Anticipation Guide for Monster
Directions: Before we begin reading, Monster by Walter Dean Myers, fill
out this anticipation guide. These questions are to help you start thinking
about some of the ideas expressed in the novel. Read each of the following
statements and write whether it is true or false on the line. Briefly describe
your reasoning in the space provided below the question. Think about
each question carefully before answering. You will be graded based on
completion and thought.
1. In a court room, a person is always guilty until proven innocent.
2. Racism and prejudice isn’t a problem today.
3. There are consequences to every decision we make.
4. Monsters are imaginary creatures, usually large and frightening.
5. Peer pressure is always negative.
6. Discrimination can occur because of age.
7. Jail is a place where only guilty people go.
8. Writing in a journal is a good way to express feelings.
9. People who commit crimes come from broken homes and dysfunctional
10. Life is ten percent of how you make it and ninety percent of how you
11. The vast majority of people charged with a crime really are guilty.
12. In order to be a healthy individual, we must openly confront our fears
instead of hiding from them.
13. The friends we choose and the people we hang out with are an accurate
reflection of us.
14. There is a difference between being acquitted of a crime and being
innocent of a crime.
15. Lying to save yourself from being convicted of a crime is the right
thing to do.
16. If a teenager is charged with a serious crime, she or he should be
tried as an adult.
17. No matter what happens, you should take responsibility for your
18. The notion of right and wrong are always clearly defined.
19. Peer pressure has a greater influence on us than our parents do.
20. Stories are told only in written form.