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Chapter Eight: Uptown and School
Learning Activities

2 Handouts

Activity 1 - Vocabulary

hostile pummel cowardice validated
assailant individuality disintegrate chaos

Learners match the word and the meaning on Handout 1 and then write a sentence for each word.

Activity 2 – Chapter Questions

Learners answer questions about the chapter. The questions are listed on Handout 2. Below are the questions and answers for the instructor.

Questions: p.84-85
  1. Describe the local school. A long structure with kindergarten to grade twelve.

  2. What's Velma's earliest memory of the school? Being three or four and walking up town with her older sister, dusty streets in summer and hot fumes making it hard to breath.

  3. Describe Ms. Beasley. What was different about her clothes? Short skirt.

  4. Velma remembered being different from the uptown children. What two things happened at school where Velma felt different? 1) When the instructor's aide tried to pull her back in line and pulled her roughly by the collar, Velma started fighting with her. The other kids stared in shock. 2) When she was late, the other children laughed at her on the playground.

  5. What did Ms. Beasley give her one summer? A “Three Bears” book shaped as a bear.

  6. How did Velma face the bullies? By talking, she told them her brothers and father would kill them. Later she told the bully he would go to jail.