Benched Teachers' Guide

Benched Teachers' Guide


Benched Teachers' Guide


Cristy Watson

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Summary: This Teachers' Guide presents strategies for teaching reluctant readers in middle school. The guide includes:

  • Discussion topics and themes: vandalism, bullying
  • Novel study: mind map
  • Creative writing exercise: journal entry, newsletter article 
  • Art project: exploration of imagery and quotes
  • Research topics: gang culture

Book Summary: When Cody and his friends accept a challenge from a local gang to steal a park bench, their main concern is keeping themselves on the gang’s good side. Cody learns that the stolen bench was dedicated to the father of the English teacher who sponsors the school newspaper—the paper that Cody just started writing for—and he’s worried about the consequences. As the gang applies pressure for more from Cody and his friends, Cody realizes they’ve crossed a line, and now he has to figure out how to make things right again.

The Teachers' Guide for Benched is free to download and copy. The book can be purchased online from Orca Book Publishers in the United States and in Canada or from most retail and wholesale booksellers.

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Benched Teachers' Guide