The Hate You Give Literature Guide
Have you ever had to find your voice? In this story Starr witnesses police brutality that is racially motivated. She also lives in one community, while attending school in a very different community. Starr struggles to speak up and conquer the fear of others’ opinions. Communities are facing very similar situations and kids around the world are choosing to stand up and advocate for the causes they believe in, what can you do to help?
Literature Guide by Kaitlyn Pressnall
Ask: Looking at the cover, what do you think the book will be about?
Show: Look at the cover, the first letters of each word in the title spell THUG. Why do you think this might be applicable to the story? (We will revisit this after you read) Read the back of the book (or inside cover). What would you like to ask the author?
Connect: After reading the summary on the back of the book or the inside cover, tell about an event from the last year or two that relates to the theme of the book.
- Does the topic of this book remind you of anything in your personal life?
- Is it our responsibility to make things better in the world when we see something isn’t right? Why do you think that?
Ask: What does Khalil say that “Thug Life” meant?
- What are the two versions of Starr? Why does she need to have two versions of herself?
- How does Starr define family?
- Why do you think Starr calls the police office by his badge number (115)?
- Why does Starr doubt her and Chris’ relationship?
- Why do Hailey and Starr have conflict?
- Why does Garden Heights react in the way they do after the verdict of the police office is released?
Show: Based on your reading interpretation, what does the Garden Heights Starr look like and act like? When Starr goes to school what does she look like and act like?
Connect: Have you ever had to pretend to be someone that you aren’t to please people? What is that like? Or what do you think that would feel like?
- How do you define family?
- Starr’s mom says, “Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right”. What does she mean by this and can you relate this to a situation in your life? Or in the current media?
Ask: Now that you have read the book, you probably have a different answer from the beginning of the book. What is the meaning behind the word THUG from the cover? How does Starr change from the beginning of the book to the end?
Show: What has the book taught you and how will you give back to your community now that you have read, “The Hate You Give”?
Connect: What surprised you about the book?
- What did you learn about yourself while reading this book?
- What did you learn about others while reading this book?
- Starr Vows to “never be quiet”. If you were Starr what vow would you take?
- How can you help others understand Starr’s journey?
- Watch the movie. What is different about the book and movie? Which one do you prefer?
- Define social justice and philanthropy. In what way is social justice a form of philanthropy?
- Learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement, what it is and how it gained traction.
- Read Tupac’s poem, “The Rose that Grew Concrete”, how does this poem relate to the novel? https://allpoetry.com/The-Rose-That-Grew-From-Concrete
- Research advocacy groups that pertain to your personal interests. Call or email to see if there is anything that you can do to better your cause.
- Watch the TED Talk video about code switching. Code switching is alternating between two dialects of a language. It can also mean switching between the way someone expresses themselves. This is what Starr is doing as she floats between her two worlds. https://youtu.be/Bo3hRq2RnNI
- Create a public service announcement to help your community understand code-switching.
- Write a personal journal entry on a time that have code switched, including on how it has impacted you.
- Follow up by reading All American Boys by Jason Reynolds.