The Pearl
By John Steinbeck
Other Essential Questions to be Answered While Reading The Pearl:
Why do some people take risks to reach a goal?
Under what conditions, would you risk your own life to defend members of your own family?
What motivates people to take a stand even though society seems to be against them?
What would cause someone to consider sacrificing members of their own family so they could succeed?
The Main Essential Question for Steinbeck's The Pearl:
What would happen to your way of life if you were to win
the Lotto or discover a fantastic, rare treasure?
Opening Activities Before Reading The Pearl:
STARS
Each student is to write a short story about:
You and your family have gone snorkeling in the Atlantic Ocean, close to a very small island near the Florida Keys.  As you are snorkeling, you find a Spanish gold coin.  After showing the 1715 gold coin to your Dad, you and your family decide to search the area, and you discover a shipwreck of a Spanish galleon.   As you swim along side it, you discover gold and silver necklaces and bracelets. One gold necklace is filled with? emeralds.  You remember reading about the Spanish treasure galleons that were destroyed by hurricanes and scattered along the Atlantic Coast of Florida.  Now, you realize you have just discovered one of the colonial shipwrecks laden with treasure that never made it back to Spain in the 18th Century.  How will this discovery change you and your family's lives?  How does this discovery affect your family's relationship with one another?
Moons
Each student is to write a short story about:
   Hurricane Wilma blew over your family's mango tree in ?the backyard and pulled up huge boulders of coral rock wrapped around the roots.  After the tree was completely removed, you decide to look into the large hole left in the grou?nd and discover a fossilized tusk embedded in the coral rock below.   You and your family decide to notify the Archeological Society of South Florida, who determine that this truly is the tusk of an American Mastodon.  Further excavation reveals the complete skeletal remains of a fossilized mastodon that roamed North America 5 million years ago.  Since you discovered it, the fossil remains of the mastodon is named after you.  In addition, since it was found on your family's property, your family owns it. What do you and your family decide to do with this mastodon?   How does this discovery affect your life and the lives of your family members?  How does this discovery affect your family's relationship with one another?
Each student is to write a short story about:
Planets
    Your mother asks you to fill out a lotto card for the family, and the "lucky" numbers you pick are the only winning numbers for a  jackpot of $34 million in the Florida Lottery.  Since you are a minor, it is decided among family members that the breadwinner of the family will go and sign for the winning money from the lottery.  How does your family decide to divide the $34 million  among the family members?  How does your choosing the winning numbers affect the relationship with your family?  How does winning the lottery affect your life and the lives of your family members? 
The Pearl
By John Steinbeck
Other Essential Questions to be Answered While Reading The Pearl:
Why do some people take risks to reach a goal?
Under what conditions, would you risk your own life to defend members of your own family?
What motivates people to take a stand even though society seems to be against them?
What would cause someone to consider sacrificing members of their own family so they could succeed?
The Main Essential Question for Steinbeck's The Pearl:
What would happen to your way of life if you were to win
the Lotto or discover a fantastic, rare treasure?
Opening Activities Before Reading The Pearl:
STARS
Each student is to write a short story about:
The Pearl
By John Steinbeck
Other Essential Questions to be Answered While Reading The Pearl:
Why do some people take risks to reach a goal?
Under what conditions, would you risk your own life to defend members of your own family?
What motivates people to take a stand even though society seems to be against them?
What would cause someone to consider sacrificing members of their own family so they could succeed?
The Main Essential Question for Steinbeck's The Pearl:
What would happen to your way of life if you were to win
the Lotto or discover a fantastic, rare treasure?
Opening Activities Before Reading The Pearl:
STARS
Each student is to write a short story about: