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Teacher Lesson Return to "How I Graduated"
How I Graduated
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In writing about her struggle to graduate from high school, Angi reveals what might be ambivalent attitudes about her foster parents. On one hand she depicts them in very positive terms. Consider these quotes:

"I didn't want to disappoint my foster parents, 'cause they believed that I was gonna make it."

"My foster parents stood by my side and got me a tutor..."

"...my foster family was there (graduation) cheering me for me because they were proud of me..."

Yet consider these quotes:

"I would be in another world, just thinking about how unhappy I was with myself and my house..."

When her friends talk warmly about their families Angi gets "jealous, because that's not the family I have."

Do your clients see any contradictions in these sets of quotes? Have they ever felt confused about their feelings toward other people?

Could Angi's parents have made her unhappy at home yet seemingly be so supportive? Could they have been supportive some of the time but not always? Are Angi's feelings about her parents similar to Max Moran's feelings about his old group home?

Could it be that no matter how supportive her parents were Angi will always feel a deep sense of loss at not growing up with her biological family? Does she give her foster parents enough credit for her graduation? Why does she call her father after she graduates?
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