The Caretaker of Tree Palace: Chapter 7 – Dark Follows Light

#TeacherGuide for The Caretaker of Tree Palace

For Discussion

  1. Why do you think this chapter is titled “dark follows light”?
  2. How do the other students perceive Doodles?
  3. How does Doodles perceive the other students?
  4. Who is correct in their perceptions? Explain.
  5. How would you describe the secretary’s perception of Curtis?
  6. How did your perception of Curtis change when you saw life through his point of view?
  7. What difficulties arise when we let our perceptions of others affect how we treat them?
  8. How accurately have you been perceived in your life?
  9. How do we keep our judgments of people from treating them unfairly?


  1. Make a list of emotions that people experience in this chapter. Identify the cause and effect of each emotion.

(CHARACTER) EMOTION:                CAUSE  ===>   EFFECT

  1. Think of a person (famous or not) who was initially misunderstood but was later admired. Write about his or her situation and explain what lesson we can learn from that person’s experience.
  2. Imagine you are Curtis Gentry. Write a letter to your son explaining your point of view.

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The Caretaker of Tree Palace



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