Reading Guide for Gaby Rodriguez’s The Pregnancy Project
Prepared by Pam B. Cole, Professor of English Education & Literacy, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA Prereading Questions/Activities:
How are stereotypes created? How are they dangerous?
Is it possible to pay for our mistakes?
Why are teens often judged on the behaviors/experiences of older siblings? Is doing so fair?
Does teen pregnancy “ruin” a young person’s life? Explain. Discussion Questions:
Describe Gaby’s relationship with her mother. How is her relationship different from what her siblings have with their mother? What accounts for this difference?
How would you characterize Gaby’s relationship with her siblings? With her father?
Is Gaby a responsible teen? Explain.
How does Gaby get the idea for her project? Why does she choose something so difficult?
Why does Gaby want to complete the pregnancy project to fulfill her senior requirement? What does she hope to achieve?
How does Gaby gather research for her project and garner support for it in her school?
In order for her project to be successful, Gaby and her boyfriend must lie to family and friends. What impact does this decision have on their relationships with their families? With their friends?
Gaby comments that she felt like a zoo animal at school when everyone believed sh