This is an interdisciplinary lesson (art, language arts, and social studies) for grades 6 – 8, though it can certainly be used for older learners as well. The class will read and discuss The Wretched Stone written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. Ideally, the lesson will occur when Language Arts is doing persuasive writing, Social Studies is looking at the influence of technological innovations, and Art is covering illustration and/or representational painting. It can be used as an introduction or as a culminating experience for all of these. It should take an entire 50-minute period to two periods.