Wringer

by Jerry Spinelli

Friday, January 21, 2005

Pigeon as a Pet

Why do you think the author chooses to end the story with a question from a child in the crowd asking for a pigeon as a pet?

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Freedom

Explain this quotation: “of boys and pigeons, it is the boy who, so to speak, wears the collar… it is never the pigeon, but the boy, who is lost.” Do you agree or disagree that pigeons have more freedom than boys? Explain.

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Pigeon Day

How is Pigeon Day as he nears ten different from how Palmer remembers it when he was very young? Why do you think he remembers certain details differently?

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Changes

Palmer’s mother says his father has been changing. What do you think she means by this? How do these changes show in his father’s actions?

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Palmer Says NO!!!

His sleeve rolled up, about to receive The Treatment, Palmer suddenly says “no.” What is he saying no to? What makes him suddenly able to refuse?

posted by teachfine at 11:50 am  

Friday, January 21, 2005

A Good Argument?

Some people, including Palmer’s father and the wringmaster, defend the pigeon shoot because it raises money for the park. Do you think this is a good argument? Why or why not?

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Friday, January 21, 2005

You don’t understand

Does Palmer really have to become a wringer when he turns ten? Dorothy says he doesn’t if he doesn’t want to. Palmer says she doesn’t understand because she’s a girl. “I can’t not be a wringer… You have to be a wringer. That’s how it always was.” Who do you think is right? Explain why.

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Dorothy

Why do you think Dorothy tries to ignore the guys when they tease, tree stump, and attack her?

posted by teachfine at 11:49 am  

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Nipper

After Palmer feeds the pigeon for the first time he keeps asking himself, “Why did I do that? But he knew why. He just did not want to say, not even to himself”. What do you think it is that Palmer doesn’t want to say? Why do you think Palmer risks his reputation to care for Nipper?

posted by teachfine at 9:21 am  

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Beans

Palmer’s mother says Beans has a “mean streak.” Palmer’s father says he’s a “pip.” Until the end of the book, Palmer would follow Beans anywhere. Explain each person’s perspective. (explain why Mom feels this way and why Dad feels his way). How would YOU describe Beans?

posted by teachfine at 10:56 am  

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

The Treatment

What are the advantages and disadvantages of receiving The Treatment (page 21)? Why do you think the boys seek it out?

posted by teachfine at 7:00 am  

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