The Lovely Bones Lesson Plan

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold




The Lovely Bones is a story written from a fourteen-year-old girls’ point of view about the life of her family she is no longer part of after she becomes a victim of murder.

I. Tell us about the unusual perspective Alice Sebold has chosen for this book. Why is it so different from other stories and what would happen to the story if it was written from a third persons point of view .....

II. Compare and contrast two of the following The Lovely Bones-characters:

Susie’s murderer: Mr. Harvey.
Susie’s father: Jack.
Susie’s mother: Abigail.
Susie’s sister: Lindsey.
Susie’s brother: Buckley.
Susie’s almost boyfriend: Ray Singh.
The last person Susie touches before she leaves earth: Ruth Connor.

You must explain why you chose these two .....

III. Make a map of where the following events in the book took place: - the place where Susie was murdered
- Susie’s home where her family lives
- the place where Susie’s murderer (still) lives
- the scaffold where Susie and Ray almost kissed
- Ruth Connors place
- the place where Susie goes after she’s murdered, the place Buckley calls the In Between .....



I. Write a full description (physical and emotional) of Susie Salmon. Draw a portrait to accompany her description .....

II. What symbolism can you find? List as many symbols as you can. Where do you think they stand for? E.g. Susie’s remaining bones that represent her body .....

III. Which of the following themes have had a big role in The Lovely Bones? Love, Grief, Loss, Acceptance, Good versus Evil, Friendship, Loyalty, Money, Sacrificing, Family. Which of these...
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