I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios is a great book – period – but it’s also chock-full of great topics perfect for discussion in the classroom. Here are just a few ideas we have, but be sure to share your own in the comments below.
- The title of the book comes from a Rumi quote, which is included at the beginning of the book:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn’t make any sense.
Discuss how this quote relates to I’ll Meet You There, and what it means to Skylar and Josh.
- Discuss the different ways Skylar and Josh both feel trapped in Creek View. What are the challenges holding each of them back? How do they relate? How are they different?
- Discuss the symptoms of Josh’s PTSD, and how he copes with them. How would you react in similar situations?
- The Paradise is aptly named, considering it serves as a type of “paradise” within Creek View for both Skylar and Josh. Discuss how the motel serves as a safe haven for them. What are the “safe havens” in your life?
- Skylar loves collage, and in the book creates a collage to represent Creek View. Now it’s your turn: create a collage that represents your town. Be creative in materials & representation.
- Combine Skylar & Josh: use a collage to explore the struggle of PTSD. Be respectful and meaningful in your portrayal.
- Research the different symptoms of PTSD. Make a list of the symptoms Josh suffers from in the book, and look into treatment options that could have helped him.
For the comments: What are some other ideas you have for using I’ll Meet You There in the classroom?