Other Brooks Writing
As a class, read excerpts from both "Bobos in Paradise" and "On Paradise Drive", David Brooks' other two books. Also, read the twice-weekly column that Brooks writes in the New York Times. What recurring themes appear in David Brooks' other writings?
Every Monday during which the students are reading "The Social Animal", have them watch the panel discussion between Mark Shields and David Brooks (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/video/index.html). What does Brooks state about the current news? How does his philosophy translate to the issues of the day?
Bring students to a local preschool and have them enact a variation on the marshmallow experiment with the children. After the experiment, students should discuss the findings with the preschool teacher. Do they correspond to the child's in-class performance?
As you read through the chapters dealing with Harold's childhood...
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