Helpful Hint: Make sure you read the prologue. It provides you with the list which I found to be a great reference when I first started reading and couldn't keep all 8 of the girls straight.
Reading Level: Ages 12 and up
Teachers: Here are some resources to help you use this book in your classroom.
- Writing Prompt: This site is a link to a writing contest (unfortunately the contest ended in April). The prompt for the contest is a great post reading activity. Maybe you can create a contest in your class using this prompt!
- Being that The List is such a new book, it is difficult to find much more than reviews online. Please comment with any teaching links you find and I will add them to my list!
Vocabulary: Here are some words I picked out... conspicuousness, contraband, contradict, vindication, humiliation, subjective, innocuous, impromptu, pious, penance, sabotage, languish, rescind, aloof, crass, snafu, caveat, impasse
Before Reading: Journal: Write a journal entry depicting how you would feel and what you would do if you were on a list as "prettiest" (or "most handsome") in your class, then write a journal entry depicting how you would feel and what you would do if you were on a list as "ugliest" in your class.
During Reading: Group Work: As a group, write a character sketch for each of the 8 girls on the list. List at least 3 traits for each girl with at least one example to go along with each trait. Use these character sketches and add to them as you continue to read.
After Reading: Group Work: As a group, compare and contrast the girls at the beginning of the novel and at the end of the novel. Discuss: How did the list change the 8 girls?
Vivian, S. (2012). The List. New York: Scholastic.