Technique - Using A Book To Explore Cultural Difference

Suggested techniques to help students consider issues represented in a book.

Modified Debate

Have students pick a perspective from the book and debate a question from the point of view of that character or perspective.

Role Playing

Cast students as characters in the book and have them play out a key scenario. Repeat the scene, changing roles and practicing alternate endings.

Small Group Discussion

Introduce the concept of privilege. Break students into groups and ask them to identify instances of privilege depicted in the book. Reconvene the class and list the events on the board as they correspond to social location of race, class, gender, and nationality.

Online Discussion Board

Post your own discussion questions or assign students to post them on different weeks. Require some kind of response.