Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Book One, Pages 1-38 Abstract
* Lao was born and lived most of her life in the area of P'englai.
* Lao's father was educated, but had squandered a family fortune by the time Lao was born.
Book One, Pages 39-73 Abstract
* Neighbors criticized Lao's mother for her poor housekeeping and financial skills....
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