Activities by Chapter: Not That Bruce Willis! Redemption
Name / Date ________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Chapter One: Uninvited Guests A) What happened after Bruce returned to the Ranch? B) Can you draw a picture of Bruce Willis as he opens the door? You could display the artwork around the room while you study this book. C) Could the events in this chapter have happened in real-life? Name a time you were caught off guard and had to greet someone. D) Explain why the strangers are speechless. E) Can you predict what might happen next? F) Split into two groups then debate why Bruce answers the door with confidence, or should he not be so confident?
Name / Date ____________________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Chapter Two: Not That Bruce Willis! A) List all the main events in this chapter that you can remember. B) Pair off; drawing character cards, Bruce or Mr. Smith. Perform a play of the chapter. Oral Language *Video for later discussion. Students must state positive comments only on a performance! (If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.) Build a safe environment to expand and grow in discussion groups for more productivity. C) Can you think of a time that an illness could be used as an asset? D) Which events could've happened? Explain why. E) Imagine you're Bruce how many ways can you think of to get free? F) Do you believe a person could pull off this charade, and is there a better solution?
Name / Date ___________________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Chapter Three: The Escape A) Whose presence does Bruce feel is with him besides Mr. Smith? B) Write a summary report of how Bruce escapes. Oral Language:*Video/Microphone* Breaking News. You are a Sports narrator telling of Bruce's escape on TV or a radio station. C) What factors in the escape would you change if you were Bruce? Does the group agree? D) Can you explain how Bruce's escape was possible? E) Devise a way to help Bruce. F) Take the position that Bruce was helped by a higher power. Prove your point. Now take the opposite view. Do you feel that your experiences make one view stronger than another?
Name / Date ___________________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Interlude / Chapter Four: Hope / Interlude A) Who is the last ones left at the Sheriff's office? B) Pair off and retell this chapter in your own words. Oral Language option:Each student is a reporter giving his/her account for the evening news. C) Show what happened as a mime. D) Why did Ann smile and nod for Rob to leave? E) How would you propose for Bruce to convince the men in the pickup to help him? F) Write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper expressing your views as Bruce about people not wanting to get involved with strangers in need.
Name / Date _________________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Chapter Five: Ready? Action! A) State or write a list of any information you can remember on note cards, then arrange them in order. B) Interpret why after Bruce escaped the danger at the ranch that he would return. Give specific reasons. Oral Language: You are Bruce talking to yourself, list the reasons for staying and for going. C) Classify the emotions that Bruce feels in this chapter. How many more can the group identify? D) Investigate where you believe Bruce's inner strength is originating. E) No one has the right to take a life, so formulate another plan where no one would lose their life. F) Can Bruce's actions be justified according to our laws? Can you justify such laws?
Name / Date __________________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Interlude / Chapter Six: The Unbelievable A) Who leaves the Sheriff's office? Is anyone left in the office? B) Write in your own words an explanation of Ann and the Deputy's actions? Oral Language: As the narrator use a hushed voice, low in tone to tell of this action. C) From the information given can you make a plan for Bruce and Mark? D) Analyzing the behaviors of Ann and the Deputy can you explain what must have happened? E) Formulate some possible reasons for Ann and the Deputy's behaviors. F) Prepare a list of criteria to judge Ann and the Deputy's actions.
Name / Date ____________________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Interlude / Chapter Seven: Visions A) Where do Bruce and Mark go to hide? B) Compare what each man is thinking and feeling at the cave. Oral Language: Stand back to back with your partner, one of you is Bruce the other Mark. Telling one thing that you are thinking take turns telling your thoughts. C) Examine the last paragraph on page fifty-two. What does it mean? D) Contrast the men's impression of each other. E) Can you see the men resolving their past? How? F) Do you think Bruce needs forgiveness? Did he do anything wrong? Do you think Mark will find a way to be closer to his son? Does Bruce even care? Would you?
Name / Date ____________________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Interlude / Chapter Eight: Friends or Enemies? A) Who is the friend and who is the enemy? Why? B) Explain why the men felt they needed to confide in someone and get help on their own. Why can't they rely on the law? Oral Language: Sit on the floor as if you are in the cave and role play a conversation between Bruce and Mark. C) Make a T chart and list the attributes of Mrs. Felder and Deputy Lowe. D) Examining the events, why did Mrs. Felder dump all of the food in the dead dog's bowl. E) Predict how you think Mrs. Felder will react the next morning. F) In your opinion was it smart of the men to remain so close to the man who shot at Mark?
Name / Date ______________________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Interlude / Chapter Nine: Mrs. Felder / Interlude A) What is Arsenic? What is Lace? B) Make a cartoon strip showing the events. Oral Language: Do chapter as a Reader's Theater. (look under Reader's Theater resources page) C) Applying what you know why would Mrs. Felder be so sweet to someone wanting to harm her? D) Identify the victim in this chapter. E) You are to market Senna Leaves. Plan and perform your TV Advertisement. F) Was Mrs. Felder justified in giving Deputy Lowe laxatives without his knowledge? Would that be against the law? To whom are people accountable?
Name / Date ______________________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Chapter Ten: Waiting A) Who is Ted Newton? B) What is the plan for freedom now? Oral Language: Share with your partner. C) A note was left for the Postman on page seventy-two. Can you think of another time misdirection was used? When? D) When you think about all the supplies the men took from Mrs. Felder's; why do you think it was so much? Or was it enough? E) Write a new language code for the men to communicate with Ted. Write a message as the men and your partner answers it as Ted. F) Discuss the options the men have for freedom.
Name / Date ____________________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Interlude / Chapter Eleven: Martha A) Who is Martha? B) There is an old saying about children or animals having sixth sense about dangerous people. Apply this thought to Aunt Martha. Oral Language: Pair share giving your view to your partner. C) Would you classify Martha as a friend or an enemy? Why? D) Investigate the facts you have about Martha. Can she be trusted? Support your reason. E) Write how you would feel if you were Bruce after this visit by Martha. How would you feel as Mark? F) Defend your position for trusting Martha. Defend your position for NOT trusting Martha.
Name / Date _____________________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Interlude / Chapter Twelve: Revelations A) Who comes to the cave? B) Outline what has happened in Chapter Twelve. Oral Language: Read your outline to your partner. C) Examine the evidence; how did the Deputy and his men find the cave? D) Compare and contrast the twins. In the age old battle of good against evil which do you think will win? E) If you had access to all the facts at the beginning of the book how would you deal with the events as Bruce? How would you deal with them as Mark? F) Do you believe Bruce and Mark tried everything they could before resorting to violence? Do you believe you should always tell those in authority when you feel threatened?
Name / Date ___________________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Interlude / Chapter Thirteen: Peace A) Who were the good guys and who were the bad guys? Why? Is there good and bad in everyone? B) Write a book review (what you thought of the book). Oral Language: Pair Share review. D) What were Martha's motives? What were Cindy's motives? E) Formulate an appropriate jail term for Martha, and the rest that were involved. F) Is it right for you to judge others?
Name / Date ___________________________________________________ Not That Bruce Willis! Epilogue Do you believe that girls should be allowed on the traditional trip to the cave? Why or Why not? What form of figurative language is used as the final sentence of the book?
Just for Fun! There are other actors, and characters from movies and television shows embedded in the story. Who are they?