The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Middle School, High School
Botany, Engineering, First Aid, Green Technology, Orienteering, Psychology (Test Anxiety)
HMH Books for Young Readers
The Testing takes place after a series of wars and natural disasters when the US has been reduced to a handful of colonies. Cia, a sixteen-year-old girl from the Five Lakes Colony (near the former Great Lakes) is chosen to participate in the Testing to determine whether she will have the leadership qualities necessary to attend the university. When she starts taking the tests, she realizes that there are more than just grades at stake. In fact, passing the Testing might just be the only way to stay alive!
On November 19, 2014 Joelle Charbonneau joined over 220 students from around the region for a day of hands-on fun related to the science behind The Testing. Check back soon for videos and educator resources from the day’s activities and keep your eyes peeled for the next STEM Read Field Trip in Spring 2015.
Navigating the Post-Apocalypse
Watch the NIU Geography Club teach us how to use a compass and other navigation tools to get around in the wasteland of the post-apocalypse.
Watch Melanie Bickley speak about what testing anxiety, why we feel it, and how to deal with it.
Engineering or Extinction
The Testing Event - Highlights of the Day
Navigating the Post Apocalypse
In this activity students will learn how to navigate without GPS using the chain link method of navigation by following a set of directions in order to reach a final location.
Testing Anxiety: Logic Puzzles
View the Testing Anxiety video with students to learn the symptoms of test anxiety. Then have students work in groups to solve the logic puzzles within a short amount of time. Discuss as a class: according to the video, if they felt test anxiety during the experience, how can they alleviate those feelings?
Engineering or Extinction: Designing Survival Supplies
In this activity students will work in teams to discuss, design, build, and test a prototype of an invention that will solve a survival problem. Students will then vote as a team on the prototype that best solved the problem presented in order to see who would survive The Testing.
Video Discussion Guide
Watch the videos and then use these questions to facilitate classroom discussions about the topics presented.
According to her website http://www.joellecharbonneau.com, “Joelle has performed in opera and musical theater productions across Chicagoland. She now teaches private voice lessons and is the author of the New York Times best selling THE TESTING trilogy (THE TESTING, INDEPENDENT STUDY and GRADUATION DAY) as well as two mystery series: The Rebecca Robbins mysteries (Minotaur Books) and the Glee Club mysteries (Berkley). Her YA books have appeared on the Indie Next List, on the YALSA Top 10 books for 2014 as well as the YALSA Quick Picks for reluctant readers. Paramount optioned THE TESTING as the project is currently in development.”