by Shirley Jackson 1949

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 "Charles" by Shirley Jackson.

In Shirley Jackson's short story "Charles," a young boy recounts the misbehavior of a classmate named Charles to his parents.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Identity and Morality as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"Why do people do bad things?" and "What makes you who you are?"

Ways to support your child: