1. There are many characters in the story-do you think that there is one person who serves as the main character? Why or why not?
  2. While some students find that they can express themselves through poetry, other students use music or art as a means of expression. Is there a difference? Are there ways in which you express yourself through art, writing, or music?
  3. On page 83, Devon lets Mike know that he reads poetry because he wants to, not because he has to. Is Devon trying to change Mike's opinion of poetry and books?
  4. Sheila wants to change her name to Natalina. Why? What is Wesley's response to Sheila's idea?
  5. Why does Porsha want to change her name? Have you ever thought of changing your name?
  6. Which character do you think takes the biggest risk by reading their poetry at "Open Mike"? Which character did you like most?
  7. Have you ever had a teacher like Mr.Ward, who was able to bring out the best in his students?
  8. Has reading this book led to any changes in the way you think about poetry?