A Kid's Video Guide to "Crispin: The Cross Of Lead"

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Topics discussed in this program include:

  • Personal identity
  • Freedom
  • Rich vs. poor
  • Democracy
  • Questioning your lot in life
  • And much more!
- 21 minutes
  • Curriculum Connections Pick

Questions for classroom discussion and assignments:

  • At the beginning of the story, Crispin doesn't even have a name. How did he feel about that? How would you feel if you didn't have a name?
  • Discuss the journey each of us takes as individuals in life, finding ourselves and who we are. Compare that to Crispin’s journey of discovery.
  • There’s a famous quote: “No man or woman either should be enslaved, but should stand equal to one another.” What does that mean to you?
  • Bear says, “A wise man, a jester by trade, once told me that living by answers is a form of death. It is only by questions that you keep on living.” What does this mean and do you agree?
  • What is freedom?
  • What was the “wolf’s head?"
  • What makes you unique?
  • What was a serf? What was a day-in-the life of a serf like?

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