Literature: "Crash" by Jerry Spinelli
These sites are about the book “Crash,” which explores the themes of bullying and friendship. Find information about the book, its themes, and the author. Includes lesson plans, quizzes, interview transcripts, and interactive games. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Friendship and Bullying.
Meet the Author: Jerry Spinelli
Jerry Spinelli discusses his life as a writer in this 15 minute video.
Jerry Spinelli Official Homepage
This is an official website of Jerry Spinelli. Read about FAQ section to learn about the author. Includes interactive quizzes and games and suggested places to get your stories published.
Crash Book Trailer
Use this teacher-made book trailer before reading "Crash".
This site provides numerous resources including videos, what to do about cyberbullying and information for parents and educators.
A Bad Case of Bullying: Using Literature Response Groups
This lesson from ReadWriteThink provides students a chance to think about situations they have been in involving bullying.
Kids Health: Dealing with Bullies
This three-page article is about bullies and what happens to them later in life.
This pledge against bullying can be printed out for students.
Scholastic: Jerry Spinelli
This page provides an biography of the Jerry Spinelli, his works, and interview transcript.
Crash Book Report Form
This 3-page pdf file provides guided questions for creating a book report.
This word document file has a list of discussion questions organized by pages for students to discuss after reading the book.
eThemes Resource: Literature Themes: Friendship
These sites have tips on making friends and how to resolve common problems that threaten friendships. There are several classroom activity ideas to help foster friendships among students. Includes lists of recommended children's books as well as links to eThemes Resources on books that include this theme.
eThemes Resource: Literature Themes: Bullying
These sites are about bullies and includes tips on how to deal with them. There are lists of recommended children's books that have a bullying theme, a printable pledge against bullying, and an animated movie. Includes eThemes Resources on several books with this theme.