Natalie Babbitt’s novel, Tuck Everlasting provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the theme of responsibility. When Winnie Foster learns of the Tucks’ immortality, rather than capitalize on this opportunity for fame or fortune, she keeps their secret and helps them escape from injustice in Treegap. After reading the novel, I could use the conversation inspired by Martin Luther to discuss standing up for others. I could also take a different approach with this conversation by pointing out that sometimes silence is the most responsible action.
Level: Elementary English/Language Arts
Subject Area: American literature
Author: Tiffany Heitman