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Use one color to identify positive influences and another color to identify negative influences. Or, split the circle in half, writing positive influences on one side and negative to the other side. Share your findings with others in the classroom. Use a different form for each doctor. Use the circles at the end of your packet (there is one labeled with each doctor’s name) to complete this activity. 2. "How can a mother's pleas compete with the thrill of having wads of cash handed to you when your pockets are empty and the pantry is bare?" Sam writes (p.53) "Sure, you see cats your age dying all the time, but you figure that's the price you pay for being born poor. And you accept your fate, unless someone or something convinces you that you have the power to change the script." Discuss the narrators' success in the context of this statement. Who or what provided that "someone or something" for these three boys? 3. The narrators cite role models as huge influences on their lives.Discuss how Mr. Jackson, Miss Johnson, Reggie, and Carla affectedGeorge, Sam, and Rameck. Do you think individuals are encouraged to take on leadership roles in troubled communities? 4. How did family relationships influence these boys' lives? What stands out about each of their childhood experiences at home?
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5. The three doctors grew up on the inner city streets of Newark, New Jersey. a) How does this environment (the school, the neighborhood, etc.) affect the actions and development of each ofthe doctors? 6. Each of the narrators describes a turning point at which specific decisions or choices to turn away from certain friends, to never return to jail, to study harder changed the course of their lives. Are such moments recognizable only in hindsight? Do you think that shaping the events of your life into a story would influence the importance you placed on specific events? Discuss. 7. Peer pressure plays an enormous role in the lives of young people in every circumstance. How did it play into Sam, George, and Rameck's lives? What drew them together and what kept their "pact" alive? 8. Rameck's grandmother tries to teach him a tough lesson when she takes back the money she's lent him for portfolio pictures because she found out that his mother used it to pay the utility bill. "You can't help nobody till you help yourself," she tells him. Do you agree with her philosophy? What do you think Rameck took away from that experience?
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