Cyclone Teaching Guide

Our teacher discussion guide for Cyclone, a book about learning to overcome guilt, contains questions and activities to help guide your lesson. The discussion questions are designed to help students understand the content better, while thinking critically. The extension activities include writing prompts, research topics, and much more!
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Author: Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Debra Sfetsios-Conover

Riding the Cyclone, the world famous Coney Island rollercoaster, was supposed to be the highlight of Nora’s summer. But right after they disembark, Nora’s cousin Riley falls to the ground…and doesn’t get up. Nora had begged and dragged Riley onto the ride, and no matter what the doctors say, that she had a heart condition, that it could have happened at any time, Nora knows it was her fault. Then, as Riley comes out of her coma, she’s not really Riley at all. The cousin who used to be loud and funny and unafraid now can’t talk, let alone go to the bathroom by herself. No, she’s only 10% Riley. Nora, guilt eating her up on the inside worse than a Coney Island hotdog, thinks she knows how to help. How to get 100% Riley back. But what Nora doesn’t realize is that the guilt will only get worse as that percentage rises.

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