As requested from several teachers, here’s a partial list of suggested reading comprehension discussion topics for those of you who’ve received early advanced educational copies of ’29 Dimes: A Love Story’ for your classroom. After your class have read the entire novel, ask the students the following questions:
1. How did the author use the city of Los Angeles and the communities of Silver Lake and Echo Park as characters in the story?
2. Regarding the novel’s descriptive blurb on the back cover, what do you think is meant by the phrase “…love can happen to the most unlikely people…”? Did the author want the reader to consider the characters Tip or Ronnie as “unlikely” to find love, or someone else perhaps?
3. Regarding the novel’s brief descriptive blurb on the back cover, what do you think is meant by the phrase “… love can be found in the most unusual place…”? (Hint: Have your students take a closer look at Tip’s childhood and his early attachment to shapes and colors, in which he’d observed in the carpet’s unique pattern.) Remind your students not to go for the easiest or more obvious answers, and to dig a little deeper when trying to find the meaning of symbols and metaphors within the story.
4. When the character Teki wrote the lyrics to the song ‘Vehicles’, who do you think she was thinking about when she wrote it? (Hint: Was she thinking about her brother Vince, her classmate Kalib, or someone else?)
5. Why do you think the author gave Ronnie’s parents the last name ‘Abelson’?
6. What are other symbols and metaphors the author used in the story?
Note: ’29 Dimes: A Love Story’ will be released and available to the general public in early November 2013. Look for it online on Amazon.
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