Discussion Tips for Parents and Teachers

You and your class/child have just finished reading Jamal And Me. As you know, there are many themes embedded in this book – some are clearly articulated and some are more subtle. If you want to maximize the impact of this book, you may want to have a follow-up conversation (or perhaps several).

Below are some questions you might ask your child or students. They may need to be modified to match the developmental level of the children, and are just a place to start a conversation. The youngsters will probably present a perspective you missed, so enjoy the exchange of ideas!

  • Why do you think Jamal acted out when he first moved to his new school? Why is being the “new kid in school” so hard?
  • What could Miss Iceburg have done when Jamal first came to his new school to make things easier for him?
  • If you were advising Jamal about how to make friends in his new school, what would you tell him?
  • Name at least three things Dr. Toughlove did to help Jamal.
  • Do you think it would have been a good idea to send Jamal to another school when he was misbehaving? Why or why not?
  • Write a book review about Jamal and Me. Be specific about what you liked or disliked about the book and whether or not you would recommend it to your friends.
  • Can you name three words to describe how Miss Iceburg felt about Jamal when he made poor choices?
  • Let’s look at the book’s illustrations together. Which ones did you like best? Please explain.

Enjoy Jamal And Me! Please feel free to share any ideas you have for follow-up activities in the Leave a Reply window below!

2 thoughts on “Discussion Tips for Parents and Teachers”

  1. The discussion tips are so helpful. You highlighted themes that slipped by me when talking with my children about the story. It will make for an even better discussion the next time we read it.


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