Hans

TEACHER'S COPY - MAY COPY PAGE 2 FOR YOUR STUDENTS

Identification and Discussion Questions

1. Does this story remind you of another fairly tale? If so which one?

(The Pied Piper)

2. Would someone like to tell the Pied Piper story?

3. How are the two stories similar? Different?

(Some possibilities:

Both were good with children, but Hans didn't murder anyone.

Town people didn't immediately honor their commitments, but did later in this story.

They were both artists

Both became angry, but Hans did not take revenge.)

4. What were the people's reasons for not trusting Hans?

(He looked different; he claimed to be an artist and didn't have a regular job. In short, he didn't fit into any of their preexisting categories, their stereotypes.)

5. Why did the Mayor ask Faith Moon for help?

(She had helped him in the past.)

6. To what extent do you use the past as a basis for your decisions?

7. Mother Moon said,

"Even drift wood has much worth
When touched by the artist's hand.
This principle we need to make clear for others to see."

What is the principle Moon is referencing?

(There is value in most things if we can find it. We often overlook good because we don't expect it to be where it is.)

8. In the end, the town took pride in the German artist who once lived among them. Is there humor in this outcome? Why or why not?

Inference

9. Why did Hans get mad?

(He felt the school should be responsible for what the students promised.)

10. Why did the people fear Hans?

(Basically, they didn't understand him. We often fear that which we don't understand.)

Diverse Thinking

How does the picture on page 71 relate to this story?

Just for Today

What expectations do you have of the people you know? Observe the behavior of people around you today: Do any of them behave in any way different than you'd expect? If so, what reactions (both in thought and action) did you have to these unexpected behaviors? If no one behaved differently than you'd expect, what does that say about them? About you?

Vocabulary

task


surpassed


scene


accomplish


resolve


hovel


impressed


gallery


previously


ornate


inquire


pursue


justified


creations


exhibition