Daily Lessons for Teaching The Pushcart War

Jean Merrill
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Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1 | Chapter 2)


It's noted that Albert P. Mack immediately grows angry when Morris the Florist refuses to move his pushcart and Mack overreacts. The objective of this lesson is to make students aware of the need for measured responses.


1. For class discussion: Both Mack and Morris are rude and discourteous in their conversation. Ask students to choose one place where either of the two men might have changed their attitudes slightly to have avoided the entire incident.

2. For classwork: Break students into pair. Have each group write a brief dialogue that would have made the initial encounter between the two men less intense. If time permits, have at least three or four groups read their solutions with one member of the group taking the role of Morris and the other being Mack.

3. For homework: Have students find another historical example of an instance in which a reaction...

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