This resource is to be used before students read The Whale Rider. There is a student handout that each student contemplates the statements and notes whether they agree or disagree (and rate how strongly). They are asked to make note of why they feel the way they do. There is also a teacher copy for the projector where the class results can be visually recorded. I then choose the one or two most controversial statements and make 4 groups (strongly agree, agree, disagree, and strongly disagree). Students have about 10 minutes in their groups to discuss their position. Next, each group presents their opinions and reasons and tries to persuade the other groups to see it from their view. I then give students the chance to switch and change their minds once everyone has been heard. This opens up good discussions about traditions, values, and whether or not people will ever agree on the issues. This increased the students connections with the issues and values examined in the novel. At the end of the novel, I do the statement part again (without looking at their earlier answers) and see if their thoughts have changed.