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Inside Highlights July

What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant

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This month, our long-running reader favorite Goofus and Gallant (look for it on page 8 in our July 2016 issue) is all about friendship and respecting others’ choices. Read a summary below, and then use the conversation starters that follow to begin a discussion with your kids, focusing on ways to stand up for yourself, resist peer pressure, deal with bullies, and be kind to others.
What’s Up with Goofus and Gallant
Recap: A young child is apprehensive about a roller-coaster ride. Goofus taunts him, calls him a scaredy-cat, and pressures him to hop on. Gallant sees that a friend is afraid of horses; he is supportive and tells him he doesn't have to ride.

Conversation Starters:

  1. What would you say, or how would you stand up for yourself, if someone insisted that you do something you didn’t want to do?

  2. Why is it mean, or disrespectful, to call someone names or to coerce a friend into joining an activity or event?

  3. Were you ever afraid to try something new, such as singing in public or acting in a school play? Who—or what—made you change your mind?

Recap: Goofus sees a boy struggling to learn to skate, buzzes past him, and tells him to go home until he becomes a better skater. Gallant kneels next to a girl as she steps timidly onto her skateboard. He volunteers some helpful tips.

Conversation Starters:

  1. How do you think the boy felt when Goofus told him to leave the skating rink?

  2. How could Goofus have acted more compassionately? What could he have said instead?

  3. Can you think of a time when someone taught you a new skill or helped you get better? How did it make you feel? What skill of yours would you like to share with others?

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