Lesson 1 (from Opening and A Fistful of Fig Newtons or the Shoot-Out in Room 303)
In Opening and A Fistful of Fig Newtons or the Shoot-Out in Room 303, the narrator came to the conclusion many years later that his friend, Umbaugh, purposely set up Big Al in the laxative contest to disable him from playing in a big game. The objective of this lesson is to understand the topic of disillusionment when an important figure is discovered to have fatal flaws.
Lead the class in a discussion about disillusionment. Why would Umbaugh have set up Big Al in the contest? What conclusion did the narrator come to about Umbaugh's behavior? Why would the narrator have been unsettled over this discovery? Was he truly disillusioned? Or did he think Umbaugh was probably capable of doing something like this? Discuss.
Continue the discussion on fatal flaws of an important person on another day. Begin with a definition and ask the students for...
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