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The last words in the book are a question. How do you think Will answers this question?
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Where do you think Will will be five years after the end of the book? Extension Activities 1. Research the epidemic of gun violence in America, specifically looking at gang-related gun violence note: the Chicago Tribune has excellent special reporting on gun violence in Chicago. Try to identify some of the root causes of the epidemic. What could be done to solve this problem? Long Way Down explores the perpetuation of a cycle of violence and the theme of revenge.
Will is fifteen years old and facing the challenge of making adult decisions that may have lasting consequences. Think about a time when you were faced with a moral dilemma. What choice did you make? Write a narrative poem or narrative essay about your own experience. Because poems often include meter and sound devices such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, repetition, assonance, and rhyme—including internal and slant rhyme , we often talk about the musicality of poems.
Try adding a musical element to the novel or a section of the novel. You may choose to create a soundtrack for the text using existing music, or you may want to create your own beats to accompany a moment or moments in the text. Will notes that his brother idolized the rappers Tupac and Biggie.
Choose a hip-hop or rap artist to research and profile. How do their personal experiences inform their music? What message do you think they are trying to convey? Choose one of their songs and analyze it the way you would analyze a poem. At the beginning of the novel, Will reflects that the story he is about tell will either make readers want to be his friend or not want to be his friend at all. After you finish the book, write Will a letter telling him which one is true for you and explaining why. It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes.
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Add to Wishlist. USD 8. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper.
A gat. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying.
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No snitching. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. Or does he?
And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching.
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He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun.
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Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. Bigger huh. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES. And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows.
Must redeem within 90 days. He remembered the event in stark detail. Stephen's phone was smashed by the fall and Grant didn't have his. After knocking on nearby doors for help, he resolved to climb the ladder into the house. The journey was slow and terrifying for him. As he climbed, Stephen saw a man on the opposite road watching. The short, young man wore an old grey, faded suit, and had a lightning shaped scar which climbed up his chest onto his neck.
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Looking at him, Stephen felt like he was falling, which stopped when he looked away. The man watched Grant intently. Finally, painfully, Grant got into the window. Stephen saw the man walking quickly away and Grant opened the door. He retrieved his phone and called an ambulance. Just before Christmas, Grant got a job with Deloitte, who stayed with Stephen but started to pay rent. Stephen started to plan a holiday to France to coincide with a conference he was to talk at.
When Grant found out, he also bought plane tickets and made every effort to join in with all Stephen's activities, much to his brother's annoyance.