The Hate U Give Discussion Assignment

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9th - 12th
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a book worth talking about! Get students discussing cycles of hate, the importance of education, the definition of family, and other deep questions with this discussion activity--in person or online!

Students examine five thematic topics through this discussion: hate, family, identity, speaking out and silence, and education. Students will need to gather textual evidence to support their ideas on these thematic topics prior to the discussion activity.

For in-person instruction, have students gather quotes to refer to during this discussion activity. I have my students annotate their physical novels, collecting textual evidence for their final discussion throughout the unit.

For virtual instruction, students can use the included Textual Evidence Tracker Google Doc to keep track of relevant quotes.

The discussion itself can be held as a conversation cafe when in person (I like to bring in snacks and tablecloths to make it feel really special!). You can even set up the included place cards ahead of time to "set the table" and make students feel special.

For distance learning, discussions can happen in digital break-out rooms.

This assignment can be used as a formative or summative assessment, depending on your class's needs. I use this as a unit final project, but this assignment could easily be adapted into a smaller, one or two-day activity. This can even be an activity that leads to writing a full thematic essay.

This resource includes:

  • EDITABLE Assignment Handout
  • EDITABLE Discussion Rubric
    • PDF Version
    • Google Doc version
    • Google Sheets version (for easy importing into Google Classroom)
      • Directions PDF for importing a Google Sheets rubric into Google Classroom
  • EDITABLE Textual Evidence Tracker Google Doc for distance learning
  • At-a-Glance Worksheet for in-person learning
  • Student place cards, directions for setting up place cards, and facilitator instructions
  • Product/Resource Overview

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Total Pages
4 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.
Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.


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