In March volunteers read “Enemy Pie” by Derek Munson. Enemy Pie emphasizes the importance of taking time to learn about people before passing judgment. At the beginning of the story, the narrator is teased, ridiculed, and excluded by a new boy in the neighborhood. The narrator talked to his father, a caring adult in his life. His dad offered to help with a recipe for enemy pie! Thanks to the special recipe for enemy pie (spending time together, getting to know each other, and discovering similar interests), the two boys become friends.
The goals of this lesson are for students to:
Understand that prejudice may cause one to have a perceived enemy.
Learn not to judge others. Develop a growth mindset that embraces meeting new people and discovering new things about classmates and friends.
Expand friendship-making skills to include overcoming self-imposed obstacles, like prejudice and stereotyping.