The Fault in Our Stars – MTV Movie of the Year

The Fault In Our Stars Takes Movie Of The Year With Emotional Acceptance Speech

It made you laugh, cry (a lot), even visit your nearest bookstore to read the source material — and now it has the year’s biggest MTV Movie Award.

In his speech, John Green  spoke of the young cancer patient who inspired his novel, Esther Earl.

“I want to say thank you to my Esther Earl. Esther taught me that a short life can also be a good life,” he said. “That the lives of people who are living with illness or disability are just as interesting and complicated and beautiful and interesting as any other lives. Esther, I love you, I miss you, this is for you. Thank you all so much for supporting ‘The Fault In Our Stars.’”

John Green MTV Awards 2015

Esther can teach us all about valuing the lives of all people including all of our students. Perhaps this is why this story resonates with adolescent readers. We think it is an excellent book for high school students, and it is a way to connect with popular literature and media in the classroom. That’s why we’ve developed an excellent teacher resource for using the book in the classroom.

See John give his speech.

The Fault In Our Stars Novel StudyThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green Novel Study Discussion and Activity Guide

The novel study for John Green’s novel, The Fault in Our Stars, includes a Discussion and Activity Guide, accompanying PowerPoint Presentation, a Literary Log for students, optional homework assignments, summative assessments and rubric, and bookmarks. The Discussion and Activity Guide is comprised of questions, prompts, and/or activities for each chapter and offers teaching suggestions, vocabulary, and suggestions for a variety of ways in which students might respond to prompts: Teacher-Led Discussion, Pair-Share, Write-Pair-Share-Class-Share, Individual Student Response, and Small Group Mini-Projects. Questions, prompts, and activities are designed to increase the relevancy of the novel and facilitate critical thinking. Many of the questions and prompts could be used for longer writing pieces or mini-projects. Teaching Notes are includes throughout the Discussion and Activity Guide—they are optional ideas or strategies to enhance teaching and learning.

Students like to talk and this guide engages and encourages discussion. It can be used with the whole class, small groups, individual students, or for teachers who choose to read aloud The Fault in Our Stars to students. An accompanying PowerPoint Presentation facilitates student activities and can be utilized by teachers or students. The Literary Log for students includes all the questions, prompts, and activities in both the Discussion and Activity Guide and PowerPoint Presentation. Graphics on both the PowerPoint slides and the Literary Log serve as visual clues; these graphics work especially well with students whose first language is not English or for students who are primarily visual. The Literary Log for The Fault in Our Stars can be used by a whole class as well as small group of students or individual students reading the novel independently.

There are nine optional homework assignments designed to enhance and extend the relevance of the novel. Homework assignments include: three Survey. Note. Conclude!; Self-Metaphor; Montage; Blog Entry; Obituary for Augustus; Author Analysis; and Word Analysis for Love.

Summative Assessments include 12 projects designed for a variety of learners as well as Blooming with Knowledge about The Fault in Our Stars, which includes 12 activities connected to Bloom’s Taxonomy. Each level includes two choices. You may elect to direct students to choose one activity from each level or allow students to choose any number of activities. The accompanying rubric can be used with both the Summative Assessments and Blooming with Knowledge. Reproducible bookmarks can be used to discuss bookmark quotes, form groups, or simply keep students’ place in the novel. Connections to best practice and the Common Core State Standards are included.

This product includes 4 files:

  • 42 page Discussion and Activity Guide for Teachers (PDF file)
    • 1 page alphabetical list of vocabulary words
    • 3 page group activity packet
    • 9 page Optional Homework Assignments
    • 3 page Summative Assessments and Rubric
    • 3 page Connections to Best Practice and Common Core Standards
    • 16 reproducible bookmarks with quotes from Fault
  • 37 page Literary Log for Students (PDF file)
  • 111 Slides PowerPoint Presentation (PowerPoint 2010 file)
  • 23 page PowerPoint Outline Teacher Guide (PDF file)

Grade Level Appropriateness: Grades 9-12




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