Objective: In Chapter 1, the author provides a look at life at Ballou Senior High School. The objective of this lesson is to learn what it is like to attend Ballou Senior High School.
1) Class Discussion: What type of a security force is there at Ballou? What is the pecking order at Ballou? What are some recent acts of violence that have occurred? Why is distinctiveness dangerous at Ballou? What is the dropout/transfer rate at Ballou? What frequently happens to students who are listed on the Wall of Honor? What does the principal give the honor students hoping that they will be respected? What happens to honor students after the academic award assemblies?
2) Group Discussion: How do the "crews" treat other students? Why is it dangerous to be noticed by this group? How does clothing differ between the three different social groups at Ballou? Why are the...
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