Objective: Stereotypes and labels. No one at the school is particularly fond of Leo. Leo comes on too strong and hangs on the boys like he has a fascination with them, fueling rumors that he is gay. Torey attempts not to fall for these stereotypes and derogatory thoughts because he has learned from experience that it is not a road he wants to travel. This lesson will look at stereotypes and labels.
1. Class discussion. Discuss with the students the various labels within this book. Leo is socially inept and might be gay because he tries too hard to have friends. Poor people commit more crimes than wealthy people. Married women are jealous, etc. What effects do the labels have on the characters' relationships with each other? Do labels create different expectations? Are there any characters that use their label to their advantage? How have the labels put...
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