Crash!

Overcoming Fear and Trauma

Story written by: Max Greenhalgh and Illustrated by: Jessa Weiner

CCSS and AASL Questions written by: Paula Yohe, M.L.S., M.Ed.


1.Why didn’t Alan go to baseball practice?  How do you know? What sentence(s) from the story support your answer?  RL 5.1  AASL Standard(s)  1.1.6,  2.1.1


2.How does the author use Alan’s reactions to the events in the story to determine the theme?  RL 5.2   AASL Standard  1.1.6,  4.1.3


3.Compare and contrast how Alan and Maxine first react to the car crash, then compare and contrast how they react a week after the crash.  RL 5.3  


4.On page 20, what is meant when Alan says, “It was Sunday, so I was going to have to endure a week of school, even though I felt traumatized.”  RL 5.4  


5.How does the final paragraph of the story contribute to the understanding of the story? RL 5.5  


6.Why is telling the story from Alan’s point of view effective? Use examples from the story to support your answer.  RL 5.6


7.Write a narrative at least two pages long using a real or an imagined experience about a traumatic event. Be sure to have a narrator and/or characters and be sure to have a conclusion.  W 5.3


8.Find digital and print information on traumatic events. Summarize or paraphrase the information and include a list of resources.  The information should be typed and a minimum of two pages.  W 5.6 and W 5.7   AASL Standard(s)    1.1.1, 1.1.4, 1.1.6,  1.1.8,  1.1.9, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.3.4, 1.4.2,  1.4.4,  2.1.5,  3.1.3,  3.1.4,  3.2.3, 3.3.5,  4.2.3


9.Prepare a one minute multimedia book advertisement for “Crash”. The ad should encourage other students to read the book.  SL 5.2 and SL 5.5  AASL Standard 1.1.6, 1.2.3, 2.1.6, 3.1.3, 3.1.4




10. On page 9, check the definition and pronunciation of the word ominous, and then write a sentence using the word correctly. RF 5.4