Adaptive Technologies, Blindness, Cancer Research, Human Health, Medical Technology
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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.
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.
Did you enjoy The Fault in Our Stars? Librarian Evelyn Lorence from Sycamore Public Library has more book recommendations for you.
Designing a Cancer Awareness T-Shirt
In this activity, students will research a specific type of cancer and will then design an awareness campaign t-shirt using colors/symbols commonly used to promote advocacy for the cancer.
Video Discussion Guide
Watch the videos and then use these questions to facilitate classroom discussions about the topics presented.
Publisher Lesson Plans
For publisher official lesson plans please visit this link
John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper 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.
- Turtles All the Way Down
- Looking for Alaska
- An Abundance of Katherines
- Paper Towns
- Will Grayson Will Grayson