Day 5

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why does Christopher put himself in danger to rescue Toby from the train tracks?

    Christopher immediately understands that Toby might get run over by a train, but doesn't consider his own safety at all. He puts Toby's life above his own. Many students may find this choice strange or unreasonable, since Toby is "just" a rat. This action illustrates Christopher's empathy for animals, as well as his ignorance of social norms and rules "everyone knows." 

  2. 2

    How does Mr. Shears react to Christopher when they first see each other in London? What kind of person is Mr. Shears? 

    Mr. Shears is incredibly cold toward Christopher, and is not at all happy to...

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