Movie discussion questions
Watch An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong with your daughter, and take a moment afterward to talk with her about the movie. Ask these questions:
How do you think Chrissa feels when the mean girls bully her? Have you ever felt that way?
How does Chrissa stand up to the bullying? What would you do if you were in Chrissa’s situation?
How does Chrissa stand up for Gwen? Is it sometimes scary to stand up for someone else? What are some other ways that Chrissa could have stood up for Gwen?
Why is Chrissa afraid to talk with adults about what’s going on? What could adults do to make it easier to talk with them about bullying?
Throughout much of the movie, Sonali seems torn between listening to Tara and listening to her heart. Have you ever felt stuck in the middle the way Sonali does?
How does Sonali try to make things right with Chrissa and Gwen? Have you ever done or said something you regret? Do you think everyone deserves a second chance?
Chrissa and Tara are teammates on the swim team. Have you ever had to be friendly and work together with someone whom you didn’t consider a friend? How did you do it?
An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong

As you talk with your daughter about the movie, think back to your own childhood experiences. Was there a time when you were bullied or saw someone else being bullied? What did you do? Did you talk with your parents about it? Share those experiences with your daughter. She’ll learn from them, and she may feel much more comfortable sharing her own.

To keep the conversation going, look for more discussion questions at the back of the Chrissa and Chrissa Stands Strong books.