Tuck Everlasting is the story of journeys and locations, physical and personal. This Study Companion investigates these journeys by providing opportunities for further consideration of three adaptations of the story: Natalie Babbitt’s book, the Disney film Tuck Everlasting and the musical created by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen. During these investigations, students will reflect on how the setting influenced the author, the film makers and the creators of the musical and how creating the imagery of a setting can connect to mathematical concepts that include shapes, area and perimeter.
Before Tuck Everlasting was a film or a stage play, it was a book. My Most Beautiful Day: Creating a Song From Life Events familiarizes students with the story Tuck Everlasting through the exploration of the novel by author Natalie Babbitt. Students discuss the idea of adaptation, discuss lyricist Chris Miller’s song “My Most Beautiful Day,” compare the lyrics of Chris Miller’s song to the excerpt of Natalie Babbitt’s novel and then develop their own lyrics from events in their personal lives.
In Everlasting: Inspiring Words students will explore author Natalie Babbitt’s inspiration for the setting of her novel, discuss lyricist Chris Miller’s inspiration for the song “Everlasting,” compare the lyrics of Chris Miller’s song to Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” investigate what inspired Robert Frost to write this poem and compare similarities and differences between the three pieces of writing (the story, the song lyrics and the poem.)
The Forest of Tuck Everlasting: The Scenery Creates the Setting builds on mathematical concepts students learn in preschool: shape recognition and identification. As an example, a shape made of straight lines with four equal sides is a square, a shape made of three straight lines is a triangle, a shape made of straight lines where the sides opposite each other (parallel) are equal is a rectangle and so forth. In this lesson, we will expand on students’ understanding of both shapes and measurement by exploring them through the lens of set design. In this lesson, students will become familiar with Natalie Babbitt’s inspiration for the setting in Tuck Everlasting, learn about JPAS Technical Director Rod Oden and Assistant TD and Tuck Everlasting Scenic Designer Kristin Blatchford’s inspiration for the set of the JPAS production of Tuck Everlasting, investigate real-life forests, a key element of the setting of Tuck, discover how trees adapt to their environment, discuss how set designers use research and math to help them develop designs and use all this background information to create their own design developed from research about the environment of our region.
In The Homes of Tuck Everlasting: The Scenery Creates the Setting students will become familiar with other elements of the setting: the homes of Winnie Foster and Jesse Tuck. Students will further explore JPAS Technical Director Rod Oden and Assistant TD and Tuck Everlasting Scenic Designer Kristin Blatchford’s inspiration for the set of the JPAS production of Tuck Everlasting, investigate and compare the designs of real-life homes, discuss how set designers use research and math to help them develop designs and use all this background information to create their own design developed from research about the different types of homes we find in our region.
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