Crossroads Cafe School Involvement Handbook--TVCC





 Story:  Henry, who is Chinese, has a girlfriend named Sara, who is Caucasian.  They want to tell their parents that they are going together.  The Changs worry that Saraís parents wonít accept Henry, and they think he should find a Chinese girlfriend.   When Saraís parents say they should wait, Henry thinks they are prejudiced.  Meanwhile, Victor has a minor conflict with owner of the laundromat next door.



 Boy/Girl Relationships at school:  Read the schoolís policy on public displays of affections (PDA).  Find out if there have been any articles or letters about PDA in the school newspaper, and read them together.  What are the policies for school dances?  Are there restrictions on who can attend school dances?  Are there restrictions on clothing, types of dances, and types of music for school dances?   Students discuss how they feel about these policies.  Do they think they are too strict or not strict enough? 


 Interview:  Discuss the policies at home with children, or interview a teen-ager about a policy.  How do they feel about it?  Is the policy enforced?  Is it possible to enforce it?  Ask for volunteers to report their findings to the class.



 Your New Language:  Practice using like and donít like.

Home Survey:  Parents ask children what they like:

Which subject do you like the best?

What do you like to do at recess?

Which teacher do you like the best?

What do you like to eat in the cafeteria?

What sports do you like to play in physical education?

Then ask what children donít like or what they like the least.

What do you like to do if you have free time in class?



Reading:  Read an article or story about teen relationships, dating, or interracial relationships.  An example can be found at the following site:

For information on  PDA and cultural gestures, see:



I Like You, by Sandol Stoddard

I Like Your Buttons, by Sarah Lamstein

Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban

Daddy Has a Pair of Striped Shorts, by Mimi Otey

(about liking someone or something)