Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Examining emotions. Throughout the chapter, Brian experiences many emotions in a short period of time.
For example, Brian recalls his mother's infidelity and feels embarrassed, ashamed, angry and betrayed all at once, a difficult combination to experience, particularly for a 13-year-old.
It is important to recognize emotions as they occur and try to understand how to deal with them, even if the emotions are irrational or strange.
In small groups, have the students refer to the incident in which Brian discovers his mother is secretly involved with another man. Brian was having a good time riding his bike with his friend Terry when he spotted his mother in a station wagon with a strange man. At first, Brian does not draw a conclusion, in part due to his innocence. Once Brian sees his mother kiss the strange man, the event makes sense and deeply affects...
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