The wave

 

 

by Todd Strasser

Based on a true story

Todd Strasser

 

 

 

 


Writes under pen names such as Morton Rue or T.S. Rue.

Often about heavier topics: bullying, Nazism, nuclear war, School shootings.

 

With The Wave,  Strasser won the 1981 Massachusetts Book Award for Children's/Young Adult literature.

"It all started with a question." - Ron Jones

"The experiment spiraled out of control and was ended by Jones after complaints from teachers and parents. Jones then revealed that it was a hoax intended to give students a direct experience of how easily they could be misled into behaving like fascists, drawing parallels to the rise of the National Socialist movement in Germany."

 

- Wikipedia

The plot

Ben Ross, a history teacher, is asked a question he cannot properly answer so he decides to conduct an experiment instead. He starts a classroom movement by instating a new form of discipline.

 

 

The characters

Ben Ross

Laurie and David

Robert

The setting

Gordon High:

Class room

Campus

High school setting

Year 1967 - Why is that significant?

The Themes

"Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it"

-George Santayana

 

 

"Power corrupts.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely"

- Lord Acton

 

Peaceful reading

Teacher and librarian are going to read aloud to you for approximately 15 minutes. Then we stop to discuss the plot and vocabulary. Then we read again.

 

During this time, we want you to follow along in the text and sit quietly. If you need to stretch or yawn that is ok. But try not to disturb your classmates.

STRENGTH THROUGH DISCIPLINE

 

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surveyed 

tantalized 

resurgence 

obediently

regiment

cleats

"calling for the snap" 

sneered

conceited

snarled

granskade, synade

lockade, frestade

återuppstående

lydigt, fogligt

regemente, militär enhet

dubbskor

ung. "passa bollen hitåt"

pikade, hånade

självgod, dryg

morrade

Chapter 6

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perceptive

politically astute

cooperate

bickering 

appeased

inevitable

contagious

obvious

guinea pig

klarsynt, insiktsfull

politiskt skarp, slug

samarbeta

gnabb, smågräl

lugnad, blidkad

ljuddämpare (även halsduk)

upptagen, frånvarande

smittsam

uppenbar, tydlig

marsvin (även "försökskanin")

Chapter 7

muffler

preoccupied

oundviklig, ofrånkomlig

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frequently

bursting 

fumble

urge

restrained

petty

quarreled

intimidate

monitor

scrutinizing

allegiance

ofta, frekvent

sprickfärdig, sprängande

tafatt, famla

begär, drift

behärskad

trivialt

grälade

skrämma, avskräcka

observatör, övervakare

granskande, rannsaka

Chapter 8

lojalitet, trohet

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concluded

startled

testimonials

subconsciously

wonderment

tentative

uppfatta, se på

avslutat, avrundat

överraskat, bestört

vittnesmål

undermedvetet

förundran

tvekande, trevande

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conceive

STRENGTH THROUGH DISCIPLINE

STRENGTH THROUGH COMMUNITY

STRENGTH THROUGH ACTION

kahoot.it

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fad

glibly

rote

detrimental

soured

sabbatical

slö, trög

blängde

wryly

trend, "fluga"

ledigt, flytande

rutin, utantill

skadligt

bitter

sabbatsår

sluggish

scowled

Chapter 9

snett

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indoctrinate

molehill

indoktrinera, influera

mullvadshög

"making a mountain out of a molehill" = ung. "göra en höna av en fjäder"

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tremor

protrude

tizzy

impressionable

darrning

utskjutande, sticka ut

upphetsning, nervositet

lättpåverkad, mottaglig

Chapter 10

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frequently

bursting 

fumble

urge

restrained

petty

quarreled

intimidate

monitor

scrutinizing

allegiance

ofta, frekvent

sprickfärdig, sprängande

tafatt, famla

begär, drift

behärskad

trivialt

grälade

skrämma, avskräcka

observatör, övervakare

granskande, rannsaka

Chapter 11

lojalitet, trohet

Chapter 9

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