Franklin Goes to the Hospital
By Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark
Franklin has a small crack in his shell and he has to have an operation at the hospital. When he has to have an X-ray, he is afraid that people will find out that even though he looks brave on the outside he is scared on the inside. Franklin learns that even though he is scared, he is still brave.
Guidelines for Philosophical Discussion
By Ally Lightfoot
There are three main philosophical issues in this story, fear, bravery and support. This book tells the reader that it is okay to be scared by saying that “being brave means doing what you have to do, no matter how scared you feel.” The discussion will provide a challenge to what individuals think by having many differing opinions. These questions will encourage deeper consideration of fear, bravery and the support of friends and family. The use of controversial questions will allow for children to explore their thoughts and have a deep philosophical discussion.
Franklin had a lot of support from those around him, helping him to overcome his fears. This poses the question as to whether it is easier to be brave when there is someone to help you through it. As well as many questions regarding the children’s personal lives such as what are some items or people that help you overcome your fears? And are you less afraid when you have a friend with you? These questions are all easily answerable and the children will be able to reflect on their own feelings and experiences before answering questions that are slightly less personal and broader. In Franklin Goes to the Hospital, he is told exactly what is going to happen to him throughout the entire story. There is never a time when Franklin is left guessing what is going to happen. This lets us consider whether it is easier to be brave when you know exactly what is going to happen to you. Generally, people have greater anxiety when they are unsure of the future, but if everyone always knew, step-by-step, what was going to happen then they would likely be less afraid of the outcome.
Fear, bravery and support are all things that are evident in the lives of the students. In a single day they can be presented with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their bravery, such as standing up to a bully or conquering the fear of talking in front of the class. The questions and ideas presented in the story are quite relatable to the children. Not only do they have the chance to think about relevant questions in a deeper way, but they also are able to determine what bravery is, what fear is, and the importance of friendship. All of these personal ideas that they will develop will help them in real life. These controversial questions about everyday issues are easily answerable, making for a good discussion. It is important to understand that there are many differing definitions of fear and bravery, and also to accept that there is no correct answer. By learning and accepting varying views of society, we are able to gain a stronger and deeper outlook on the world.
Questions for Philosophical Discussion
Friendship and Support