The Wednesday Wars Character Growth
Updated: 1/24/2020
The Wednesday Wars Character Growth
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Wednesday Wars Lesson Plans

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Lesson Plans by Bridget Baudinet

The Wednesday Wars is a coming of age story that will provoke equal parts laughter and reflection. A comic account of the fictional Holling Hoodhood’s seventh grade year, the book also plumbs unexpected emotional depths as Holling navigates bullies, friendships, and familial stress, all to the grim backdrop of the Vietnam War. Throughout his adventures, Holling reads a number of Shakespearean plays at the direction of his teacher, making the book rife with literary allusions and explorations of Shakespeare’s most famous lines and themes. Holling’s first person narration also includes plenty of playful instances of figurative language. Teachers will find this book a perfect opportunity to explore literary concepts while keeping students engaged and entertained.




The Wednesday Wars

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Holling Hoodhood The Wednesday Wars Character Growth

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  • MAKES GOOD FRIENDS
  • Signs of Holling's Maturity
  • MAKES GOOD FRIENDS
  • SUPPORTS HIS SISTER
  • Holling starts out the year on poor terms with his classmates. Meryl Lee is upset with him and several of this classmates threaten to kill him over the cream puffs. By the end of the year, he has good friends who support him at his play, cross country meets, and other places. He even has a girlfriend.
  • BECOMES A SUCCESSFUL ATHLETE
  • Holling starts out the year on poor terms with his classmates. Meryl Lee is upset with him and several of this classmates threaten to kill him over the cream puffs. By the end of the year, he has good friends who support him at his play, cross country meets, and other places.
  • APPRECIATES MRS. BAKER
  • Do you think Lieutenant Baker will really be home in time for strawberries?
  • When Holling's sister runs away and ends up alone in Minneapolis, she turns to her brother for help. Holling shows his maturity and love for his sister when he cashes in his savings bond, wires his sister the money, and meets her at the bus station in New York City.
  • STANDS UP TO HIS DAD
  • I don't think so. It's not just about a job. It's more. It has to do with choosing for yourself."
  • Holling becomes a dedicated cross country runner. Although he starts out running because he's told to, he learns to take the sport seriously and train for a performance he can be proud of. Due to his hard work (and Mrs. Baker's training), Holling ends up being the best runner on the varsity team.
  • Holling sees Mrs. Baker as a strict, heartless teacher who is out to ruin his life. He realizes that she is a kind-hearted person with fears and concerns. He develops a good relationship with her, proven by his concern for her happiness and the safety of her husband.
  • Holling finally stands up to his father. His father mocks Danny's bar mitzvah ceremony. Holling tells his father that it was meaningful, and more important to becoming a man than having the perfect career. Holling develops the courage to tell his father that he does not want to be like him.
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