By Sharon M. Draper
A story of Realistic Fiction
Teacher Answer Guide Packet
Directions: Think about the words below. Free write for at least three minutes about each word. Use extra paper if necessary. Be prepared to share your thoughts with your classmates.
Pages 1-22 Vocabulary & Discussion Guide
Discussion Questions 1. What does the newspaper article report in the first chapter? Four boys went out after the basketball game. Robert Washington is killed in a car accident, and the three other passengers escape injury. 2. Why do you feel the author chooses to begin the novel this way? How does that affect your opinion of the novel? The author chooses to begin the novel this way in order to hook the reader into the novel instantly. Answers will vary, but should include that the novel is going to be very interesting, deals with strong emotions, etc. 3. Who is Andy dating? Why do the other boys tease Andy about Keisha? Andy is dating Keisha. The other boys tease Andy because they say Keisha “has him on a leash.” 4. What are the four friends going to do after the game? Who does not drink alcohol? The four friends are going to drink beer and try to find a party. B.J. does not drink alcohol. 5. If you were in the same situation, what would you do – act like Andy, Rob, and Tyrone, or act like B.J.? Answers will vary.
6. Which member of the team decides to go home after the game instead of going with the guys? If you were this person, and you learned of the accident, what would be your first reaction? Gerald decides to go home after the game. Answers will vary, but could include they would feel guilty, relieved, etc. 7. Who calls Keisha to inform her about the accident? Why does this person assume that