Everything you need to understand or teach The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf.
"The Weight of Silence" by Heather Gudenkauf tells a story about a parent's nightmare. When Calli, a seven-year-old selective mute and her seven-year-old best friend go missing, an investigation ensues.
As the story opens, Calli has to go to the bathroom, but she is scared to go downstairs because her father might be there and see her. He is getting up early to go on a fishing trip with a friend. Finally, she can't wait any longer and she goes downstairs. He sees her and she notices that he has been drinking. In his drunken state, he accuses her of being the child of his wife's childhood sweetheart. Instead of going fishing with his friend, he literally drags Calli off into the woods to see the house of the man that he thinks is the girl's real father.
On that same day, very early in the morning, Martin...
The Weight of Silence Lesson Plans contain 16 pages of teaching material, including: