Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson

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Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live. Tuesdays with Morrieis a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world. From the Hardcover edition.
Curriculet Details
22 Questions
24 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for high school students contains interactive videos exploring imagery and theme, as well as annotations describing historical and cultural connections to the book. Students will explore the relationship between Mitch and Morrie, as well as analyze the various aphorisms presented. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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The Curriculum

Mitch Albom writes this book as a autobiography of his experience with his favorite teacher Morrie Schwartz. It is also a biography, as Albom tells the story of Morrie's life with ALS. Notice how he structures the book using parts of a course as the titles of each section.  

The Syllabus

Why does the author title each chapter after elements found in a college class?  
The lindy, as you will be able to see in this short video, is a highly energetic dance.  (This annotation contains a link)

The Audiovisual

As you view the first part of Ted Koppel's interview with Morrie and then read the account in the text, pay attention to which details are emphasized in the video and the text.  (This annotation contains a video)
From Koppel's conversation with Morrie so far, you can describe Morrie as  
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it’s so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently. Try it right now to look up the word narcissist.  
Which statement best evaluates the various details emphasized in the previous video and the text? 

Homework #17

How does this flashback contribute to the meaning of the text? 

The Classroom

Happiness is one of the themes of this book. Since the author wants to be sure you get his message, the themes will be explicitly stated throughout the text. The concept of theme is described in the video below. (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #19

According to the text, what is the "tension of opposites"? 

Taking Attendance

The author describes how his point of view of what the culture says is valuable is changing. How do you think this will affect his chosen profession? 

The First Tuesday: We Talk About the World

Which inference can you draw from the selected paragraph? 
Morrie uses many aphorisms, short opinion statements based on truth, throughout the book. Do you think they are effective in getting his message across? 

The Second Tuesday: We Talk About Feeling Sorry for Yourself

Albom organizes the parts of the book with titles that relate to a school class. Within each part he uses the structure of time and topic. How does this help the reader understand the text? 
Quiz 1 
Which is the central idea of "The Second Tuesday"? 

Homework #27

Which statement makes the best connection between the flashback and the central idea of "The Third Tuesday"? 

The Audiovisual, Part Two

On March 16, 2015, another article about Morrie was published in the Boston Globe. Why is Morrie Schwartz still in the news 20 years after his death? (This annotation contains a link)

The Professor

How does the inclusion of Morrie's life as a child develop the message of the text? 
From the meaning of the word default, the author indicates that there was no other alternative for Morrie other than becoming a teacher.  

The Fourth Tuesday: We Talk About Death

How does accepting death help a person embrace life? 

Homework #32

Major League Baseball posted this video last year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's famous speech. How does Morrie's attitude connect with Lou Gehrig's attitude in his speech?  (This annotation contains a video)

The Fifth Tuesday: We Talk About Family

Which information from the text is necessary to gain deeper insight to Morrie's value of family? 
The author changes the narration of his story from his conversation about family with Morrie to biographical information about his own family. How does this narrative style add meaning to the text? 

The Sixth Tuesday: We Talk About Emotions

What is significant about the food that Mitch brings each week when he visits Morrie? 
The author presents Morrie's idea of detachment as a paradox. The two opposing ideas are that in order to detach, you must first let an experience "penetrate you fully". View the following website to learn more about paradox.  (This annotation contains a link)

The Professor, Part Two

Which statement would be included in an objective summary of "The Professor Part 2"? 

Homework #38

What do you think is the purpose of adding the Native American view about death at this point in the book? 

Homework #40

Evaluate whether the inclusion of this poem is effective in clarifying the message of this chapter.  

The Eighth Tuesday: We Talk About Money

The words "disillusioned," "brainwashing", and "fogged up" are words that give the reader a negative feeling about how people value objects. The feeling the reader gets from words is called connotation. Which words on this page have a positive connotation? 
How does the author reveal his point of view about material things? 
Quiz 2 

The Ninth Tuesday: We Talk About How Love Goes On

The author includes a list of current events in the first paragraph of this chapter to emphasize that time passes, but people are still obsessed with what the media portrays as important.  
Do you agree that Morrie's choice for the inscription on his tombstone is appropriate?  
Which details supports the central idea that “love is how you stay alive”? 

The Tenth Tuesday: We Talk About Marriage

How do anecdotes, short interesting stories, increase the effectiveness of the text? 
Album uses figurative language effectively in his narrative. How does the simile in the selected sentence add meaning to the description of commitment? View this video if you need a refresher on similes and metaphors.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #46

In the Book of Job, Job is so frustrated with his life that he curses the day of his birth. Despite his many trials, Job retains his faith in God. How does Morrie's life reflect Job's strength? 

The Eleventh Tuesday: We Talk About Our Culture

The author includes observations about Morrie’s declining health in this autobiography as well as reflections regarding the changes he recognizes in himself.  
Which detail is included in the text to support the idea that people must create their own culture? 

The Audiovisual, Part Three

As you view the video below of Koppel's final interview with Morrie, think about how using text or video affects the account of the scene.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does the video affect the account given in the text? 

The Thirteenth Tuesday: We Talk About The Perfect Day

Authors use rhetorical devices such as allusions, questions, and hyperbole to increase the effectiveness of their writing. A rhetorical question is one that is not meant to be answered, but included to emphasize a point. What do you think Albom is trying to emphasize with this rhetorical question? 
How is the author's point of view about his relationship with his brother revealed in the text? 

The Fourteenth Tuesday: We Say Good-Bye

As the writer presents the sad, final chat, he uses imagery to help the reader see the setting.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which statement best explains how the author grows over the course of the text due to his interactions with Morrie? 


Which inference can be made from the sentence, "The teaching goes on"? 


What do Albom's reflections ten years after publication add to the meaning of the book? 
Quiz 3