STUDY AND DISCUSSION GUIDE
Based on my book
My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions from Black Daughters to Their Fathers
The Reflection/Resolve Study and Discussion Guide is a reading/writing exercise designed to promote the social and emotional well-being of black teenage girls and the crisis in the black family as it relates to the achievement of black girls in high school. Black girls are no longer the silent statistic. The Reflection/Resolve workshops have three main objectives:
1) Address the social and emotional development of black girls in high schools
2) Promote literacy through a reading/writing exercise that showcases their reading comprehension and active writing skills through various writing mediums: exposition, poetry, journaling, and letters
3) To give voice to young black girls in high schools to reflect upon their academic achievement, goals for their future, and their concept of self, in light of their relationship with their fathers
SAMPLE QUESTIONS & ACTIVITIES:
Why do you think black fathers, like the ones described in chapter I, aren’t given the recognition that they deserve?
Write a “love letter” about what you can do to be more loving towards yourself and towards your family so that more black families are identified as loving and not dysfunctional.
Do you think a distant father loves his daughter? Explain.
Find some song lyrics that show how love can be distant. Write a comparison showing how the lyrics to that song relate to one or more of the stories in the Distant chapter.