Students Create List Of Topics To Write About

In small groups, brainstorm some of the issues that the text brings up.

List of issues my students brainstormed in spring 2013:
The Dominican stereotype
Male roles in the Dominican Republic community
Interior life of teenage boys
Female Roles in the Dominican Republic community
Struggle of individual vs. community
assimilating outside the culture
Stereotypes in cultures
Cultural background
Dominican heritage
Ostracizing people who act differently
Desire to fit in – Oscar’s difficulties fitting in
Family bonds
Family relationships
one parent household
effect of breakups
Mother/Daughter relationships
Sibling bonds (brothers and sisters)
[Oscar’s] relationship with women
Teenage Rebellion
How different locations effect life

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