The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Book Info

Grade Level
High School
STEM Concepts
Human Health, Adaptive Technologies, Blindness, Cancer Research, Medical Technology
Publisher
ISBN
978-0142424179

Battling cancer at the age of 16 is not easy, but Hazel copes in unusual ways like indulging her wild sense of humor. She really does not look forward to her weekly Cancer Support Group meetings with other young patients, not until Augustus Waters comes along. Being alive and being in love are most important to Hazel and Gus. They have to deal with cancer, doctors, and hovering parents, but they care far more about each other.

In the novel, Hazel says, “cancer books suck.” The Fault in Our Stars isn’t a cancer book. It is a book about unusual teenagers whose daily challenges and adventures are more engaging and funnier than vampires, werewolves, vicious robots, or flying dragons.

Videos

Dr. Narayan Hosmane: Killing Cancer with Chemistry

Dr. Narayan Hosmane, NIU professor of chemistry, is using chemistry to fight cancer. In this video, Dr. Hosmane talks about his background, his favorite element, and what is being done to fight cancer.

Gaylen Kapperman on Blindness Part 1: Retinitis Pigmen-what?

Join Gaylen Kapperman, professor of Special and Early Education, as he talks about blindness. In this video, he talks about the disease that caused his own blindness: Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Gaylen Kapperman on Blindness Part 2: Blind as a Bat

Join Gaylen Kapperman, professor of Special and Early Education, as he talks about blindness. In this video, he talks about his childhood diagnosis and why blindness is still hard to talk about.

Gaylen Kapperman on Blindness Part 3: You See With Your Brain!

Join Gaylen Kapperman, professor of Special and Early Education, as he talks about blindness. In this video, he demonstrates how vision works, and what can go wrong.

Gaylen Kapperman on Blindness Part 4: "The Fault in our Stars" and a Talking Computer

Join Gaylen Kapperman, professor of Special and Early Education, as he talks about blindness. In this video, he talks about the character Isaac from The Fault in Our Stars, and gives a demonstration of his talking computer.

The Science Behind Oxygen Tanks

In The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel uses an oxygen tank and cannula to help her breathe. In this video, NIU’s Nursing Lab Coordinator, Kristen Selig, demonstrates how oxygen tanks and cannulas work.

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Educators

Idea Sparks and Mini Lessons

These questions, prompts, and short activities provide quick ways to inspire interest and explore the STEAM concepts related to the book. Idea Sparks and Mini Lessons can also be used for differentiation and to foster new ideas of your own.

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Designing a Cancer Awareness T-Shirt/Poster 6-8

In this activity, students will create their own cancer awareness t-shirt or poster. By researching a specific type of cancer, students will design a t-shirt or poster that is designed to bring attention to a particular type of cancer, and use colors/symbols commonly used to promote advocacy for the cancer.

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Designing a Cancer Awareness T-Shirt/Poster 9-12

In this activity, students will create their own cancer awareness t-shirt or poster. By researching a specific type of cancer, students will design a t-shirt or poster that is designed to bring attention to a particular type of cancer, and use colors/symbols commonly used to promote advocacy for the cancer.

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Be Part of the Solution

In this PBL lesson, the activities are designed to connect the concepts in the book to real-world problems and ideas. Each prompt allows students to work collaboratively to explore one of the following topics: Support Someone with Serious Illness, Promote Early Detection, Careers for Curing, and Fundraising.

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Video Discussion Guide

Watch the videos and then use these questions to facilitate classroom discussions about the topics presented.

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About the Author

John Green

John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of KatherinesPaper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Green’s books have been published in more than a dozen languages. In 2014, The Fault in Our Stars was adapted as a major motion picture. Other books by John include Turtles All the Way Down and Paper Towns.

Learn more at johngreenbooks.com.

Source: John Green