Nothing But the Truth by Avi

Before Reading:
I. Anticipation Guide and Introductory questions

i. Students filled out the Anticipation Guide (.pdf file).
ii. Students answered the following questions:

a. What is freedom of speech? Define it and give an example.
b. What would happen if you were told repeated not to do something by a teacher but continued to do it anyway? Give an example and the consequences.
c. What should happen to students at the high school level who refuse to follow basic rules? Give an example and the consequences.

II. Point of View assignment

i. The teacher will show the pictures from Zoom.
ii. Students will write down what they see on each page.
iii. After viewing all 31 pages, students will write a few sentences on how their point of view changed from picture to picture.
iv. Students will then share how their point of view changed from the beginning to the end of Zoom.
v. A discussion on point of view and its relation to Nothing But the Truth will follow.

III. Problematic Situation in a group work format

i. Students are placed in groups of four.
ii. Students read the scenario and decide what to do.
iii. The students have to come to a consensus in their group.
iv. Students present their group solution.
v. The class as a whole comes to a consensus on a solution.


You are a high school freshman who doesn't like school very much—especially your English class. All you want to do is run track on the high school team. You are sure you will really shine there. However, because of a school rule, you can't even try out for the team because you are failing your English class. This rule makes you really mad. You want to get back at the teacher for ruining the one thing you were looking forward to in high school. The track coach suggests you talk to the English teacher and ask if you can do any work to raise your grade. This way you can be part of the track team. What do you decide to do?

Things to keep in mind:
You don't like the English teacher.
You don't want to look like a wimp in front of your friends.
You hate English class.
You think the rule about having to pass every class to be on the track team is stupid.

During Reading:
I. WebQuest Group Project

WebQuest site is here

After Reading:

Handouts for Nothing But the Truth are listed below. All are .pdf files.