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Afraid of "Bad Neighborhoods"
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Racial Biases Reading Comprehension/Writing Response


Directions: Read the story “Facing My Fears,” p. 4. Answer the questions in essay answer format. (This means you should use parts of the question to start your answer.) Write 3-5 complete sentences for each question. The answer for the first question has been started for you.

1. What is the full title of this story? Who wrote the story? Why do you think the writer thought it was important to write the story? Do you think it is an important topic? [Example: The full title of the story is… FOLLOWED BY: The writer wanted to tell readers about his views of some ethnic and racial groups…]

2. Stories often describe a person who goes through a change in his or her behaviors or attitudes. What is the main change described in this story? Use specific examples from the story to convince the reader that you know what you are talking about.

3. Why was the writer afraid to go to high school? What happened to him when he did?

4. Name some emotions the writer expressed in the article. What events caused these emotions?

5. What does the illustration have to do with the story?

6. Think of a time when you started classes at a new school, visited place you’d never been to before, or met a group of people for the first time. How did you feel before the experience? Was the actual experience like you imagined it would be or was it different?
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