The Skin I’m In: Discussion Guide for Grades 8 and Up

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Words can hurt! But self-esteem can blunt the impact. That's the takeaway when discussing the themes in Sharon G. Flake's powerful novel The Skin I'm In. A discussion guide leads groups through a study of this narrative of a girl who is bullied because of the color of her skin. The guide uses selected passages from the text as a focus for discussion questions and writing prompts for each of the eight themes of the story.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into eight literature circles, assign each a different theme to guide their study of the novel, and then have them prepare a presentation of their focus to the whole class
  • Use during October's National Bullying Prevention Month
Classroom Considerations
  • Last of five lessons in the "Words that Heal" unit
  • Requires copies of Sharon G. Flake's novel The Skin I'm In
  •  A protocol must be in place to permit a safe, respectful discussion of sensitive issues
Pros
  • The extension activities suggest ways to increase readers' empathy for the main character
Cons
  • None