Book Talk: Discussion Questions
and Writing Prompts for Students
Allie, First At Last - Discussion Questions
Discussion Questions Excerpt
- Explain why Allie wants to be a trailblazer?
- Allie is sad that she is no longer Sara’s best friend and seems lost on how to repair their broken friendship. What advice would you give to Allie to help her win her friend back?
- What does Great Gramps (Bisabuelo) mean when he tells Allie that, “the real rewards in life don’t fit on a trophy shelf”? What do you think those “real rewards” are?
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Gaby, Lost and Found - Discussion Questions
Discussion Question Excerpt
- The novel is called “Gaby, Lost and Found.” In what ways is Gaby “lost” and “found”?
- In the novel, Gaby is bullied by a couple of older students. Who are these bullies? What actions do they take that are considered “bullying” to you. Why do you think they bully Gaby? How does Gaby respond to this bullying? In your opinion, how should Gaby respond?
- Throughout the novel, there are several adoption announcements for the dogs and cats at the shelter written by Gaby. If you had to pick a pet from Furry Friend Animal Shelter to take home, which one would you choose? Why?
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Gaby, Lost and Found - Writing Prompts
- Gaby is embarrassed to go to the City Harvest Center. Write in your own words a brief paragraph explaining why Gaby did not want her class project to be at the City Harvest Center. Write about a time you were embarrassed to go somewhere, how you felt, and the ways you tried to get out of going.
- Alma seems to know Gaby’s personal secrets and keeps them safe. In other words, Alma has Gaby’s back! In chapter 15, on the bus, what did Alma do to save Gaby from being found out? Why did that work? Write about a time when you had your close friend’s “back” or when your friend had yours.
- In chapter 4, Gaby volunteers to write descriptive profiles of the pets at the shelter. She’s concerned that there are not enough ‘words’, not enough adverbs and adjectives to describe the cute dogs and cats. Create a list of verbs, adjectives and adverbs you would use to describe the pets of your choice. Use the adoption announcements from the novel.