The Leftovers is a great resource to question, explore, and analyze all types of diversity in a way that is applicable and accessible to the modern classroom in a safe way. Race, disability, poverty, and gender are all issues that come up in The Leftovers as a natural and organic part of the lives of the students. Bullying also occurs and often to kids who are already considered outcasts or misfits.
Some of the protagonists make poor choices, which affects their lives greatly. In fact, all of The Leftovers have made poor choices which is what landed them in Panae Hall––the alternative school––to begin with. Oftentimes, those poor choices may seem innocuous at first but often lead to unintentional and sometimes dire consequences later on. All of this, while uncomfortable, is a reality of the 21st Century student and The Leftovers can be a safe, appropriate way to make sense of these issues.
The Leftovers is about a group of kids who do not fit in with their families or their school. They are struggling kids who attend the alternative school next door to the D'wyee Unified Academy of Excellence and taught by Mr. Erlend Andvari.
Below are lesson plans, activities, vocabulary lists, writing prompts, read-aloud suggestions, pronunciation guides, and so much more. Everything you need to make The Leftovers come alive for your students.
J. Christopher Wilson
Some people are just weird.