Wednesday, September 2, 2009

BC Discussion ?s: Stargirl

For the month of August, we read Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl. The following are the discussion questions we used:

1. "You'll know her more by your questions than by her answers. Keep looking at her long enough. One day you might see someone you know." Now that you've finished the novel, what do you think Archie means by this statement?

2. Do you accept Stargirl’s reason to change her name? Do you think your name is an integral part of who you are, or can you imagine yourself with another one?

3. Do you, as a reader, like Stargirl? Would you reach out to her or her?

4. Popularity, fitting in, and "sameness" are all key themes. Do you think Stargirl ever wanted to be popular? How might she define popularity? +/-


5. After Stargirl changes back to "Susan," Leo says "she looked magnificently, wonderfully, gloriously ordinary. She looked just like a hundred other girls at Mica High--I had never been so happy and proud in my whole life." How did you feel when you read this part of the novel?

6. Stargirl is the focus at both the basketball championships and the oratorical contest, but in very different ways. How is she rejected at one and accepted at the other? And how does this acceptance ultimately lead to rejection?

7. Do you think Stargirl made a deliberate attempt to say good-bye at the Ocotillo ball? What do you make of the students' behavior at the ball?

8. What is the irony at the end of Stargirl?

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