Sunday, September 9, 2018

Discussion Questions for September 12

Advisory discussions of our Community Read will take place on Wednesday, September 12. We will also be skyping in November with Angie Thomas, author of the book The Hate U Give, and there will be breakout sessions by grade during class meeting time as we continue to delve deeper into many of the book's themes.

Advisors should feel free to choose the option that best suits their group. Also, advisors are welcome to partner with another advisory group for these discussions.

As you participate in these discussions, please encourage your advisees to think back to our guiding question when we voted on the book last spring: "What does it mean to be an American?" What does it mean to be drawn into activism and to find your voice? What does it mean to be, as Tupac says, an "underdog... someone who goes out there and succeeds, someone who overcomes obstacles." If justice is denied for some, how can we realize the full role of America?


Option 1: Focus on three questions based on scenarios
from Chapter 7 (p. 104-121).
  • What stood out to you in this chapter?
  • How does Starr navigate between being her authentic self and how she thinks her friends think she should act?
  • What do you think about Hailey’s decision to unfollow Starr on Tumblr? What is unsaid between them?

Option 2: Quotable quotes.
  • “I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.” (p. 34-35)
  • “People like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right.”  (p. 59)
  • “I tense as footage of my neighborhood, my home, is shown. It’s like they picked the worst parts—the drug addicts roaming the streets, the broken-down Cedar Grove projects, gangbangers flashing signs, bodies on the sidewalks with white sheets over them. What about Mrs. Rooks and her cakes? Or Mr. Lewis and his haircuts? Mr. Reuben? The clinic? My family? Me?” (p. 245)
  • “That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” (p. 252)
  • “I’ve taught myself to speak with two different voices and only say certain things around certain people. I’ve mastered it.” (p. 301)
  • Is there another quote from the book that you'd like to discuss?

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