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Inside Highlights April 2017

What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant

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If you’re a Goofus and Gallant fan, you know by now that these characters are polar opposites. There’s Gallant, who shines with his insights and thoughtful behavior. And there’s Goofus, whose actions are, well, inconsiderate. You can check out this month's feature on page 10 of the April 2017 issue or read the recaps below. But don’t stop there. Bring up Goofus and Gallant at dinner—not in an “I think you need to read this” kind of way; instead, include it in your dinner conversation, naturally, the way you’d bring up any other topic. Then, use the conversation starters that follow to broaden the conversation and gently drive the lessons home.
What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant
Recap: Who did what

A classmate’s good grades trigger a negative comment from Goofus.

Gallant says, “Nice job!” to his friend who won a debate.

Conversation Starters:

  1. How would you feel if you learned a friend or classmate got a better grade on a report?
  2. Would it be hard for you to say “Good job”?
  3. Why do some students get better grades than others?
  4. What do you think you would need to do if you wanted to raise your grades?
  5. Some children might be hurt by Goofus’s remark. What do you think he could have said instead?
Recap: Who did what

Goofus ducks out for a snack during a concert.

Gallant stays seated until the break.

Conversation Starters:

  1. Why do you think concerts, plays, and even sporting events have regular breaks and intermissions?
  2. Breaks and intermissions at these events are often long. What do you think you and fellow sports or concert enthusiasts might be able to do during that time?
  3. Is it hard to concentrate on an important task or activity when there is movement and noise all around you?
  4. What kinds of things do you try to do to maintain your concentration or focus?

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