for the chapter. Remember to ask a variety of types of questions. Look at the descriptions of the different types of questions that can be used for reading discussion.

A. Right There. The answer is in the text, and if we pointed at it, we'd say it's "right there!" Often, the answer will be in a single sentence or place in the text, and the words used to create the question will often also be in that same place. Example: What happened to Kino on the path?

B. Think and Search. The answer is in the text, but you might have to look in several different sentences to find it. It is broken up or scattered or requires a grasp of multiple ideas across paragraphs or pages. Example: How is Kino and Juana's relationship different now than it was at the beginning of the story?

C. Author and You. The answer is not in the text, but you still need information that the author has given you, combined with what you already know, in order to respond to this type of question. Example: How is the oppression experienced by villagers similar to and different from other examples of oppression you have learned about in history?

D. On My Own. The answer is not in the text, and in fact you don't even have to have read the text to be able to answer it. Example: Do you think that people's lack of contentment can affect their relationships with others?

Provide answers or possible answers to the questions you develop.
  1. Right There Question #1:
  2. Think and Search Question #2:
  3. Author and You Question #3:
  4. On My Own Question #4:
    Look over all of your child's questions and be sure they fit the above descriptions.
Add sentences and phrases to your stylistic device log in your journal. Consider how each one affects the reader.