All American Boys Quote

All American Boys Quote
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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

All American Boys

Lesson Plans by Liane Hicks

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely is a fictional novel that tells the story of an all too common occurrence: police brutality. The beauty of the book is that it is told from multiple perspectives to gain a greater understanding of the violence and racism that exists in our country and what is at the root of it. Reynolds and Kiely wrote a book focused on a dark and disturbing reality but managed to weave in an unlikely theme: hope.

All American Boys

Storyboard Description

Students can identify quotes from All American Boys that are important to them, making a literature connection with the story.

Storyboard Text

  • Before the protest against the beating of Rashad Butler by Officer Galluzzo, Quinn Collins notices this sign. It spurs Quinn to join the protest even though he is scared of the heavily armored police and tanks. He is afraid of his basketball coach because he has ordered the team not to participate. However, Quinn realizes that it is his duty to protest this violent act for all those who have suffered racism and police brutality. He recognizes that he must be brave like his father and oppose injustice, because if he doesn’t, he has inadvertently chosen a side: the side of the oppressor.
  • "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor"-Desmond Tutu
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