93 pages 3 hours read

Brendan Kiely, Jason Reynolds

All American Boys

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2015

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Essay Questions

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Scaffolded Essay Questions

Student Prompt: Write a short (1-3 paragraph) response using one of the bulleted outlines below. Cite details from the text over the course of your response that serve as examples and support.

1. Rashad is directly affected by systemic racism in the novel.

  • Generally, in what way do character reactions to the assault demonstrate the prevalence of systemic racism? (topic sentence)
  • Select at least 3 prominent characters in the story and analyze their reactions to the assault. How do the actions of each chosen character contribute to the theme of The Challenges of Combating Systemic Racism?
  • In your concluding sentence or sentences, evaluate the extent to which individual character reactions represent the overall community response to the catalyst event.

2. Quinn struggles with his personal feelings about Paul after witnessing Paul’s actions.

  • How does Quinn come to terms with Paul’s actions? (topic sentence)
  • Select at least 3 plot points that focus on Quinn’s internal and/or external struggle regarding his stance on Paul’s actions.