Lesson 1 (from Preface - Chapter 1)
In the Preface, Garbarino discusses the prevalence of youth violence in today's society, as he discusses the increase in crime even in non-urban areas, and the likelihood of violence within our own environments. This lesson will focus on youth violence in today's society, to gain a background understanding for the topic of the rest of the novel.
1. Class discussion: Do you agree with Garbarino that youth violence is spreading across the United States? Why or why not? Have you seen an increase in youth violence in your own lifetime? Why do you think this is the case? Do you think there is any relationship between the inner city violence Garbarino mentions and the non-urban violence of such criminal acts as the shootings in Pearl, Mississippi? Why or why not?
2. Group debate: Divide the class into two groups. In the book, Garbarino argues that whether or...
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