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Residents of England and the United States both primarily speak English but have very different cultures. These differences are evident in vocabulary, which holidays are celebrated and how they are celebrated, dress, humor, food, sports, and more. One example of this cultural divide is that many English prefer tea whereas...

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Residents of England and the United States both primarily speak English but have very different cultures. These differences are evident in vocabulary, which holidays are celebrated and how they are celebrated, dress, humor, food, sports, and more. One example of this cultural divide is that many English prefer tea whereas Americans generally prefer coffee. Do you know of any other cultural differences between England and the United States? Make a list of at least ten differences, researching them if need be. Share your list with your class to build a master list. Have hot tea with milk and sugar and shortbread cookies for full effect.

Some people prefer cats, some prefer dogs, and others prefer neither. In “The Girls,” the sister are definitely cat people, and their cats seem to be reflections of their own personalities: aloof, lazy, and predatory. Research the history, biology, and culture of cats. A good reference for the culture of cats is Elizabeth Marshall Thomas’s Tribe of Tiger. Write a brief report that summarizes the most interesting things that you learned about the history, biology, and culture of cats. How does this expand your understanding of Williams’s story?

Siblings are people born of the same parents or people who are raised together. Sometimes siblings are close friends, and sometimes they fight endlessly. Do you have any siblings? If so, do you fight a lot or are you very close or somewhere in between? If you do not have siblings, who do you spend a lot of time with outside of school? Maybe it is a cousin, a friend, or a neighbor. Do you get along or do you fight a lot? Write an essay about your sibling or friend, describing what you love and what you do not like about that person.

Bullies pick on other people to hide their own insecurities, much like the girls in Williams’s story. Bullies use abusive language, physical force, and sometimes more subversive methods like exclusion. Write a short story about a bully from the bully’s point of view.

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