The Revealers Discussion Questions

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Reading 'The Revealers' with your middle school students can be an interesting adventure. An expose on bullying with a technology twist, this book is sure to inspire meaningful discussion. Use these discussion questions to guide the conversation.

The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm

Doug Wilhelm's young adult novel The Revealers brings the bullying problem at a local middle school to the forefront. The book also highlights the power of technology to combat the negativity. Use the discussion questions below to guide your middle school students in meaningful conversation about the book's dynamic characters, students' creative use of technology, and lessons learned about bullying.

Consider using these questions with the whole group after reading the novel. Alternatively, you can provide a list of questions to teams of students. Asking students to respond in writing to one or more of the questions can also serve as an excellent summative assessment.

Questions about Characters

  • Russell Trainor, Elliot Gekewicz, and Catalina Aarons are all targets of bullying at their school. How does each student deal with the issue? How do they respond to the bullying? If you were one of these characters, how would you respond?
  • Bethany DeMere and Richie Tucker are highlighted as bullies. What behaviors and traits do they show that qualify them for this description? Provide examples.
  • Richie and Russell come to a friendly agreement at the end of the novel. How do they resolve their conflicts and decide to move forward? What actions do they each take to make this happen?
  • Bethany is no longer in control of her followers' opinions later in the novel. How does this change come about? Does anyone other than Catalina stand up to Bethany? What do you think diminishes her power?
  • How does Elliot change throughout the novel? How does he combat the bullying he continues to face? What important lesson(s) does he learn during the KidNet and the Science Fair project?

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