On the Shelf
by Louisa May Alcott from Little Women
Chapter XXXVIII passage: There are many differences between the lives of the 19th century March family and modern families, but toddlers at bedtime is not one of those differences. Meg's recalcitrant toddler Demi wants to stay up and eat treats. When he doesn't get his way, he becomes a handful -- as many mothers today might recognize. Students will read the passage and respond to questions on the language and the theme.