by Melanie Greenberg

2011

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "Can a Devastating Shark Attack Really Lead to a Better Life?" by Melanie Greenberg.

In "Can a Devastating Shark Attack Lead to a Better Life?" a psychologist explores the ways the surfer Bethany Hamilton overcame the trauma of losing her left arm in a shark attack. This informational article outlines concepts like "posttraumatic growth" and "downward comparison."

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Comedy & Tragedy and Resilience & Success as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"How does a person overcome adversity?" and "What can we learn from tragedy?"

Ways to support your child: