- Reread the first paragraph: How does the narrator remember that particular day?
– During the first paragraph, the narrator describes the weather that particular day
– The narrator remembers the day as an extremely hot day. Even the asphalt, their hair, bike seats, and skin were burning.
– The grass was soggy from watering.
- Introduce the two children in the story: age, activities, etc.
– We are in the story introduced to the ten-year-old girl Allison and the I-narrator who is eight years.
– When the two children are spending time together they are riding bikes, playing Clue, and pretending to be married.
– They are not sharing the same interest. Allison is interested in barbies and Hall and Oates, which the narrator isn’t. But by being the only kids in the neighborhood they are now best friends, despite not being sure to even like each other.
– The I-narrator looks up to Allison
- Describe the meeting between the narrator and the new girl. What do the smiles on the children’s faces tell us?
– The narrator is out cycling with Allison, when the narrator sees the new girl. The new girl is watching them and is laughing when they are close to colliding.
– The smile on the two children’s faces shows us the normal behavior and thinking among children. They don’t have any prejudices about each other and sees each other as being equal.
1) Reread the first paragraph: How does the narrator remember that particular day?
2) Introduce the two children in the story: age, activities, etc.
3) Describe the meeting between the narrator and the new girl. What do the smiles on the children’s faces tell us?
4) How is the positive contact interrupted by Allison? Which of the following words would you use to characterize her interference: malicious - mean - spiteful - sympathetic?
5) How is the water from the sprinkler on the lawn used to underline the tension among the children?
6) What does the new girl’s body language (when returning to her home) tell us about her mood?
7) What does the girl’s mother do about the situation? What, according to the narrator, could she have done?
8) “Mom says they are going to ruin our house” What could she mean with this remark?
9) The narrator feels very strongly that he has done something wrong - where in the text do we see that?
10) This is a true story. Consider what light that throws on the story esp. the ending.
11) The themes in the text are. peer pressure - how children adopt their parents’ attitudes - racism - loss of innocence - initiation. If you could only choose one which would it be?
Narrator: Is the narrator an adult or a child? How old was he when the episode took place? How much did he understand at the time? How much does he understand now?
Character: Go through the characters and discuss whatever they are round or flat. How does the main character change?
Time aspect: How does the time gap affect our reading of the story?
Setting: Describe the neighbourhood. What factors seem to influence the residents’ lives?