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Nasty Girls
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Lesson for “Nasty Girls”

In “Nasty Girls,” the writer describes how she befriended a group of popular girls in the sixth grade. She finds that the clique is mean to other people, but she is afraid to speak up because she doesn’t want to lose her friendship. When the clique turns on her, she realizes it was more important to be herself.

Prompts for discussion and/or writing:

—Did you ever join a clique or a group in order to be popular and fit in? What was the clique like? Did you feel comfortable being part of it? Why or why not?

—Did you ever belong to a group that did things you didn’t agree with? Did you speak up to the group about them? Why or why not?

—When the clique rejects the writer, it makes it hard for her to trust anyone. Did you have an experience with friends that made it hard for you to trust others? Were you able to trust people again? If so, how? If not, why not?

—Which is more important to you and your sense of self-worth: being accepted by others, or doing what you think is best for yourself? Is it possible to have both? If so, how? If not, why not?
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