Lesson 1 (from Prologue, 1975)
POVERTY - When the train is forced to halt in a small village, it becomes quite clear that the village is rife with poverty. This will prove to be an important theme throughout the entire novel. The objective of this lesson is for students to explore poverty within India and the role it plays within this novel.
1.) As a class, create a list of ways that poverty is seen in the prologue of the novel. How, as a reader, are you cued into poverty as a part of this text?
2.) Divide the class into groups of 3 or 4 students to research poverty in India. Is poverty still an issue today? Who does poverty seem to affect most? How does Indian poverty as it exists today relate to the poverty portrayed in the novel?
3.) Should poverty always be viewed as negative? Divide the classroom into two...
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