One part of the book that made a big connection for many of the students was in chapter 10 when Ally said, "I think it would be easier to be invisible." This came out of her conversation with Mr. Daniels about why she drew a large black cube. Ally explained that it was supposed to be a dark room so that no one could see her, because she would prefer to be invisible.
As a class we discussed why Ally might like to feel invisible and when in our lives we may have had that feeling ourselves. Many responses to times in our lives that we wanted to feel invisible were a result of being scared, embarrassed, feeling helpless, or being bullied, or insulted by others.
Here are just a few of the times when we wished we were invisible:
Something nearly all of these times have in common, is a feeling of not belonging or feeling connected to the people around us. We don't feel safe or accepted as we are, and would rather not be there at all, than feel the negative emotions of the incident. Sometimes how we end up feeling this way is a result of our own actions, such as when we fall, or make a mistake and it is how we are afraid of other people will look at us that causes our feelings. Other times, our emotions are a direct reaction to the actions of someone else, such as when we are teased, bullied, or yelled at.
What is important to keep in mind, is that you are perfect the way you are. Every person has different gifts that they have to share with the world.
Will you be brave enough to share a moment that you wished you were invisible? It's sometimes harder than you think to share a moment that has such strong negative emotions, so to make it easier, add one unique thing about you, that you are proud of!
We can't wait to hear what you have to share!
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