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Transcript

LET'S DISCUSS

With Activities Part 5

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Discussion

My Mother’s Life: In this story, Trevor talks openly about what it was like growing up in a home where abuse was happening. Talk about the feelings you experienced as you read the story. Or, if you don’t want to share your feelings with others, write them down.

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Writting Activity:

Choose one event that takes place in this story. If you had been a friend of Trevor’s at the time of this event and he had told you about it, how would you have felt? Write down your feelings as a diary extract, starting like this: ‘Dear Diary, Today Trevor told me …’

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Discuss

Go, Hitler!: What is an entrepreneur? Would you say that in this story Trevor was an entrepreneur? Give reasons for your answer.

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Writing Activity:

Write an awesome title

Write an awesome subtitle

Can you think of a different title for this story? Write it down.

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Discuss

The Cheese Boys: Trevor says: "Everyone has a different idea of what crime is and what level of crime they’re willing to be involved in."

  • Do you think this is true?
  • What do you think crime is?
  • Which of the things in this story would you say qualify as committing a crime? Give reasons for your answer.

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Writting activity

Write a summary of this story using only three sentences.

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Discuss

The World Doesn’t Love You: When Trevor was arrested do you think he was more worried about going to jail or about his mother and stepfather finding out what had happened? Give reasons for your answer. What would you have been more worried about and why?

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Writing and Research Activity:

What do you think happened next? Add another paragraph to the end of the story.

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After Reading Discussion

The opening lines of the story ‘The Second Girl’ are: ‘My mother used to tell me, “I chose to have you because I wanted something to love and something that would love me back.”’ From the way Trevor talks about his mother as he tells his stories, do you think she got what she wanted – something to love and something to love her back? What words would you use to describe their relationship?

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After Reading Discussion

Think about how your experiences of growing up are the same as and different from Trevor’s experiences.

  • Where are the similarities?
  • Where are the differences?
  • Why do you think some things are similar and some are different?

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Writing Activity:

Imagine that you were going to interview Trevor about the stories in this book. Write down ten questions that you would like to ask him.

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