Everything you need to understand or teach Whirligig by Paul Fleischman.
Whirligig demonstrates graphically how actions, good and bad, large or small, spin on and on in never ending circles of consequence, like concentric circles moving outward from a pebble dropped in the water.
Sixteen-year-old Brent Bishop, junior at Montfort, a private high school in Chicago, searches for self and acceptance by his peers in the right clothes, the right car, the right school, enough money, alcohol, and the right girl friend. His journey takes him to a party with a friend who neglected to tell him it was a Chess-themed party and everyone was to dress in all white or all black.
"He is always the new kid, stumbling through the maze, never quite rich or goodlooking or athletic enough to join the elite.
Unless he plays his cards right at the party tonight."
Frequent moves, as his father move up the corporate ladder, intensify Brent's feelings of isolation...
Whirligig Lesson Plans contain 116 pages of teaching material, including: