Slacker by Gordon Korman Discussion Questions

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

'Slacker' is an excellent novel for a middle school audience with its realistic characters and thought-provoking message. Use these discussion questions to help your students look more closely at 'Slacker' and its implications.


Gordon Korman's middle school novel Slacker showcases a classic plot: an incredibly unmotivated, self-absorbed individual learns (through no fault of his own) how to take an interest in life and help other people. Encased in a modern, fast-paced setting, Slacker tells of Cameron Boxer, a video-game addict who does his best to remain as invisible as possible to his school and community. He attempts to trick his parents into believing he is involved in an extra-curricular activity so they won't confiscate his video system, and instead his fake club becomes real and changes him for the better. Slacker is a fun read with plenty of conversation starters, so assign it to one of your reading groups soon.

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